WTD "What's the deal?" – A Transnational Project on Young Urban Cultures …


26. May 2015

Gemi project

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Gemi is a community based project that was produced during 3 months in Munich. Artist Erdogan Onur Ceritoglu from Istanbul worked with pupils aged between 7 and 11 years in a socio-educational institution called Project Laden.  They created a furniture-like installation from locally found scrap wood which participants can use and modify. The goal of this project was to assemble a playground sculpture made collectively by the artist and children through workshops.

The first workshop was about interpreting the characters and the environment in Jules Werne’s 20.000 leagues under the sea into models and visual material. Following, a vessel like furniture was being designed and carpentered from scrap furniture parts. After that, the kids painted the sculpure and assembled it in the institution where it is placed since then.

Watch the video about the project for more information:

21. May 2015

WTD Exhibition, June 11 – 20, 2015

by Hertha    Filed under: Creative Lab,Design,Events,FSPU,Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,Urban biking,What's The Deal? generalComments Off on WTD Exhibition, June 11 – 20, 2015

The „Moving urban cultures“ festival is all about workshops, live-concerts and talks about sustainability and young urban cultures. But there’s something else: in the past two years international artists have created various works for the „What’s the deal?“ project that will be exhibited during the whole festival.

Wandering around the Kreativquartier, without doubt, you will soon reach the „Kreativräume“, were the exhibition is located. Enter Hall 5 and find yourself in the middle of the project „From Space to Place to Utopia”: this project is about urban wasteland in four european cities. The artists’ task was to find an abandoned space and to show the present state through a photography. Then they should create a work about how the space could look in future. Eventually they invented wild utopias of how they wished the spaces be like. The selected cities were Munich (Max-Joseph Platz, Kreativquartier and Viehhof), Ljbuljana (Tobacno), Hallein, Austria (rooftops) and Amsterdam (Stenenhoofd).

Following the exhibition to Hall 6 and 7 you will experience the WTD Lab and the Art Intervention Amsterdam. The WTD Lab is a reflection of artists from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Turkey and Slovenia about sustainabiltiy. Their art work shows alternative solutions about this frequently discussed topic. The Art Intervention Amsterdam is dealing with how designers could change the world. Fourteen european designers engaged themselves in a multi-disciplinary manner with the subject of sustainability at the beginning of this year and will present their far-reaching results in the exhibition.

Leaving the inner area you’ll stumble across a wooden sculpture populated with skaters doing there tricks. The so called Nomadic Sculpture is located opposite of the Import Export Kantine and is once again ready to be skated on. Next to it you’ll find artistic and unique trikes on display which were constructed during the Schmiede Bike Lab, also ready to be tried out. Both art works are excellent examples, how the (sharp) distinction between art and commodity item can become blurred.

For more information about the artists and the work the infocenter is happy to help and provide you with all requested materials. Texts, pictures and videos about the background, research and results of the project are on display.




19. March 2015

Watch Bert Scholten’s 20 short animations

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Invited by What’s the deal? I was a resident in Villa Waldberta last november and december. Just outside Munich, on the hills which provide a classic German-romantic view over the Starnberger See and the alps.

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1: The Villa Waldberta artist residency / 2: dem Nebelmeer (Starnberger see) and the alps behind / 3&4: handpainted typographic signs and maps in the area

I researched the current state of underground-culture using Munich as a research site. I came across a lot of friendly, humorous and hospitable people and initiatives. Check out food specialists Tisch & Thymian, musicians/label-owners/artists  Pollyester (and their new album ‘City of O’), Matt Wiegele, Domteur MoonerWon ABC, Jan Weissenfeld, Markus Grassl and curators Haeppi Peacis. Saw some great shows at Kafe Kult, Glockenbachwerkstatt, Milla and Import Export. But, of course, there’s much more to discover.


Munich has a peculiar mix of strong cultural heritage and modern welfare. Volxvergnuegen makes a welcome and surprising answer to that by organizing a lot. Talks about culture and music, small concerts, zines, a label called iRRland and a riso-printing service.
A riso-printer is a copy-machine which can do very lively oil-based color-prints. I printed the invitation above on very short notice with their kind help.

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Left: Riso-printing at Volxvergnuegen / Middle: Signing the prints by hand / Right: detail of typical charachteristics riso-printing

The second month I focussed on making an animation everyday. Below you can see my studio with my research board, instruments and drawing tablet inside Villa Waldberta.


After 20 days of animating I had 20 videos. Below you can see all 20 animations in the series. I recommend to watch them in HD. From june 11 these videos will be shown in an art-installation at the final event of What’s the Deal? at the Kreativquartier at the Dachauerstrasse in Munich. I hope to see you there!

Bert Scholten


12. March 2015

An Art Intervention in Amsterdam

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This February, we started our Art Intervention series in Amsterdam with a masterclass program. For four days, a group of fourteen designers and artists came together in an Amsterdam canal house to learn and discuss about sustainability and design (check all the cultural players here). Our generous host – the Natural Capital Coalition – provided us with a meeting space in the Groene Bocht, which is an office space for sustainable companies varying from architects and a law firm, to a salad bar franchise and a magazine about green and conscious living. A great place to start our journey!

For the Art Intervention week, we created a program bringing together themes such as economy, design, compassion, biomimicry, reuse, toxicology and philosophy to approach the idea of sustainability from very different angles. We wanted to inform, inspire and provoke the status quo.
The main question we posed at the beginning of the week to everyone was to think about ‘How can you, as an artist or designer, change the world (in a sustainable way)?’ This is of course a big question, with as many possible answers as you can actually think of. It has been (and will be) a very personal journey for everyone. But exiting things are already happening.
For the coming weeks we will be collecting all the ideas and answers of the group and start framing an exhibition for the Munich event coming June (more info soon!). We will, of course, keep you updated, but firstsome pictures of the event to give you some impression.

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We kicked the Art Intervention off with a lecture from Pieter van der Gaag, Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition. He talked to us about the big trends in global sustainability and explained how the NCC is working with multinationals to value their use of the commons and incorporate it in their pricing models so they can give back for what they take from the earth.

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For the afternoon session, designer and founder of Studio Sattelit Alexandra Weigand, provides us with insight into her research and discussed her visions for design and sustainability for the 21st century. Alexandra presented current design trends and showed us how the latest research, new technologies and production methods can be used for designing a sustainable future.

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When your design is your responsibility, how do you then makes choices in your life and work? And what is the role of (self-) compassion? The second day, we had to get to work immediately! In her workshop ‘Compassion in Design’ Saša Kerkoš challenged us to get to know each other (and ourselves) with a series of exercises.

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Self-proclaimed garbage architect Denis Oudendijk presented his work with Refunc and we discussed how you can work with discarded materials en products to create site-specific interventions. “Wherever you can find garbage, we do research and workshops on creative re-use, as recycling is not the answer to the questions of life, the universe and everything”.

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The third day we started with a workshop about toxicology to open everyone’s eyes when it comes to the materials and productions processes we all work with. For the afternoon we invited Willa Stoutenbeek of W.Green, Tom van de Beek from a.o. I Love Beeing and Ludo Hekman from Butch and Sundance for an inspiring discussion. They combine entrepreneurship with social issues, sustainability and all want to contribute to creating a better world. We discussed ethics & aesthetics, providing the better alternative, and the shortcuts and long processes of behavioural change towards awareness and sustainable living.

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On day four, we invited the inspiring textile designer Aniela Hoitink from Neffa (http://neffa.nl/) to discuss her work and the concepts from which she works. She uses biomimicry, new technologies and natural processes in her research and works towards products that create more awareness or even smart solutions to wicked problems.

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And of course, we left the biggest challenge to create a grand finale of the week. Environmental philosopher Floris van den Berg challenged our thinking about the world, our identity, our moral circle, identity, eating meat, and our personal choices in his philosophical journey through his concept of universal subjectivism. It takes into consideration the universal capacity for suffering and, through raising awareness, seeks to diminish that suffering and increase happiness. With consistent and compelling moral reasoning, Van den Berg showed us that the world can be organized to ensure more pleasure, beauty, justice, happiness, health, freedom, animal welfare, and sustainability. We are still discussing this one!

10. December 2014

Schmiede14, What’s the CIRCUSDeal Hallein? by Catherine Deml & Elena Carr

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The Schmiede is offering a spectacle – a serving tray of talents, abilities and skills among the nearly 300 artists. The image of a large circus tent develops, in which the artists are showing their skills with their fascinating works, one after the other.

This year there are also several artists from different genres within the framework of the project “What’s the deal?” at the Schmiede. “Sustainability and young urban scenes” are at the center of the artistic debates of the project. The Schmiede, which takes place every year, a spectacular media art festival, has just been recognized as such a place for young urban cultures.

Now the image of the Schmiede was concretized by us, as an eventful circus spectacle. The Schmiede Hallein resembles, like other art institutions, a traveling circus. During the ten days of work you will get spectacular impressions, wrapped up in a kaleidoscope of optical sensations. After the last big event, so called the “Werkschau”, the Schmiede is turning down the tents again and moves on. Maybe to show the practiced artistic work at the next “What’s the deal?” event.



24. November 2014

What’s the deal at Schmiede14? An artistic journey from confusion to creative fusion by Theresa Reiter

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Imagine a gigantic studio for all types of artists and performers, where equipment is always available and you are free to collaborate on any project you have in mind. Artistic heaven? No, it’s a reality. It’s called Schmiede.

It all started when „What’s The Deal?“ invited me to participate at Schmiede as a fashion designer. All I knew about Schmiede at that time, was that it is an annual event, bringing together about 300 artists and designers that focus on digital media and urban culture. These „Smiths“ get together for ten days in Hallein near Salzburg and set up their workspace in an old saline to network, experiment, collaborate and make art.

Knowing little more than that I made my way to Hallein and the Perner Insel, where the saline is located. The building complex itself consists of several factory segments added over time, creating a unique mixture of old industrial charm and spacious halls.

I was told there were three other fashion related artists, so I made it my first goal to find them. Not the easiest task, considering the size of the location. The space at Schmiede is set up on a first-come-first-serve basis. Wherever people found a free space or corner, they set up their creative camp.

After having found my colleagues for the week we set up our temporary sewing studio and invited every one interested in working with textiles, sewing and upcycling materials to work with us. Since sustainability is one of the key topics of „What’s The Deal?“, we decided to adopt that idea into our work and focus on different ways to incorporate upcycled materials into our projects.

At that point Schmiede had formed into a giant studio with little groups of Smiths working in similar fields, some having set up in a certain area, some wandering around.

While helping out several others with their projects who weren’t quite as familiar with a sewing machine, I started my own project, which was to interview different people with different professions and create custom backpacks for them, specially equipped for their needs. A dancer for example requires different features in his luggage than a skateboarder or a programmer.

It was then that I started to interact with and get to know the people around me and was immediately involved in several projects. These were realized over the next days and varied from costumes for performances over textile sculptures to a three-dimensional screen used for an interactive digital performance.

These days of getting to know each other, planning and making projects, regardless of whether they lie within ones field of expertise, felt like the most energetic time at Schmiede. It was then that the kitchen area and the bar turned into networking hubs where Smiths could approach each other and develop interdisciplinary creative concepts, that could never have taken place in the „real world“ as we began to call it, since Schmiede was more and more turning into its own world with its own dynamics and feel for time.

On September 20th, the last evening of Schmiede, the results of this creative fusion were shown and presented to the public. The range of artworks was nearly as divers as the range of Smiths. Interactive digital projections mixed with performance art and traditional craftsmanship.

Our textiles area presented different approaches on upcycling, including my backpack project. Having completed only one backpack in the end, I did not come as far as I had wished to, although the project has great potential and can be further developed after Schmiede. To me, the real success of these ten days were the projects that formed and came to life during Schmiede, as well as the social aspect of it.

I left Hallein having found new friends, new inspiration and a head full of ideas.



19. November 2014

Impressions of Schmiede14 by Christopher Lewis

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I attended Schmiede14 in Hallein being part of the bike lab for the first time staying five days. The Saline itself with its different interesting spaces talking history impressed me from the beginning. Even more impressing was the way Smiths with various creative backgrounds from all over the world took a thousand chances to communicate and cooperate in different experimental ways. I instantly felt at home at Schmiede that, I guess, also accounts to the Schmiede motto this time: SelfAssembling. It showed, that creativity most likely happens in free mental spaces where time, rhythm, images form ideas without the expectation for them to be productive or effective. A world which, especially now, is asking for both economical and societal changes needs intercultural discourse like offered at Schmiede. These changes do not require, fixed plans, powerful politics, a lot of money or economical growth – we have enough of that. It needs loving people who have a passion for what they are doing. Among Smiths there are a lot of these people and they will spread the spirit, I am sure. Solely talking about the participants of the chilled bike lab: We supported each another in a special way and I have the feeling we made special friends for special projects and ideas in a special future. For me it was a pleasure and privilege to be there with you.










7. October 2014

Creative Lab at Villa Waldberta in Munich

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From October to December this year, the international artist residence Villa Waldberta will host ten artists engaged in the WTD-project. Villa Waldberta – owned by the City of Munich – is located in Feldafing near the Stanberger See and offers scholarships to artists from all over the world, giving them the opportunity to stay in this house for a few months. The Creative Lab participants are working on projects related to the themes of WTD: Sustainability and young urban scenes.

Short description of the artist’s work at the Creative Lab:

Matthias Wermke – FSPU 

Matthias Wermke will work on the utopian vision of urban wasteland in Munich. He investigates the boundaries of public space in urban environment through different kinds of interventions and performances. In his work he temporarily overrides limitations and constraints, often without permission or invitation. The aim is to question common standards and to show the beauty beyond these standards.

Bert Scholten – MEDIA DESIGN

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Bert Scholten’s recognizable scenes embody contemporary society and its cultural codes. It is about wasting time on internet, city life, subcultures, group behavior and how scenes and social networks are knit together. Subjects of interest are irony, goodwill, fun, authenticity and boredom. Scholten will combine animations, music and zines in a site specific installation. It will function as a time document of contemporary codes and culture.

Mac Krebernik – MEDIA DESIGN


While staying at the Villa Waldberta during the What’s the Deal? residency he will be working on an interactive installation about the correlation between skateboarding, wood consumption and forestry. He will create a virtual world with forest, cities and skate-parks and project this on a wall. This system is supposed to be self-regulated and additional interactive elements will be added to enable the audience to manipulate the system.

Team “Causa Creations”: Tillman Hars, Gayatri Vijayshima and Georg Hobmeier – SERIOUS GAMES

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The team “Causa Creations“ Georg Hobmeier, Gayatri Vijayshima and Tillman Hars will use the residency to thoroughly test their current project “Burn the boards“ which has been developed together with the university in Vienna. Its objective is to inform people of the consequences and danger of E-Waste. With the help of a Serious Game where the player takes over the role of an Indian laborer in a factory in Mumbai, the impact of the current e-waste recycling system on the laborer will be shown.

Lisa Simpson – DESIGN

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Lisa Simpson is a sewing agent. Searching for rhythm and melody in the movements of a seamstress—hacking into garments—Lisa Simpson makes music out of making clothes. By transforming wardrobes she is questioning contemporary consumption habits, bringing forth a discussion around the sustainability of the fashion industry. Lisa will produce a set of recreated garments to be shown and sold at the Design Concept Store in Maximiliansforum and at the final event. She is open to hold a workshop, inviting the local community to investigate mending, altering, patching up, and sewing their own clothes and providing a DIY platform to make new clothes out of old ones, hacking into garments that are no longer in use. She also plans to do her music-sewing performances together with artists from Munich.

Onur Ceritoğlu – DESIGN


His work can be considered as long term projects based on research and participation. Mostly he uses found objects and materials that are elements of architecture and design. The work has a critical look on decay on material properties, recycle and reuse of constructional waste. Onur will build a sustainable sculpture in the Villa Waldberta. The project will be based on the work called ‘Evci’ (Home-body), an art work assembled of found (discarded) furniture parts. It will be made available to different users who can transform the art work according to their needs in their flats. Every temporary ‘user’ of the work will reinterprete the form and function of the object.

Jurij Bobič and Petra Gosenca (Collective GUMB) – DESIGN

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Jurij Bobič and Petra Gosenca founded the Collective Gumb In 2011. This collective is exploring new creative ways how to turn waste into objects of everyday use. During their stay, both artists are going to explore unusual combinations of used man-made and natural materials, creating unique lamp shades. In the last few years they have been increasingly involved in urban gardening as well as foraging for wild food which has led them to a broader view of resources at hand.

The first products of the Creative Lab can be seen at Episode IV of the Nomadic Sculpture starting November 22 at Maximiliansforum in Munich. The end results will be presented at the final event of WTD in June 2015.

9. September 2014

DESIGN:Lab Reinventing material with Marjanne van Helvert & Janett Sumbera

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Introducing one of our SchmiedeLabs in collaboration with WTD

This DesignLab is about reinventing textile materials. The fashion industry is a controversial world where stories and facts about exploitation, pollution and waste have become standard. What are the alternatives? What is possible in times of economic crisis? What are the new technological opportunities? What are the effects on aesthetics and style?


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Marjanne van Helvert is a textile designer and writer from the Netherlands. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Textile Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the Radboud University Nijmegen. She works according to her Dirty Design philosophy which involves the ethical side of design into the aesthetical side and considers the impact of material, labor, technique and form on both social and natural environment.



Janett Sumbera war Tänzerin, etwa in der Compagnie von Jean-Yves Ginoux in Paris. Die im Tanz entwickelte Suche nach perfekten Formen für individuellen Ausdruck führte zur Entwicklung von Kostümdesigns und Ausstattungen für Theater und Event, zu Installationen und Performances, und schließlich zum Label SUMBERA – upcyclingKleidung.


3. September 2014

Trike Lab with Muslauf

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Introducing one of our SchmiedeLabs in collaboration with WTD

Trike Lab

The Trike Lab will design and assemble two tricycles which will lead a Bike ride to Munich.
The first trike will be a repair bike that gets your best and favourite bike-mechanic with all the tools he needs directly to where you and your bike got stranded and need a mechanical fix. The second one built will be a Keg-bike, because delivery of refreshments is always needed and always needs to be done in proper biking style.
On the last day of Schmiede the newly built trikes & the Muslauf team will pack their tools and join a 2-day Biking Caravan to Munich.


Muslauf is a diverse group of people from Ljubljana, joined strongly by their love to bicycles. Their eagerness to endlessly discuss any biking related topic over a can of cold beer is only shadowed by their passion to design and assemble custom bikes. The lab will be led by a team of six: Bor Čeh, Ajda Fortuna, Marko Makuc, Marko Marovt, Domen Ožbot and Andraž Tarman
For the purposes of the TrikeLab at Schmiede Muslauf will work on two bikes simultaneously. The lab’s first trike assembly will be led by Bor Čeh. Flying the Retro Rats flag his design will focus on building the perfect travelling bike-repair shop.

Trike two will be designed under Andraž Tarman’s supervision. Wearing the Musverks colours, his fellows will focus building on a very important addition to the Muslauf’s fleet of event-focused bikes, the Keg bike.

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This bike ride, led by Muslauf, will take the results of the Trike Lab’s work to a two-day test ride to Munich. Starting in the morning of the 21st of September, the event extends the Trike Lab of this year’s Schmiede SelfAssembling activities for another two days two-day trip. The planned stop for camping is somewhere around Chiemsee and on day two we should already be able to sleep somewhere around our arrival destination in the Munich City Centre. Everybody is welcome to join the ride as long as you are on wheels, not propelled by a motor (other than yourself) and can take care of your camping / roof for the night.

This event happens no matter what the weather. Do dress accordingly.

People involved

Bor Čeh
Ajda Fortuna
Marko Makuc
Marko Marovt
Domen Ožbot
Andraž Tarman



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