The workshop in Gelsenkirchen observed the transformative space of Gelsenkirchen as a Post-industrial city. In particular, our research was focused on the southern district, Ückendorf and its diverse socio-spatial space. Together with experts from different disciplines and residents of the district, we explored the different architectural structures of Ückendorf with visiting mine workers settlements, brick houses, Gründerzeit (years of industrial expansion in Germany at the end of the 19th century) houses and new-build solar settlement. The field research was combined with lectures and film screenings on the case study. These conceptual inputs lead to gain an understanding of industrial & post-industrial conditions which has been characterized the cityscape.
It was followed by discussing various approaches towards photography. Our focus was on the appropriation of space through photography, working with found footage, the relation of perception and cartography and indexicality and performativity in photography.
We provided a variety of found materials such as a postcard collection for participant’s creative exercise. Participants exchanged their ideas and interests in groups to develop a photographic project which was accompanied by reviewing and submission of the photos.
The works shop was held by Nafiseh Fathollahzadeh, together with Ole Kristian Heyer, Geograph and artist in a collaboration with Architect, Monika Güldenberg, and Alicia Ludwiczak from Stadtteilbüro Gelsenkirchen.