Ivan Kirchgaesser is a queer independent researcher and writer based in Berlin. In 2020, he received a PhD from Oxford Brookes University for his self-experiment in social sculpture. Asking how life can be lived as art, his work is interdisciplinary in the way that life is interdisciplinary. How can we conceive of our creative possibilities as well as our limitations? In what ways does transformation and change manifest in our everyday realities? And what role can education – formal and informal – play in this?

For the Berlin Design Week, Ivan will talk about his prize-winning project on Do-It-Yourself Learning Spaces. DIY Learning Spaces redefine what learning can look like, what desirable outcomes are, and what knowledge and capacities are needed in the world of today. Grounded in a sense of meaning and purpose, all are facilitated by individuals operating at the grassroots and in the cracks of the system. Can their work, however makeshift or curious it may appear at present, set an example for the future?

Read the interviews with DIY practitioners and more of Ivan’s work on his blog. 

joined by:

Natyra Elezi Samuel Cho
With ‘Skin: be:neath/yond’ Natyra Elezi and Samuel Cho present their first joint project as a duo at D-Bü. The core of their work is the fusion of experimental ideas and sound worlds in a dynamic audiovisual performance. Influenced by creative coding, among other things, Natyra and Samuel search for the line between classical music, free improvisation and video art. Through constantly changing recombinations, they shed light on the question of what it means to be a performer in the technocratic 21st century.

“Skin:be[neath/yond]” is a multimedia, improvisational performance. It is the artistic expression of two technically skilled pianists who are searching for new ways of making music. With a piano, some synthesizers and a visual projection controlled by artificial intelligence, the duo juxtaposes the acoustic and the electric, the flow of improvisation and the false permanence of fixed composition, and the two senses of hearing and seeing.