In the first experience of staying on-site of the UdN students followed a set of rules and slept at the site of the future Hotel Wilhelmsburg. By documenting their experiences, sleeping in a shared space, cooking and eating together a sense of community emerged. The act of grocery shopping became a means to first interacting with people in the neighbourhood, and developing a social and spatial perception of the surrounding Reiherstiegviertel.
Rules of the experiment
For the first overnight stay in preparation of the Hotel Wilhemsburg we were given a set of rules to follow. These were explained as follows: Organizing an overnight stay, including dinner and breakfast. Everyone should dress especially warm and according to the weather. Prohibited are tents, cars, camping trailers and such. Allowed are sleeping mats & air mattresses, sleeping bags and hay. The inside of the UdN building is off limits and will remain locked during the site inspection. The UdN will function merely as sculpture or battery (providing electricity). All preparations should take place between now and the coming Saturday. Important: The neighbours can be included in the process. Decisions will be made by the entire group.