From the outset, the Bauhaus aimed to transcend the opposition between high, pure art and supposedly low applied craft in the name of a “new building of the future that would unite every discipline, architecture and sculpture and painting.” At the same time, it combined the plea for a synthesis of art and technology and the move towards industrial mass production with the ambition to design architecture and objects for everyone. What has become of this aim? In 2018, its fifth year, the Digital Bauhaus Summit takes up the old distinction between high and low. Although the idea of ​​a hierarchical difference in value between high and low seems to be a dated concept at least since the advent of the artistic avant-gardes, and killed for good by mass-media-fueled pop culture, the distinction between high and low persists, even if subconsciously, and their interplay opens up new perspectives, e.g. in the field of high-tech and low-tech or in debates about democratization and participation in politics, urban planning and design. Which emerging dynamics and hybridizations between high and low can be observed? What would a "new unity of art and technology" look like in today's post-digital society? High and low are intended to be brought into play here as heuristic search terms. Who is up? What is below? And above all, where is the front?

This Year's Speakers:

Jens Balzer

Aart van Bezooijen

Nilz Bokelberg

Orit Halpern

Stefan Heidenreich

Jens Jessen

Martin Kiel

Annekathrin Kohout

Katja Kullmann

Tobi Müller

Marie Neumüllers

Eckhart Nickel

John Durham Peters

Peter Piller

Stephan Porombka

Paula Raché

Jan Wurm

Heng Zhi

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June 30 2017

Final Video-Flashback – Digital Bauhaus Summit 2017

Modern life is rubbish. Or is it? Being modern seems to have gone out of fashion and a notion emptied of all significance, merely a shallow reference to worn-out avantgarde attitudes or to design objects from the past which nowadays have become stale classics.
Digital Bauhaus Summit 2017 asked what could it mean today to be modern, after the concept of modernism and its dark dialectic of enlightenment have been thoroughly discredited and its successors of postmodernism and post-postmodernism as well as various retro movements have also run its course? Or have we never been modern – yet?

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