Light Rider & blitzTag at MAKERPLATZ

GRL Germany is participating in Makerplatz and the People in Beta Festival this weekend.  Details of our activities below.

Mushroom Throwies | Saturday Oct 1 13:00 +  | Planet Modulor Hof (U-bahn Moritzplatz)

Pilz throwies are small textile objects with magnets which can be thrown onto ferro metallic surfaces in and out of reach. This workshop will give you the chance to learn how to sew your own mushroom-shaped yarn throwie. Plant it public space as a soft graffiti intervention!

Light Rider & blitzTag | Saturday Oct 1 | 20:00 +  | Moritzplatz area

GRL Germany will bring our mobile projection unit, the Light Rider, to Makerplatz, and light up the walls with laser-based digital graffiti.  Connecting the various spaces of the Makerplatz and People in Beta Festival, we’ll provide interactive, light-based options to transform these spaces, allowing the public to use the city as their canvas.

These events are part of Makerplatz & the People in Beta Festival,

Recycled creativity festival!

Its time again! The ulitmate festival for creative minds! We recycle everything - even the cinema! Music for your ears, ideas for your mind, yoga flashmobs for your body and upcycle workshops for your waste…

Find the full festival program here!  

See you there!
Kulturlabor Trial&Error

A visit to the Swap Shop!

Here comes a small sneak peak into the Swap Shop! The last days there was more than a 100 items swapped in the shop! Visitors exchanged their time and knowledge for items and the other way around, cooked a tasty dinner in the food swap, exchanged plants on the green Monday and brainstormed about alternative economies. The swap shop is open until Sunday, you find us in the contemporary art festival Survival Kit in Riga, Latvia.

Some examples of swaps:

  • a performance of the oasis song wonder wall in exchange for a metal tie
  • a spanish lesson in exchange for a gas mask
  • a spaceship (built in the workshop of the swap shop) in exchange for a  jackie chan movie
  • a keyboard in exchange for a washing board
  • an eraser for a cactus
  • the advice “how to end a relationship without drama” in exchange for a Hawaii shirt

Some good advices from our visitors! 

Soon more advices will follow in vimeo… keep your eyes open and get ready to swap!

The KIEZMOBIL first ACTION During the Ramadan Fest -on the...


During the Ramadan Fest -on the corner with the Ganghoferstraße and the Karl-Marx-straße in wonderfull NEUKÖLLN- the Trial&Error Kiezmobil made it’s first appearance!The last few months we have put together this bike trailer, with the Kiez (German for neighbourhood) for the Kiez.

From mostly trash and with a lot of love this amazing multi purpose mobile workshop with movable boxes got created. We are very proud to share it with you!

During the wonderful sunny Ramadan Fest the Kiezmobil transformed into a screen-printing workshop where lots of people  printed Kiezmobil and Trial&Error produced images on pieces of clothing from our free-shop as well as on their self brought garments.   

Now this great mobile bike trailer is there to be used in and around the Ganghofer aria. It’s usable for many different actions, anything that needs a little transport and a working surface is suitable; from community gardening till street art actions or for a lovely picknick :)   

Send us an email if your interested! 

Sewing Mushroom Throwies | Yarn Bombing Workshop


Yarn throwies are small textile objects with magnets which can be thrown to ferro metallic surfaces in and out of reach. This workshop will give you the chance to learn how to sew your own mushroom-shaped yarn throwie. Take it home or well plant it public space as a soft graffiti intervention!

This workshop is a follow-up event to a previous workshop on Yarn Bombing thanks to which the Yarn Throwie was invented!

All required maretials and tools will be provided. Suitable for sewing-beginners as well as advanced textile hackers!

Workshop: September 8th, 7pm – 11pm, Open Design City

Workshop fee: 6 – 9 Euro

Questions? Mail Semi!

Find this event on facebook.

SWAP SHOP at Survival Kit

The 8-18th of September Kulturlabor Trial&Error will set up a Swap shop in the contemporary art festival Survival Kit in Riga, Latvia.

The Swap shop is a marketplace, where no money is used. The visitors of the installation can exchange their own items, time or knowledge in order to get other visitors items, time or knowledge. There are no prices, customers estimate the value of their desired goods themselves.

The visitors are invited to shop by exchanging the following:

ITEMS – visitors are invited to bring objects they do not need anymore. It can be for example books, shoes or clothes. In the shop they are placed in shelves,
boxes and cloth hangers - ready to be exchanged.

TIME – the swap shop has a workshop zone where visitors can pay with their time. Labor can consist of for example: producing items for the shop, cleaning or managing the shop, brainstorming on certain topics, or other tasks which emerge in the process.

KNOWLEDGE – there is access to a video booth with camera and opportunity to record video messages. Visitors can pay with knowledge – such as useful tips and academical theories, jokes, shocking facts, a practical demonstration of the coolest dance steps or how to tie a tie. Paying with knowledge means recording a message. If the visitor has bought knowledge, he/she can choose, how many videos he/she has paid for and watch the videos in exchange for items or time.

The concept of the Swap shop is built on the idea that everything we need is produced - but that these resources not always are available for those who actually need it. There is enough food, enough houses, enough clothes for everyone. By using time and knowledge as alternative currencies, we invite the visitors of the shop to estimate value, and experience trade in another setting than everyday life.

The Swap shop will be set up in cooperation with our Latvian partners TAKA. The swap shop was originally developed in the Open Zone of the festival Transmediale.

blitzTag in Marzahn

Invited by Sumone Productions for the opening of their Quergange Marzahn show at Galerie M, GRLG headed on a long-ass S-Bahn trip out to the desolate landscape of Marzahn with a 6.5K beamer, a few extension cords, a 25mw laser, and put on a light show for the *ahem* masses ;-)

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Last Saturday we unexpectedly found ourselves cooking a cold...

(C) Stephan Talneau

(C) Stephan Talneau

(CC) Robert Wagner

(CC) Robert Wagner

Last Saturday we unexpectedly found ourselves cooking a cold soup at the Open Design City while preparing for a great evening of live music with the band Tralalka! Candle lights, dramatic music, shortly said - a small evening of magic! Big love and thanks to Tralalka for the performance, and Open Design City for providing the space!

Open call - Participants for training course

Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. have the oppurtunity to send 2 participants to the international training course “Effect 2 social society” about volunteering in social organisations which will be held in Vilnius/Lithuania the 18/09/2011 until the 25/09/2011. The training course accepts 24 participants from 12 countries and is organised by In Actio Culture Centre. 70% of travel costs will be reimbursed accoring to travel documents. Please send us a short motivation of why you would like to attend the training course until the 28th of August.

For more detailed information and information about the program contact email(@)


At August 5th the Light Rider had yet another chance to prove its awesomeness even without light. Thea (näh & werk studio) and C3MY (yarn throwies) loaded the Light Rider with a sewing machine, chairs, mats and materials and rode it to Alexanderplatz. At the spot we set up our small open air sewing workshop including an old Singer sewing machine powered by the Light Riders batteries. Accompanied by music from the bikes sound system a dozen kids and grown-ups joined in in sewing mushroom and monster shaped yarn throwies for the rest of the afternoon.


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