In October 2016 I had the opportunity to work on the photographic documentation of the fourth session of Urban School Ruhr – Intervention as Strategy. This is a selection of the photographs from that session, including lectures by Andreas Lang and Jeanne Van Heeswijk, the on-site workshop “Cutting up the Campus” led by Failed Architecture, the on-site workshop “Displacing Wellbeing – Casual Conversions in Public Space” led by Kerem Halbrecht and Anna Hentschel, and the panel discussion “72-Hour Interaction – retrospective” led by Jennifer Aksu.
While providing an accurate documentation of the event, these images also aim to convey the many layers of USR’s approach: an academic and professional forum, a social event and an open field for practical and methodological experimentation enacted in different spaces at different scales.
The Urban School Ruhr (USR) is a learning platform and pedagogical experiment that investigates participative and artistic practices in urban space. (…) USR is a complex program of the Open Raumlabor University developed in cooperation with Urbane Künste Ruhr.