Tuesday, November 7, 2023
From 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
At the Sigmund Freud University Berlin, Columbiadamm 10, Turm 9, 12101 Berlin (Google Maps)


In February 2023, the Berlin government began developing further accommodation centers for refugees at the former airport Tempelhof.  Currently more than 2000 refugees are accommodated in three camps around the airport building.
The Sigmund Freud University, which is located in the Tempelhof airport building, and the accommodation center share public green spaces around the building and lecturers, students and refugees encounter one another on daily basis in these shared spaces.   


3:00 – 5:30pm   
GET Together with refugees, lecturers and students of the SFU and guests – drinks and snacks- creative activities for children – occasion for informal exchange

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Film-screening: Zentralflughafen THF by Karim Aïnouz about the daily challenges of refugees accommodated at the Tempelhof Airport in 2015/201

6:00 – 8.00 p.m.
Presentation and panel discussion “Disciplinary Spaces, Learning Spaces, Solidarity Spaces”

Reflections on social and spatial barriers and collective use of shared spaces from artistic, sociological and psychological perspectives.

Presentation: Fadi al-Hamwi, Syrian Performance Artist*

Discussion with Dr. Kate Sheese and Ass. Prof. Karin Mlodoch (SFU Berlin, Department of Psychology, Social Psychology and Intercultural Practice) and guests

Fadi Al-Hamwi (b.1987, Damascus, Syria) lives and works in Berlin. His practice encompasses performance-installation, sculpture and painting. He studied oil and mural painting at the Damascus Academy of Fine Arts (2006-2010). He explores the relationship between dormant and actualised expressions of violence and desire, as well as the dialogue between construction and destruction and revealing a deeply personal/social process of reckoning. 

“GUARD NEVER SLEEP” is an ongoing 10 days (8 hours a day) performance-installation project which took place at Torhaus Berlin. The project explores the contradictions and integrations between the guard’s performance, the history of Torhaus, and the present of Tempelhof Airport through Al-Hamwi’s personal archived asylum process, documents and experience.

(Torhaus used to be the gatehouse and checkpoint of Tempelhof airport in Berlin, where guards allowed people to enter the airport.).