During our first virtual CITYMAKERS walk, Popo Fan 范坡坡 showed us what it is like to see Berlin through the eyes of a queer Chinese filmmaker. Its online premiere was followed by a panel discussion between Popo Fan, Carmen Herold, Mo Sun and Silvan Hagenbrock. If you are interested in this discussion, which touched many transcultural topics such as the comparison between queer life in Berlin and Beijing, you can now watch it here.
After several stays in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen), Silvan graduated in Urbanistik at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar with his documentary ADDIS ABABA – CHINESE NEW FLOWER on China’s investments in Ethiopia. In Weimar, he co-initiated the artistic-urbanistic collective Raumstation Weimar, Berlin, Vienna in 2013. His M.A. degree video-essay ZEIT ZU GEHEN on the topic of a car-free future was produced within the Social Design Arts as Urban Innovation Studio at Vienna’s University of Applied Arts.
Silvan is part of CITYMAKERS’ core-team since 2016. He is also an editor of Goethe-Institut China yì magazìn.
What does CITYMAKERS China-Europe mean to you?
Silvan Hagenbrock: “CITYMAKERS is not about building bridges between cultures. It’s about a (virtual) sphere where the supposedly “other” becomes a little more familiar.”
What drives you with regard to city making?
“What drives me is using video as a medium to communicate and mediate topics between Peking and Berlin.”