Opening of the Haushaltsmesse
from 12 to 14 June

Summer night’s party, opening symposium and Sunday matinee

The Haushaltsmesse opens on 12 June 2015 with a lecture performance, a tour of the site and a summer night’s party. The opening is at the same time part of the two-day international symposium “Housekeeping and budgeting: A public issue for the home and the city”. The opening concludes on 14 June with a Sunday matinee in the Archive Room in Schlemmer House.

In the scope of the opening symposium, urban researchers, activists, historians and artists from Germany and elsewhere discuss housekeeping and budgeting as a public issue. The focus thereby will be on the relationship between private household management and public (urban) space, on the interdependencies between individual and collective households and budgets.

In the 1920s, the house and housekeeping were public issues. The experience of crises, the housing shortage and the economics of scarcity formed the socio-economic background for the development of movements geared to a new housing culture in the Weimar Republic. The “home” was perceived as a microcosm of social change, as the nucleus of a new society that drew its modernity and progressiveness directly from the radical division between production and consumption. Since the advances in urbanisation in the 19th century, private households have been integrated in increasingly complex urban supply networks and infrastructures.

The symposium takes up this modern concept of housekeeping and budgeting as a public issue as a starting point for critical reflection on the contemporary affinities between private household management and the city. Ultimately, the cities of the 21st century, especially those north of the equator, are meanwhile facing the challenge of defending the achievements of municipal infrastructures as a collective good against the pressures of neoliberal urbanisation. Here, budget and budget management are terms that, in the context of global financial crises, are essentially associated with cutbacks and monetary resources. To this can be added that this municipal budget was based on specific concepts of modern urban life that, given the backdrop of resource shortages, climate change, global division of labour and transnational migration, can no longer be maintained.

To what extent do private household practices that uphold urban everyday life in families, residential communities, neighbourhoods, cooperatives and partial communities, and have thereby developed solutions to deal with shortages of resources, offer starting points for a rethinking of budget management as a public issue? How can a municipal budget be developed for the purpose of social sustainability? These and other questions will be discussed during the symposium by and with international experts in the field.

  • 12 June 2015:
    5pm: OPENING CEREMONY of the International Haushaltsmesse with Dr. Claudia Perren and Dr. Jan Hofmann, State Secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Saxony-Anhalt
    6pm: lecture performance & food lab with the Center for Genomic Gastronomy (Ireland)
    7pm: tour of the Haushaltsmesse site with the international exhibitors and artists
    9pm: summer night’s party with DJ music, dance and drinks
  • 13 June 2015:
    Symposium with lectures

    Timetable of the day: 
    9:30am: Keynote Lecture Modern Domesticity: a public affair. Hilde Heynen (Katholic University Leuven)
    10:30 – 12am: Three dialogues on the following topics: Urban budget, collective consumption and urban commons, Debate on the subject of urban budget models with Alexa Färber (HafenCity University, Hamburg), Pelin Tan (Mardin Artuklu Universitesi, Turkey) chaired by Elke Krasny (Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna)
    1:30pm – 3pm: The Household in the Metabolism of the city Geographies of Dirt with Rosie Cox (Birkbeck
    University London), Energy as a spatial project with Rania Ghosn (Cambridge, MA, US) chaired by Chloé Robert (Canada)
    4pm – 5:30pm: Urban Gardening _ Rural Urbanism, Urban Agriculture with Christa Müller (Munich) and Archaeology of Agri-Urbanism in China with Quinyung Ma (Pasadena / China) chaired by Regina Bittner (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
    6 pm – 7 pm Summary: Panel discussion with experts in the grounds of the Masters’ Houses
Participation in the symposium is free of charge. The symposium will be held in english.
  • 14 June 2015:
    Sunday matineein the Archive Room, “The trade fairs of the masters”: A tour of the historic trade fairs and large-scale exhibitions of the 1920s with the curators Elke Krasny and Regina Bitter as well as Torsten Blume, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation – Collection.  

    The Programm is available for download as pdf here


Sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.