A befriended StreetArtist told me: “If you want to globalize something, go through Berlin with some crazy shit!”
After demonstrating the Open-Source and DIY-Recycling-island “Open-Island” in Ahmedabad/India earlier this year, we now want to share our ideas and manuals with the global Maker communities, be it engineers, artists, programmers, architects, activists or playful people of every age. Open-Island, Berlin is conceptualized as a participative social sculpture by artist Joy Lohmann from Hanover, Germany. Together with the artlab4-collective for culture and sustainability, a growing interdisciplinary team from Berlin and beyond will be building a modular floating island on the River Spree.
Together, the seven floating platforms form the Open-Island, Berlin. Each one represents a relevant topic for a sustainable floating habitat, open-source and low-cost. 7 partnering organizations from Berlin and beyond build the islands at the temporary island dockyard in Berlin Schöneweide, directly at the riverfront.
Within the famous public art festival “48h Neukölln”, the Berlin-based D.Collective started the construction of our Open Fablab. The August Sander School had already built the Open-Garden (pic). From Hanover the KdW-network (KdW=culture of change) joined in with the Open-House. Also, the Open-Bar & Kitchen will be powered and catered by an Hanover-based change maker startup: The “Klugbeisser” provide a vegan guerrilla kitchen and catering service – now floating on the River Spree 🙂 From the nearby HTW university, students add the island power station: Open-Energy is called their island-module. At the nearby FEZ Berlin, the Open-Island team builds an Open-Stage with a local elementary school. For their own floating concert and other performances by local to international artists. Another module, the Open-Exhibition is being built with the cultural network “Paradies Wuhlheide”. (These two will later become the ongoing “Paradise Island” for this years floating children’s city event FEZitty.)
Open-Island is a social sculpture and island construction camp for a positive cultural climate change. It also is a symbol for a caring, sharing mindset and community. As a platform, it unites Makers aboard on location and globally on a virtual Open-Source Cocreation-portal
For further detailed informations, please check the German Open-Island website www.open-island.de, their Facebook event page or download the OI-Berlin Flyer, the OPEN-ISLAND-program, the OpenIslandBerlin-PR…
More to come asap… (I have to leave now for an open-island trip 🙂 Ahoi, Joy.