Recap ‘Prototyping Lab: Ramallah’

From 14th – 18th April 2016 we hosted the first Prototyping Lab at Hoash Qandah – Community Art Centre together with local potters (from Hebron & Bethlehem, West Bank) and artists (from Ramallah and Berlin).



The first day’s purpose was to visit the workshops and urban environments of the participating potters (Bilal & Mostafa from Hebron; Faten & Amal from Bethlehem). The field trip gave us deeper understandig of the local context, skills and craftworks. We exchanged first smiles and talks over tea / coffee / lemonade and got to know the working flows, understanding the different clay versions, painted patterns and forms and their meanings. Meanwhile we used the time to 3D scan the original potter jars on site to be used later in the Prototyping Lab as basic material for the 3D clay printer.

Visiting Faten Nairoukh / Bethlehem:

Visiting Amal Ikrimawi / Bethlehem:

Visiting Bilal Salimah / Hebron:

Visiting Mostafa Fakhouri / Hebron:

More Impressions of the Field Trip:



After the field trip to Hebron & Bethlehem we met for the Prototyping Lab at Hoash Qandah – Community Art Centre of Ramallah Municipality in the Old City of Ramallah. A beautifully renovated historic building hosted us for 4 full days in order to explore new ways of merging traditional crafts and new media technologies (3D scanning, digital sculpting and 3D printing with clay and plastic). Participants shared both sides: artists were using the potter wheel and learning traditional clay methods whearas explaining and exchanging their knowledge about new digital fabrication technologies.


After five intense days the Prototyping Lab comes to an end – for now.

We learned a lot, we experienced even more and exchanged beyond language, culture and profession.

What we can already feel is, that this workshop was different than any other before! This goes beyond usual cultural experiences. It left a deep and oscillating impact.

We came to understand the context of not only the potters and their work in Palestine, but also the importance of identity and heritage and even more the necessity to promote new narratives internationally.

This fruitful workshop is hopefully just a beginning, with plenty more ideas, cross-disciplinary collaborations and inspirations to be explored. We are excited to have started this project, with all its wonderful participants, their deep knowledge and impressive skills.

More to come soon!!

Meanwhile thanks to Amal, Chams, Bilal, Mostafa, Hamzah, Basel, Christian and Susa for joining the Prototyping Lab: Ramallah! Also a big thanks to the students from University of Siegen / Birzeit University from the project YALLAH – you are all hackerswho joined us for a morning session.

Thanks to Tandem Shaml for this opportunity and support and Goethe Institut Ramallah for mobility support.

© all pictures taken by Jasmin Grimm, Christian Zöllner & Susa Pop


Prototyping Lab: Ramallah

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حوش قندح – المركز المجتمعي للفنون البصرية

RAMALLAH رام الله

انشاء تصاميم: 14-18 ابريل 2016

ABOUT ملخص

Collaboratively in a 5-days workshop in Ramallah’s Community Art Centre we will host the heart of the projcet: From April 14th – 18th local communities (craftsmen/-women in the fied of pottery) will create together with German and Palestinian artists, designers and technologists new objects and patterns, which will be enhanced through new technologies. All collected information, such as 3D-Data files and programmes, will be published open source.

المشاركون في الورشة على مدار 5 أيام في حوش قندح – المركز المجتمعي للفنون البصرية سيتبادلون الحديث والخبرة عن السياقات التي يعملون فيها والتقنيات التي يستخدمونها، والتي ستدمج مع تقنيات حديثة، تنتج أشكال جديدة هجينة مستوحاة من العملية التي تبنى عليها الورشة. كافة ملفات الطابعة ثلاثية الأبعاد ( التصاميم ) والبرنامج ستنشر من خلال مصادر مفتوحة.

The artistic process will research in an additive method: Local communities (craftsmen/-women in the field of pottery) will create together with German and Palestinian artists, designers and technologists new objects and patterns, which will be enhanced through new technologies.

الورشة ستقوم على منهجية جمعية ما بين المجتمع المحلي وتحديدا حرفيين من النساء والرجال العاملين في مجال الفخار )، وفنانين ( مصممين وخبراء تكنولوجيا ) من فلسطين وألمانيا لإنتاج تصاميم ومصنوعات تتدخل فيها التكنولوجيا.

How can we actively and supportively design the process of cultural identity building in times transformation? And in which way can new forms of expressions and new technologies be embedded in the production and articulation of everyday culture?

كيف نستطيع تصميم عملية بناء هوية ثقافية في عالم التحولات؟ وبأي طريقة تستطيع الأشكال الجديدة للتعبير والتقنيات الحديثة أن تساهم في عملية الإنتاج لتعابير الثقافة اليومية؟

The participants will exchange their contexts in order to explore the urban environments of Ramallah City and to discover narratives.



13. April

Arrival of Participants

وصول المشاركين


14. April





Field Trip to Betlehem / Hebron

زيارة لمدينتي بيت لحم / الخليل


15. April

All day

Prototyping Lab at HOASH QANDAH

انشاء نماذج أصلية ( تصاميم ) في مبنى حوش قندح


16. April


Lecture at Ramallah Municipality

‚Artistic and Cultural Strategies for Bottom-Up Smart Cities’

Susa Pop, Director Public Art Lab

Christian Zöllner, The Constitute

محاضرة في بلدية رام الله



Prototyping Lab at HOASH QANDAH

انشاء نماذج أصلية ( تصاميم ) في مبنى حوش قندح


17. April

All day

Prototyping Lab at HOASH QANDAH

انشاء نماذج أصلية ( تصاميم ) في مبنى حوش قندح


18. April

All day

Prototyping Lab at HOASH QANDAH

انشاء نماذج أصلية ( تصاميم ) في مبنى حوش قندح


19. April





Sally Abu Bakr

Organiser / Ramallah Municipality

Jasmin Grimm

Organiser / Public Art Lab

Hamzah Abu Ayyash

Multimedia Artist / Vecbox

Christian Zöllner


Basel Nasr


Susa Pop

Director of Public Art Lab

Bader Tamimi


Amal Ikrimawi


Faten Nairoukh


Mustapha Fakhouri

Bilal Salimah

Rashad Sharif



Ramallah Muncipality


© Visual Anett Junghardt
© Images Riwaq


ISEA Hong Kong



We are excited to announce, that Future Heritage is presented at ISEA Hong Kong, taking place on May 18th – 21st.

ISEA is an international conference for Electronic Arts. ISEA was founded 1990 in the Netherlands, has its headquarters in Brighton, UK and is hosted around the world, each year in another country. This years’ edition is the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Arts and will take place in Hong Kong. The topic is Cultural R>evolution with a theme on New Media and Cultural Heritage. So a highly relevant context to present the project, where we are looking forward to.


Slide through the presentation here:

Placement: Berlin

Sally Abu Bakr spent 2 weeks in Berlin (25. January – 10 February 2016) hosted by Public Art Lab to get to know the city and its culture.

A dense programme in order to meet and understand the personal context of artists, designers and technologists from Berlin was created. Meeting with cultural organisation and curators in the field of media art, socio-culture and creative technology we arranged, which could be inspiring and lead towards new collaborations.

We spent intense time together and looking for new ideas and experiences, new professional and personal encounters and immersed ourselves into Berlin’s day and night culture. 😉

The placement was followed up on Tandem Exchange’s Instagram Account.

Tandem Shaml: Kick-Off Berlin

From 26. – 30. January 2016 all Tandem Shaml participants 2015/16 mingled again on the occassion of the official Tandem Shaml Kick-Off Workshop. 14 Cultural Managers from Europe and the Arab World are selected to develop collaborative projects and to immerse themselves in an intercultural exchange.

The Kick-Off Workshop focussed on collaboration and learning methods for cultural managers and obviously: to spent time with this amazing bunch of people.


© pictures by Constanze Flamme

Project Kick-Off in Berlin

On January, 26th 2016 – in the framework of Public Art Lab’s ‘URBAN MEDIA KITCHEN – Cultural projects in Europe and the Arab World‘ – we announced the FUTURE HERITAGE project.

URBAN MEDIA KITCHEN is a mixed format with talks, food, music and projections creating a platform for interculinary exchange. In times in which the meaning of social and political geographies seems to uprise this edition will focus on cultural work and highlight the importance to connecting cities and citizen on a North-South-Axis. In cooperation with MitOst e.V. and Tandem Shaml curators and cultural workers from European and Arab countries will share their projects and provide insights to the value of transcontinental cooperation projects within the current socio-cultural and political context.

More impressions of the evening on Flickr.

All pictures taken during the Urban Media Kitchen in the framework of transmediale Vorspiel in Berlin, Germany © pictures by Public Art Lab.


Future Her.The collaborative project ‘Future Heritage’ will transform local heritage and knowledge for a sustainable, global society. We highlight cultural heritage in Palestine, which is fading and reproduce it in new forms and techniques to develop and promote it locally and internationally.

‘Future Heritage’ is a cooperation project between Ramallah Municipality, Palestine and Public Art Lab, Berlin in the field of visual arts, handcrafts and technology. The local community (handicraftsmen and -women in the field of embroidery and pottery) will create together with artists, designers and technologists new objects and patterns, which will be enhanced through new technologies.

In a 4-days Prototyping Lab, taking place in the Community Art Centre in Ramallah, German and Palestinian artists/designers/technologists will develop together with local handicraftsmen/-women art projects to augment and rethink local heritage. The co-developed art projects will be shown in large framework events and public space festivals in Ramallah in Berlin. The project wants to address issues like the revaluation of art within craft, the recuperation and actualisation of cultural traditions, explore the artistic potential of local businesses in networked societies and develop the city’s tourism strategy.

Read more about the project here.