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MIGRATING SPACES

TU BERLIN, GERMANY / 2013 – 2016

IN COOPERATION WITH PROF. STEFANIE BÜRKLE, VERONIKA BÖCKELMANN, ILKIN AKPINAR, FULYA ERDEM, KOUROSH ZARGHANI

SPONSORED BY VOLKSWAGEN

„For me the importance of hybridity is not to be able to trace two original 

moments from which the third emerges, rather hybridity to me is the ‚third space‘ which enables other positions to emerge.“ Homi Bhabha

When people move, so do spaces, along with images, cultural practices and lifestyles. Migrating Spaces examines the common elements of domestic architecture in Germany that are integrated into homes built by former guest workers upon their „definitive return“ to Turkey. The study questions how cultural experiences and memories define complex identities within the built environment. Examining closely homes that were designed and often built by the owners themselves, the exhibition aims to establish a typology of architecture of these various socio-spatial implementations. Details in the build of these homes often express expectations about future life in Turkey, impressions from a past spent in Germany, and also translate personal memories from childhood years.

 

The catalog of methodologies of the research project included ‚field research‘, ‚Interviews‘, video research‘ and ‚photography research‘. In seven trips to Turkey we visited around 40 houses to collect Data: The informations have been evluated and interpreted with artistic methods. Further we did seminars with students of the TU Berlin, institute for architecture to generate material.

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