urban dialogues

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The Metropolitan Art Organisation urban dialogues

Since 1998 the metropolitan art organisation urban dialogues has been experimenting with the urban spaces of the city of Berlin searching for interesting grounds for temporary, public and participative art projects.
Starting point was a project entitled urban dialogues (outside) in 1998. The project addressed the final moments of the reconstruction of central Berlin in form of an artistic visual and performative intervention. The idea of exploring a particular area within its contemporary usage as a spatial system within its own history and through its silently slumbering visions has been repeated in various areas in Berlin through a multitude of artistic approaches.
The artistic principle of urban dialogues is to bring aesthetic sensitivity to the rapid changes of place and perspective within the city landscape. Since 2002 urban dialogues has worked within the social regeneration programmes in urban crisis zones, focussed on integrating youth and young adults in the production of art and culture.
The artistic projects of urban dialogues which began in the centre of Berlin as a scrutiny of the dramatically changing environment, have since then developed in a manifold artistic discourse with the phenomenon of urban spaces, urban literature and urban signs.
The projects have run with the support of, amongst others, the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin, the Cultural Programme of the European Commission Culture 2007, the Senate for Urban Development Berlin, the Youth and Family Foundation Berlin, the Sociocultural Foundation Bonn, the Foundation for the Dramatic Arts Bonn, the Spanish Embassy in Berlin, the British Council Germany, Siemens AG and Allianz AG.
The projects has been realised in co-operation with Goethe-Institutes in Barcelona, London and Sofia.
The Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths College, University of London, has been the academic partner for the project ‘Signs of the City – Metropolis speaking’ in 2006 – 2008.

urban dialogues is member of the Cultural-Political Society in Bonn.