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The rolling cartographer

Constanze Schröder, curator of the WELTSTUDIO, presents her favorite object: the rolling cartographer

Melanie Huber | 22. November 2021

Eine Frau steht neben einem Gerüst, in dem sich Kugeln befinden

In our social media series #Lieblingsobjekt, we show you some very special objects from BERLIN GLOBAL. The objects are chosen by the many people involved behind the scenes in the making of the exhibition.

Today, Constanze Schröder, head of the Outreach and Facilitation team at Stadtmuseum Berlin and curator of the WELTSTUDIO, introduces the rolling cartographer, an object that invites visitors to join in at the WELTSTUDIO.

What is your favourite object in the Berlin exhibition BERLIN GLOBAL? 

The BERLIN GLOBAL exhibition also includes the WELTSTUDIO, where three large-scale cartographers invite visitors to participate. They allow visitors to experience various methods of making maps in a new and creative way, and to critically question those methods. The rolling cartographer, which visitors use to create individual maps for other guests, is my favourite station.

Eine Frau dreht an einer Kurbel, die an einem Stahlgerüst angebracht ist.
Constanze Schröder, curator of the WELTSTUDIO, ist testing the rolling cartographer
Eine Frau dreht an einer Kurbel, die an einem Stahlgerüst angebracht ist.
© Kulturprojekte Berlin und Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa-Costea
Eine Kugel rollt durch das Stahlgerüst im WELTSTUDIO
This sphere contains a note with a favorite place
Eine Kugel rollt durch das Stahlgerüst im WELTSTUDIO
© Kulturprojekte Berlin und Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa-Costea
Eine Frau steckt eine Kugel in eine vorgefertige Halterung
Dexteritiy is required with the rolling cartographer
Eine Frau steckt eine Kugel in eine vorgefertige Halterung
© Kulturprojekte Berlin und Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa-Costea
Nahaufnahme auf einen Tisch, auf dem ein Zettel und eine Kugel liegt
Favorite places of unkown people: The rolling cartographer spits them out
Nahaufnahme auf einen Tisch, auf dem ein Zettel und eine Kugel liegt
© Kulturprojekte Berlin und Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa-Costea
Zettel hinter Glaswand
And were is your favorite place?
Zettel hinter Glaswand
© Kulturprojekte Berlin und Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa-Costea

Who are you? What brought you to BERLIN GLOBAL? What’s your position at BERLIN GLOBAL? 

I’m Constanze Schröder, head of the Outreach and Facilitation team at Stadtmuseum Berlin. I’m also the curator of the WELTSTUDIO. In addition, I’m a member of the Humboldt Forum’s Cultural Education Programme Commission. That’s the team responsible for BERLIN GLOBAL’s bookable offers, educational programmes and participation projects.

Eine Frau schaut in die Kamera
Eine Frau schaut in die Kamera
© Kulturprojekte Berlin und Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa-Costea
Curator of the WELTSTUDIO: Constanze Schröder

Why did you choose the rolling cartographer specifically as your favourite object?

The rolling cartographer is quite a sight. It almost reaches to the ceiling. This thing that looks like an extremely ambitious marble run turns out to be a map archive.

At this station, all the guests leave self-sketched directions to a personal favourite place – perhaps to the fountain of fairy tales in Volkspark Friedrichshain or to Naples’ best ice-cream parlour – folded up and enclosed in small wooden balls. If you send one of these messages with the rolling cartographer, it releases another ball up near the ceiling that rolls to you down a track, and then you get to look at a previous guest’s sketch from the archive.

I like the idea that visitors take home a very personal and individually designed souvenir, and maybe one day they’ll even visit the place that’s been recommended to them.

Welcome to the WELTSTUDIO

Whether body, weaving or rolling cartographer: Get to know the WELTSTUDIO - the place for workshops and mediation, for spontaneous participation and lingering and for cooperation with the diverse urban society.