Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016
Luxury Communism

June 3-4, 2016
Weimar, Neufert-Box & Deutsches Nationaltheater 

 

Tracks (Day 1)

Cyberproles: Life in the Post-Automation Economy

Exoskeletons: Smart vs. Sexy Urban Algorithms

Teknokomrades: Scaling Luxury, Intelligence and Immortality

 

Conference (Day 2)

Theme I – A Better Place: Reshuffling the Means of Production

Theme II – Never Mind The Cyborg – Here Comes Der Neue Mensch

 

DBS 2016 Flyer

Sarah Sharma and Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino make a conclusion about #DBS2016

According to a participant, the talks of Sarah Sharma and Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino were “beautifully paired together” by addressing the measures of care between “reconfiguring the way we understand gender and intimacy” (S.S.) and “the other side of care: the unhelpful patriarchal care of being in a maternal bubble.” (A.D-S.).

Sven Pfeiffer: „The role of architect is changing to a participating approach“

Sven Pfeiffer is teaching at the Technical University of Berlin and focused on his speech about the changing role of architects in the today´s digitalized world. He posed questions about this new role and how we can find the right tools to shape architecture in the near future. In an interview, he explains his thoughts.

Mark Fisher: „I label Luxury Communism as Designer Communism“

Mark Fisher gave a very interesting talk about Design Communism where he put this term in a very different aspect to understood the development of our society. You can see his talk at Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016 here.

Alisa Andrasek: „In a few years, we’ll be able to print buildings“

In her talk on the first day of Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016, Alisa Andrasek focused on the idea of augmentation in design processes. The goal of her research is to contribute to the acceleration of design, enabling high and super performance.

Sonia Fitzek: „Will players be replaced by algorithms?“

On the first day of Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016, Sonia Fitzek introduced the listeners into her work on collaboration in online games. People play those games not just for the sake of playing but to help scientists get on with their projects, for exampls. See what we talked about after her talk.

Vinay Gupta: „Basic needs are not being met for most of humanity“

If you did not get the chance to see how Vinay Gupta elaborated on how blockchains and collaboration can help enhance quality of life in developing countries, see his talk at Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016 here.

Evgeny Morozow: „I tried to stay away from designerly types“

Have you ever heard a guy talk as focused as him? The ideas and references flew about in the National Theater, Weimar, when Mr. Morozov took the stage to figure out the mess that capitalism is in. Check the vid of his talk.

Wolfgang Tiefensee: „Wir sind schon digitalisiert“

Wolfgang Tiefensee, Thuringian State Minister of Economy, Science and the Digital Society, adressed the crowd at the Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016 during the conference day. In our short Q&A he talks about the challenges of digitization in all areas of life.

Full talk of Sarah Sharma: „Do not Enter, This is not an Exit: Sexodus and the Gig Economy“

During the Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016, a team made videos of all the talks on the second day in the National Theatre in Weimar. The first talk on tape – published now on our blog – is from Sarah Sharma and her talk „Do not Enter, This is not an Exit“.

Bruce Sterling: „I like cruise liners“

The writer, editor and activist talked about scenarios for experimental societies. Watch the video to find out why he considers sea-going vessels as spaces for new forms of societies.

Class of 2016

Weimar is a Thuringian beauty. Pretty much everybody who comes here falls in love with this city. Maybe not the usual teenie school class who is forced to come here by their German literature teachers. Still, writing this, the idea of a Digital Bauhaus Class of 2016, seems compelling. 150 people gathered here from June 3rd-4th to reflect upon ways how to design our new society, how to engage with new ways of production and automation, new concepts of value chains and how to tackle capitalism that is making its way into cyberspace, hi-jacking ideas that once were for the common good. One possible answer is to be found in Luxury Communism.

 

Thuringian Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee: „My vision is that all the SME companies are organized in a cloud and collaborate together“

One of the speaker at Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016 was the Minister for Economy and Digital Society in Thuringian. He addressed in his speech that the Bauhaus Summit is really important for Thuringia and give an approach whhat will happen with the digitalization in the near future.

Dmytri Kleiner, Venture Communist

In the early days of the world wide web, there was end-to-end communication with hardly any „mediators“ in between. By the time though, it was „colonized“ by corporations. Server farms, for example, constitute a monopoly of how information flows, Facebook makes you accept terms of use which actually f*** around with the immediacy of your communication.

 

Sarah Sharma: „What is with the social-relationships in luxury communism?“

One of the top speaker at this year Digital Bauhaus Summit was Sarah Sharma, Associate Professor and Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. With her book In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics (2014) she won the National Communication Association Critical/Cultural 2014 Book of the Year Award. She is currently working on a new book that brings feminist approaches to technology to such sites as the algorithmic culture, the “sharing” economy, and the changing structures of care labour.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino: „If it worked for the poor, it will work for the rich“

The London-based interaction and product designer Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino had a provocative and also funny talk about Common Good(s) at the Bauhaus Summit 2016 in the National Theatre of Weimar. As the founder of designswarm, a consultancy for governments & corporate clients who want to plan for next generation connected products, experiences  and strategies, she thought about the design at home and how it influences our daily life.

The most inspiring pictures from the Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016

Here we go with a collection of the best pictures from the Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016 in the Neufert-Box and the National Theatre on the 3th and 4th of June 2016. All the pictures were taken by our great photographer Thomas Müller from Taikrixel.

Evgeny Morozov uncut

Evgeny Morozov is a busy guy, he had to take off right after his talk about „The Geopolitical Unconscious of Luxury Communism“. We grabbed him, ran from the National Thater to the Elephant Hotel in Weimar, hit the „record“ button and asked him a few questions. For all who weren’t (and were) there, here’s a short, uncut Q&A.

 

Vinay Gupta: „Luxury Communism on a dollar a day“

On the second day of Bauhaus Summit, taking place in the National Theatre of Weimar, renowned thinker Vinay Gupta presented an Integrated Needs Analysis about poverty development and environmental crisis. Gupta has new trust in technologies like Blockchain. In his opinion, blockchains can enable mass collaboration and can bring transformative technologies to the villages of developing countries. It can change healthcare, education, farming and engineering in those countries and really bring an effort in the fair distribution of resources.

Thuringian Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee: „The digitalization should happen in a humanistic way“

A prominent speaker visited the Digital Bauhaus Summit on the second day in the National Theatre in Weimar: Wolfgang Tiefensee, the Thuringian Minister of Economy, Science and the Digital Society. In his short speech, he addressed some words about important of this event and what role the politics have to play within the digitalization to the participants.  The minister wants to create a utopia for Thuringian and start a social discourse about digitalization.

The stage is set

The first president of the Weimar Republic, Friedrich Ebert, was inaugurated at the National Theater in Weimar. One of the first big „Reichstage“ of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party was held here. During the socialist era in the GDR was a prestigious place and now, today, we are at a historical crossroads again. We are entering the second day of the Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016 – Luxury Communism. In this notion, conference host Sebastian Olma finds a productive way of thinking about the future: „Its intention is to put communism back into design and we can see it as a different approach to technological structures today.“ We are joining a cadre, we are on our way to a manifesto.

 

There shall be SLIME

Want to grab a beer at the Digital Bauhaus Summit? Go to the bar at Kasseturm, that old tower at the Goetheplatz, get some slime (yes, the hate-slime-mixture from Ghostbusters II; there won’t be any mean ass black lord Vigo the Carpathian or something), go play some roulette or some other devilish game, win, drink. Easy. Slime economy is what it’s called.

Making it smart

Jasmina Tešanović’s talk was all whirlwind and heat. With a lot of energy and empathy, more or less freestyling her talk, she took the audience by storm. Jasmina likes smart things and she likes to talk about how women should get more involved in technology. You know, it’s not like just the cliché geek guy can make an object smart.

Best pictures of day 1/Digital Bauhaus Summit at Neufert-Box

Here we go with a collection of the best pictures from the first day of the Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016 in the Neufert-Box in the south of Weimar and in the evening in the Kesselturm in the center of the city. All the pictures were taken by our great photographer Thomas Müller from Taikrixel.

 

Heroes, no more!

Which part of the brain enables you to master a craft? What makes a good craftsman? And what if this craft would actually be mastered by machines? Those questions came up during Sven Pfeiffers talk about the Shifting Role of the Architect in the Age of the Internet. Pfeiffer is based in Berlin, works as an architect and guest professor for digital architectural production at the Technical University of Berlin. Today he showed how, in research, architects are pushing boundaries by involving technology and computation.

Unleash and Organize!

Right upstairs in the Neufert Box it was all about Platform Cooperativism and Political Campaigns in the Age of the Internet. Trebor Scholz is a scholar-activist and Associate Professor for Culture & Media at The New School in New York, Johannes Ponader has been dealing with basic income for the last 15 years and has set up the platform „Mein Grundeinkommen“.

 

In his talk, Trebor Scholz delivers a short critique of platform capitalism. Nowadays, Scholz sees little resemblance of the Silicon Valley’s original idea that a different future is possible. According to Scholz, Uber drivers for example are no micro-entrepreneurs as the company claims. More likely, they are working for labor companies with no labor rights at all.

Alisa Andrasek: No boundaries between human creativity and code

Croatia-born Alisa Andrasek talked about the increased resolution fabric of design with automated scripting. The next language will dissolve the boundaries between human creativity and code. The architecture will be influenced within design ecologies – where designers have access to algorithmic profiles and new possibilities with human and inhuman intelligence with big data.

Read the full talk of Anne Dippel and Sonia Fizek

The path to post-automation economy is not so much paved with robots as it is with cyborgs of all kind. The cyborgs introduced in this talk are a symbiosis of humans, machines and algorithms entangled in a data net, pursuing their playful and labourious quest to evolve science. While thousands of humans play online games, combining molecules (Eterna) or detecting “bizarre” particle tracks (Higgs Hunters), algorithms keep learning from their behavioural patterns. But the playbouring cyborg manifests itself not only amongst the cyber proletariat of the unskilled citizen scientist players.

Juliane Landmann: Six scenarios about the labor market in Germany

Dr. Juliane Landmann is a project manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung where she initiates empirical studies and reports with the aim of shaping sustainable economies. One of this studies introduced a strategic preview of the labor market 4.o. in Germany in the year 2030. For the study, the Bertelsmann Stiftung collaborated with the Ministry of Labor in Germany, Ministry of Education, universities, Microsoft and IBM, did a workshop with around 30 experts from the field and developed six scenarios for the labor market for the future.

Welcome to the Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016: Luxury Communism

The Digital Bauhaus Summit 2016 is kicking off with a speech of Holm Friebe, one of the initiators of the annual summit for the Creative Economy. The three tracks „Cyberprobles“, „Exoskeletons“ and „Teknokomrades“ on the first day take place in the Neufert-Box in the south of the historical city of Weimar. The box has a modern wood design inside and was built in 1999 for the 100th anniversary of Ernst Neufert. The german architect is well-known as an assistant of Walter Gropius and his thesis about the „Bauentwurfslehre“. The Neufert-Box is also an interesting piece for architects. Contrary to the historical Neufert-building that was built in a meter grid the Neufert-box is constructed in Oktameter design.

Luxury Communism: All that’s solid melts into Champagne!

Can we imagine living in a world in which profits go not only to a small elite of digital innovators but to the entire society? What if Silicon Valley’s marketing mantra to “make the world a better place” became the true political program of a leisure society based on fully automated wealth?