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Christoph Fahle
May 25, 2012

Makerlab on human rights

The Human Rights MakerLab is a collaboration between DMY, InterInstitute in Berlin,, Open Design City and numerous content partners. It is facilitated by Jay Cousins​ and Pedro Pineda using the MakerLab Process. The common understanding of human rights and societal norms are defined by our surroundings, but do they truly correspond our personal attitude? Are they actually universally correct? This project provides the opportunity to explore what Human Rights means to us in a playful manner of positive provocation.

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The objective is to engage people and explore together what could or should be improved, what are the main rights to be considered, what the contemporary and future development of human rights is. For example, the main document on human rights is “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, as a result of experience of the Second World War.  It was stated that rights of every individual everywhere should be recognized and protected by the rule of law. The idea was awesome, but ... the document haven`t been updated since then and almost 100 years went by.  Furthermore, was the set of rights really well prepared? What is the inner sense of human rights? Is private property really an essential right? What is about privacy of personal data and information in terms of the World Wide Web, which didn`t exist back then? 

These are just the few of questions, which could and should be asked. Moreover, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” was created with best intentions, but according to National State thinking, so there are quite some points missing, like access to drinking water, for example.At the moment “Human Rights MakerLab ” is developing the infrastructure and approach to the main event, which will take place within the DMY festival. At the Planning Party last week all the current participants were explained “the autonomous nature of the event”, which means that anyone will have a right and possibility to get involved or spontaneously make any activity. However, a number of preset activities also exist. The final frame and starting content of the event (new content can be created by anyone during the event itself) will be announced at the Opening Night of DMY at Tempelhof Airport on the 6th of June. However, if you want to participate in creation of this substance, follow the link to continue reading.  Join them on 28th May in the Betahaus/ODC hof for the next planning party.

From 8pm on, we'll open The Club where the DJ booth and the dance floor will turn into our playground. We've invited hip hop and pole dancers to open the dance floor and have a friends-only crazy-cool lineup planned for the night. We'll be mixing botanical cocktails with Fritz Cola and inviting you into our Photo Booth Room so you can take home some silly photos from the night. In The Club, you will also find The Balloon Room and The Zen Zone which will be our chill spot for the night. Check out the timeline in The Club and learn more about The Zen Zone below.

The Club
20:00 - 22:00 Dj Niggo
21:00 - 22:00 Hip-Hop Dancers
22:00 - 22.30 AinTheMachine
23:00 - 01:00: Michal Vagner
01:00 - 03:00: Asia

The Zen Zone
(to be announced): Cacao Experience with Moruga Cacao
19:00 - 21:00: Tea Ceremony with Thirsty Moon

Make sure to join our Facebook Event and RSVP on Eventbrite, so we can put your name into our Happiness Jar. This birthday bash is all about our community, and together with our partners we've prepared a special Prize Draw.

Throughout the whole night, you will find the rooms of The Basement filled with art pieces from our favorite Berlin-based creatives. From illustrations to paintings to wooden sculptures and installations - we've made sure to host an inclusive Berlin-like mix of all things art. Let us introduce to you to some of the artists, who you will meet down in The Basement:

Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.

From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.

In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.

In our Photo & Video room you will find works from Collette Pomerleau and Ocean.Now.

Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.

Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!

In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.

Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.

Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.

We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.

Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.

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