Future Affairs 19 - Foreign Office of Germany | Berlin - Stage Design and Lounge Area
In collaboration with Re:publica, the stage and lounge area were designed in the frame of the large-scale event at the Foreign Office in Berlin. Colours, materials, graphics, lighting and media created a dystopian atmosphere within the massive building for the largest internet and digital society conference with speakers from all over the world.
On May 29th 2019, Europe’s largest internet and digital society conference took place at the German Federal Foreign Office. Talks and panel discussions circled around the core topic of the event “Digital Revolution: Resetting Global Power Politics?”. The opening keynotes were held by Heiko Maas, Federal Foreign Minister of Germany and Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica. A full day of inspiring meetings and talks with speakers from all over the world started. The first session entitled "Digital revolution: resetting global power politics" was held by speakers such as political scientist Prof. Uri Rosenthal from the Netherlands, Kenyan political analyst Nanjala Nyabola and director of the Alliance of Securing Democracy of USA, Laura Rosenberger.
Within the second session Julia Kloiber, founder of the Superrr Lab & Prototype Fund, Indian activist Kaustubh Srikanth, from Harvard Kennedy School Caroline Sinders and Dr. Reiko Kondo, director of the Office of the Director-General for Cybersecurity as well as the Japanese Ministry of International Affairs and Communications hold speeches.
In the afternoon two more topics were discussed. The first one entitled "Democracy & digitalization: Will democracy survive the digital revolution?" with Alicia Bárcena Ibarra from Chile, professor from Brasilia Marisa von Bülow, German artist Hito Steyerl and Marina Weisband, project manager politics and Xiao Qiang from China.
The second talk was on the topic "New philosophies: paradigm shifts in a machine-intelligent world", including ideas from Maurizio Ferraris, Italian philosopher, Isabella Hermann and Spanish artist Moon Ribas. As an outline of the stage with the main talks, an area was developed where artistic works were exhibited, among the artists were Adam Harvey (USA), Pinar Yoldas (Turkey), Kate Crawford & Vladan Joler (Australia/ Serbia) and Bernd Lintermann (Germany).
The project included the concept and installation of the three main areas, the stage where the conferences were held, the foyer and the entrance lounge area. All areas were designed for the maximum comfort of the guests, in collaboration with graphic designers as well as video and sound engineers who made the perfect environment for conferences. The areas have been designed based on the idea of the brand identity of the event, trying to communicate a strong dystopian atmosphere in combination with the surrounding environment, using sharp geometries and bright colours.
The project dialogues in a contemporary way with the massive building, the monumental geometries are reinterpreted in a lighter and modern way. With help of the graphic department, the project starts with the three-dimensional development of the geometric decomposition of the globe. The different areas are connected by a common architectural project. The project was temporary and the conference day was a great success from the usability of the spaces designed.