LearnPeaks Symposium

The final Symposium of Learnscapes Programme

LearnPeaks Symposium invites past, present and future participants of the Learnscapes Programme for two days of workshops, talks and get-togethers – an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the floating landscapes of knowledge production and practices of un-, co- and re- learning beyond academia. 

Invited are all students and teachers, who have taken part in or organised workshops, lectures, seminars, design studios, etc. at Floating University, shaping the Learnscapes network, as well as everyone interested.

The symposium brings people together to exchange thoughts and practices of (un-, co-, re-) learning at Floating University. Students and teachers will offer workshops to each other and the public, an opportunity to dive into their learning experience. Further guests are invited to give lectures about their unconventional learning practices on the threshold of artistic and urban practice – an attempt to contextualise Floating University within a broader discourse.

The symposium is also understood as an act of gathering and a reason to celebrate, while discussing and debating, holding speeches, engaging in formal and informal dialogues. Students and teachers are warmly invited to reflect on their experiences on site at the Discursive Dinner. The collective process of food preparation will be accompanied by food for thought and discussion, with the aim of generating collective knowledge to bring back to one’s own learning practice and environment.


22. September

(public program)

13:00 Check-In & Snack-In

14:00 Workshops (parallel)

16:00 Workshops (parallel)

17:30 Workshops Wrap Up

19:00 Lecture and Talk Saskia Hebert / subsolar* architektur & stadtforschung; Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde

20:00 Lecture & Talk Andreas Lang / Civic University, Public Works, Central Saint Martins

21:00 Thirsty Thursday

22:00 Closing

23. September 

(learnscapes network)

16:00 Discursive Dinner

21:00 Closing

Registration for workshops (public – max 50 people) and dinner (learnscapes network) at learnscapes@floating-berlin.org

(22. September)

Idle Talk

This workshop takes the site of Floating University at the rainwater retention basin of the former Berlin-Tempelhof Airport as a starting point for situated learning. The study circle will explore the field in pairs and small groups, from within its specific environment, material conditions and (historical) context. The session will be concluded with the exchange and collection of “facts”, systems, representations, myths/rumours/metaphors, and imagined futures of the site and possibilities for co-learning. Environmental learning encourages participants to look beyond the often unquestioned ‘facts’, to understand systems that structure and inform ‘reality’, and to develop imaginaries that can drive change towards more socially and environmentally just futures. 

The workshop concept for “Idle Talk” is developed by Meike Schalk (KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm / Anna Boyksen Fellow at the TUM – Institute of Advanced Study + Action Archive) & Heidi Svenningsen Kajita (University of Copenhagen + Action Archive). The workshop will be held by Barbara-Rosa Siévi, student of architecture at TUM (Chair of Gossip & Unlearning) and Nelly Binner, student of documentary photography at Hochschule Hannover.

Meike Schalk, Heidi Svenningsen Kajita, 
Barbara-Rosa Siévi, Nelly Binner
14:00-15:30 (Part I)
16:00-17:30 (Part II)

From drifting to floating – An introduction to the practice of flanerie

“The space winks at the flâneur: What do you think may have gone on here?” (Benjamin 1999: 418 f.)
We will have a playful look at text fragments of the chapter “M [The Flâneur]” by Walter Benjamin. Thereby we will talk about the over 100-year-old practice and how it could be possible to bring it into today’s urban spaces from a feminist and postcolonial perspective. Afterwards, we will try out what happens when we drift from Floating university to the streets and back by ourselves. Finally, we discuss reflections, topics and urgent questions. The workshop will be held in English, or if there are only German speakers in German.

By Mirjana Mitrovic
14:00-15:30 (Part I)
16:00-17:30 (Part II)

Die klingende Postkarte

In this workshop we want to create a sound postcard together with the participants from sounds that we record on site at the Floating University with microphones.

From beats made from stones and sticks to music made from raindrops, birdcalls and the sound of the wind to a short radio play – many things are possible. We will be inspired by the objects and sounds we find in the Floating University and get to know a special place from an unusual perspective – through listening. 

Feel free to bring your own headphones, if available. 

By Linda Furker and Felix Classen  

Neue Bilder der Natur

Together we search for natural materials, such as leaves, bark patterns and sticks. By printing, stamping and sewing we will create a joint installation that will present nature in new images. What new images of nature will we find? 

By Ammar Hatem, Sifan Pan & Lilli Hellmons 


The transition from water to air forms a fascinating and at the same time irritating boundary layer. We can physically simply get through it. However, our visual as well as acoustic perception is initially reflected by this boundary layer, we bounce off it. In a workshop we want to explore the perception of this layer, its barriers, its surface, its permeation, to dive into the opposite matter, to develop and build hydrophones, to dive for sounds and to tell about what we have heard.

By Michael Akstaller, Anouk Albrecht, Senta Hirscheider (Quellkollektiv, AdBK Nürnberg)

Speculative Storytelling

The artists will offer a workshop about speculative storytelling, based on artistic strategies, they applied for the realisation of their latest film project: „Cloud Alchemy“, 2022 at the Floating Site, Berlin. By implementing performative elements, participants will develop utopian narratives, shifting the focus to a more than human perspective. 

By Nina Fischer & el Maroan el Sani

(23. September)

The Discursive Dinner is an invitation to all past, present and future learners at Floating University – students and teachers alike. Together, we will cook and discuss, prepare the meals and set the table, hold speeches and dine.

At four cooking stations, participants are invited to prepare a meal, while reflecting on their experiences at Floating, searching for common ground and discussing different aspects of experimental learning practices and spaces. Four questions, which evolved in co-creative meetings with interested participants earlier this summer, will serve as a starting point for discussion. The outcome of each discussion will be graphically recorded, so that the generated collective knowledge can be brought back to one’s own learning practice and environment.

The discursive food preparation will be followed by dining together and sharing food for thought. Before each course, the groups are invited to present their meal and outcomes. 


Discursive stations:

#1 How to turn learning into playing?
outcome suggestion: a manual for a learning playground

#2 How to self-organise non-hierarchically?
outcome suggestion: a collection of tips’n’tricks for self-organised learning groups 

#3 Learning from Floating – what institutional change do we need?
outcome suggestion: a list of demands to bring back to university

#4 How can we foster a learning community practice?
outcome suggestion: an imaginary for a grassroots cross-institutional off-campus at Floating


16:00 Introduction
16:30 Discursive food preparation
18:30 Spotlight: How to turn learning into playing?
18:40 Spotlight: How to self-organise non-hierarchically?
18:50 Appetiser
19:20 Spotlight: What institutional change do we need?
19:30 Main course
20:30 Spotlight: How can we foster a learning community practice?
20:40 Dessert
21:00 Closing