BHROX goes DIGITAL
Without having imagined it in this dimension, we have been plunged into a dystopian situation in recent days and weeks that is unprecedented. Suddenly, fiction is becoming reality. Public life is at a standstill, people are at home. What to do?
The bauhaus reuse is closed to the public these days and initially stands alone on a lonely traffic island above the U2 subway line. Significantly fewer cars are circling on the streets above, and almost empty streetcars are running below. There are only a few people to be seen.
Out of 2019’s examination of modernity, after modernity, in modernity, we have spent a lot of time in recent months looking at modern future scenarios, science fiction cyber punk, steam punk, as well as subcultural punk genres in the mirror of real and fictional architectural and urban concepts. Under the working theme “modernpunk” the developments of subcultures, urban society and building culture overlap. In contrast to many, mostly unrealized, utopian concepts of modernity, especially the fictional scenarios and futures realized in media reality are often linked to global, dystopian developments. We would never have thought that actual dystopias from this thematic world could experience such a rapid topicality. But still, despite output restrictions and quarantine, BHROX will continue to be a transdisciplinary platform, just in a slightly different way than originally planned. The current situation raises old and new questions: How do we want to – or can we – live in the future? To what extent will our everyday life change, again for the better or for the worse? In times when people suddenly have to stay predominantly at home, the question of the future of the city and the multifaceted public engagement with it is more urgent than ever and requires new considerations.
The urban laboratory BHROX is more than suitable for this, even under these aggravating circumstances, as a place, but above all as a medium.
Like many other institutions, we are currently having to rethink, to develop new strategies for how to continue as an urban laboratory and public center in a time like this. Still, all the themes and ideas we have envisioned for the BHROX in 2020 and the years to come will continue to be relevant. We will now – for the time being – have to find digital solutions of mediation – and as far as possible – of participation. The bauhaus reuse as a glass box in the middle of the city will become a bit more transparent – from a distance, through the view from the outside, from the digital. And it will glow in the night.
In order to continue the program, we will gradually convert formats and put them online – until it continues on site again: public forums and university seminars will become webinars, solo concerts will be broadcast live, artists will stream their works and performances from the glass box as “THE ONLY ARTIST”, exhibition setups will be previewed and presented in a virtual tour … sometimes perhaps a little improvised and low-budget, but done with professionalism and love. Corresponding online tools and introductions are offered via the Internet.
Stay home! Stay creative! Stay tuned, on bauhaus-reuse.de !