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In 2017, the sister cities of Berlin and Los Angeles celebrate 50-year city partnership. On the occasion of this jubilee, Berlin will present itself in the Arts District Los Angeles in a Berlin Lab to which all interested parties are invited. Around the Berlin Lab, numerous other events will take place in L. A., which underline the city partnership between Berlin and L.A. GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit participate in three formats:


Thursday, 05.10.2017, 1 pm

Panel Talk: Reclaiming Public Space: Street Art in Berlin and L.A. (Wende Museum)

Together with artists and activists, Lars Krückeberg talks about the role of street art and its social and political potential in the cities of Berlin and Los Angeles, and presents the recently opened Urban Nation Museum for Contemporary Urban Art. The panel is organized by the Wende Museum.

Location: BERLIN LAB, LOT 613 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Registration: http://bit.ly/2hHAJgC



Thursday, 05.10.2017, 6 pm

Creative Talk: 100 years of Bauhaus: How do we want to live?

The moderator Alexandra von Stosch, program director of the Bauhaus Council Berlin, talks to Thomas Willemeit, architect Van Bo Le Mentzel, and author Theresia Enzensberger about the connections between Bauhaus and design thinking.

Location: BERLIN LAB, LOT 613 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Registration: http://bit.ly/2xK6z2L



Friday, 06.10.2017, from 4.30 pm

Presentation: Dimensions of Citizenship meets UNBUILDING WALLS. Curators of US and German Venice Architecture Biennale

Mimi Zeiger, U.S. Pavilion co-curator with Ann Lui and Niall Atkinson, and GRAFT founding partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit, curators of the German Pavilion together with Marianne Birthler, will give a brief insight into their exhibition concepts.

In the context of next year’s international architecture exhibition topic “Freespace” the U.S. Pavilion’s exhibition “Dimensions of Citizenship” will interrogate the spatial conditions of design and citizenship. This exhibition will present works by architects, designers, artists, and thinkers who are responding to today’s shifting modes of citizenship, and putting forth visions of future ways of belonging.

In 2018, Germany will be reunified for 28 years – exactly as long as the inner German border wall (1961-1989) existed. In the German Pavilion, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler will show the exhibition “UNBUILDING WALLS” which takes this parallel as an opportunity to explore the effects of division and the process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon, responding to current debates on nations, protectionism and division.

Location: Bestor Architecture, 2030 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

*Street parking is available on Hyperion and Griffith Park Avenues. Please be sensitive to our neighbors.

Registration: astosch@me.com


All events are free of charge. Please register using the respective links.

You can view the entire Berlin Lab program: http://bit.ly/2fmORr2

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