The submitted contributions will hang in Berlin on 1500 City Light Posters of Wall GmbH from July 26 until the end of August 2022. We do not know the exact locations, and count on the help of Berliners. If you are looking for your poster, follow us on the Social Media; if you find one of our posters in the city, please share it on Instagram, Facebook or/and Twitter with the location and the hashtag #dubistamzug so that others can find it, too!
The first part of our experiment is now complete. It confirmed our assumption that many people wish to share something personal with the public. The variety and quality of the contributions (to be seen in the gallery) is impressive. We already started to categorize the content to get an overview of what the central topics are. You can read more about that on the main page.
The second part of the project will collect the reactions to the contributions and to the project itself. We want to know what you think about the idea of Du bist am Zug! Should it happen again? Should the possibility of shaping the public space in this way maybe exist all the time? In many cities? Why? What did this action bring to the participants and the city? What can we change, what went well? Please use our contact form to share your thoughts!
Who we are
We are a research team that works with questions of citizen participation in urban public space. We strive to make the shared urban spaces as inclusive as possible. Our specific aspiration is to enable city residents to emblazon their city with their individual contributions, making the shared urban space more inclusive, colorful and multi-voiced.
Du bist am Zug has been made possible due to the generous sponsorship of the Wall GmbH. Our cooperation partner for this project is the Berlin museum URBAN NATION.
What is freedom of expression?
Who owns public spaces?
Theoretically, we all do, but what does this mean? Practically, this means that we all can access public spaces: we constantly use these spaces on our way to work, to meet friends, to shop or otherwise spend our time. We can admire a statue placed in a public part or ask ourselves what a piece of modern art placed on a plaza actually means.
We all play the passive role of consumers of our own city – we can use the city to commute, to shop, to work, but we cannot change or add anything to the public space we all theoretically own. While advertising and graffiti struggle over our attention, most city residents remain invisible.
Now imagine another city – a city whose public spaces carry messages of its residents, whose landscapes are created and recreated as an ever-changing collage of multiple voices. In this city, public spaces are genuinely public – visit them, and you’ll encounter the worlds of people who live in the city; leave your own contribution, and others will learn something about you, too.