- Exhibition and App on the theme of life with no consequences at the MK&G Hamburg
So what could really reduce our impact effectively? Not doing anything, giving things up, keeping distances, in other words, the things the pandemic has forced on us for months with the various counteracting measures that have been so hard to accept and follow. So what would happen if we used this time to consciously practise doing nothing? Not just to stop the coronavirus from spreading but also for the environment, for more social justice?
As part of the School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life exhibition at the Museum for Arts and Crafts in Hamburg (MK&G), the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HFBK) and MK&G have launched an App of the same name as a media and content extension of the exhibition. Until the exhibition opens at the MK&G—with the self-study room, historical models and even a “Scholarship for Doing Nothing”—when the Covid-19 lockdown in Germany is over, visitors can practise life without consequences at home.
The free App allows experts to have their say and invites visitors to do lots of exercises and tasks to playfully try living this life without consequences. The App is intended for anyone who wants to ponder the state of our world and understand how their reality is linked to climate change and to social and political structures. There is an introductory tutorial for each of the twelve fields of action covered in the App, including waiting, decision-making, destruction, losing our conscience or solidarity. Entertaining interviews with experts in the fields will provide lots of food for thought.
The App is a cooperative effort between the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HFBK) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) within the framework of the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU). Friedrich von Borries developed it together with the Berlin-based art collective refrakt (Alexander Govoni and Carla Streckwall). The introductory tutorial with Friedrich von Borries was created by the Austrian director and documentary-maker, Jakob Brossmann. The initiative expands the scope of the exhibition and introduces many more people to thoughts and choices for a more sustainable future. Yet another example of how creativity can turn restrictions, like the temporary closure of museums, into an opportunity.
Exhibition: School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life. A project by Friedrich von Borries
opening at the end of the lockdown, slated to run until 9 May 2021
at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G),
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