The new learning App
In the context of the exhibition Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G), the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK) and MK&G are launching the app of the same name as a media and content extension of the exhibition. Until the show at the MK&G opens with a self-study room, historical models and a scholarship for doing nothing after the lockdown, visitors can now practice life without consequences at home.
The free app gives experts a chance to have their say and invites visitors to playfully try things out for themselves with many exercises and tasks. The app is aimed at all those who want to reflect on the state of our world and understand how their own reality is linked to climate change and social and political structures.
The app is a cooperation between the HFBK Hamburg, the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) and the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU).
There is an introductory tutorial for each of the twelve fields of action such as waiting, making decisions, destruction, losing one's mind or solidarity. Thought-provoking impulses in entertaining interviews are provided by experts such as sociologist Hartmut Rosa, social psychologist Harald Welzer, actor Eric Stehfest, art historian Bénédicte Savoy and climate activist Tadzio Müller.
With the exercises, the users become active themselves, in the kitchen, on the sofa at home or on the road. For example, the learners have to roll the Stone of Sisyphus up a virtual mountain or balance a stack of virtual glasses through their home. They can dance with the smartphone in their hands until they lose their mind, then take a multiple-choice test to expand their own perspective on the state of the world, or simply relax and wait.
Even more activity is required for those tasks that encourage them to intervene artificially in social and public space. For example, queues have to be initiated, an egg run course has to be set up or an ecstatic dance has to be performed. The users should share their exercises, tasks and reflections with all those with whom they want to shape and live the changes. The hashtag #folgenlos creates a large public in the social media to discuss the basic questions of society. Because the school of inconsequence also includes perspectives and ways out, such as dreaming a better future, creating a counter-power and creating cohesion.
The app was developed by Friedrich von Borries and the Berlin artist-collectiverefrakt (Alexander Govoni and Carla Streckwall). The introductory tutorial with Friedrich von Borries was developed by the Austrian director and documentary filmmaker Jakob Brossmann.