The Political Party –
A Children’s Parliament
A Poster Campaign

         Under the title The Children’s Parliament, artist Michiel Vandevelde has been working on a series of projects with Hamburg children and young people between 8 and 13 years of age. The Children’s Parliaments is a democracy-building project that deals with the question of what human coexistence, but also the future of all living beings on the planet could look like or how it could be shaped.

         As part of the project series The Children’s Parliament, Michiel Vandevelde, in collaboration with Elen Braga, organized several workshops at Kampnagel 2019 and 2020, in which the participating children and young people used choreography, costume design and music to explore possible future worlds - utopian as well as dystopian ones. At the end of May 2020 Vandevelde would have presented the three-day installative long-term performance The Children’s Parliament at Kampnagel; due to the Corona pandemic the project has to be postponed until spring 2021. The children involved in the previous process were spontaneously invited to develop a poster campaign with Michiel Vandevelde, which links the thematic discussion of the previous workshops and the material created (e.g. costumes) with the children's visions for society after the Corona pandemic and incorporates their current experiences. The aim is to use the posters to revive the socio-political discourse and to bring it back into the public, analogous space where it was suppressed by the ban on assembly in recent months. Using digital communication tools, Michiel Vandevelde and graphic designer Ward Heirwegh have developed a campaign poster for the future after (or with) Corona with each child, expressing the children's worries or fears, their wishes or demands. The posters will be hung in the city from 22 June 2020 and distributed by the children themselves - for example in (display) windows.

2020 /          Concept: Michiel Vandevelde Costumes: Elen Braga Graphics / Posters: Ward Heirwegh Posters by: Emil Cohen, Leah Cécille Hartmann, Darryn Preach, Vikas Voigt, Tilda Magdalena Lehmann, Romy Twickel, Niila Lohmann, Jasper Herbst, Matti Hoven Produced by: Kampnagel (Hamburg, DE)