Summer Open Weeks

Workshops and further Open Program

The Open Program will take place from June 29 to July 15. In public workshops and talks, at concerts and performances, everyone can take part in the Floating University. Because of the beginning summer holidays we have taken care that children, adolescents and families can participate in workshops. We invited exciting speakers, excellent mediators and curious artists as Floating Professors for more than 20 workshops.

You can download a SummerOpenWeeks_Calender here.

As part of the program, teenagers can join Tucké Royale on ‚Kiez walks‘ and have a critical look on the history of the neighborhood in the times of the Nazi era. Families can build a water playground with Basurama and Alas. Jeanne van Heeswijk and Annet van Otterloo explore the question of which local and self-organized support while community structures can be established in the here and now of the Floating University and geheimagentur is researching the possibilities of hydrarchies today. The complete workshop program can be found on the following pages.

The workshops have a duration of one to seven days.
They take place from 11 am to 5 pm (unless stated otherwise) with a lunch break.
The number of places is limited therefore sign up at info@floatinguniversity.org for one or more of your favorite workshops. We will charge a fee except for the “Making Futures Bauhaus +” workshops and workshops for kids!

Everyone is invited, everyone can participate!



June 29 – July 5
Five workshops on future modes of architectural and urban action with Tor Lindstrand (Stockholm), Takk (Barcelona), Arquitectura Expandida (Bogotá), Sofia Dona (Athens) und studioBASAR (Bucharest)

Throughout a week of workshops we delve into the future development of spatial practices by exploring topics such as spaces of co- existence; the right to play, affective tactics, practices of assembly and the co-production to the city, for our city.

June 29 – July 1, 11 am – 5 pm
Collective and Affective Tactics
Arquitectura Expandida (design collective, Bogotá)

June 29 – 30, 11 am – 5pm
The Playground Society
Tor Lindstrand (architect, Stockholm)

June 30 – July 1, 11 am – 5 pm
Spaces of Coexistence
Takk (architects, Madrid)

July 3 – 4, 11 am – 5 pm
Sofia Dona (architect/artist, Munich/Athens)

July 4 – 5, 11 am – 5 pm
The City as a Library
studioBASAR (architecture studio, Bucharest)


Every Saturday until June 30, 10 am – 2 pm
June 23, July 28 10 am – 2 pm: Ab(ins)Wasser
Collecting basin research station
Kids University
Sabine Zahn (coreographer, Berlin) and Beatrice Davies (illustrator, Berlin) with Teresa Huppertz (cultural scientist, Berlin), Stefan Kreft (biologist, Berlin), Katherine Ball (artist, Detroit), Marcel Jahre (klassewasser.de / Berliner Wasserbetriebe) and others.

Every Saturday we offer an open program for all interested kids (6–12 years), including water experiments, paperchases and neighborhood explorations.
The mobile KinderLabor of the Berliner Wasserbetriebe will visit us on June 23 and July 28 with their workshop “Ab(ins)Wasser”.


June 30 – July 1, 11 am – 5 pm
Multi-spective Observation
Formatting Observation II
Benoît Verjat (interface designer, Paris) and Alexis de Raphelis (interface designer, Roubaix)

The second part of the series of workshops with Benoît Verjat will experiment with video and audio documentation forms. The Workshops deals with recording methods from multiple viewing angles.


July 3 – 6, 11 am – 5 pm
Pseudo Public Space
Research strategies in public space
Helen Stratford (architect, Sheffield) and Amro Yaghi (architect, Sheffield) in collaboration with architects and designers ON/OFF and artists Sasha Amaya and Daniel Almgren Recén.

This workshop explores how public space can be rethought and produced through performative methodologies. Throughout the workshop, we will use performative methods to make productive disruptions or ‘constructed situations’ that tell us more about so-called ‘public spaces’.


July 3 – 6, 11 am – 5 pm
Urban Soundance Lab #1
Dance workshop
Ingo Reulecke (choreographer, Berlin) with musicians Ute Wassermann (July 7), Sabine Vogel (July 4), Yorgos Dimitriades (July 5), Ulrike Brand (July 6)

In the Urban Soundance Lab # 1, spontaneous compositions are created in connection with a place – participants develop forms of expression at the moment together with musicians.


July 6 – 8, 11 am – 5 pm
Water Filters II
Building a »Moving Bed Reactor«
Katherine Ball (artist, Detroit)

The water filter workshop enters the next level: we will build a Moving Bed Reactor for the Floating University.


July 6 – 8, 11 am – 5 pm
Low-Tech-Low-Budget-Endless-Energy: Solar Oven!
construction workshop
Martin Kaltwasser (artist/architect, Berlin)
Martin Kaltwasser, known for participatory art projects in the public space worldwide, builds with the participants in three days, the ultimate solution for the proclaimed energy transition: solar ovens for all!


July 6 – 8, 11 am – 5 pm
Community architecture born of shared practices
Change the society with small impulses
Jeanne van Heeswijk (artist, Rotterdam) and Annet van Otterloo (artist, Rotterdam)
What kind of local support systems can we build right here and now? In the course of the workshop, a map, a timeline and a strategy will be created, for building complex patterns and systems of change through relatively small interactions.


July 7, 11 am – 2 pm
Academy of Listening: Auditory Diagramming
Introduction to the concept of »auditive architecture«
Alex Arteaga (artist reseacher, Barcelona/Berlin)

Based on different modalities of hearing and listening, for example, analytical listening, qualitative listening, or imaginative listening, the emerging phenomena – that is, what we hear, but also spatial characteristics, feelings, emotions, imaginations, and associations that occur through listening in a particular environment – are processed in a diagram.


July 7 – 8, 11am – 5 pm
Moving Images
Formatting Observation II
Benoît Verjat (interface designer, Paris) and Alexis de Raphelis (interface designer, Roubaix)

The second part of the series of workshops with Benoît Verjat will experiment with video and audio documentation forms. The workshop tries to capture the documentary core of the events on site with tracking shots.


July 7 – 14, 11 am – 5 pm
Andalusi Water Games
building a water playground
Basurama (arts collective, Madrid/Mailand/Bilbao) and ALAS Berlin (architects, Berlin)

For the Andalusian Water Games workshop Basurama teams up with ALAS Berlin to study and enjoy that knowledge for creating our own ludic water games and engines for all ages: wheels, cascades, fountains and ponds.


July 9 – 13, 11 am – 5 pm
Cancelled! Resistance and Persecution around the Rain Basin
Kiez walks
Tucké Royale (performer, Berlin)

Monumental buildings such as the Tempelhof airport building are testimonies of the Third Reich and reminiscent of Berlin’s urban history at the time of National Socialism. On daily Kiez walks, Tucké Royale explores with the participants the neighborhood of the rainwater retention basin and examines their historical significance and resistance.


July 9 – 14, 1 pm – 5pm
Theatre workshop
Peggy Klinkert (director, Berlin)

A fairer world, how would that be? How could a world with fairer taxation and resource allocation look like? We design, discard, improvise, develop theater scenes and create a small presentation.


July 10 – 13, 11 am to 5 pm
Luiquidize! Hydrarchy! (Cruising the City)
Performance Workshop
geheimagentur (theatre collective, Hamburg)

Hydrarchy is a term from the 17th century meaning ‚the order of water’. It was coined to indicate that life at, with and from the sea was significantly different from life on territory, it has different rules, different beauties and different catastrophes. In this workshop we will think about what hydrarchy might be today.


July 12 – 14, 11 am – 5 pm
Flying Semaphores ll
flying kite construction and couscous competition
Raul Walch (artist, Berlin)

Since 2015 Raul Walch has developed various flying objects together with refugees, during numerous visits in the area of the Greek borders. With sewing machines, glue and lightweight construction rods, kites are now put together and hovered over the fences of the Tempelhofer Feld.


July 13 – 14, 10 am – 4 pm
Become a Water Detective!
Mission in the rain basin – Water laboratory for kids
Stella Kiesslinger (mediator, Berlin) and Ana Shalin Stoeckermann (mediator, Berlin)

Our grandparents could swim in the Spree! What has changed since then? And what could the “Spree of the Future” look like?


July 13 – 15, 11 am to 5 pm
Academy of Listening: Acoustic Cartography
Introduction to »Soundfield Recording«
Daniel Dominguez Teruel (composer, Hamburg) and Benoît Verjat (interface designer, Paris)

How does our environment sound and how do you describe these sounds? With mobile audio recorders, the surrounding environment is recorded acoustically and then analyzed by listening.


July 14, 10 am – 4 pm
Bees and Flowers
Beekeeping in a rainwater basin with the Warré beehive
Jonas Hörning (beekeeper, Berlin)

Jonas Hörning, the beekeeper in the rainwater retention basin, shows the construction and operation of the Warré beehive in this workshop and presents practical tips for all hobby beekeepers.

Open Program

In the Summer Open Weeks we offer not only workshops but also lectures, guided tours and performances. The visual communication department of Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin invites the ex-»Grapus« collective for a talk, Peter Ablinger plays a concert and introduces his work in advance. Artists of the Urban Soundance Research Lab, the participants of the Pseudo Public Space Workshop by Helen Stratford and Amro Yaghi as well as the performance workshops of the geheimagentur and will show the results of their work on site in dance and performance presentations. Two books (“Citymakers” and “Von Akademgorodok bis Zhekart: Nowosibirsk in 10 Stichwörtern”) are presented and much more!

June 29 and 30, 5 – 9 pm
once the beat is right
karaoke event
Are we there yet? (seminar of Phil Collins, Ale Bachlechner and Tobias Yves Zintel at KHM, Cologne)

An open stage karaoke hosts spoken word performances. The songs are written and produced by Are We There Yet? and are inspired by encounters with people, alternative institutions and community centers in and around Tempelhof.


June 30, July 7, July 14, hourly from 3 pm – 5 pm
Rubber boot tours

Floating University – a lot is happening at the same time and it`s not always easy to have an overview! The team helps and guides visitors across the campus, points to exciting workshops and seminars and provides insights into working on an experimental research campus.


June 30, July 7, 4 pm
July 14, 11.30 am
Tours through the allotment garden colony

The allotment gardeners of the colony at the airport take you on a tour of the surrounding garden colony and talk about the history and development of gardens and gardening since the end of the Second World War.


July 1, July 8 and July 15, 5 pm
Hot Terms
lecture and conversation
Gilly Karjevsky (curator, Berlin/Tel Aviv) and guests

How to capture situated knowledge that is articulated within spatial practices? During the Floating University semester, terms are collaboratively developed around applied, situated, embodied, and site-specific forms of knowledge created on site.


July 3, 7 pm
Some Notes #8
Niklas Fanelsa (architect, Berlin) and guests

Some Notes is a conversation series on architecture, crafts and cultural practice in transfer between Germany and other countries. #8 is focused on Japan.


July 3 and July 10, 6 pm
Stammtisch – A weekly conversation around the kitchen table
dinner and talk
Universität der Künste Berlin | Dept. of Architecture and Urbanism
Markus Bader, Anna Kokalanova, Christof Mayer, Rosario Talevi + students and guests

Students of Udk’s Space Production Studio build, share, flood and run the common kitchen. Every week they host a thematic dinner, a weekly conversation around the kitchen table where everyone is invited to share and co-produce a moment of hospitality.


July 5, 8 pm
Forward and forget! conversation with Ex »Grapus« collective
Department of Visual Communication of Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin with Francois Miehe, Gerhard Paris-Clavel, Alex Jordan (former Grapus) and Sandy Kaltenborn (graphic designer and activist). Moderation: Walter Scheiffele and Jörg Petruschat

What role can graphic design play in fighting for a better life in our cities (for affordable rents, against racism …)? The department of Visual Communication has invited activists from the pioneering French graphic collective Grapus (1970-1990) and Berlin shapers.


July 6, 7 pm
Pseudo Public Space 
final presentation
Helen Stratford and Amro Yaghi (architects, Scheffield) + workshop participants

In the workshop, the participants of Pseudo Public Space developed performative prototypes for public space that generate alternative publicity or question existing pseudo-public spaces. In a final presentation they show their results and invite for discussion.


July 6, 8:30 pm
final presentation
Artists of Urban Soundance Research Labs

The Soundance Festival Berlin, initiates and produces in cooperations of dancers and musicians of the ‚Freie Szene Berlin‘ and international guests. In a final presentation at the end of the residence, they present their results.


July 7, 8 pm
Academy of Listening
lecture, installation, concert
Peter Ablinger (composer, Berlin)

To Peter Ablinger, sounds are there „to hear – not to be heard. Hearing is there to stop (and hear)“. In addition to a lecture and concert, various works by Ablinger will be on view and on hear at Floating University, e.g. ‘Weiss/Weisslich 36’ as a (listening) walk with specially prepared headphones.


July 9, 7 pm
How is a city made? lecture and conversation
Cassim Shepard (film maker and author, New York City)

The talk will introduce some of the lesser known characters whose work falls outside of the dichotomy of the powerful and the powerless. The audience is invited to consider various modes of engagement with the potential to make our cities more sustainable, resilient and just.
Organized by Actors of Urban Change, a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with MitOst e.V.


July 11, 7 pm
Mensch Meier, Rocco und Seine Brüder, The Peng! Collective, Ellen Wolf, Curated by GIRLS

Those who want change, must communicate. Resistance and protest mean in the first place self-organisation and communication.


July 11, 8.30 pm and 14, 6 pm
Sol eau – performance
Dina Sennhauser

Dina Sennhauser presents her solo performance “Sol eau” in the waters of Floating University.


July 13, 7 pm
final presentation
geheimagentur (theatre collective, Hamburg) + workshop participants

The geheimagentur is offering a performance workshop about the concept of Hydrarchy and its usability today. At the end the results are presented towards the public.

July 15, 7 pm
Nowosibirsk in 10 Keywords
lecture and conversation
Stephan Lanz (urbanologist and co-founder of metroZones, Berlin), Stefanie Peter (ethnologist, 2013 – 2017 head of the Goethe Institute Novosibirsk), Kathrin Wildner (urban ethnologist, co-founder of metroZones, Berlin and Hamburg)

‚Sun City Nowosibirsk: Transformationen einer sibirischen Metropole‘ investigates architecture, history, everyday life and the urban texture of this by long winters imprinted city.


July 15, 9 pm
Small Island Big Song
Ado Kaliting Pacidal (Taiwan), Yoyo Tuki (Easter Island), Sammy Samoela (Mad- agascar), Tim Cole (Australia) und BaoBao Chen (Taiwan)

Five international artists are taking the visitors on a visual and sonic journey following the seafaring ancestry across these vast oceans.


The kitchen
The French self-taught kitchen enthusiast Flore Filioleata loves home cooking and dishes with a variety of culinary influences.


DROP – The Bar
The bar of the Floating University is run by students from the Weissen- see Kunsthochschule Berlin. Not only do they provide with beverages but they will also drop one or another event around protest and design.


Save the Dates

More Open Program takes place in the FALL OPEN WEEKS from August 31 to September 15, 2018 Floating University will invite to discuss the future of the rain water basin on September 8–9. Many universities will participate in the conference.

The Soundance Festival will be represented with a workshop by Jenny Haak. More program by the Academy of Listening is delivered. Some Notes #10 invites Tobias Zielony for a talk and Julia Jost, Ameise Vinyl, Elisabeth Merk amongst others are adding up the program.

»projekt bauhaus« will come by for a weekend (August 31 – September 2) with a workshop for a critical inventory of the Bauhaus ideas, applying its methods (Marc Wigley, Beatrice Colomina, Forensic Ar- chitecture, Keller Easterling, Armen Avanessian, Jesko Fezer, Brave New Alpes, Olaf Nikolai, Moreshin Alayaa, Arch+ and many more).