Working Committee (AK) for the rehabilitation of the Common Green – Symposion 2016

We see the concept of „the Common Green and its rehabilitation“ as a metaphor for our subjective experience of reality, particularly in relation to our surrounding cityscape and its reciprocation with us. As „common“ as this „green” that finds its way through the asphalt on every street corner is the difficulty in picking apart the questions that arise upon its closer inspection.
A significant part of our living environment – urban space, in this case Munich – serves for us as a starting point. We undertake walking tours as promenadology (the science of strolling) by way of ground research to help us with the topics of nature/wildness, culture, order, and chaos.

Together with „specialists“ we will examine social, ecological, political, and aesthetic aspects, with the aim of sharpening our perception of the environment, and to expand and gain a deeper insight into the structures of our city lives.

Symposion September 2016

Jutta Burkardt, Alexis Dworsky, Andreas Mitterer, Heidi Mühlschlegel, Martina Ring, Rasso Rottenfußer, Susanne Schmitt

Content and timetable

FRANZ XAVER BAIER – Sun 04 Sep 2016
Municipal Munich weeds as an indication of communities’ higher order
A kind of > weed – walk > in which different topics are explained.
For example: chasm, crack, depth, underground, spontaneity, wildness, culture, humus and humanity, etc.

CHRISTIANE FINK – Tue 06 Sep 2016
The art of talking to plants
This geomantic workshop leads us into the Maximilian park area along the Isar – here we find our discussion partner. Geomancy literally means „interpretation, prophecy of the earth,“ and with the help of exercises we will attune to the earth’s subtle levels and establish deep contact with its plant-based essence.

DANIELA STÖPPEL – Thu 08 Sep 2016
Taxonomies and urban systems: What the classification of plants has to do with the design of our cities
Tour of the botanical gardens and Nymphenburg Parc.
Taxonomies are used for the systematic classification of species. Through a tour of the botanical garden we will query how to justify different classification methods, and how to read these abstract patterns of order in the structure of urban and architectural space.

The overlay of nature in the disenchanted world: How the success of technical rationality has shaped our perception.
Modern society is interfused with the „rationalism of world mastery,“ to which the triumph of technical rationality owes itself. Max Weber speaks of a comprehensive „disenchantment of the world“ in the consciousness of modern man. Technology, and its principle of recyclability and predictability, characterizes our social relationship with nature. Through two promenade excursions this session aims to break this very one-sided perspective on nature: the Deutsches Museum as the temple of proud technology worship and the nearby the Isar Dam, as an example of the overlay of nature (in this case, a river).

Under the pavement, the green
„Sous les paves, la plage” – this slogan of the 1968 Sponti movement aims courageously at freedom. In the context of the project „Under the cobblestones“ lies not so much „the beach“ but the greenery. This symbolizes the dreams and nightmares of desire, as for example Hieronymus Bosch demonstrated in his „Garden of Earthly Delights.“ In what way, and how well, does this fit with desire? These questions are now particularly important for urban life, as the city is grounded in nothing more than the desires of its citizens.
In the first part of the workshop Nika Wiedinger (philosophy) and Nicole Truckenbrodt (organizational consulting) will open together with the participants, the demonic force of desire.
In the second part we will visit a Munich city garden, designed as an oasis in an open-corporate complex. How are aspects of Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” reflected in the pine garden of the O2 Towers? What desires are aroused or satisfied here?
Sources: Hieronymus Bosch „Garden of Earthly Delights,“ Plato „Symposium,“ Georges Bataille „The Tears of Eros,“ Peter Sloterdijk “The Internal Space of the Capital “ and others.

CHRISTIAN JACOBS – Tue 13 Sep 2016
RE FORMATION – Subversive city culture in Munich
Along the 12-hour „Parcours“ we experience and construct another Munich: a city connected to its deeper creative structure.

This event is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, Munich.