A conversation with Harald Gruendl and Thomas Geisler (curators of the exhibition), Noëmi Leemann (new concepts for learning, MAK), Lukas Zeilbauer (HYPOTOPIA team, Milliardenstadt [billions city]), Doris Rothauer (Vienna Biennale Circle), as well as Beatrice Jaschke and Martina Griesser (schnittpunkt)
2051: Smart Life in the City consists of an overview exhibition at the MAK and ten experiments around the city of Vienna, called demonstrators. Under the theme of “Ideas for Change,” the exhibition examines an alternative future for life in the city and the role of design as a tool for a sustainable and solidary lifestyle. Design is not understood so much as a discipline, but as a strategy in order to significantly impact the context and work environment in which creative professionals will act in the future. The growth of digitalization as an engine of technical and social innovation, which also results from friction between top-down and bottom-up interests, will shape the city as the dominant living environment of the 21st century.
Starting with these aspects, 2051: Smart Life in the City aims not only to present members of civil society and their practice, but also to bring their participatory potential for positive change to the exhibition venue and educational institution of the museum as well as the city. Experiences with this approach will be discussed during a tour with the participants in the exhibition: What were the structural and organizational challenges in realizing this concept? Why does the practice of museum work remain slow to adapt? Can change be initiated on the institutional level at all? How does one design an exhibition whose theme is urban life in the 21st century and beyond? How can design be taught as a strategy?
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TUE, 01.09. / 18:002015