Kollektiv Raumstation (Space Station Collective) wants you to question, reinterpret, reimagine, and be playful with urban spaces as places of communication, exchange, and shared experiences. Urban spaces are inherently political, and urban processes can be moments of political empowerment, or the opposite. The collective seeks to emphasize and strengthen concealed places, ignored topics, and unheard voices that underlie and define our urban world. Its work is based on methods of experimental spatial exploration, artistic and activist interventions, and critically reflective practices. Its projects focus on the physical, social, cultural, and political production of space and are guided by open group processes that allow for mutual, multidirectional learning.
Founded in Weimar in 2013, Kollektiv Raumstation now consists of around 40 members, with more recent chapters in Berlin and Vienna. Each of these “stations” is an interdisciplinary platform where people come together to design and shape new urban spaces, intervene politically for the right to the city, test new ideas, and share strategies and techniques. The stations in Weimar, Berlin, and Vienna work to generate urban movement in independently determined, grassroots, and democratic ways. They use creative and reflective methods to develop and act on new ideas, to implement and reflect on projects, and to share responsibility for self-organization and empowerment. Each station has evolved its own foci, networks, and projects, and the collective is active on the ground and online, hosting regular virtual gatherings as well as “galaxy meetings” in one of the three cities.