DISCIPLINES & COLLECTIVE (ONGOING)
Collective Basis and Future (Visual Art)
The “Basis and Future” class takes its starting point from the work of Studio 26 as a platform for art as a means of political and social engagement. The workshops are open to all age groups and to people with or without prior artistic experience. Workshops and meetings take place every week (each Saturday).
We work with various media: printmaking (linocut and silkscreen), painting, drawing, photography, and animation.
Deborah Anne Bowen, Nadira Hausain, Greta Cazzola, Laura Meyer, Alice Cazzola, Marina Naprushkina, Christian Wollgast, Vera Varlamova, Abbas Al-Shafeay, Uma Gadzieva, Nicola Schüschke, Alan Khaled, Eleonore de Montesquiou and others.
Collective: Food, Justice, and the Degrowthing (Interdiscplinary, started 2022)
We focus on daily practice: critical insight into food accessibility, agriculture, everyday habits, and the challenges. Is sustainable cooking just a vision for the rich? By raising the question of Food Justice, and what it means today, we wish to develop such practices, which are able to take into account the global issues into our local perspective. Starting from sharing our knowledge and ideas of a fair and local food distribution, we will together investigate diverse food policy. At once we also ask: what role does artistic practice may play in locating, ecology & economy and postulates of degrowthing.
As a collective we want to bring into the light strategies and practices which potentially help us staying with the troubles and build solidarity.
Community of Hand Weaving (Visual Arts, started 2022)
Textile is plural narrative. Inspired by Anne Albers texts we see weaving as a kind of open-source formula that is complex and plural, but also very particular. It is dependent on common and shared knowledge but at the same time on the specific geographical, natural and human context. This diversity and similarity, repetition and rapture become the starting point for our community of weaving hands. By employing our hands and eyes, acquiring different techniques, we open ourselves to each other. Weaving as very material practices reflects on very valid social issues: the building of social connections and possible transformations.
Together in very diverse formats we inquire about the nature of social hand weaving practices: a time needed to gain knowledge and trust, understanding of material and responsibility toward the fabric. Moving weaving out of the private and isolated spaces into the open public one we want to gain a new visibility of such phenomena as duration, or laborious crafting. What is important to us: Textile became a witness of struggle and social change. One of the very first strikes and common actions began among the weavers in Owls Hills (Eulegebirge), described by Karl Marx in his writings, and then by Gerard Hauptman…Textile is definitely a plural narrative!
Image and Propaganda
IP is responsible for creating visuals for all the events held by the MMC and translating messages into graphic and text form as books, posters, flyers, and publications. IP produces the MMC-Magazine.
Language and Friendship (Linguistics)
The Language and Friendship Class will build on five years of experience with the German Stammtisch at Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit. The Stammtisch format of regular get-togethers was founded in 2013. At these events, old and new neighbors meet at Neue Nachbarschaft two times per week to converse in German and get to know one another (Mondays and Tuesdays). The Stammtisch is not a language class in the traditional sense, but a language laboratory and opportunity for social interaction.
The class will support and further develop the Stammtisch format by exploring issues around language learning and friendship, writing essays, holding short presentations for further discussion, reinforcing connections between and among participants, and emphasizing participation and empathy. The class investigates friendship as a social relationship that is of extraordinary importance for both individuals and society. In modern societies, natural “friendships” based on personal connections, trust, and long-term relationships have become increasingly rare. This leads to growing social isolation and depression at the individual level, which has long-term impacts on society as a whole.
The class will develop theoretical and practical methods.
Sheroes of Jabalmoa
International women’s group that meets once a week for exchange about language, the body, and everyday life.
We are women, just women or “sheroes,sheroes” of the mountains of Moa. We come from all over the world, Sudan, Syria, Gambia, India, Russia, France, Germany and so on and so forth and each of us brings something from her own world every week.
Every Monday from 19:45
Every Tuesday from 19:45
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Cooking for 100 people every Wednesday. International traditional dishes: economical, simple and tasty: best cooking school.
Movement and Voice (Politics and Music)
The Movement and Voice Class will build on the activities of the Political Working Group founded at Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit in summer 2017. The group organized the campaign "HIER WÄHLEN ALLE" (everyone votes here) during the German parliamentary election of fall 2017. Numerous events, actions, lectures, and meetings with politicians were held as part of the campaign.
The class will continue developing new political formats for political education, debate, and participation. It will incorporate the experiences of the other classes into its work, and have the resources of the MMC at its disposal.
The class will found a choir for new songs that move and inspire people.
“إنسِجام” Insi’Jam (Musical Collective)
Open group of musicians and music-lovers of different musical, ethnical and social backgrounds.
In our weekly Jamsession we provide a space with a complete setup of instruments from electric guitar to darbuka - open for everyone to play and listen to no matter how different the individual interests, emotions, styles and skills shared may be. While Jammin’, organizing external concerts and exercising in a recently founded band-project, we learn from each other and share our knowledge.
Collective WIESE (Literature and Theater)
WIESE is about literature, poetology, and the autonomy of linguistic beauty—but also about claims to social space and politics.
WIESE meets Wednesdays to read, discuss, and translate texts together, mainly in Arabic and German.
WIESE collaborates with the MMC-based theatre and performance group INVISIBLE CITY (Uunsichtbare Stadt) and the DRUSIAN NATIONAL THEATRE AS-SUWAIDA.
Participants in the WIESE currently include Rahaf Gharzaddien, Nauras Ali, Kenan Khadaj, Marwa Younes Almokbel, Christian Filips, Miriam Rainer and others.
Initiated by Christian Filips.