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Model settlement

This art project examines the design principles of patterns in nature and culture.

Here you can look at a documentation of the current state of the Model settlement project - click here!

In the research phase, we investigate the phenomenon of patterns, their effect and the message they convey jointly with children and youths. Using simple techniques as well as more complex layouts, depending on the age group, we develop new patterns which we then mould in clay, bake and apply coloured glaze to.


In a second phase, an outside installation will be built where a wall of round modules will be gradually created. Our model settlement is intended to emulate the collection of the museum, but will also reflect the experience of the pupils.

The outside installation also serves a practical purpose: The round modules are stacked above and beside each other and the space between them filled with loam. The loam and the use of the painted and perforated ceramic plates make the outside installation a real habitat for wild insects in our museum garden. A model settlement for insects is created.

In the next few years the Mitte Museum plans to offer workshops about wild bees and honeybees, among other topics. The work on this project will be continued for several years (in 2013 in cooperation with the Lessing-Gymnasium secondary school).

We would like to invite you, your friends and family to the opening ceremony of our model settlement on Monday, 2 June 2014 at 1 p.m. in the garden of the Mitte Museum.

At 1.30 the model settlement will be unveiled in a ceremony and released for inhabitation by wild insects. We will be offering food and drinks.. Please make sure to wear patterned clothing!

Project timeframe: March 2013 to June 2014

Concept: Bärbel Rothhaar

Project manager: Oliver Goldacker

Target group: 3rd to 12th form

Age: from 8 years on

Dates: by appointment, max. 15 pupils

Sponsored by:
Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung (Berlin Project Funds Cultural Education

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