summaery2016: Projects

My House Is Your House

Project information

submitted by

Ivana Sidzimovska



Ivana Sidzimovska

Faculty / Section:
Architecture and Urbanism

Degree programme:
MediaArchitecture (Master of Science (M.Sc.)),
European Urban Studies (english) (Master of Science (M.Sc.)),
Advanced Urbanism (english) (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Type of project presentation



Winter semester 2015/16

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Steubenstraße 6 - Universitätsbibliothek / university library

Project description online

'My house is your house' is an expression hosts use in many cultures to denote a welcoming gesture to someone visiting or staying temporarily in their house. In relation to the increased and massive movement of people fleeing war and poor economic conditions, the project “My House Is Your House” aims to research about, expand upon and contribute to the German Welcoming Culture, thereby focusing on the former eastern German city, Weimar.

The research project takes a closer look at the relation that newcomers have with the city, in terms of social encounters and interactions as well as subjective perceptions, experiences and feelings of urban space. Involving work in tandems with newcomers from 'Café International', culturally mixed group of students explores the newcomers' perspective of the city and the life in Weimar by considering social and spatial relations, cultural and religious differences and issues related to identity and representation.

Processing and translating the research findings into video, photographic, cartographic and graphic works of art, the objective is to bridge gaps and initiate contact between the local population and the newcomers, and through this aesthetic experience to also challenge the common perception and relation that people have of and towards newcomers. The exhibition includes three thematic sections: Relational Spaces; Place, Identities and Representations and Inclusive Places.

Exhibition Location / Event Location