Intervention

Mexico 

with street children in Miravalle a slum located on the outskirts of Mexico with fishermen from Tehuamixtle on the Pacific Ocean
with students at the UNAM in Mexico-City
with students and preschool children at the Colegio Aleman in Mexico-City with potters in Tonala
with students in Puerto Vallarta and at the beach of Mayto
in Chiapas with students
Syria
in Damascus with art students
Montenegro
with art students from the academy in Cetinje
Albania
with art students from Shoder
Berlin
with Roma people from the Harzer street in Neukölln
Hamburg
with students from the SBB 

Cooperation partner 

Goethe-Institute
GIZ
UNAM-Mexiko
Center for Sustainable Tourism Initiatives Montenegro Culture Zone Montenegro
Universiteti Marin Barletti Albania European Union
Aachener Wohnungs- und Siedlungsgesellschaft Stiftung Naturschutz e.V.
SAGA-GWG
Internationale Bauausstellung Hamburg
sbb


Social plastic and Roma people 

Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe.
Around 10 to 12 million live in Europe, 6 million of them in EU-States.
Many of them are confronted with prejudices, intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion in their everyday life. That‘s why the Roma people live on the margins of society in very poor economical conditions.
Many so called poverty refugees have left their homeland searching for a better future for themselves and their children. This trend will increase 2014 when the full freedom of labour in the EU will also apply for Romania. Countries, cities and communities are overwhelmed.
Everyone agrees that it is necessary to become active in the home countries and to change the conditions.


Fantanele, Romania 

35 km north of Bucharest, home town of the Roma people from Neukölln
one half is gone, the rest stayed
Berlin-Neukölln, Germany
7500 square metres living space, 137 flats, more than 600 residents, most of them Roma people from Fantanele 

The „garbage children from Neukölln“ or
a whole village from Romania relocates 

so still reported the press in 2011.
By now the project Harzer has become an internationally acclaimed flagship project and an important part of this project is
social plastic. 

and this is also where the idea developed to start the project 

social plastic 

in Rumania with a tight connection to the project in Berlin.
The project runs since 2012.
Here the first experiences with the Roma people were made and collected and important knowledge for the project obtained. In plenty of workshops with children, teenagers and adults 

kids chairs, bowls and bongos where made out of collected waste synthetics.
On the occasion of the art event 48 hours Neukölln, arose under the theme, change of perspective, the work 

AMOR 

(read backwards ROMA)

a big, red, illuminated heart made out of recycled synthetics.


The manufacture 

in Berlin and Fantanele 

The whole infrastructure is located in Berlin and contains a workshop, studio sanitary installations and an exhibition cube.
All on the Harzer Street compound. 

Now the same shall be build in Fantanele, with the goal to be able to work there and to give people a chance to earn money.
The interest on the political side is very high, for example did Damian Draghici (senator and Roma people commissioner from the Romanian government) visit the project in Berlin and particularly gave his support for Rumania. 

The project has a strong participative character where everyone can take part. So is everyone in Berlin an Fantanele asked to collect their own plastic wrapping.
Everyone gets a recyclable material bonus for collecting and providing the synthetic materials.
So it‘s for everyone financially appealing to not throw their synthetics away but rather provide them for the project.
Very simple. For every handed in packaging you get money.
Also occurs simultaneously a sensitisation for the whole environmental topic.
Rubbish and recyclable material.
The target group who are involved, are young adults, men and women, who pretty much have no chance to find a job or receive training to qualify themselves.
Everyone gets a remuneration straight away from the beginning and is employed within the project.
After a short introduction and training follows the organisation of the procedures and production of the objects .
First of all rubbish bins and bowls are on the list but also other objects, than can be displayed and sold.
The goal is to build one small manufacture a time, to enable those involved to work independently, to take action and to secure their own existence.
To connect the projects in Fantanele and Berlin with each other, so the synergies can be utilised.
The interest to expand the project on other Romanian communities is already there.


The project

Social plastic

is accordingly documented and communicated to encourage a big audience

This project can only show ways and options through a social art project, give ideas, attract attention, awake interest and to contribute
a little change.
The project also stands for full understanding.
Everyone can contribute and is encouraged to do so.
This is the main thought that stands behind the idea of
social plastic
from Joseph Beuys

Important is not the question what does it do for me more so
what can I do