On Sunday, 16th November 2014 the ZZZ organised the urban walk act “Hemelingen WAIKIKI – Zwischen den Strecken – Wege in den Hafen” in Bremen Hemelingen. Arranged as a follow-up workshop, this urban walk act took up the topic of barriers, connections and the appropriation of Hemelingen.
Together with the ZZZ, the participants explored Hemelingen and found their way to the harbour and to the international arts project “bay-WATCH”. Although we were blessed with continuous rainfall, 18 people met up at the railroad station Sebaldsbrück to take part in the urban walk act. After a short greeting by the ZZZ, three groups were formed to explore the district on three different routes. Each group was provided with envelops containing two tasks that could be solved along the way. The participants were invited to use single-use cameras to capture, while walking through the streets, everything that represents the district from their point of view – everything from ugly to beautiful, from typical to untypical. The second task was about altering the way someone usually looks at an every day surrounding: The participants identified “art” that has been made or left accidentally on the way. This could be everything depending on the perspective: spots on the concrete, an interesting arrangement of objects and so on.
The groups, accompanied by a member of the ZZZ, consisted of inhabitants of Hemelingen, inhabitants of the surrounding neighbourhoods, members of the neighbourhood management, members of the district representation, members of the district management, students of city planning and other interested participants who, while walking through Hemelingen, also exchanged their personal perception, information and ideas concerning the district. This was how all three groups made their way to the next stop, the railroad station Hemelingen. This area marks a barrier and an entrance to Hemelingen at the same time. Arriving there, the participants were provided with hot beverage and new tasks from the performance group “Gefährliche Liebschaften”, members of the local support group in Hemelingen.
From there on the three groups found their way to the pedestrian bridge that is one of the few possibilities to cross the second big barrier, the four-lane motorway, that separates the residential area of Hemelingen from the harbour site. The members of the ZZZ guided the way through the harbour and gave information about its history and its significance for Hemelingen and for the economy of Bremen. It became absolutely clear, that the harbour is not visited by, or built for the inhabitants of Hemelingen even though there lies a great potential of the district. The routes ended at the very end of the Arberger Hafendamm, where the international arts project “bay-WATCH” is located. All groups came gradually together and André Sassenroth, one of the initiators of the project welcomed them with cake and bonfire. In a cosy atmosphere the participants exchanged their experiences and had the possibility to gather information about the current state of the project and the future planning.