Projekt Bauhaus Werkstatt / Datatopia
Floating University Berlin
30 August – 2 September 2018
On the occasion of a critical inventory of the main ideas of the Bauhaus regarding an understanding of progress and utopias, the Projekt Bauhaus workshop brings together international and multidisciplinary teams of practitioners and theoreticians at the Floating University Berlin.
At one time a defining principle of the avant-garde was one of rapid progress. Today, a world characterised by digitisation now longs for deceleration, calm, and conservation. This summer, the Projekt Bauhausworkshop takes a look at the emancipatory potential of technology, and attempts to define what the term “progress” means today, while also exploring ways in which the expansion and evolution of technological knowledge and progress apparently requires reflection and rethinking. The project’s events are based on established Bauhaus methods: 2017 featured a preliminary course entitled “From the Bauhaus to Silicon Valley”. This summer offers a workshop on “Datatopia”.
The question of how developments in information technology influence and change the creative work of design, architecture, urban planning, and other disciplines, is investigated with reference to big data technologies. What role do artificial intelligence and the use of robots and automation systems play in society, science, and culture? Are such automated processes replacing the value of the creative work process? In workshop talks, lectures, and installations, innovative design methods of the present and the future will be presented alongside the subject of design as a medium of criticism.
The Floating University was founded in 2018 by Raumlabor Berlin and is located in the rainwater retention basin next to the former Tempelhof Airport. It is an extraordinary place, consisting of study rooms, workshops, a laboratory tower, and an auditorium that can be used by students and teachers to experiment with forms of teaching and undertake interdisciplinary work. A day ticket costs five euros; the four-day pass 15 euros.