who cares?
Kaya Liffler, Paula Scheibke, Christian Sternhagen, Marijke Kiparski, Alexandra Faix, Mathis Bergmann

This semester we will use the principle of maintenance as a starting point and place a central focus on everyday care work. We want to shed light on topics such as the social, the material and the urban dimension of „care, maintenance, repair“. For this purpose, during the semester we will develop ideas and concepts, and investigate places of intervention in Venice and, during a workshop-week in September at the German Pavilion, we will work together with residents and initiatives from Venice, to implement them. Tasks of design, small interventions and repairs in the city, let‘s get out of our comfort zone and think and do “diesmal, mal anders”.
In the neighbourhood of Santa Marta, the ASC - Assemblea Sociale per la Casa has suc- cessfully employed squatting and renovation practices to revive derelict apartments, using materials from the Bien- nale for the maintenance works. These proven principles have contributed to the careful urban renewal of the area. We will work with, in and around the community garden, which also needs to be maintained and activated. Both in Hannover and in Venice, we will design and build interventions to promote individual and collective responsibility, as well as the cultivation of oneself and one’s community. This space will serve as a meeting place for socializing and promoting multispecies coexistence.

Our group focused on developing an interface shelf that will act as a place to store garden tools, exchange books and making the entrance of the garden more visible. Besides the shelf we cared about the signs and poster of rules and cleaned up the whole area that was previously full with garbage from the neighborhood.