Future Heritage

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 Szenografie Colloquium 2019 @ DASA, Dortmund, Germany, 23-24 January 2019


Scenography is the study of designing space to achieve a particularly lasting effect on the audience. Our colloquia discuss current approaches.

The aim of the annual scenography colloquia is to follow the latest developments in the field of exhibition conception and design and to examine their impact in social space. Access to the respective annual topics is provided by the presentation of practical design solutions through to the analysis of methods and exhibition concepts. The interdisciplinary contributions come from academia, applied museum studies, and the visual and dramatic arts.


Future en Vogue

Future is en vogue. In 2018, she delivered the motto of the science year “Working Worlds of the Future”. Daily, the media discusses the extent to which robots intervene in our everyday lives and what the progressive digitization is doing to us. And even exhibitions are not excluded from this.
For in times when the museum is increasingly seen by the public as the most important source of knowledge, museum visitors’ demand increases for reliable answers to questions concerning the future.
But the future is highly theoretical and much remains in the academic circuit. New generations of visitors want to continue their sensual education – if at all – and generate their knowledge through personal experience.

Future Scenography

But does not the visitation behavior tell us much about all the questions, worries and fears that come from the present? How do we deal with that? Can the museum, whose traditional task is actually the collection and preservation of exhibits, bring issues into the limelight that are not yet (yet) exhibitable?
Are museums overwhelmed and should be satisfied with giving food for thought and developing forms of social commerce in the social space museum? Or do other potentials of methods such as productions with the possibility to try out “alternative realities” (Thiemeyer) have to be brought into focus much more strongly again? Does it need quite different forms of exhibitions?

Even if the appointment is still in the future: the DASA Arbeitswelt Exhibition offers time to discuss these questions and, for the 19th time, organizes a lively exchange among curators, architects and designers from and for museums and exhibitions.”


Wednesday 23.01.2019, 10.15

Andreas Horbelt, Conceptual Designer and Creative Director, facts and fiction Köln, „Digital is the new Normal. Auch im Museum?“
Jessika Meyer, Cultural Scientist and Innovation manager, Stuttgart, “Zukunft ausstellen. Museale Inszenierung der Mobilität von morgen”
Tristan Kobler / Dr. Bernd Holtwick, Holzer Kobler Architekturen Zürich / DASA Working World Exhibition “New Working Worlds – Exhibiting an Open Future”
Axel Pfänder / Ingo Zirngibl, Jangled nerves, Stuttgart
Prof. Nikolaus Hafermaas, Triad Berlin, Blended Realities – Der Bildschirm stirbt.
Dr. Gabriele Zipf, Dr. Rüdiger Haum, Futurium Berlin, „Showing futures: Concepts and Challenges“
Jürgen Bleibler, Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, Innovation! Future as a Goal. An exhibition of the Zeppelin Museum in the field of tension between the history of technology, municipal cultural policy, industry and current museum discussions.


Karoline von dem Busche, TRIAD Berlin Projektgesellschaft mbH, “Here and now – On the tracks of barrier-free perception“
Cäcilia Gernand, „Future now! Rethinking space. An experiment.“
Sven Klomp, Attentive@ “Exhibiting the Future”
Sascha Kruse, „An eye in the belly button“
Matthias Kutsch, VerA – Association of Exhibition Designers, “The Building Block Box – Tools to a Good Exhibition”.
Christian Scholze, Westfälisches Landestheater, The future wants to be shaped – possibilities of the performing arts, “For actors are the mirror and chronicle of the age”, Shakespeare – Hamlet

Thursday, 24.01.2019, 09.30

Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi & Prof. Frans Vogelaar, Hybrid Space Lab, „Future Heritage“
Henrique Oliveira, Museum of tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro, „The cosmos narrative“
Melanie Saverimuthu/Dr. Andreas Gundelwein, Deutsches Museum, „Understanding the future with all senses“
Prof. Mitchell Joachim, Architekt, New York City, “Design Against Extinction”
Marcus Starzinger, DASA Arbeitswelt Ausstellung, Dortmund, Conference Summary

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