About Das Archipel

Das Archipel was an open platform for self-organization from 2015 to 2022. It consisted of islands that float on the waters of Hamburg. Its function and meaning was informed by a communal process. Since its inception in 2015, and the organization of an open collective, numerous events and activities have shaped Das Archipel into a social space. It can be seen as a playground and a manifestation of the community around which it is formed. On a small scale it was an experimental field for a redirective practice, with aims of forming collective action to reimagine our social and political fabric. It is a temporary autonomous zone. Through a collective process, we were proposing a different kind of future. Das Archipel is a material space, in which ideas can be tested out. The lived reality is not a utopia.

Das Archipel produces connections, tensions, and discussions. The power of interpreting Das Archipel is, can, and should be in the hands of everybody. Das Archipel is the sum of the thoughts and actions that develop with it, around it, and through it. Das Archipel was initiated in 2015 by Finn Brüggemann, Amalia Ruiz-Larrea and Nuriye Tohermes and dissolved in 2022

Das Archipel constisted of modular pontoons, the holiday island, the Future library island and a barge with inside-spaces and a tugboat.

Das Archipel was founded by:
Kulturbehörde Hamburg (Kunst im öffentlichen Raum) 2017
Kulturausschuss des Bezirksamts Hamburg-Mitte (Stadtteilkultur) 2015-2018
Liebelt-Stiftung, Hamburg 2016-2017
Hamburgische Kulturstiftung 2016
Sanierungsbeirat südliches Reiherstiegviertel 2015
ASTA der HFBK 2015