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Jana Beckmann & Janna Nikoleit

flex

https://www.studio-flex.de

Hamburg, Germany
flex is a studio for spatial strategies based in Hamburg and founded by Jana Beckmann & Janna Nikoleit in 2019. Currently they work on various projects with a focus on scenography and urban practice. They love to create poetic solutions for urban spaces as well as exhibitions. They build on-site experiences, activate spaces and take a close look at the impact of spatial designers on public debates and social discourses. flex often collaborates with others to create and to do research.

KOM:set


spatial tools for activation

KOM:set


spatial tools for activation
A series of tools which support the negotiation of the use of public spaces in our cities
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

KOM:set is a series of performative interventions with the intention to enliven today’s cities and create new situations of KOMmunication. It aims to involve citizens and offers the opportunity to appropriate and question the use of public space(s). KOM:set consists of various mobile tools, which are each a combination of a spatial object and a temporary action. Based on elements which are familiar from everyday life – KOM:SITZ, the reading pillow, KOM:TEPPE, the moving carpet and KOM:WIPP, the seesaw of dialogs – all tools have a low-threshold access and create inviting situations.
KOM:set is an experiment to irritate, surprise and invite the change of one‘s perception of known circumstances. It plays with the shifting of boundaries between inside and outside through which intimate moments in urban space arise. Let’s create urban narratives to discuss our impact on tomorrow’s cities together!


KOM:SITZ is a huge pillow made of recycled materials of the size of one parking lot. It allows to occupy public spaces temporarily by creating intimate reading settings. It invites people to sit down and offers a new perspective on the surrounding. (2019, Hamburg, developed during ‚Ex_Kurs_Sommer‘)

Integrated bags offer a changing collection of books and invite citizens to read aloud to one another or quietly for themselves in public. In this way KOM:SITZ enables exchange about current issues at a specific place.

KOM:TEPPE is a carpet on wheels which can be rolled out in different places. It functions as an inviting gathering point for common tea sessions where stories can be told, questions are asked and spontaneous encounters are made possible. It creates an instant new meeting point and playfully questions the previous use of the spot. (2019, Oslo Architecture Triennale, Home Planet)

KOM:TEPPE was developed for the ‚Live Action Role Play‘ Home Planet where it functioned as a stage for the players and thus temporarily transformed the public space into a playable interactive scene. The players immersed themselves in an experimental and playful exploration and used KOM:TEPPE as a tool to question nowadays life on earth.

The three existing tools for activations each have a specific focus on how to irritate and ask questions in public space. Each of them is made out of reused materials and combines an object with a new aspect like a pillow with a book-collection. The third tool KOM:WIPP is a flat seesaw which enables people to communicate in a playful and motion-rich way with each other and promotes the dialog in an analog setting. It always takes two people to be able to seesaw and negotiate.

KOM:set


spatial tools for activation

KOM:set


spatial tools for activation
A series of tools which support the negotiation of the use of public spaces in our cities
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

KOM:set is a series of performative interventions with the intention to enliven today’s cities and create new situations of KOMmunication. It aims to involve citizens and offers the opportunity to appropriate and question the use of public space(s). KOM:set consists of various mobile tools, which are each a combination of a spatial object and a temporary action. Based on elements which are familiar from everyday life – KOM:SITZ, the reading pillow, KOM:TEPPE, the moving carpet and KOM:WIPP, the seesaw of dialogs – all tools have a low-threshold access and create inviting situations.
KOM:set is an experiment to irritate, surprise and invite the change of one‘s perception of known circumstances. It plays with the shifting of boundaries between inside and outside through which intimate moments in urban space arise. Let’s create urban narratives to discuss our impact on tomorrow’s cities together!


KOM:SITZ is a huge pillow made of recycled materials of the size of one parking lot. It allows to occupy public spaces temporarily by creating intimate reading settings. It invites people to sit down and offers a new perspective on the surrounding. (2019, Hamburg, developed during ‚Ex_Kurs_Sommer‘)

Integrated bags offer a changing collection of books and invite citizens to read aloud to one another or quietly for themselves in public. In this way KOM:SITZ enables exchange about current issues at a specific place.

KOM:TEPPE is a carpet on wheels which can be rolled out in different places. It functions as an inviting gathering point for common tea sessions where stories can be told, questions are asked and spontaneous encounters are made possible. It creates an instant new meeting point and playfully questions the previous use of the spot. (2019, Oslo Architecture Triennale, Home Planet)

KOM:TEPPE was developed for the ‚Live Action Role Play‘ Home Planet where it functioned as a stage for the players and thus temporarily transformed the public space into a playable interactive scene. The players immersed themselves in an experimental and playful exploration and used KOM:TEPPE as a tool to question nowadays life on earth.

The three existing tools for activations each have a specific focus on how to irritate and ask questions in public space. Each of them is made out of reused materials and combines an object with a new aspect like a pillow with a book-collection. The third tool KOM:WIPP is a flat seesaw which enables people to communicate in a playful and motion-rich way with each other and promotes the dialog in an analog setting. It always takes two people to be able to seesaw and negotiate.


Idea by

Jana Beckmann & Janna Nikoleit
flex
Hamburg
Germany
flex is a studio for spatial strategies based in Hamburg and founded by Jana Beckmann & Janna Nikoleit in 2019. Currently they work on various projects with a focus on scenography and urban practice. They love to create poetic solutions for urban spaces as well as exhibitions. They build on-site experiences, activate spaces and take a close look at the impact of spatial designers on public debates and social discourses. flex often collaborates with others to create and to do research.