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360° World Thinking

The Berlin Exhibition at the Humboldt Forum

The Berlin exhibition in the Humboldt Forum can be virtually discovered even before its opening in January 2021:

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The first room goes online as a digital experience "360° World Thinking". The room was designed with the 375 square meter mural "World Thinking" by the New York urban artist duo How and Nosm.

Urban Art is typical for Berlin - that's why the large-scale mural "Weltdenken" by the twin brothers How and Nosm will introduce visitors* to the Berlin exhibition at the Humboldt Forum. On 4,000 square meters, the exhibition is dedicated to the network of relationships between Berlin and the world, focusing on a wide variety of topics such as revolution, open space, borders, pleasure, war, fashion and interdependence.

The theme of How and Nosm's mural is the leitmotif of the exhibition: Berlin and its connections with the world. At first glance, the work promises light entertainment; with the spray can and adhesive tape, the brothers have brought colorful forms and figurative elements to the wall. On closer inspection, however, a critical examination of individual historical episodes that connect Berlin with the world reveals itself.

Critical themes such as German colonialism, looted art and environmental pollution are depicted, and well-known figures such as the Humboldt brothers, Elector Friedrich Wilhelm and Christopher Columbus can be identified.

Thus the opening room introduces the themes of the exhibition. Visitors* can now explore the online experience of "360° World Thinking" digitally in two ways: as a moderated tour or on their own by moving virtually in the room "World Thinking" and navigating to the 16 points in the mural, which are backed up with information on image details.

The two moderators for the film version of about 12 minutes are the educationalist and racism critic Jennifer Danquah and the Berlin photographer and art educator Markus Georg. They knowledgeably guide us through the allusive depictions of the Urban Artists and bring in their personal perspectives.

The online experience "360° World Thinking" is not only a foretaste of the themes of BERLIN GLOBAL, but also of the participatory concept: Through the collaboration with artists* and other experts*, new perspectives on the themes of the exhibition are introduced.

This polyphony is intended to reflect the diversity of urban society and also to open up to groups whose realities are not otherwise present in the museum.

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