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YOUNG TENANTS | Berlin / Potsdam

In the “Young tenants” project youngsters and young adults from Berlin are given unused locations in the urban space to implement a cultural programme and put their idea of cultural praxis into practice.

The tenant rooms are accomplished in six different districts and are time-limited. Professional art organizations provide mentors for the young tenants, offering their skills and advice as and when required. In this context the PowerLab adapts the action research methodology and calls it "Pärflektionstreffen". This so-called “perflection” is an encounter of the tenants as the main actors of the project, together with professionals.

The encounter offers space and time to look at the practice, discuss next steps and plan these steps. Apart from supporting the self-determined process of the young practitioners, we give thematic impulses to the reflection process to stimulate and provoke the discursive level. The aim is to investigate and improve praxis, to develop other perspectives and broaden the options for action. The youngsters challenge their practice, find solutions and plan actions - perceiving themselves simultaneously as actors, creators, experts and co-researchers.

The goal and achievement of the perflection encounter changes, depending on who is involved, in consideration of the given place, the organizational arrangement and, most importantly, the content. Our understanding of action research and interventional practices should endow future practitioners with the ability to develop project frames and conditions that initiate interdisciplinary, contextual, informal and self-determined learning processes.