Hybrid Identity @ Bauhaus University

Hybrid Space Lab contributes to the international conference “Practices of Inheritance – Metaphors, Materializations, Power Constellations” of the Identity and Heritage research cluster of the Bauhaus University Weimar and Technical University Berlin.

Lecture Hybrid Heritage @ Bauhaus University Weimar & Technical University Berlin, Conference Practices of Inheritance, Metaphors, Materializations, Power Constellations, Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, 19 November 2020


How can creative visions and hybrid tools help re-signify heritage and monuments?

The lecture focuses on projects researching and designing contemporary interpretations and further development of heritage through multicultural lenses. By integrating media and digital technology in heritage projects, Hybrid Heritage addresses cultural hybridity in today’s increasingly globalized world.

In addition to enriching the processing of heritage with creative methods, Hybrid Heritage fosters innovative ideas on the future of heritage at the time of the Digital. Engagement and visualization expand through digitally-powered co-creative processes, thus advancing a radical reassignment of meaning to physical monuments and heritage and integrating previously sidelined, forming polyphonic heritage sites.

Humboldt Jungle and Humboldt Volcano projects for the transformation and appropriation of the Berlin Humboldt Forum.

Deep Space investigative program on memory politics, controversial monuments and spaces, heritage, and digitalization. The program adopts the resignification of the Francoist monument Valle de los Caídos as a case study.

DMZpace, unraveling the landscapes’ multilayered traumatic dimensions at DMZ, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and the Convers[at]ions exchange program between Korean nature conservation, art and cultural experts and the initiators of the “European Green Belt” project, which runs across Europe along the entire former “Iron Curtain.”

Voiced Space revolving around the question of how to read territories anew, drawing on their historical relations to former colonies and of how to create a collective, inclusive cultural heritage. Voiced Space takes global Dutch cityscapes are case studies.

Reboot Culture exploring collective cultural experiences combining public physical and public digital space, drawing on the multiple voices of the polyphonic city.


Identities form by means of concrete references to the past. Such necessary reference to and reliance on the past can be understood as inheritance – be it material or immaterial – eventually surfacing in identity. Nevertheless, the latter process of inheritance is not based just on stable inheritance relationships but is ridden with conflict and appropriation, often in public heated debates.

The conference addresses such ‘inheritance practices’, examining diverse social and institutionalized habits and cultural techniques of identity-construction by referring to the past. The program addresses the conflicts of inheriting and non-inheriting, the processes of selecting, determining but also of challenging and adapting heritage as well as the connected materializations and discourse-making within an urban context.


Welcome and Introduction

Prof. Dr. Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper, Technical University Berlin
Prof. Dr. Hans-Rudolf Meier, Bauhaus University Weimar

Heritage and Inheriting

Svenja Hönig, Otto Friedrich University Bamberg
Prof. Dr. Stefan Willer
, Humboldt University Berlin
Dr. Giorgia Aquilar, Università Iuav di Venezia / Bauhaus University Weimar
Dr. Bernd Euler-Rolle, Federal Monuments Authority Austria

Conflicts of Inheriting and non-Inheriting

Aysegül Dinccag
, Technical University Berlin
Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi
, Hybrid Space Lab
Dr. Robert Skwirblies, Technical University Berlin
Dr. Anna Kutkina, Canadian Urban Institute/Canadian International Development Agency in Ukraine

Materialization and Discourse-Making

Ortrun Bargholz, Technical University Graz
Dr. Alexandra Klei
, Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg
Prof. Jörg Springer, Bauhaus University Weimar
Prof. Verena von Beckerath, Bauhaus University Weimar

Selecting and Determining

Juliane Richter, University of Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig
Mareike Sp
äth, The WorldMuseum Hannover
Raheem Oluwafunminiyi, Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, Abere, Osun State, Nigeria
Valerija Kuzema, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Dr. Gruia Bădescu, University of Konstanz

Governing and Instrumentalizing

Michael Karpf
, Bauhaus University Weimar
Ronny Grundig
, University Potsdam
Dr. Özge Sezer, Brandenburg University of Technology

Adapting and Challenging

Katharina Rotté
, Bauhaus University Weimar
Dr. Inge Manka
, Technical University Vienna
Karolina Hettchen and Monique Jüttner, Brandenburg University of Technology
Dr. Julian Blunk, Free University of Berlin

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