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Staging things and processes, or presenting them convincingly and in the right light, is an aesthetically and organizationally difficult task. Especially in a differentiated media society where generating attention is also economically necessary. Every year, the DASA in Dortmund holds colloquia on scenography to present and discuss current approaches. The events’ goal is to track the most recent developments in exhibition conception and design and to investigate their impact on social space. Practical design solutions are presented, as well as methods and exhibition concepts, to give the respective annual theme a profile. Science, applied museum studies, and the visual and dramatic arts all make interdisciplinary contributions.

Because sustainability is also important in the museum and exhibition sectors – the German Museums Association has made sustainability a priority in its work since 2021 – this year’s theme is „nachhaltig(keit). ausstellen. “As social places”, the announcement says, “exhibitions and museums have a great responsibility for this topic, can convey visions for a better future, but also make valuable contributions to more sustainability through their own actions”. Two questions must be addressed: How can exhibitions and museums become more sustainable without sacrificing critical core functions? And how can exhibitions on such a broad subject provide important impulses for social discourse? The programme includes various lectures on “Museums in Transition”. Dr Annette Ludwig, Director of the Museums of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, will talk about “Sustainability Strategies in the Museum Landscape of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar”, Dr Iris Edenheiser, Director of the Hygiene Museum Dresden, about “Greening up DHMD. Scenography meets institutional sustainability strategy”. Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters, Haute Innovation, will speak on “Sustainable Materials for Exhibition Designers”, Dr. Susanne Nawrath, Klimahaus Bremerhaven, on “Future Perspectives and Power2Change – Communicating Sustainability”, and Mitchell Joachim, terreformOne/New York, on “Scenographic Architecture in the Age of Synthetic Biology”. As practical examples, exhibitions on communicating the climate crisis and the relationship with nature will be presented. Workshops on the Fee Structure for Exhibition Design (HOAS) and an open discussion panel with Dagny Müller (Deutsches Museum) and Sven Klomp will round out the programme (Impuls Design).

The DASA, a permanent educational institution of the Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, informs the public about the world of work, its importance to individuals and society, and the importance of designing work in a humane manner. On an area of 13,000 square metres, it presents an exhibition on the working worlds of yesterday, today, and tomorrow under the headings “Man – Work – Technology” in Dortmund.

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