Profile: Silvan Hagenbrock 思尔闻 | Urbanist, Editor & Film

Location Vienna, Weimar, Berlin
Silvan Hagenbrock, Michael Leischner und WANG Keyao (v.l.) ©LI Xin 李鑫

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.”