On Saturday, October 14, over 30 different artists, architects, and spatial practitioners will host the School of Repair at Akademie der Künste: an all-day program of workshop discussions and roundtables in the context of The Great Repair. In workshop talks, exhibition participants will present their contribution as well as their general practice, and discuss the politics and practices of repair together with the attending guests. Different roundtables address various aspects of the necessary transition to a repair society.
In German and English (and partially Spanish) language. Admission with exhibition ticket.
Awaska Alpa: A Hands-on Moment Connected to the Andean Amazon
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Solar Garden, Hall 2
with: Liliana Armero, Santiago del Hierro, Freider Legarda, Viviana Jacanamejoy, Jean Mutumbajoy
In the morning, representatives of the Inga People of Colombia and Santiago del Hierro will host a weaving workshop to create a collective cartography: Participants will be asked to share “their territory” by expressing it as an input to the common fabric, weaving together a plurality of perspectives. Guests are welcome to participate regardless of their expertise; spectators are transformed into creators, allowing the exhibition space to be shared in a novel way.
Repairing the Irreparable: After the Earthquake (EN)
11:00 a.m.–1 p.m.
with: Nilgün Yelpaze, Eray Çaylı, Merve Bedir, Nazlı Tümerdem (moderator)
In the context of a post-disaster geography⸺such as the parts of Turkey and Syria devastated by earthquakes in 2023⸺any endeavor of repair becomes particularly challenging, if not entirely unattainable. Even more so, as this geography and its racialized communities have been burdened by decades of unrest and violence, and at the same time governed by undemocratic states unwilling or unable to put their residents’ safety first. While this disaster had a cataclysmic impact on an area half the size of Germany, it also crystallized ingrained sociopolitical and socioecological entanglements of the region. By engaging key aspects of the exhibition, including (re)construction, demolition, waste, and solidarity, this roundtable asks what these aspects of repair might mean through the lens of the 2023 Turkey–Syria earthquakes.
Collective Rope Chair Weaving (ES/EN/DE)
with: Liliana Armero, Santiago del Hierro, Viviana Jacanamejoy, Freider Legarda, Jean Mutumbajoy, Markus Krieger (ARCH+), Roswitha Kötz (Akademie der Künste)
To continue the collaboration of the morning’s weaving workshop, various exhibition participants convene with visitors in the afternoon of the School of Repair to contribute to the intervention on the second-floor patio at Akademie der Künste. Participants will “learn the ropes” of weaving to create parts of the seating based on a 1952 design by Riki Watanabe for Atelier Bow-Wow’s Solar Garden. Ropes from Berlin forming the weft will be interwoven with warp threads made of rope from Colombia, brought here by representatives of the Inga community, forming the armchair’s seat. This collaboration between Santiago del Hierro, representatives of the Inga community of Colombia, and Atelier Bow-Wow is complemented by inputs from exhibition designer Roswitha Kötz and The Great Repair co-curator Markus Krieger.
Tools of Repair – Worte, Körper, Städte: ein Glossar für die Diversität (EN)
with: Goethe-Institut, Museo delle Periferie Rome, Alessandro Schiattarella
Tools of Repair is the first chapter in the series Words, Bodies, Cities: A Glossary for Diversity, focusing on the concept of care. Produced in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, Museo delle Periferie Rome, and the choreographer Alessandro Schiattarella, the workshop focuses on hands as tools of repair. In a world grappling with issues of sustainability, Tools of Repair explores values such as listening, solidarity, reappropriation, plurality, and caring as essential elements of a repair society, offering a space for reflection on and engagement with these notions in the context of the broader topics addressed by the exhibition. The workshop begins with a short warm-up session to prepare participants for physical exercise. Clothing is casual and comfortable, and the workshop is open to people with or without previous experience of movement. Tools of Repair prioritizes accessibility, welcoming people with and without disabilities.
Practice Repair (EN)
ReparierBar, Upper foyer
with: Alfie Gee & Reishin Watabe (UVW-SAW), Ana Miljački (Critical Broadcasting Lab, MIT), George Massoud & Paloma Gormley (Material Cultures), Amy Faith Perkins (Assemble), Oliver Burch (ZAS*), Nazlı Tümerdem & Marija Marić (moderators)
If we want a project like that of The Great Repair to be successful, we need to start by recognizing the brokenness of how we teach, learn, and practice our own discipline. From the classroom to the office, and from the construction site to sites of resource extraction, building practices are still far too often shaped by (self-)exploitation, power asymmetries, and inequality. Therefore, they are some of the most important arenas for repairing the practice. This roundtable discussion centers around the question of the agency of students, teachers, and architectural workers in creating a more just and caring professional community, and thus a more equitable and ecological future.
Jonathan Banz – Mapping Ukraine: Building amidst Destruction (DE)
Bettina Knaup – Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Manifesto for Maintenance Art, 1969! / Touch Sanitation Performance (DE)
Folke Köbberling – Cars into Bicycles (DE)
Ana Miljački (Collective Architecture Studio) – Balls for All (EN)
Hans Hortig – In the Shadow of the Palms (DE)
Zara Pfeifer – Kleine Reinigungs- und Dienstleistungsgesellschaft Bildessay (DE)
Alfie Gee, Reishin Kunishima Watabe (UVW-SAW) – The Office (EN)
ZAS* – Triemli Files (DE)
Natasha Aruri, Mai Al-Battat, Andreas Brück – Takhayali [imagine, feminine] Ein Qiniya! (EN)
Brenne Architekten – Materialprobenarchiv (DE)
Amy Perkins, Camille Sineau (Assemble) – Methods of Assembly (EN)
Kathrin Dörfler, Lidia Atanasova, Julia Ohlmeyer – Diversifying Construction (DE)
Bas Princen – Giotto’s Fragments / Earth Pillar / Djenné Mosque (EN)
Sarah Nichols, Akshar Gajjar, Marion Moutal – Concrete – Cosmetic and Care (EN)
Marjetica Potrč – The Rights of a River (EN)
Summer Islam, George Massoud, Paloma Gormley (Material Cultures) – Paludiculture Construction Fragments (EN)
Architecture of Territory, ETH Zürich – Power to the People (EN)
Matthias Brenner – CLA (DE)
Florian Hertweck – After Parking / Repairing a Commercial Zone (DE)