DIGITAL BAUHAUS SUMMIT
Photos: Thomas Müller
Founded as a new conference format for the creative economy in 2014, the Digital Bauhaus Summit is held in Weimar—birthplace of the Bauhaus movement. Every year, the Bauhaus Summit investigates the meaning of the Bauhaus tradition for the 21st century under a different topic. Designed as a small boutique conference, as an antipole to large-scale conference formats, the Digital Bauhaus Summit is aimed at facilitating a focused exchange between all participants.
The two-day conference covers lightning talks, workshops, discussions and interactive activities. To keep a vivid exchange possible, the conference is always limited to 150 participants (following Robin Dunbar and the perfect group size for intense networking and discourse). In 2017 the Summit investigated the topic of “being modern”.
I hosted and curated the “Modern Talking” track. Following the Bauhaus tradition, we explored questions about being modern not only theoretically, but also practically and hands-on: instead of only talking, we experimented and made and broke things.
The Modern Talking track invited three speakers and workshop hosts, and was open to all Digital Bauhaus Summit participants, allowing everyone to bring their ideas, thoughts & questions, as the session was co-run.
To open up the space and give participants room for several activities, we made use of the beautiful surrounding outdoors in Weimar and hosted the Modern Talking track outside. The track also provided time to elaborate on previous talks and delve deeper into topics for discussions and exchange with speakers and fellow participants. One example was the documentary project “People of the 21st Century” by Stephan Porombka. Besides introducing his ideas in a talk, Stephan Porombka also set up a mobile photo studio during the conference. He took pictures of the participants which he then combined in montages with works by August Sander (taken from “People of the 20th Century”). A gallery of the Digital Bauhaus Summit participants was thus created in real time.