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projekt bauhaus Werkstatt / Datatopia

Floating University

Lilienthalstraße
10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg

The program is held in English.

Public Program
2 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Limited number of seating
1-day ticket: 5 euros
4-day ticket: 15 euros

By popular demand, we have added the opportunity to book tickets in advance.

After the preliminary course “From Bauhaus to Silicon Valley” last year, this summer projekt bauhaus revives the Bauhaus’s workshop structure in order to explore the emancipatory potential of technology, to question the idea of progress, and to formulate a critique of the present through design.

The classical avant-garde believed in progress, a better future, and in improvement through innovation. The new has lost its innocence. These days, “utopias” increasingly pursue ambitions of deceleration (slow food, urban gardening, etc.)
 and preservation (climate goals and conservation of the environment and culture). Whereas ever-accelerating capitalist processes are often experienced as problematic, a (largely conservative) critique aims to negate or reject them. Is progress still emancipatory and preservation reactionary, or are things in fact fundamentally very different? Accelerationism’s plea for a renewal of the alliance between emancipatory aspirations and technological and scientific advances has given rise to the debate whether this liaison can deliver on its promise, or whether emancipation should rather use the means of criticism and deviance. Moreover, technology and financialization create new geopolitical orders, shift ideological narratives, and transform societal systems. But scientific and technological advancements only lead to limited social improvements within society. Thus, the question must be asked: does the current backward-looking political and ideological trends are taking place in spite of—or due to—advances in information technology? What are the current models of a cultural practice that consider technology and knowledge production in terms of the progress of society as a global whole? How can such a practice be shaped and communicated? And how can it be disseminated to the public?

projekt bauhaus invites international teams of practitioners and theoricians from different disciplines in order to explore the emancipatory potential of technology, the decolonisation of progress and the critique of the present through design. Over four days, the guests and the participants will exchange on the current state of research through workshops, lectures, exhibitions and performances. projekt bauhaus Werkstatt features also artistic interventions specially developed for the occasion by Morehshin Allahyari, Olaf Nicolai and Brave New Alps and that will be performed onsite. projekt bauhaus Werkstatt takes place in the sculptural and performative Floating University, designed and initiated by raumlaborberlin as an experimental and interdisciplinary laboratory for knowledge production.

Thursday, August 30

11 a.m.
Main Hall

Welcome and Introduction
Schering Stiftung: Christina Landbrecht
Volkswagen Stiftung: Cora Schaffert-Ziegenbalg
projekt bauhaus Werkstatt: Anh Linh Ngo, Christian Hiller, Joanne Pouzenc, Armen Avanessian, Victoria Ivanova
Datatopia Summer School: Georg Vrachliotis
Floating University: Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius

3 p.m.
Main Hall

Public Time
Undoing the Bauhaus: Perversions and Performances
Beatriz Colomina / Mark Wigley with performative interventions by students from from Princeton University and Columbia University

7 p.m.
Main Hall

Dialog
The New Data Landscape in Art and Science
Armin Linke in conversation with Georg Vrachliotis

Friday, August 31

3 p.m.
Main Hall

Public Time / Lecture
Bauhaus Trends
T'ai Smith

5 p.m.
Main Hall

Public Time / Lecture
Medium Design
Keller Easterling

7 p.m.
Main Hall

Public Time / Lecture
Forensic Architecture
Eyal Weizman

Saturday, September 1

3 p.m.
Main Hall

Public Time / Presentation and Workshop
Parading for Commoning
Brigade: Brave New Alps & Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung with students of the HfbK

5 p.m.
Tempelhofer Feld

Public Time / Parade
Parading for Commoning
Brigade: Brave New Alps & Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung with students of the HfbK

7 p.m.
Main Hall

Public Time / Lecture
« The Whole Age of Computer Has Made It Where Nobody Knows Exactly What’s Going On »
An Update on The Stack
Benjamin H. Bratton

8:30 p.m.
Main Hall

Performance
The Bauhaus Files. Silent Partners
Olaf Nicolai

Sunday, September 2

3 p.m.
Main Hall

Talk / Debate
Conclusion of the Datatopia Summer School
with all participants and Pr. Georg Vrachliotis, head of the Summer School, Chair for Theory of Architecture at KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

5 p.m.
Main Hall

Hot Terms!
Developing the floating university lexicon
with Gilly Karjevsky

7 p.m.
Platform

Performance
Breaching Towards Other Futures
Morehshin Allahyari with Shirin Fahimi

Permanent Installations

Urban Forest
Installation / Video and Reading Room
Breaching Towards Other Futures
Morehshin Allahyari

Reader and Documentation
Reading Unfinished Processes
Brigade: Brave New Alps & Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung with students of the HfbK

Daily

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Around the Floating University

Datatopia Summer School

2 p.m.
Main Hall

Quick Talks

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Around the Floating University
Bauhaus on Waves
Ivan L. Munuera & Paula Vilaplana

10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Photo Booth
Students from Princeton University and Columbia University

Drop Bar
Students from Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin

To download the public program, click here.

Artistic direction: Jesko Fezer, Christian Hiller, Anh-Linh Ngo, Philipp Oswalt, Joanne Pouzenc, Jan Wenzel; co-curators of projekt bauhaus Werkstatt: Armen Avanessian, Victoria Ivanova; Head of the Datatopia Summer School: Georg Vrachliotis, Chair for Theory of Architecture at KIT; program coordination: Joanne Pouzenc; project management: Katja Szymczak

Datatopia Summer School is a project of:

In cooperation with projekt bauhaus and funded by:

Partners projekt bauhaus

Funded by the Bauhaus heute Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation:

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