The Institute for Applied Heterotopia is an independent project team consisting of experts from the fields of architecture, sociology, media and cultural studies, design, and journalism. Together, we explore the transitional space between the present and the future using artistic methods, with particular attention to the past.


BEWARE, Utopia! This artistic work sees itself as a documentation of the ideas and visions of people in and around the village community Flegessen, Hasperde and Klein Süntel (FHKS). At the same time it shows the desire to actively shape one’s own…

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The Chewing Gum Effect

Workshop collaboration with Barbara Lubich and Elisabeth Wulff-Werthner from cultural center Zentralwerk, Dresden, at the annual Trans Europe Halles conference. Bilbao, Spain, 2018. The “Chewing Gum Effect” is what we explored together in this workshop. Outgoing from artistic experiences and strategies in…

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Cultural Typhoon in Europe 2017 in Nuremberg

This year’s Cultural Typhoon in Europe (CTE) in Nuremberg, entitled “Beware Utopia! Virtual, Actual and Past Visions of Urban Futures” offers a forum for scholars (especially from the fields of media and cultural studies, urban planning, anthropology or social sciences) as well…

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Paint your own city

Marga Leuthe, Grit Koalick and Maria Trunk invited to a drawing workshop within the umundu festival in Dresden, Germany. They questioned: What is my vision of the future? How can I give it wings with words and pictures? And how do I…

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BEWARE, UTOPIA! This artistic project is an documentation of experiences, ideas and visions from the people in and around the former Quelle building in its time of creative short term using 2011-2015. This time had a long lasting effect on the way…

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