»When attachment to place grows, we start to identify ourselves with these places.«
(Dr. M. V. Giuliani, 2003)
How far can personal experiences and stories help to strengthen the connection to a place? Within a series of experiments and prototypes we investigate adequate methods for collecting personal stories in a public context. Furthermore we develop an on-spot installation presenting the collected stories to foster the attachment to place. During the process we explore to what extent analog as well as digital ways can be used to collect and display personal stories. We are working on a crosspoint of three Berlin boroughs Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte and Friedrichshain: in between old and new buildings, natives and new arrivals, proletariat and gated community. A place where many opposites can cause friction.
Crossnotes is part of ConnectedCity, a research project exploring the interaction within urban neighborhoods. The main question is – how can interaction between neighbors be increased in an anonymous but socially diverse house? Our goal is to start a dialogue about practice-based research for urban living. We want to explore the urban lives of present and future citizens, their particular opportunities to interact, and their potential to engage in diverse cross generational communities.
ConnectedCity was started in Winter 2010 by Stephanie Neumann and Jonas Breme at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Parts of the research were presented at Chi Sparks 2011 in Arnhem (NL) and Re:Publica 2012 in Berlin (DE).