Lottie Child‘Street Training’, 2006

The Outset Youth Projects at the Pinakothek der Moderne Munich have been running since 2006. Working alongside well-known international contemporary artists and contemporary art collections the projects give young people the opportunity to engage in creative practices within the context of international contemporary art. The workshops are directed towards young people who, either through disability or social deprivation, have had little opportunity to visit public museums or galleries. Lottie Child invited her workshop participants to discover the city through ‘Street Training’. Incorporating the idea that physical movement is a precursor to mental activity, she asked the youths to transgress and redefine visible and invisible barriers by using their bodies in a creative and playful way.

Fences and walls were either climbed to instigate a feeling of barriers being overcome or broken down. Using these experiences, an alternative street map of Munich was made, which mirrored the unusual use of the ‘Kunstareal’ area and had the effect of encouraging others to follow these activities.