2038 – The New Serenity, invites you to discover a story between fact and fiction. In a series of films, it tells the history of a better world in which everything, though imperfect, is better in some pretty profound and radical ways. Based on the knowledge and visions of a collaborative team of international experts from Architecture, Art, Ecology, Economy, Philosophy, Politics, Science and Technology, team 2038 strives to explore our future society through prefigurative politics, illustrating modes of organization and social relationships to come.

German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

The second edition of 2038 x Arts of the Working Class brings back the story to the streets of the world. Arts of the Working Class is a multi-lingual street journal which is published every two months and contains contributions by artists and thinkers from different fields and in different languages. Everyone who sells this street journal earns money directly. Vendors keep 100% of the sales. Every artist whose work is advertised, designs with us its substance.

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"Remember, Buckminster Fuller saying: ‚You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.‘"

Cédric Libert, Architect

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as all parts keep influencing the whole, the system becomes so complex

"Previously, before digital, it was easy for a room with 20 people to end up agreeing on each other’s values, but these 20 people were not capable to bring that feeling back to their comrades, back to their communities. The digital helped us make sure that people entered into an empathy space similar to that of face to face encounters."

Audrey Tang, Free Software Programmer and Minister without Portfolio of Taiwan

„Throughout the twenties, it was still common to think about direct democracy and representative democracy as two competing forms of participation. In Taiwan, we had already begun prototyping a new political system that challenged this binary, and explored how direct and representative democracy could work symbiotically, as interwoven, complementary systems.“

Audrey Tang, Free Software Programmer and Minister without Portfolio of Taiwan

it's not about what we think, but about us being part of a system

"We developed a society not obsessed with competition. So we forgot competition as one of our core values and goals. Instead we re-embraced the values that we have before us: Solidarity & cooperation, engaging in activities that are not driven by expectations of profitability."

Evgeny Morozov, Writer and Researcher for Political and Social Implications of Technology

the rich were super rich and yet totally unhappy

"Having access to what belongs to everyone is much better than having absolute control over your own things. So we came up with a market based, decentralized mechanism for having common ownership, moving beyond the idea of socialists loving taxes and capitalists loving private property."

E. Glen Weyl, Economist & Principal Researcher at Microsoft

private ownership of land, when was that?

"It is quite remarkable, our current culture of victoriousness. For all intents and purposes, we did win our war against the crisis. Our world is now replete with mostly carefully planned, mostly just, mostly degrowing economies, now winding down to their steadiest state."

Joanna Pope, Degrowth Researcher

everything good and bad flows into algorithmic processes of shaping the future

"Through this picture, people realized that Earth is a closed and finite system. We understood that everything is limited in space and in time; especially our needs and their possible answers. We understand that architecture is a only temporary response to a temporary need."

Sabine Oberhuber and Thomas Rau, Economist and Architect

I like you Greta!

"Thinking in fixed objects is much riskier than thinking in open processes. Fixed entities remove all possibilities for future change and are unable to update the past. It took us 30 years to shift our way of understanding and to find out that these systems, technically and ecologically, are nested within each other on very different scales of space and time."

Ferdinand Ludwig and Daniel Schönle, Architects and Buildingbotanists

„In architecture there are no more distinctions between landscape and housing. Thanks to advances in synthetic biology over the last twenty years, they have turned into one.“

Mitchell Joachim, Architect and Co-Founder Terreform ONE

I think he still doesn‘t think in cybernetic or recursive loops

"Cities became the place for experimenting with sustainability and democracy by reclaiming control over data. Citizens became the ones who owned the data, using it to create a digital commons, which enabled new cooperative platforms."

Francesca Bria, Digital Policy Expert and Innovation Economist

Venice was a great idea!

The Malaria Houses began as an interdisciplinary case study in which a group of experts tested the potential of architecture in fighting malaria. Today, in 2038, the method has become common practice among architects and part of the global policy to fight suffering.

Visit the Cloud Pavilion and watch the full series.

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"How will we live together?" 2038 invited artists to contribute to The New Serenity. Discover the works of Diann Bauer, Mohamed Bourouissa, João Enxuto and Erica Love, and Bahar Noorizadeh in the Cloud Pavilion.

"If I now look back from 2038, I think I can rightly say that the 2020s were challenging and perhaps also the most groundbreaking years of the new century."

Secretary of State for Building, Anne Katrin Bohle and General Secretary of Goethe Institute, Johannes Ebert