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Digital Bauhaus 2015
Annual Summit for the Creative Economy
Date: July 3-4, 2015
In its time, the Bauhaus was as much a social experiment as an aesthetic undertaking: epitomizing the multifaceted Lebensreform movement, it oscillated between social romanticism and utopian grandiosity. Design or Gestaltung was understood as a social phenomenon and meant to engender a new, more democratic society. Where are we now? What are today’s design fictions of an ideal society? Do we need to think big in order to imagine a better society, or does the beauty lie in small changes? Is social design really the high road to progress, or are we just reinventing the wheel?
In its second year the Digital Bauhaus Summit takes on the motto „Designing Society.“ Having buried the deadly political utopias of the twentieth century, we encounter utopian visions of social engineering and re-design anew – from the microscopic to the large scale. Design has become a leading theme of our epoch, expanding from its traditional domains of objects, products, and surfaces into the realm of consciously shaping and reforming everything else: from technology to work, from money to law, from social processes to politics. But can design really live up to such grand expectations?
Digital Bauhaus is an annual summit for the creative economy. Set in Weimar, home of the original Bauhaus, it focuses on a specific topic each year and features hands-on workshops, keynote talks, panels, and ample time and space for exchange and dialogue among the participants. Join us in Weimar this year from July 3-4 in an attempt to explore and critically reflect the politics, economics, and aesthetics of designing the social.
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Digital Bauhaus Summit 2014 Video
Digital Bauhaus Summit 2014 Documentation
Finally we were able to finish the documentation for this years Digital Bauhaus Summit — Designing Creative Collaboration. For reading about our findings and conclusions download our free epub (mostly in german, epub-Format, to open with plugin or e-reader).
Digital Bauhaus Lecture at hub:raum in Krakow on October 23rd, 2014, 14:00 – 17:00
The Digital Bauhaus Lecture is a stopover in between the Digital Bauhaus Summit of 2014 and 2015 in Weimar. In two one-hour-lectures we want to sum up the most important findings of this years summit „Designing Creative Collaboration“. In the remaining time we want to invite everybody to think and work with us on the topic of next years summit.
DIGITAL BAUHAUS 2014
DESIGNING CREATIVE COLLABORATION
The original idea behind the Bauhaus, founded in Weimar in 1919, was not white boxes and tubular furniture but collaboration: the collaboration of genres and disciplines as well as the interchange of arts, crafts and industries. Digital Bauhaus 2014 takes this idea into the 21st century and explores the formats and frameworks of creative groupwork, both online and on-site, that shape successful project organization. How can we be even more creative and innovative, productive and effective together?
How should we design the spatial, procedural and social conditions of creative collaboration? What works? What doesn’t?
Digital Bauhaus 2014 invites professional experts on collaboration of any kind – format designers, creative consultants, organizational coaches, scholars and architects – to share their lessons learned and to explore old and new modes and models of working together.
Digital Bauhaus is a new annual conference format for the creative economy. Set in Weimar, home of the original Bauhaus, it focuses on a specific topic each year and features hands-on workshops, keynote talks, panels and ample time and space for exchange and dialogue among the participants.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 – Workshops On Group Creativity: What Works? What Doesn’t?
Rules (hosted by Philipp Albers)
Set and setting for productive group creativity, from the composition of the group and collaboration protocols to architecture and spatial concepts.
Tools (hosted by Kathrin Passig)
Methods and techniques of creative collaboration, from online platforms to creative toolkits to shared infrastructure.
Schools (hosted by Mads Pankow)
A critical history of ideas of creative collaboration, from Henry van de Velde and the original Bauhaus to think tanks, Design Thinking and beyond.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 – Public Viewing
World Cup (Round of 16) & Screening of „Ein neues Produkt“ and Conversation with Harun Farocki (filmmaker, Berlin)
Monday, June 30, 2014 – Conference
From Bauhaus to Betahaus: The Art and Science of Collaboration
(hosted by Holm Friebe)
How can we develop the Bauhaus idea for the 21st century? A unique line-up of experts with practical and scientific backgrounds – from architecture to astrophysics – tackles the conference’s central question. Through keynotes addresses, lightning talks and panels we will work toward the ultimate code of conduct for creative collaboration.