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Newsletter November 2019

Ubiquitous digitalization pervades urban environments at an accelerating pace. So is climate change, with increasingly frequent threatening episodes of extreme weather conditions worldwide, urging us to rethink our cities, and rapidly.

Newsletter October 2019

Even without the remains of the dictator, the symbolic value of Valle de los Caídos retains its controversial force. What transformations are needed at Valle de los Caídos (“Valley of the Fallen”) so as not to create a cenotaph – an empty burial monument?

Deep Space @ University Library Hamburg

Instead of creating a gap in this highly symbolic place, the international think tank Hybrid Space Lab represents the impetus to explore alternative memory narratives to the previously totalitarian narrative of the Valle de los Caídos.

Surveillance Capitalism & Cognitive Architecture

Surveillance Capitalism is becoming an established notion with a number of meanings around the commodification of personal information and Berlin lecture the social psychologist Shoshana Zuboff on 6 November 2019, organised by our partner Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Exhumation Finissage

On 24 September 2019 Spain’s Supreme Court approved unanimously the exhumation of the former dictator Franco from the underground basilica of Valle de los Caídos mausoleum. Hybrid Space Lab’s project “Deep Space: Re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” investigating what transformations are still needed at the Valle de los Caídos so as not to create a cenotaph – an empty burial monument – is becoming increasingly urgent.

Newsletter September 2019

What would Alexander von Humboldt’s 250th birthday wish have been?
This last summer brought again burning questions to the fore: Are extreme hot temperatures established as the new norm? Is the burning of the earth’s lungs and biodiversity ark becoming everyday news?

Kiez Lab @ Alliance Digital City Berlin

The challenges of digital transformation are becoming more and more tangible in the daily lives of Berliners. There is an increasing need to get involved and take the city’s digital future into its one’s own hands. From 2019 Berlin will develop a digital strategy in which goals for the digital future of the capital are to be formulated.

Humboldt Jungle @ German Parliament

One of the “questions” concerning the Humboldt Forum that the German Green Party (Fraktion BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN) put before the German Parliament, the “Deutscher Bundestag” on 2 July 2019 was:
Question 22: “What is the current state of the considerations on the part of the Federal Government for the greening of the facades, to install a so-called Humboldt Jungle?”

City to Go @ HIIG

Ubiquitous digitization is increasingly transforming urban life in all its aspects and Smart City technologies promise unlimited efficiency to urban mobility solutions. It is however worth reflecting on why digitally supported and automated negotiation concerning, amongst others, mobility does not necessarily equal objective and fair decision-making.

Newsletter July 2019

Ubiquitous digitization is increasingly transforming urban life in all its aspects and Smart City technologies promise unlimited efficiency to urban mobility solutions. It is however worth reflecting on why digitally supported and automated negotiation concerning, amongst others, mobility does not necessarily equal objective and fair decision-making.

Newsletter June 2019

Future Narratives and Immersive Experiences symposium at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF on May 22 2019 brought together interdisciplinary co-creators in the audiovisual sector, companies dealing with media, VR / AR / MR, games, 3D sound, the staging of productions, communication, heritage and cultural institutions or other fields of activity with the urge of delivering high-quality storytelling in the digital era.

Archiving Fabric @ documenta 14

The documentary “Fabric” that Hybrid Space Lab produced for “documenta 14” in 2017 and that narrates a Middle Eastern family story as well as the history of the industrial complex that today houses the Athens School of Fine Arts is part of major Greek archives.

Newsletter April 2019

Digitalization transforms our cities, with far-reaching efforts towards technology-powered increased efficiency, sustainability and at times participation.
This raises new questions on privacy, data governance and (digital) design, historically unaddressed by city planning, architecture, civil society and governance.With cities worldwide striving to earn a “Smart City” reputation, it is however disputed who exactly benefits from these concepts.

City Making in the Digital Age

City Lab provides a platform for Smart Citizens, bridging the gap between data- and city-experts and civil society and governance and addressing compelling issues at the merging of the Digital Age and the Urban Age.

Newsletter February 2019

Possible futures are not set in stone. Today’s creativity and breakthrough sustainability-oriented and socially-inclusive thinking have the capacity to shape them.

As technology, the digital and the physical intersect, affecting our lives and societies in ways previously unthought-of, our thinking and approach to reality must be future-proof, too. 
Here is an upshot of an increasingly digitally networked and co-created prospect, ranging from fashion to heritage, to diplomacy.

Cities in Transition

Students of the University of Amsterdam explored European cities, visited local initiatives and interviewed City Makers. This summer we publish their articles and interviews weekly. Maarten Ketelaar is spending a semester in Berlin, Germany and interviewed Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Frans Vogelaar of Hybrid Space Lab.

Future Heritage @ DASA Dortmund

How will the future look? For professionals in the exhibition business this is a very relevant and difficult problem. Because the future does not give us any objects yet. Lecture Future Heritage 23-24 January 2019 @ DASA Dortmund, Germany Scenography “How will the future look? For professionals in the exhibition business this is a very [...]

Diplomacy Lab Cross-Over @ Diplomacy Camp

Since the first edition of Diplomacy Camp issues like disinformation, AI and the civic impact of digital technology have only become more contentious, particularly in Europe. Lecture, Workshop 7 February 2019 @ Diplomacy Camp Brussels Diplomacy Lab "Since the first edition of Diplomacy Camp issues like disinformation, AI and the civic impact of digital technology [...]

Deep Space @ transmediale

Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos is presented on 25 January 2019 at the transmediale in Berlin, Germany.

Newsletter September 2018

The etymology of recordar, Spanish for “to remember”, is “to go back to one’s heart”, as memory was once thought to reside there and, even today, processes of memory making are immersed within affective landscapes.
Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen), the Francoist monument built between 1940 and 1959 close to Madrid, will soon be emptied of Franco’s remains.
As it risks becoming a cenotaph – an empty burial monument – and it is at the center of heated public discourses surrounding its future, Valle de los Caídos is paradigmatic of the difficult processes of re-signifying controversial monuments.

Deep Space @ TRACES

Deep Space: re-signifying Valle de los Caídos is presented on 25 January 2019 at the TRACES Conference in Milan, Italy.

Newsletter November 2018

With the words “Die heiße Asche des Diktators”, the Hot Ashes of the Dictator, in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) of November 1st 2018, journalist Paul Ingendaay captures the toxicity of the highly divisive Francoist Memorial at Valle de los Caídos, as well as the urgency of Hybrid Space Lab’s workshop “Deep Space: Re-signifying Valle de los Caídos”.

Newsletter December 2018

Valle de  los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen), the Francoist monument built between 1940 and 1959 close to Madrid, will soon be emptied of Franco’s remains.
As it risks becoming a cenotaph – an empty burial monument – and it is at the center of heated public discourses surrounding its future, Valle de los Caídos is paradigmatic of the difficult processes of re-signifying controversial monuments.

Newsletter October 2018

The past summer brought several burning questions to the fore. We hope you had a cool place to ponder over them. Are extreme hot temperatures worldwide the new norm? How fast does the ice melt at 32°? This was the alarming high temperature measured this summer above the Arctic Circle!
The effects of climate change are showing up faster and sooner than forecasted – increases in average temperatures, rising sea levels, ever more frequent extreme weather conditions, and accelerated rates of biodiversity loss are becoming defining features of the Anthropocene, the human-made geological era. Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents its “Summary for Policymakers” report developed by the representatives of the IPCC’s 195 members’ governments in collaboration with international scientists, addressing these dramatic challenges.

Humboldt Volcano @ The Vienna Hofburg

In the chapter “International Developments; The Schlossplatz and the Museum Island in Berlin” Humboldt Volcano is mentioned as the example of the rethinking of the Humboldt Forum.

Deep Space @ Goethe Institut Madrid

Opening, lecture and panel discussion “Lost Memory – Recovered Memory” („Memoria perdida – memoria recuperada“) at the Goethe Institut in Madrid with Miquel Gonzalez, Photographer, Emilio Silva, Journalist and Prof. Gutmaro Gomez Bravo, Contemporary History, Universidad Complutense de Madrid on Wednesday 5 June 2019 at the Goethe Institut in Madrid.

Newsletter August 2018

On August 25th 2018, the Spanish government approved a decree to exhume Franco’s remains from Valle de los Caídos. What transformations are needed to re-signify the controversial monument of Valle de los Caídos? Valle de los Caídos: a 152 meter tall cross and basilica, a 263-meter long crypt, is one of the worlds most controversial monuments. [...]

GREENtopia @ Art Museum of China

The museum space (1600 sqm) will be transformed into a creative laboratory, an interdisciplinary platform co-developed by international artists, creative thinkers, independent scholars, urban planners and stakeholders, a mini co-op city inside a skyscraper.

Riga Readings Social Sciences

Hybrid Diplomacy: How to integrate digital and creative innovation in diplomatic processes.
AR/VRxIoT+AI+? = Hybrid Space
The combination of physical and media space, of local place and digital networks, is coined Hybrid Space. Space today is transformed by technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) or Mixed Reality, becoming increasingly hybrid.

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