STUDY VISIT VI: ‘ROSENWERK KONGLOMERAT’

After touring old factories, our way took us to Rosenwerk Konglomerat, a not for profit, artists co-working space. Its memberships are separated into two possibilities: 24/7 access or 5 days a week access. They currently had 50 members that paid through their memberships for a large part of the expenses while the organisation is further assisted financially by donations and an Anstiftung.

What each membership gets one is access to all workshops, their equipment and materials, with the sole exception that sometimes one would have to pay for materials. Speaking of workshops, what they offer in their premises is: a repair-café for electronics, computer lab with varying sizes of printers, 3D printers, a laser workshop, a silk-screen printing workshop, a wood workshop plus graffiti experimentation grounds! They even do trainings on occasion for various topics such stitching, silk-screen printing etc.

For those interested in management issues and coordinating of space, they use Google Calendar for managing their room and machine bookings.

by Artemis Nikolaidou-Vichou

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STUDY VISIT V: ‘K52’

Our first visit on the fourth day of the training took us to K52, a grass-roots organisation of about 40 people named after Kemnitzerstraße 52, the address of the bar where they used to meet and initially organised this group initiative.

The starting point of K52 is the harsh reality that there are no cheap rooms available to the creative industry in Dresden, yet still there are a lot of empty and abandoned factories in and around Dresden. Thus, the idea was born that evolved into the GMbH that K52 is; first fix old industrial buildings and then revive them. Still, so far they are only a virtual organisation that expects to see the outcomes of their plans coming to fruition probably by 2018.

As we toured one of said abandoned factories, aside of the building’s particular history we were informed of the multitude of issues that arise when such an endeavour as a large scale renovation is to be undertaken. Due to the buildings being listed, at least some of their parts need to be preserved leading to such circumstances as historically accurate window renovations which can cost up to 3,000€ or more. Furthermore, due the scale of the project, it is nigh impossible for them to rent out small spaces, thus needing to aim for focused investors and tenants. All of this leads to great insecurity on their part thus the project is so far progressing slowly and carefully. Even so, it was for us an illuminating and thrilling tour!

by Artemis Nikolaidou-Vichou

SUSTAINABILITY!!!

A new day and a new trainer: Toni Kiel!

Toni Kiel introduced the group to the concept of Sustainability and then asked all the groups to, first of all, find their Leader. Then each team had to be split into two, the Impact Group and the Customers Group.

The Impact Groups had to locate and write down any impact created to the society or the environment from their respective Projects.

The Customers Groups had to locate the jobs that needed to be done and the customer experience.

The Leader had to be the time keeper and the intermediate between his two groups, transferring information and inspiration. Afterwards, every group got back together to work everything out, present their work and receive feedback.

by Artemis Nikolaidou-Vichou