KIEZ MEETS MUSEUM: Audio guide ‘Link It Up’ for young adults available free of charge at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

Since 2014 the collaboration between the Nationalgalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Berliner Leben has implemented a number of projects for children and young adults. ‘Link It Up’, a new audio guide by young people for young people, was created in December of 2017, and highlights the collections of the Nationalgalerie presented at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.

What does the museum offer for a young audience to discover? What stories do young people tell their friends about art? What sounds do they associate with the artworks?

Over the course of a week, local high-school pupils from the Schule an der Jungfernheide discovered their own personal connections to the artworks and the museum, and developed an audio guide, assisted by an artist and a radio playwright. The guide invites listeners to explore young people’s unique approaches to and personal views of works of contemporary art. With personal commentaries, true or fictional stories, and sounds, the audio guide accompanies young visitors on their tour through the Hamburger Bahnhof. The tracks provide commentary for works by the artists Joseph Beuys and Qin Yufen, among others.

In the project ‘From Nail to Nail – from Place to Place’ in the fall of 2017 young adults of the ‘Joblinge’ initiative got a peek behind the scenes at the Hamburger Bahnhof. They interviewed museum staff and visited them at their workplaces. The young adults used the information they gathered to design their own museum roles and careers, which they presented in three short films.

‘Link It Up’ and ‘From Nail to Nail – From Place to Place’ are made possible by Berliner Leben, a foundation of the housing trust Gewobag, and are part of the collaboration KIEZ MEETS MUSEUM between the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Berliner Leben.