The three-day workshop, where students used movement as communication tool, was a platform for imagining our future society and exploring what citizenship means to us and how it influences our strategies of living together.

On Day 1, The Geometry of Citizenship, the participants explored citizenship through the spatial relationships we create in society. On Day 2, The Collective Body, exercises used physical experience to explore coexistence by creating collective body drawings based on body movement as a communication tool. On Day 3, the experience was publicly shared and discussed.

All photos by Eliah Rustveld unless otherwise noted.

Title: Venice – Exercising Citizenship
A three day workshop, where students exercise movement as communication tool.
Date: June 28 – 30, 2017
Location: Venice, Italy
Students: Xin Cheng, Maria Christou, Tino Holzmann, Robert Köpke, Barbara Niklas, Konouz Saeed, Mana Stahl, Julia Wycisk, and guests of the class Muriel Andreu (Erasmus Fine Arts student), Konstanze Eßmann (Experimental Design, HFBK Hamburg), Juli Paetzold (Konzeptdesign, HFBK Hamburg) and Chinook Ulrich Schneider (Film department, HFBK Hamburg), as well as students of the Visual Arts department at IUAV Lorenza Adessi, Flavia Banchi, Lucia Bergamaschi, Licia Bianchi, Eleonora Boraggini, Elisa Businaro, Daniele Costa, Martina Camani,  Amy Ferullo, Ludovico Franzolini, Gaetano Savio Intilla, Sabrina Losenno, Beatrice Marotta, Margherita Moro, Marcella Merra, Guglielmo Messina, Matias Julian Nativo, Alessia Prati and Simone Rossi.
The Class of the Design for the Living World in collaboration with: Chalet Society and Department of Visual Arts at IUAV (the Università Iuav di Venezia). Exercising Citizenship was initiated by Chalet Society. The three-day workshop by Marjetica Potrč in collaboration with Lucia Babina and Ime Essien was part of the program of workshops led by the Visual Arts department at IUAV. Special thanks to Gaston Ramirez Feltrin and Green Spin for organization and support.
Supported by: Chalet SocietyHochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK Hamburg), IUAV (the Università Iuav di Venezia) and MSU (Michigan State University, USA).


Poster announcing Exercising Citizenship workshop at IUAV.

Photo by Marjetica Potrč.

Day 1: The Geometry of Citizenship

Exploring citizenship through spatial relationships we create in society.

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Day 2: The Collective Body

Using the body to create images that help participants to explore power relations and coexistence.

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Photo by Marjetica Potrč.

Day 3: Conclusion with 5 Exercises

Participants reenact the collective body drawings in space.

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