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Wir sind Nachbarn

© Sophie Gnest

Which quarter do you wish to live in? The initiative Wir sind Nachbarn [We are Neighbours] managed by the Folkwang graduates Sophie Gnest (media design) and Maren Precht (product design), develops creative projects from, for and with neighbours in Essen's Elting quarter to strengthen the sense of togetherness. Neighbours were able to contribute their skills, interests and wishes in a way that enabled joint, cross-disciplinary ideas to emerge. Gnest and Precht act locally in the Ateliergemeinschaft VierViertel  as interfaces between institutions, businesses, creative minds and the neighbourhood. Since April 2016, they have been engaged with the question of how artistic/design and scientific activities can help support neighbourhood togetherness. By applying targeted methods to the dynamics in design, sociology and education, they organise workshops to seek together courses of action for improving togetherness.

Text: Sophie Gnest

The Individual Support for Artists and Creative Minds enabled them to extend their services also in other Essen city quarters.


26 - 29 October 2017, 12-18h

The initiative "Wir sind Nachbarn" exhibit their works as part of the opening  of the new building of Folkwang University and the closing exhibition of the graduates. They provide insights into the summer workshops funded by the Individual Support for Artists and Creative Minds, the Folkwang LAB and present an outlook into future projects.

29 October 2017, 15:15h

"Wir sind Nachbarn" take part in the walk through the city quarter Katernberg with an extraordinary form of parlour games. Starting point is the foyer of the new building of Folkwang University of Arts, Campus World Heritage Zollverein, Martin-Kremmer-Straße 21, Essen.