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Last Floating Thursday


18:00 Gintersdorfer / Klassen

Institute for Unforeseen Collaboration

The Floating University and the “Institute for Unforeseen Collaboration” are university concepts within the 100 years Bauhaus celebration. The “Institute for Unforeseen Collaboration“ sees itself immodestly as successor to Bauhaus, Black Mountain Collage, HFG Ulm or the Institut de l’environnement.

Here, transcultural exchange plays the decisive role. Involved are performers from Mexico, Europe and the Ivory Coast. The Institute is about interdisciplinary work between theater, performance, fine art, architecture, design and graphics.

The pavilion is a completely open, mobile theater that allows a daily updated program. It travels from city to city (Hamburg, Münster, Düsseldorf, Weimar, Berlin), and its function as a low-threshold theater is checked at various places in the urban realm.

The Institute for Unforeseen Collaboration will be on site at the following dates:

Saturday 26.10. from 15h Collaboration, 18h Performance
Sunday  27.10.  from 15h Collaboration, 18h Performance
Saturday 02.11. from 15h Collaboration, 18h Performance
Sunday 03.11. from 15h Collaboration, 18h Performance
Tuesday 05.11. from 15h Collaboration, 18h Performance
Wednesday 06.11. from 15h Collaboration, 18h Performance
Thursday 07.11. from 16h Collaboration, 18h Performance, part of Floating Thursday program

You can find more information about Gintersdorfer/Klaßen here.

17:00 Making like a forest
Illustrated Talk followed by sharing and conversation
by Xin Cheng

What if, we look at our surroundings, in the same way forest dwellers relate with their environment? What crevices and niches, unknown pleasures, material traces of activities might we discover? What local know-how and peculiar stories would unfold?

A seedbag for resourcefulness is a publication culminating over a decade of research on everyday resourcefulness and small modifications by nonspecialists, through walking, doing and talking with makers around the Asia-Pacific and Europe.

As a preview, Xin invites you on an illustrated talk, walking through some remarkable situations where human and other beings have grown (with) their surrounds — from Auckland to Hamburg, Floating University to Kobe, and places in-between.

We may take on a lens where ‚the Earth is a form of writing, of which we have forgotten we are the co-authors.‘ (George Perec, modified)

Over shared tea and snacks, we might exchange stories related to living spaces, atmospheres, small modifications, resourceful practices, patterns, rhythms, Umwelten, Vielfalt, Strassenräume, as found, human(e), care, porous, enmeshing, lifeworlds, métis, behaviorology.

Xin thanks Creative New Zealand for supporting ‘a seedbag for resourcefulness.






Wednesday, October 2th, 16-22 hs
1+1 (Eins Plus Eins) 

This time we invite for different but unique artistic approaches – all of the performative field – that deal with the fragile space of two (bodies, people, strangers) within the complex frame of the everyday urban life of Berlin, Sao Paolo, Shanghai und Mumbai. The bar is open and as for the coming autumn we´ll offer hot punsh and fire and possibly heat the Onsen (if we make it!). So bring a  towel just in case and a nice stone to keep your fingers or feet warm!

16.00  Doppelagentschaft

Arantxa Martinez/Sabine Zahn
nur mit vorheriger Anmeldung / only with registration: sz@raumlabor-berlin. de

A physical – investigative practice session, exploring possibilities of movement between ones and a another agenda in terms of sharing space. only with prior reservation.


18.00  Together Apart

eine lecture performance von plan b

language: englisch

plan b are the British artists Sophia New and Dan Belasco Rogers who have lived in Berlin since 2001. Over a decade ago they decided to record every single movement they make outside, every day, with a GPS, a practice they continue to the present. As a result, they can also trace the times when they have been together and apart, the starting – point for a work investigating the ghosts of past proximity and separation. In this performative lecture, especially adapted for the Floating University, they present some thoughts and reflections on data, memory, daily practice, intimacy, physicality, distance and sharing space and time. www.planbperformance.net

19.30  The Visitor

Ein Film von Katarina Schröter

Sprache / language: none/engl/dt.
anschließendes Gespräch

“The visitor”, a silent figure incorporated by the filmmaker, roams through three Mega-cities, creating wordless encounters with random people, following a dramaturgy of chance both with the choice of the protagonist as with the outcome of each story. First simply attendant, she becomes an intruder, friend and even beloved one who shares the whole daily life of her protagonists, their sleeping places and worries. “The visitor” has been created entirely through un-staged improvisations with random encounters on the streets of Mumbai, Shanghai and Sao Paulo.

www.katarina-schroeter.com, www.visitorfilmproject.com




Last year we opened the Floating University Berlin.  An offshore campus for cities in transformation in the rainwater basin of the former Tempelhof Airport. We had 3 open weeks, more than 1000h of serious transdisciplinary learning, lots of visitors, sun and fun. We finished this unique and supposedly single semester in september 2018 with the “Floating Symposium” and to the supportive response of all the participants: There will be a Floating University Berlin in 2019 and 2020!

Since December we have been transitioning into an association.  “Floating University e.V.”  consists of 23 members that manage, maintain, take care of the site and explore hybrid formats bridging the academic and the non-academic world. This years’ programme focuses on Floating Thursdays, the Kids University and the Climate Care festival.


Between 1-10 August, the festival will explore correlations between environment, urban practice and education by devising caring curriculums for climate challenges, in Berlin and beyond. Climate Care brings the affirmative attitude of care discourse into climate topics, tackling not only environmental issues, but caring for the convoluted social, political and economical climates that surrounds us today.


As a warm up for the summer to come, please join us on the first Thursday of each month for a very special floating evening. The Floating University e.V. proposes a diverse program, a bar and mud in the basin!


In April 2019, the new semester of the Kids Uni starts for all explorers between 6 and 11 years old.  This semester focuses on the question : WHERE FROM and WHERE TO? Where do bees collect pollen, where does the water of the basin goes, where does the fox den ends, who comes in, and what comes out ? We will invite experts from the surrounding, develop games, build (secret) spots, read (secret) signs, cook and bake our own (secret) recipes, out of our own medecinal plants.




Von Mai bis September 2018 startet raumlaborberlin ein innerstädtisches Offshore-Labor für Visionen urbaner Praxis. Mit zahlreichen Partner_innen verfolgen wir ein Experiment zum gemeinsamen Lernen und Vernetzen. Ein Versuchsaufbau zum Hinterfragen städtischer Routinen – die Floating University Berlin.

In einem generischen Bauwerk im fast vergessenen Regenrückhaltebecken neben dem ehemaligen Flughafen Tempelhof kommen Studierende und Wissenschaftlerinnen von mehr als 20 internationalen Universitäten, Künstler aus der ganzen Welt, lokale Experten, Architektinnen, Musikerinnen und Tänzer zusammen, um das alltägliche urbane Leben zu untersuchen und Vorschläge zur Neuorganisation zu formulieren. Auf dem Territorium rund um das Becken sucht die Floating University nach einem visionären Blick in eine ungewisse Zukunft.

Studierende und Lehrende aus Berlin, Europa und anderswo bauen gemeinsam ihren Campus: Lernräume und Werkstätten, ein Auditorium und einen Laborturm mit einem performativen Wasserfiltrationssystem, eine diskursive Küche, eine Bar als Protestgenerator und eine Fastfoodplantage. Wir schaffen einen Ort, um neue Unterrichtsformen auszuprobieren, wo transdisziplinäre Teams und unterschiedliche Positionen zusammenkommen, um die richtigen Fragen an die Stadt zu stellen.

Während drei öffentlicher Wochen im Mai, Juli und September, den so genannten Open Weeks, laden wir die interessierte Öffentlichkeit ein, das Becken und den Campus der Floating University kennenzulernen und an Workshops, Vorträgen, Seminaren, Gesprächen, Konzerten und Performances teilzunehmen.



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