The Exchange Office (Wechselstube)
gives you the unique opportunity to meet people you might not normally come in contact with. For the duration of one evening you become dialogue and trading partners – playfully, non-bindingly, for a limited period of time, but or course with the option to continue the relationship.
Would you like to know what your life might be like as an 80-year-old living in the Georgian capital Tbilisi? Or why the director of a Berlin home for asylum seekers collects worthless foreign currencies? Are you ready to learn a few words in Arabic? Or would Farsi be easier? Or would you rather learn bartering tricks used in Colombian markets? You can discuss your morning coffee ritual with a process optimiser, sit down with a mother and grandmother and think about what you would rather not inherit from your parents, compare the contents of your wallet with a young Syrian, or listen to a nine-year-old girl from Krasnodar give a piano concert for your ears only.
Or perhaps you want to find out how open to bribery you are, what shape your savings account is in and what you yourself have to offer? For all this and more, look no further than the Wechselstube on the forecourt of the Deutsches Theater. In May 2016, you can meet and strike up conversations with Berliners of every ilk here – born-and-bred, expats and refugees. During short and playful one-on-one encounters you can swap all manner of things: experiences, secrets and moral beliefs, as well as language skills, photos, contacts and certificates: What do I have that you don’t have? And vice versa? Can we make a deal? Watch out everyone: grab their phones, call your friends and find an unused piano!
This project is organised by Berlin Mondiale
, an organisation working together with refugees in the arts. Berlin Mondiale connects refugee children, teenagers and young adults with Berliners active in the fields of art and culture, thereby bringing together arts and culture from all over the world.Participants
Mohammad Abdulqasem, Sahar Abdulqasem, Sara Abdulqasem, Thalfakar Ali, Fernanda Aloi, Angel Alschofi, Roberto Alschofi, Mohammad Ashour, Teona Butsashvili, Berta Correig, Martin Fischer, Janna Gockel, Laura Jiménez González, Olaf Grolmes, Jan-Hendrik Hermann, Ayham Hisnawi, Ayman Hisnawi, Homayon Hosseini, Selin Kavak, Marion Krämer, Maria Krupitskaia, Sven Legler, Josephine Lenk, Konstantin Leondarakis, Basam Madamani, Abel Meseen, Kawa Muhammad, Ilia Norouzi, Michael Pietzcker, Mihneea Popov, Hatem Salama, Aziz Salim, Beatrix Schnippenkötter, Sven Seefluth, Yael Sherill, Zana Showesh, Ahmad Solaiman, Hans-Peter Sondermann, Heidi Trull, Sara Vahedi, Mert Yesildağ