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CityLab

Show me your Frankfurt! We use the CityLab to explore the city of Frankfurt together with its inhabitants – because they are the experts on their city!

CityLab on the move

To find out what life is like in Frankfurt, we will be leaving the museum’s walls and will be on the move with the CityLab for some on-site research. We want to know how the city is subjectively perceived and experienced. And the best people to answer this are Frankfurters themselves, of course. Using different methods in participative city research, the CityLab is always on the move and invites you to join new exhibition and event formats regularly.
The CityLab has been on the move since 2010. Since then, we have used it to create five large exhibitions together with many different Frankfurters. We have been in Ostend and in the Stadionbad, and have researched Ginnheim, the Wallanlagen and the Gallus. In 2015 we went on a summer tour, and the 2016 summer tour included the CityLab being on the go with artistic interventions, workshops, city walks, readings and the question “Who lives in Frankfurt and how do they live?”. In 2017, we produced a CityLab film for the first time.
Here you will find an overview of all previous CityLab projects.

CityLab in the museum

In the permanent exhibition "Frankfurt Now!" an area of approximately 600 square meters is reserved for changing CityLab activities in the museum. The CityLab has been in existence since 2010, where exhibitions and events on changing topics of the city are created together with Frankfurt residents. An overview of all previous CityLab projects can be found here. From 2010 to 2017, our exhibitions took place outside the museum, mostly at rather untypical locations, such as an outdoor swimming pool, a disused car dealership or at a park. Since the reopening in autumn 2017, we have been presenting the exhibitions in the "Frankfurt Now!" area. The CityLab is changing continually: We are constantly working on new topics, with new questions, methods and people.

Digital CityLab

With the Digital CityLab we are transferring the participatory concept of the CityLab into the digital world. The user space is a digital map of the city on which places can be marked and expanded with the stories and knowledge of Frankfurters. The users can tell their stories digitally with video and audio contributions, photos and texts. It’s all about collecting experiences, personal stories, special relationships to particular places, different ways of using the city together and about data that opens up to new perspectives. The focus is on depicting polyphony: the plan is to build an audio-visual, multi-perspective and ever-changing city portrait shaped by user contributions. This means that the museum will be collecting digital objects together with users as testimonies to Frankfurt’s present – both “live” and online. The museum selects changing contributions from the growing collection, which will be shown at media stations in the museum. The Digital CityLab sees itself as a methodical experiment, a platform and digital interaction space – a virtual place for the museum to actively interact with its users and its city.