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Designing Society
Annual Summit for Creative Economy


In its time, the Bauhaus was as much a social experiment as an aesthetic undertaking: epitomizing the multifaceted Lebensreform movement, it oscillated between social romanticism and utopian grandiosity. Design or Gestaltung was understood as a social phenomenon and meant to engender a new, more democratic society. Where are we now? What are today’s design fictions of an ideal society? Do we need to think big in order to imagine a better society, or does the beauty lie in small changes? Is social design really the high road to progress, or are we just reinventing the wheel?

In its second year the Digital Bauhaus Summit takes on the motto “Designing Society.” Having buried the deadly political utopias of the twentieth century, we encounter utopian visions of social engineering and re-design anew – from the microscopic to the large scale. Design has become a leading theme of our epoch, expanding from its traditional domains of objects, products, and surfaces into the realm of consciously shaping and reforming everything else: from technology to work, from money to law, from social processes to politics. But can design really live up to such grand expectations?

Designing Society
Annual Summit for Creative Economy
Weimar July 3rd to 4th

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Question and Answer

Monday, 16.03.2015

MuseumNext is Europe’s major conference on the future of museums. The event brings together delegates from around the world to discuss ‘what’s next?’ across all aspects of the museum including architecture, exhibitions, technology, skills, collections, conservation, purpose and leadership.  MuseumNext 2015 will take place in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Meet Jim Richardson, founder of MuseumNext, who also heads creative agency Sumo in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.


For more information please visit: www.museumnext.com
For more information on Sumo please visit: www.sumodesign.co.uk

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Conferences, Exhibitions, Fairs

Schirn Kunsthalle: German Pop
Thursday, 05.02.2015

The exhibition of 150 works of art and documentary material by 34 artists directs to the once four crucial centers of Pop Art in Germany: Düsseldorf, Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. During which these cities shaped Pop art into an independent urban art from.
The exhibition includes striking and surprising works, some of which have not been exhibited for decades or have never been shown publicly at all. German Pop is intended as an archaeology of a decade the 1960s to the early 1970s that uses paintings, objects and sculptures, films, collages, and graphic works to take stock of German Pop Art. The assembled works stem primarily from private estates and collections, but also from numerous well known art institutions such as the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, or the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

From our point of view the exhibition, i.e. the view of certain artists in the collection of German Pop Art is not a benevolent point of view on capitalism but rather a shallow critique on American „imperialism“.

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Conferences, Exhibitions, Fairs

Who is David Vuillaume?


David Vuillaume has been head of the joint office of the Swiss Museums Association and of ICOM Switzerland (International Council of Museums) since 2006.

He studied art history, museology, and business administration, and gained extensive experience in project work at various museums and institutions. In addition to his full-time occupation, David Vuillaume is a member of the Foundation Board of the Swiss Museum Pass. The Network of European Museum Organisations – NEMO – elected him to the board in 2012. Since November 2014, David heads NEMO in his function as chairman of the network.

David Vuillaume coordinated and evaluated the Museum Night for the Association des Musées de l’Arc jurassien, and in 2004 he was instrumental in the conception of the cultural programming at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Together with Franziska Dürr in 2006, he was responsible for the first nationwide coordination of the International Museum Day in Switzerland. Furthermore, he was head of communications in a non-profit company for more than six years, where he was active throughout Switzerland.

David Vuillaume will talk and lead the panel at the MuseumNext Conference.

Conferences, Exhibitions, Fairs

MuseumNext: 19 to 21 April 2015
Sunday, 01.02.2015

MuseumNext is Europe’s major conference on the future of museums. The event brings together delegates from around the world to discuss ‘what’s next?’ across all aspects of the museum including architecture, exhibitions, technology, skills, collections, conservation, purpose and leadership.  MuseumNext 2015 will take place in the Swiss city of Geneva. 

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Who is Andrew McIntyre?


Andrew is a founder and principal consultant at Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, the leading audience focus consultancy. He works with forward-thinking arts organisations, both large and small, in the UK and internationally.

In he past 5 years, Andrew has worked with over thirty Museum Directors, Artistic Directors and CEOs to guide their organisations through his innovative Move on Up programme to help them become truly vision-led and audience-focused.

He played a key role in the development of Culture Segments, the first arts sector-specific segmentation system based on deep-seated cultural values and beliefs rather than just behaviour and attitudes. Culture Segments has now been widely adopted in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Turkey and China.

Disillusioned by Orthodox Arts Marketing, deeply suspicious of the rush to impersonal CRM systems and wary of anyone hailing social media as the cure-all, Andrew is, instead, focused on how we can build genuine, rich, rewarding human relationships between audience members, artists and our institutions.

Andrew McIntyre will lead a workshop at the MuseumNext Conference.

Wearable Technology in Museums


Wearable technology is predicted to be one of the big tech trends of 2015.  You may have heard of popular of wearable devices such as Nike Fuel Band or the Apple Watch, but in the next few years hundreds of millions of wearable devices are projected to be purchased by consumers.

What is wearable technology and how will it disrupt museums. this interactive workshop will mix presentations form an expert panel with hands on play with the latest wearable tech. This workshop is a must for anyone interested in how this major trend can benefit the museum sector.

Gawain Morrison will lead a workshop at the MuseumNext Conference.

Relevance and Social Impact of Museums


Museums are taking on new roles corresponding to different needs of present-day societies and changes from education, economy, science, environment and other relevant fields. There is a growing tendency to show social relevance of museums so the activities are getting more directed to various audiences, leading to new partnerships and different stakeholders. Innovative and dynamic approaches trigger off creative programmes in museums but how to keep pace on a larger scale and what is coming next?

The panelists from the most relevant professional museum organizations, present current trends stemming from their experience and encourage discussion on the chosen topic.

Goranka Horjan will lead the panel at the MuseumNext Conference.

Conferences, Exhibitions, Fairs

Making the Most of your People


A Talent Strategy for the Museum of the Future, Kaywin Feldman, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Innovative practice is messy, failure-filled, and full of uncertainty – in a world that is unprecedentedly digital, noisy, savvy, and unforgiving. Museums don’t always have the most quick and nimble track record for risk and innovation because they don’t invest enough in their staff – one of the institution’s greatest assets. Hiring good people is the easy part; the team also must embrace failure and practice iterative development, while challenging assumptions about accepted museum practice. This session will describe how to develop practiced innovation leaders across the entire institution that can drive experimentation, organisational learning, and strategy refinement.

Kaywin Feldman will speak at the MuseumNext Conference.

Who is Kati price?


Kati is Head of Digital Media at the Victoria & Albert Museum where she oversees all digital activity, from the museum¹s websites, apps and social media to developing new digital products, services and experiences. Kati’s 15 years’ experience in the design industry experience spans both commercial and the public sector. She¹s passionate about digital technologies, design and beekeeping.

The Museum Dashboard – Kati Price, Head of Digital Media, V&A and Chris Unitt, One Further

The V&A needed a digital dashboard – or did they? Head of digital media, Kati Price, found herself at a crossroads. One route led to an insightful and actionable tool; the other to a meaningless and superficial report. She turned to analytics expert Chris Unitt for some help.

They’ll explain what they learnt on the way, and share insights and tales of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to building a digital dashboard for your organisation.

Kati rice will speak at the MuseumNext Conference.

Conferences, Exhibitions, Fairs

Who is Jake Barton?


Jake Barton, principal and founder of Local Projects, uses storytelling and moments of listening to create interactive museum and public space experiences.

Media design company Local Projects, headed up by Jake Barton, is reinventing public space through media, creating meaning and connections. By engaging audiences through emotion and technology, Barton develops new ways for people to interact with art, cities, history and one another.

Barton is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. Clients include National 9/11 Memorial Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, SFMOMA, StoryCorps, GE, Johnson & Johnson, BMW Guggenheim Lab, Cleveland Museum of Art, Seaworld, Microsoft, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Top of the Rock and the Sugar Hill Museum of Children’s Art and Storytelling.

Jake Barton will speak at the MuseumNext Conference.


Édouard-Henri Avril


Édouard-Henri Avril (21 May 1849 – 28 July 1928) was a French painter and commercial artist. Under the pseudonym Paul Avril, he was an illustrator of erotic literature.

Born in Algiers, Avril studied art in various Paris salons. From 1874 to 1878 he was at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Having been commissioned to illustrate Théophile Gautier's novel Fortunio, he adopted the pseudonym Paul Avril. His reputation was soon established and he received many commissions to illustrate both major authors and the so-called "galante literature" of the day, a form of erotica. These books were typically sold in small editions on a subscription basis, organised by collectors.

Avril illustrated such works as Gustave Flaubert's Salammbô, Gautier's Le Roi Caundale, John Cleland's Fanny Hill, Jean Baptiste Louvet de Couvray's Adventures of the Chevalier de Faublas, Mario Uchard's Mon Oncle Barbassou (scenes in a harem), Jules Michelet's The Madam, Hector France's Musk, Hashish and Blood, the writings of Pietro Aretino, and the anonymous lesbian novel Gamiani. His major work was designs for De Figuris Veneris: A Manual of Classical Erotica by the German scholar Friedrich Karl Forberg.

Avril died at Le Raincy in 1928.


Playboy, Penthouse and Lui


Playboy, which at one time sold almost six million copies a month in the United States, now sells about a million, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. Penthouse, which sold nearly five million copies, sells about 100,000. The biggest of the newer magazines, a venerable French publication called Lui, has sold as many as 350,000 in France.

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Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates stateless societies often defined as self-governed voluntary institutions, but that several authors have defined as more specific institutions based on non-hierarchical free associations. Anarchism holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, or harmful. While anti-statism is central, anarchism entails opposing authority or hierarchical organisation in the conduct of human relations, including, but not limited to, the state system.

Art, Design, Artefacts

Branden M. Collins
Heart of Glass
Tuesday, 23.12.2014

Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.

Leticia Sampedro

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Alan Turing


Alan Mathison Turing, 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954, was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, pioneering computer scientist, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner.

He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.


Lifestyle, Fashion, Gadgets

Pantone announces Color of the Year 2015
Friday, 05.12.2014

The Color of the Year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the fashion and entertainment industries – including films that are in production, the world of art, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, the availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

For 15 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

    PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
    PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
    PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
    PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
    PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
    PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
    PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
    PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
    PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
    PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
    PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
    PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
    PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
    PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
    PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)


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Art, Design, Artefacts

Man Ray
Tuesday, 04.11.2014

Sotheby’s is honoured to announce the sale of nearly 400 works by Dada and Surrealist icon Man Ray on November 15 in Paris. The auction will be the largest and most important sale of works by the ground-breaking artist in nearly 20 years.
The collection, property of the Man Ray Trust, includes works in all media: Photographs, Paintings, Drawings, Objects, Jewellery, Chess and Film. This will be the very last opportunity to acquire works by Man Ray coming from the studio of the artist and the artist’s estate.
At the core of the sale is a group of over 250 vintage photographs ranging from portraiture and fashion photography, including solarisation and gauze effects, to Surrealist compositions and iconic Man Ray photographs such as Magnolia Flower (1926), Starfish (1928), Ostrich Egg (1944) and Mathematical Object (1934).


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For With In


Live type, data-awareness, animation and user interaction are just a few of the reasons why the web browser has become a satisfying place to generate graphic design — both experienced in and outside the browser. This collection of formal experiments and conversations explore the role of the browser as another possible tool for designers. The website and print-on-demand pocket-sized book are made from the same content, the book treated as one size within a multi-width design logic. The book prioritizes reading and documentation, the website is easy to access and friendly on all devices (until it breaks).

Interviews and projects by: Evan Brooks, Lukas WinklerPrins, Philippe Cao, Catherine Schmidt, Christina Rees, Christina Webb, Kelly Walters, Michael McDermott, Ojus Doshi, Daniel Giuditta, John Caserta

Read and discover more here.


The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.



Claude Frédéric Bastiat, 30 June 1801 – 24 December 1850, was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly. He was notable for developing the important economic concept of opportunity cost, and for penning the influential Parable of the Broken Window. His ideas have gone on to provide a foundational basis for libertarian and the Austrian schools of thought.



How is a genius different from a really smart person?


Nautilus brings together Richard Hunter, Jack Williams, LaRae Bakerink, Bikram Rana and John Sheehan all exceptional intelligent individuals who have scored above the 98th percentile on a IQ test to discuss about the difference between a genius to that of a smart person.

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Give Mouse a Brain


Mice that receive a human version of a speech and language gene display accelerated learning, according to a new study. Don't expect these findings to lead to a rush of smarter, "uplifted" animals—though they might just reveal something new and fascinating about the evolution of human speech and language.

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The Ingenious Axel Hoedt
Monday, 20.10.2014

It is an infinite pleasure to have our Q&A answered by the ingenious Mr. Axel Hoedt – a citizen of Freiburg im Breisgau as being born there in 1966. He studied photo design at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld and since 1999 he made the decision to live and work in London. Needless to say that he has been awarded a multitude of top notch awards in the field of photography. His work is meticulously choreographed yet the viewer would not be able to grasp the setting at first sight; there is always a thin line between a portrait and a documentary, between art and reality, between the surreal and the fiction.

Read entire Q&A here.

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Ten elementary rules for a student wanting to commercially establish his fanzine:


1. The goal of a fanzine shouldn’t be commercial.
2. Have your own ideas.
3. Get an excellent team.
4. Produce a first issue without compromises.
5. Promote the first issue.
6. Gain credibility within your target group.
7. Produce a second issue.
8. Again: own ideas – no compromises – promote it – gain more credibility.
9. Develop your distribution network.
10. Become a reference in your field, but stay humble.

By Mike Koedinger, Publisher at Maison Moderne

Friedrich Nietzsche


Philosophically, Nietzsche is a mystic and an irrationalist. His metaphysics consists of a somewhat “Byronic” and mystically “malevolent” universe; his epistemology subordinates reason to “will,” or feeling or instinct or blood or innate virtues of character.

Introduction to the Fountainhead
The Objectivist, March 1968, 6.


Byronic Hero


The Byronic hero is a variant of the Romantic hero as a type of character, named after the English Romantic poet Lord Byron.

Both Byron's life and writings have been considered in different ways to exemplify the type. The Byronic hero first appears in Byron's semi-autobiographical epic narrative poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812–1818), and was described by the historian and critic Lord Macaulay as "a man proud, moody, cynical, with defiance on his brow, and misery in his heart, a scorner of his kind, implacable in revenge, yet capable of deep and strong affection".


Books, Magazines, Fanzines

Thames & Hudson: Collector’s Edition
Tuesday, 30.09.2014

Collector’s Edition is an original and exciting visual survey which brings together 180 examples of innovative graphic and product design created for special collector’s, limited or deluxe editions. From limited-edition magazines with multiple cover options to lavish vinyl box sets supplied with a wealth of extras, Collector’s Edition is the first publication to showcase the new wave of lovingly produced objects being created for the music, book and magazine industries.

288 pages
25 x 19,5 cm
480 color photography
PLC foil blocking

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S. T. Eliot


We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.


It is through mathematics that we can hold not one but an infinity of infinities in the palm of our hand, for all of eternity.


Ashutosh Jogalekar is a chemist interested in the history and philosophy of science. He considers science to be a seamless and all-encompassing part of the human experience.


In my Beginning is my End.


Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and one of the twentieth century's major poets. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri to an old Yankee family. However he emigrated to England in 1914 (at age 25) and was naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39.

Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915), which is seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men (1925), Ash Wednesday (1930) and Four Quartets (1945).

He is also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.

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