Meeting Place

Meeting Place, Kulturprojekte Berlin Podewil
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Berlinklusion is happy to be co-organizing Meeting Place Berlin all-day learning forum on Arts and Disability with Arts Access Australia, Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung and Förderband e.V. – Kulturinitiative Berlin.

To download the full program and to register go to: https://www.kubinaut.de/de/termine/meeting-place-berlin/

Meeting Place

Monday, 16 October 2017

9:00am – 5:30pm

Podewil, Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin

Arts Access Australia in cooperation with Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung are pleased to present Meeting Place.

This all-day event provides an inclusive learning space and critical platform to discuss and debate the latest in arts and disability1. Twelve local and international speakers will engage in powerful presentations, round table discussions and interactive workshops. Topics include planning through disability engagement, networking in inclusive cultural work, interpreting contemporary art from a disabled perspective, and discussing challenges and opportunities for improving access to cultural funding for people with disability.

Meeting Place is part of the Australia & Berlin Arts Exchange October 9-20, which presents a vibrant mix of arts workshops, music, dance and performances. As well as learning forums for cultural exchange between Australian and Berlin artists and arts and culture leaders with disability.

The Program was prepared through intense cooperation with Berlin partners Berlinklusion – Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture and Förderband e.V. – Kulturinitiative Berlin.

Host and project partner Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung is a project by Kulturprojekte Berlin that aims to foster diversity in the Berlin cultural sector.

Meeting Place will be followed by a reception and performance by Australian Indie rock band Rudely Interrupted from 5.30 – 8.00pm in the Podewil Foyer. 

1 We follow the social model of disability – this means that we view disability as a social construct where barriers are imposed on the individual, rather than the individual being defined by their medical condition or impairment. However we also recognise and respect that disability is defined by the individual and their lived experience. When we talk about inclusion and accessibility, we want this for all peoples, however they may identify.

Wheelchair accessibility is limited at the Podewil. Entry into the building is possible via ramps and elevators and we can offer assistance with opening doors. There are a wheelchair accessible bathroom and a relaxation room at the Podewil. The event will be translated into spoken German and English. The presentations and select workshops will be translated into German and British Sign language, too. The Program is available in Braille, large print and Plain Language.

The admission is to Meeting Place free, but due to space limitations registration is required.

Australia & Berlin Arts Exchange October 9-20

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Berlinklusion is happy to be project partner of Arts Access Australia on the Australia & Berlin Arts Exchange October 9-20. Check out the program and come along!

For more information about the project go to: https://artsaccessaustralia.org/project/berlin-exchange-project-october-2017/

The Program

The Australia & Berlin Arts Exchange October 9-20, presents a vibrant mix of arts workshops, music, dance and performances. As well as learning forums for cultural exchange between Australian and Berlin artists and arts and culture leaders with disability.

Following are some of the key program events. A number of private tours of museums and galleries will also be conducted, where Australian and Berlin artists will view exhibitions and discuss their access experience.

* Public events

Opening Ceremony, Tues 10.

The program will be officially launched at a small proceeding and will include performances from visiting Australian artists.

Stammtisch Artist Exchange, Brotfabrik, Wed 11. (5.30-7.30pm)

Australian artists join a meeting of local artists to discuss access and inclusion at Brotfabrik café/pub.

Dancer Exchange, Uferstudios, Thurs 12. (5.30-9.30pm)

Australian and Berlin dancers join dancing session of Tanzfähig Initiative at Uferstudios and exchange experiences.

*Art Workshop & Launch of Berlinklusion Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture, aquarium, Fri 13. (6-9pm)

Australian contemporary dancer Anna Seymour in collaboration with Berlin based artists will conduct a participatory performance and workshop incorporating sound, movement and visual art. The event will include a networking activity sponsored by Berlinklusion an international Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture based in Berlin.

*Art Workshop, Stephanus Stiftung (11am-3pm) & Pop-up Exhibition and Drumming Workshop-Performance, Brotfabrik (5-8pm), Sat 14.

Mixed-media art workshop between sculpture and painting co-led by Australian painter Chelle Destefano and Corry Siw Mirski, visual artist from Berlin at Stephanus Stiftung; Presentation of the workshop with pop-up exhibition at the gallery space of Brotfabrik followed by drumming workshop-performance by Australian drummers Andrew Hewitt and Josh Hogan (Rudely Interrupted). Everyone is welcome to attend and meet the Artists.

*Meeting Place Forum (9am-5.30pm) & Performance (6-8pm), Podewil, Mon 16.

This all-day event will provide an inclusive learning space and critical platform to discuss and debate the latest in arts and disability. Followed by performance by Rudely Interrupted one of Australia’s most unique independent rock acts. To find out more and register for Meeting Place go to https://www.kubinaut.de/de/termine/meeting-place-berlin/.

*What disability? We are just drummers from down under!, Just Music/Sky Live, Tue 17. (7-9pm) TBC

Come and be inspired, hear the stories of 3 Australian drummers who have overcome the challenges and struggles of a disability to become successful drummers performing all over the world. Andrew Hewitt, Josh Hogan and Todd James will share their journeys, share their passions and play drums.

*Closing Party & Performance, Alte Kantine Wedding, Thurs 19. 7pm

Everyone is welcome to join us in a celebration at Alte Kantine Wedding with performance by Australian contemporary dancer Anna Seymour, presentation of art project “Under My Tongue” by Australian performer Belinda Locke, DJ set by DJ Eltron, dance, and highlights from the festival.

Venues:

aquarium – Skalitzerstraße 6, 10999 Berlin

Stephanus Stiftung – Albertinenstraße 20, 13086 Berlin

Brotfabrik – Caligariplatz 1, 13086 Berlin

Podewil – Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin

Just Music/Sky Live – Oranienstraße 142, 10969 Berlin

Alte Kantine Wedding – Uferstraße 8-11, 13357 Berlin

Project Partners

Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung, Kulturprojekte Berlin, Berlinklusion – Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture, Förderband e.V. – Kulturinitiative Berlin, ABSV – Allgemeiner Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein Berlin gegr. 1874 e. V., Alte Kantine Wedding, Brotfabrik, Stephanus-Stiftung, tanzfähig, Uferstudios, Just Music

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia now Germany 2017 program.

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Masterplan Workshop at Neue Perspektiven gewinnen!

From 2013 – 2016 Jovanna, Dirk and I developed and co-organized Neue Perspektiven gewinnen (Gain New Perspectives) with Berlin based non-profit Förderband eV.

Neue Perspektiven gewinnen is about the “inclusive museum”. Inclusive museum in this sense means: the development of museums and their exhibitions so that all persons, whether they have a disability or not, can use them.

In 2009, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force in Germany. Since then, the topic of inclusion has enjoyed great prominence in general as well as in the field of arts and culture. Against the backdrop of scarce budgets and human resources, however, museums find themselves often entering new territory. The result is a lack of access to arts and culture for people with disabilities, as well as a lack of communication within this sector about experiences and knowledge of the needs of people with disabilities. Supported by one of the few disability arts funders Aktion Mensch e.V., we were able to initiate and carry out a series of 25 museum-specific workshops of varying orientation and intensity in addition to a kick-off event and a closing conference.

Our goals were:

  • Sensitize museum employees to different needs
  • Learn more, playfully experiment and learn from each other
  • Network with stakeholders and strengthen each other
  • The practical learning of people with and without disabilities
  • Better anchor ​​inclusion within the museum
  • Inspire museum workers with other perceptual worlds and thus make their cultural offering more interesting

My role in Neue Perspectiven gewinnen was focused on contemporary art and inclusion. Together with Jovanna, I developed and led a multisensorial mediation and masterplan workshop for Berlinische Galerie employees from the fields of mediation, marketing, curation, exhibition design, technical design on 23.09. , 25.09. , 26.09.2015 and 11.02.2016.

This complex, multi-day workshop switched between theoretical approaches and practical exercises. The participants were also mixed: employees were joined by guests with mobility, visual and hearing impairment and guests with learning disabilities.

Photographs of the workshop courtesy of Neue Perspective gewinnen are below. You can find further details on the project on this page.

Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture