The time of the ARTS project has come to an end. The last papers are written, the last public sessions have been concluded and the last articles are being typed. Where will all the people involved in the project disperse to? Which seed planted during these three years will grow? And where?
The 5th Informed Cities Forum came to me like a thunderstorm: Coming for a long time, being here briefly and impressively and leaving me behind refreshed and contemplating on what had just happened.
When I close my eyes and think back to these intense one and a half days in Dresden about two weeks ago, this comes up: I remember a group of very mixed and all in their own way very inspiring and cordial people sitting together in a former church turned ruin turned theater turned conference venue under a glass roof that kept us connected to the burning sun, moving clouds and torrential rains outside. Everything changes… constantly. I remember international citizens in very different positions in society and representing manifold interest groups sharing their views and observations, their angle towards sustainability and their quarrels within, without, against or in favor of this basically hard to grasp thing, ”the system”. I remember questioning ourselves basically, if there is hope for the future of humankind on this planet. And if yes, how can we share this hope?
Below you will find 10 songs that make my transition playlist. It’s about the music, the lyrics, the memories they bring, the different voices and stories. There were so many others that kept coming to mind but well, sometimes you just need to make a choice (and also some would be way too embarrassing to share publicly). It’s very personal at times and of course forever in progress, hope you will enjoy it and please keep those lists coming!
Which way to the future? This was the question asked by the 4th Informed Cities Forum that was held in Rotterdam from 26th-27th of March. 164 participants from 22 European countries went on an exposure therapy between civil servants, scientists and active citizens.
Since January 1st of 2015 there is a new Makerspace in Dresden West. Various local initiatives, artists and creatives put a new, shared vision into practise: The Rosenwerk. The opening is scheduled for the second weekend of May.
On the 6th of February representatives from the community gardens in the city came together for a meeting of the Gartennetzwerk Dresden to exchange news and to make plans for the new season of 2015 .