A special feature of the Gropius Bau is its location. It is an important point of reference for the content-related orientation of the building. The opening of the house to its various neighbors is at the forefront of this. How can we think of the exhibition house as a place of community? And what practices does this require? The Neighbour in Residence program is a continuation of the exchange with intercultural, intergenerational and queer neighborhood initiatives that has been in place since 2020. An important companion during this time was the interdisciplinary writer hn. lyonga. As the first Neighbour in Residence at the Gropius Bau, he will devote his program becoming neighbours in the second half of 2023 to the question of how neighbourly relations can exist in institutional spaces.
Becoming neighb ors is a series of four workshops (Neighborhoods, Resting, Plants, Being in the World). The first workshop (Neighborhoods) is an active attempt to create a space for the absent and to address the permeability of institutional spaces. The second workshop (Resting) takes up the possibilities of coming together and resting together as an act of resistance. The third workshop (Planting) references practices of farming and planting, thereby considering neighborhoods as habitats into which we give ourselves. The final workshop (Being in the World) looks at the ceremonial tradition of writing as a ritual that is common and crucial to capturing narratives that exist in a neighborhood.
The program will take place in the free accessible areas (Gropius Grove, Lichthof, Resonanzraum) of the Gropius Bau.This content has been machine translated.