Space for innovation

When it's about sustainable and innovative events, think Scandinavian. So it was that Kongresskultur Bregenz director Gerhard Stübe paid a visit to SPACE10, a research and design lab in Copenhagen. This was recently followed by a return visit by Carla Cammilla Hjort, Vision Director at SPACE10, and Lukas Kauer, managing director of ArtRebels. The main purpose was to establish contacts with progressive industrial companies in Vorarlberg and to talk about life in the near future.

Festspielhaus Bregenz Bühnenturm Ausschnitt mit Himmel © Dominic Kummer

Commissioned and supported by IKEA, Carla Cammilla Hjort founded the research and design lab SPACE10 three years ago in Copenhagen. Among the questions the lab looks into is how life is expected to change in the future. "Constant researching, experimenting and prototyping is what distinguishes Carla Cammilla Hjort," Gerhard Stübe says. SPACE10 has much in common with micelab:bodensee – a network of 13 partners including Kongresskultur Bregenz, concerned with the further development of meetings, incentives, congresses and events.

Stübe brought his visitors together with Vorarlberg companies that live by innovation, such as Blum and Zumtobel. Among talking points were social events like the Social Service Club – a festival that Carla Cammilla Hjort developed with her agency ArtRebels and which focuses on shared living space and potential problems that may arise. In this project she is assisted by Lukas Kauer, the Vienna born director of ArtRebels.

Kongresskultur Bregenz is now set to be the first partner of this series of events in German-speaking Europe. A decisive factor for Carla Cammilla Hjort was Bregenz Festival House, which she considers to be an ideal location, since the people of Vorarlberg are open to innovation and sustainability.

Come summer, ArtRebels and Kongresskultur plan to have jointly created the basis for programming future events. The prospects of incorporating the Danish companies' international expertise in new events in the region are good, and both partners say they can easily imagine a long-term collaboration.

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Photos: Dietmar Mathis

Space for innovation