On the 9th of October 2011, we took a drive with Rüdiger Rossig (with Marko Krojac at the wheel) to search out the 'DIY' ex-yugo scene in Berlin. In fact Berlin is bustling with small and beautiful self-run spaces hosting a very specific array of community events. Along our travels we came across the Rroma Theater Cafe in Neukölln, the Blauer Apfel secret cinema and kitchen in Prenzlauer Berg, the Südost Europa Kultur e.V. exhibition space in Kreuzberg, the "hinterhof Moschee" (backyard mosque) Islamski Kulturni Centar close to the NGBK and painter Lovro Artukovic's studio near Hermannplatz. Meeting random passengers in the car, Rüdiger displayed his talent for full-content/fast-talking and presented his publication, as well as his personal interest in and history of the ex-yugoslavian countries and how some of the protagonists had ended up in Berlin. (following photos taken by Marko Krojac)
Following the Kombicar event was a day-long animation workshop for teenage art students from the Kurt Tucholsky Oberschule in Pankow who looked at the topic memories and how personal memories change and are adapted when 'given further' to other people. The kids visited the exhibition and gained an insight into how other artists had worked with the topic of memory and memorials. We looked at simple animations done by artists that were available on youtube (including short pieces by Norman McClaren, William Kentridge, Rene Laloux and David Shrigley). Then a kind of 'swap shop' of personal anecdotes took place that were then produced as simple, short drawn animations by teams of 4. The workshop introduced the kids to the procedure involved in making a simple animation as well as the difficulty and sensitivity required when dealing with other peoples memories.