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Stella Flatten

PhD student in "Trench"

Stella Flatten is doing her doctorate in the field of "People, digital intelligence & recycling - shaping urban life together" on the topic of "digging". She is investigating digging as a method and the associated methodological added value of this everyday practice for architecture and spatial sciences. The topics of soil as an archive, climate change and the question of what we bury through our own rituals and actions and also bring to light again within society are of particular importance to her. Stella Flatten studied geography, sociology and spatial psychology at Ruhr University Bochum and Humboldt University Berlin. She then went to the Institute for Metropolitan Studies at the University of Amsterdam as part of a Marie Curie Fellowship and later to the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London as part of a PhD programme. She has worked in the Foresight and Innovation Team at Arup London, at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig and the Leibniz Institute for research on society and space in Erkner and has worked freelance for many years. In addition, Stella Flatten has been a member of the "Making Forced Labour Visible" network of the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Center in Berlin Schöneweide since 2017. She is a member of the Active Museum. Fascism and Resistance in Berlin.

Her research and artistic practice focuses on political and socio-spatial issues in cities and the associated appropriation of space and land. Public space and its neighbourly, participatory use and questions of the legibility of history in the built environment are central fields of action in her work. These include the culture of remembrance, monuments, historical reconstructions, coming to terms