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Freie Klasse

Freieklasse is an open platform for study and critical organizing – dreaming of non – hierarchical teaching and accessible learning spaces where we host regular workshops and lectures, organised by students working at Interflugs, and we are always open for suggestions and collaboration. 

Workshops interweave interdisciplinary strands such as providing access to technological knowledge (how to break it down DIY styles and make accessible using a camera, recording sound, or editing ) whilst also offering workshops that propose modes of being that resist the patriarchy, racism, ableism, capitalism, colonialism across the fine arts, music, architecture, design, film, performance and dance.

The CAAT talks (collective artist activist talks) are short lectures and discussions with ppl we are excited to learn and think with.  Most talks are accessible online.  

Please note that during the Covid-19 regulations, we regenerated the Fakultaetnull platform as an online structure to provide access to the whole Freieklasse events online You can reach the program and some of the past events records here: fakultaetnull.org

All events are free of charge and open for everyone.  Please check specific events as some are centered towards marginalized communities. 

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The Freie Klasse was an open-project-class at the faculty of fine arts at the University of the Arts Berlin. It was founded in 1989, with the background of Berlin-wide student-strikes and of the professor-callings, which were criticized by the students. Up to 1999/2000 a regular course studying was possible in Freie Klasse. After they’ve been taken the right to officially be a class of the faculty 1 they developed into a professor-independent platform for collective projects, financed by a limited budget through university.

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If you have proposals or ideas for the workshop program, please reach out to us from freieklasse(at)interflugs.de 

On top of offering our facilities (room 34C) and support for students collectives/ initiatives- students may follow the guidelines below for their proposals to create content through Interflugs:

1. Content

2. Proposal

3. Structure

1. Content of the Workshops

Freie Klasse aims to give students access to unavailable content and to fill the gaps found within in the educational structure of UdK. Our propose is to build a bridge between students and the outside community of Berlin, and to increase awareness of the contemporary, ever-changing political issues, technical developments and art scene. The content may vary, but it is very important that is open enough for all levels of participants- although that isn’t to say it can’t be specific.

2. What needs to be in a proposal

Every student can collaborate with Freie Klasse in three different possible ways:

  • proposing a topic that is lacking inside UdK
  • proposing a technical workshop providing skills lacking in UdK
  • proposing a workshop facilitator, artist talk and/or lecture

When all proposals are considered, the ones covering topics generally lacking within UdK curriculum will be given priority.  Empowering content with critical social-justice and/or emancipatory topics, socio-political relevance, or if it is in connection with socially disadvantaged persons affects by racism and/or classism will be also given priority. 

The selection of proposals will be discussed in the open Interflugs meetings that are held every Monday evening. We welcome all students, especially ones who have sent proposals to attend and to participate in the decision making process.

Why: Please state in 2-3 sentences the importance of why the event you are proposing should take place. For example, what has drawn you to this topic or artist and how can UdK students benefit from this.

Dates: Generally we propose our workshops to take place on a Friday or Saturday so as many people can attend.

A short description: For your workshop, please provide a 1-2 paragraph description and be as clear as possible in this outline so that everyone is able to understand for better participation from students, etc.

The proposal also has to include;

  • a bio from the facilitator/artist
  • a title for the workshop
  • maximum number of participants
  • an image that we can use to advertise the workshop but this is also open /we can propose an image from Interflugs.

3. Structure of Freie Klasse events has to follow

Lecture  1 day = max 2 hours

Workshop  1 day = 8 hours /day

2 day = 4 hours / day

Interflugs offers 150€ for Lectures and 400 € for Workshops.

* If more time is needed or you would like to propose a different structure this would need to be discussed.

* If there are additional material costs, these can be covered but need to be discussed in the organization of your workshop.

** We cannot cover accommodation, travel expenses or food**

Please send all proposals with your name and contact information to : @