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Dimensions of together
"The rituals, pleasures and politics of co-operation" (Sennett)

The idea for the conference is about working together in order to pursue shared goals. Many tasks require people to work together as a team to achieve successful results. Among those people and settings are university seminars, chefs, symphony orchestras, researchers, user-experience designers, the employees of a company together with the company's network of partners, but also inter-species relationships such as working/ farm animals, or dolphins collaborating with fishermen.

Now we ask: What makes a team work well together? What are the conditions to make a group cooperate? What impedes a successful development? Who is learning from whom? What is the role of trust?

Sub-text: In the light of climate change, the global refugee situation, increasing automation, and scientific advances such as genetic engineering, it appears that the future will be different than the present, and that we have to make conscious decisions of how we actually wish to live together in a sustainable way. Considering that the way of thinking (perhaps too much thinking, too little acting) that has lead to the current situation appears useless in tackling in changing the unfolding situation, we ask: What kind of thinking and acting together is required to steer towards a sustainable future?


31.05 | workshops
09:00 - 16:00 → Room 2.30
09:00 - 12:30 (group A) & 13:00 - 16:00 (group B) → Room 1.17
09:00 - 16:00 → Room 1.17
11:30 - 16:00 → Room 1.47
14:00 - 16:00 → Room 1.07
14:00 - 16:00 → Room 2.36
16:30 - 18:00 → Aula
01.06 | talks
20 minutes talks
10 minutes questions

09:00 start conference day
intro by Julia Lohmann
keynote: Terry Irwin & Gideon Kossoff
10:30 Pause
11.00 Katri – Liisa Pulkkinen
11:30 Uwe Lübbermann
12.00 Lunch
13.30 Matylda Krzykowski
14.00 Mark & Ayshé Jenkinson
14:30 coffee break
15.00 JoJo Wood
15:30 Michael Hohl
16:00 discussion – outside the building
17:00 End
22:30 Dimensions Party
02.06 | post—
symposium workshop
10:00 Start
15:00 End

On day three we invite dedicated attendees to voluntarily stay behind for a post-conference workshop. Here we will reflect together on the kind of outcomes of the symposium. If you attend be prepared to take on some of the responsibilities.


  • Terry Irwin & Gideon Kossoff (USA)

    Transition Design

    "Transition Design proposes the development of future visions that are dynamic and grassroots based, that emerge from local conditions vs. a one-size-fits-all process, and that remain open-ended and speculative. This type of visioning is a circular, iterative and error-friendly process used to envision radically new ideas for the future that serve to inform even small, modest solutions in the present. Visions of sustainable futures can provide a means through which contemporary lifestyles and design interventions can be assessed and critiqued against a desired future state and can inform small design deci- sions in the present."


    transition design reader (pdf)

    Transition Design Seminar (shedule)

    CMU Pittsburgh www.design.cmu.edu


  • Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen (FIN)

    Worldviews, emergence and working together

    "To have a future, we need inspirational and viable ideas of how to change our lifestyles. Our current lifestyle is deeply embedded in the idea that we dominate the nature, and that it is intended or even created to serve us. The lecture will compare two worldviews with completely different convictions of what is our place on the planet, and introduce a regenerative sustainability paradigm that rises from the ecological, living systems worldview. Against this background, we will look at the emergence of inspirational movements that seek a healing relationship with the natural environment."


    creating the mindset of sustainable societies (acs.aalto.fi)

  • Uwe Lübbermann (GER)

    consensus-making is never alike, but almost always possible

    As a central figure, Uwe Lübbermann presents the Premium Collective which sells soft-drinks since over 14 years now. "We're doing that within a capitalist economic system, including competition, management, advertising, profit, etc., because this system requires it … Really? No!".




  • Matylda Krzykowski (CH)

    a Space for contemporary design

    "Our interest was to provide a context for the development, presentation and discussion of design. For this a museum, gallery, showroom or educational institution did not appear to provide the appropriate context. We believe that in the 21st century a space for contemporary design is needed, which is not linked to a location or a fixed organisational structure, but instead can appear temporarily at several places, when it is needed. Depot Basel does not define itself through existing structures but instead acts proactively within contemporary conditions. It is a place, that provides space to experiment, demonstrating that design has perceptibly more to do with society then one would expect."



    blog www.matandme.com


  • Mark Jenkinson & Ayshé Jenkinson (UK)

    PULSE Plantbased homecooking, London

    "Our experience in academia--teaching performing arts and our personal research into health, nutrition and gastronomy led us to see that some of life's most important decisions are made through a reductionist filter. If we want to build a future where fruitful collaborations are possible, we require a shift from our current --reductionist--frame for analysis to a more wholistic approach. A more wholistic approach will help us respond to our immediate and broader circumstances better by understanding the relationship of the 'self' to the 'other'. In unpicking some of these 'loaded' terms, our references will be mostly from Performance Theory, gastronomy and nutrition."



    Couple launch plant-based cooking company in Hampstead, London (www.hamhigh.co.uk)

  • JoJo Wood (UK)


    "a collaborative learning experience in woodwork Looking at a large group of people with a vast range of skill levels and the different ways we learn from each other." Jojo is now one of the UK’s leading spooncarvers and teachers of spooncarving, and is training under the last of the English clogmakers, Jeremy Atkinson. She aims to inspire more women and younger people to develop a love of woodworking, teaching that technique wins over physical strength every time.





  • Michael Hohl (GER)

    Living in cybernetics: Polynesian culture, stewardship and sustainability

    "What can design educators learn from other cultures, acting in the community with sustainability in mind, acting as a group and pursuing shared goals? How are these goals negotiated? How are activities organised without a central organiser? The Hawaiian islands have been populated for around 1500 years, a sign that the culture followed sustainable principles. Also interesting is the educational framework used in schools on the Hawaiian islands and by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and how it influences students thinking and perspective upon the eco-system, local conditions and technological conveniences." Michael Hohl is professor for design theory and investigates educational perspectives in view of sustainability.



  • Julia Lohmann (GER)


    Maggots. Sheep stomachs. Seaweed. German-born designer and researcher Julia Lohmann investigates and critiques the ethical and material value systems underpinning our relationship with flora and fauna. She is Professor for Design at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg (HFBK) and directs her eponymous London-based design practice. Julia studied at the Royal College of Art, where she has also taught and is currently engaged in an AHRC-funded collaborative PhD scholarship between the RCA and the Victoria & Albert Museum. As designer in residence at the V&A in 2013, she established the Department of Seaweed, a transdisciplinary community of practice exploring the marine plant’s potential as a design material. Julia Lohmann’s work is part of major public and private collections worldwide and has received awards, bursaries and support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the British Council, Jerwood Contemporary Makers, D&AD, Stanley Picker Gallery, the Arts Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.



living * booked out
09:00 - 16:00 → Room 2.30

Terry Irwin & Gideon Kossoff

"Envisioning Cosmopolitan Localist Lifestyles" – In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the concept of “Cosmopolitan Localism,” a vision of sustainable, place-based lifestyles rooted in community and local culture, but global in their awareness and exchange of information, knowledge and technology. Cosmopolitan localism is a new vision of what it means to ‘live ‘together’. After a brief, introductory lecture, participants will work in groups to develop visions and strategies for cosmopolitan localist societies. Each group will create a large ‘vision map’ and develop day-in-the-life scenarios and design strategies for transition. These large concept maps will form a gallery of visions for how communities can live more lightly, delightfully, productively and sustainably in place—together.

carving * booked out
09:00 - 12:30 (group A) → Room 1.17
13:00 - 16:00 (group B) → Room 1.17

JoJo Wood

"wood & crafts" – Carving green wood with axe and knife. We’ll take a piece of tree and create a simple wooden object for you to use in your kitchens.

acting * booked out
9:00 - 16:00 → Room 1.17

Katri Liisa Pulkinnen

"New narratives: Can we be beneficial to nature?" – The aim of the workshop is to design, together, stories that help bridge the gap between our current consumerist lifestyles and sustainable lifestyles. The idea is to work together to learn something new and to perhaps also discover something that is half forgotten. In general, we tend to think that human influence on nature is always bad: we deplete and exploit our natural environment to serve our needs. However, originally we have co-evolved with nature and there is, somewhere within us, knowledge of how to be beneficial to our environments: how to participate in the processes of nature so that we actually increase local resilience, biodiversity and life. During the day, we will visit a nearby forest, and also a garden where we get to know an excellent closed-loop permaculture system – keeping chicken.

Permaculture aims at beneficial relationships between humans and natural systems so that we take care of ourselves in a way that also takes care of and regenerates the natural systems. The workshop is intended to be a wild dreaming workshop about a future that inspires and attracts, and enables humans to be beneficial parts in the living systems of nature, and that is based on co-operation and learning. The groups will be provided with material to start the discussions, but it is expected that the explorations will take different directions in each of the groups. We will aim to find what are the greatest obstacles of sustainable lifestyles in our mind, and how to get around them by seeing them as seeds of solutions. As storytelling always, the best part of it is that it is practically unpredictable, so anything can happen!

11:30 - 16:00 → Room 1.47

Mark & Ayshé Jenkinson

"Performance Theory, gastronomy and nutrition" – An interdisciplinary exploration of collaboration and working alone by way of performance and food!

working ̶ together
14:00 - 16:00 → Room 1.07

Uwe Lübbermann

"Collectiv decision making" – How it is possible for a big group of people to manage to work together, even the members either are not at the same place or time? The Premium Cola collective is a good example of a decision making process, enable a group of people to work together in a fair and consensus democratically way, independently of time and space. In a roleplay, based on the idea of a commune, the participants will learn how to manage a project in a collective way.

moving ̶ together
14:00 - 16:00 → Room 2.36

Matylda Krzykowski

"Department of continued action" – We will guide each other through a series of generic tasks, such as moving and walking from one point to another. Participants take part in negotiated physical techniques and the various iterations are tested to generate movement for a choreography.



Dimensions of Together
Dessau Department of Design
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Seminarplatz 2a

+49 (0) 340 5197 1741


If you will arrive by train (10 minutes walk)

Welcome to the beautyful 'Bauhausstadt Dessau'. Leave the plattform by taking the stairs downstairs and turn left. In need of the elevator: cruise one level down and turn right. Walk through the tunnel and leave the trainstation at exit west. Go ahead and cross the plaza. Pass the building in front of you and leave it to your right side. Now you are next to the Schwabestraße. Go ahead and cross the Seminarplatz. The installation of Jay Gard (slightly left to you, behind a small wall, next to a statue of a woman and a child) will guide you to enter the Bauhausstraße. Just follow the street and be amazed when it ends.

If you will arrive by car

There is a parking space next to the Bauhaus building. You just have to make sure to find your way to Dessau. Once you made it, you'll find a lot of signs guiding you to the Bauhaus. But make sure to go for 'Gropiusallee 38', otherwise you could end at the hardware store (same name, but different experience).


Dean of the Dessau Department of Design:
Prof. Nicolai Neubert

Idea & Concept
Prof. Gerald Christ
Prof. Brigitte Hartwig
Prof. Dr. Michael Hohl

Organized by
Gerald Christ
Ivonne Dietrich
Brigitte Hartwig
Michael Hohl
Laura Lake
Laura Reinhold
Chistian Treffler

Christian Treffler

Visual Concept & Design
Oliver von Zweydorff

Coded by
Oliver von Zweydorff
Christian Treffler

Awesome staff Members
Laura Lake
Laura Reinhold

© Pictures
Julia Lohmann by Petr Krejci
Bauhaus Stage by Friedrich Schultheiss


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