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Taunus © Cornelia Saalfrank

tinyBE is a global platform for artistic visions of sustainable living. As a creative lab tinyBE offers a series of exhibitions of habitable artworks in public spaces and opens up a free space for an discourse on meaningful life:

 

‘the tinyBE way’.

Terence Koh, The Bee Chapel, Moran Bondaroff - Los Angeles, 2017, © Terence Koh

Project

From May - August 2021 tinyBE will exhibit 10 habitable works of art comprising a maximum living space of 30 m2*, each created by international artists, as part of a series of exhibitions in a public space at Metzlerpark in Frankfurt, with satellite displays in Darmstadt and Wiesbaden. The artists will present artistically free, visionary, utopian or even dystopian ideas about new forms of living and working. The ‘liveable sculptures’ will be open to the public 24 hours straight.

Anyone can enter the modules, stay in them or even temporarily reside in them. The accessibility of the objects allows art and life to merge together. tinyBE is a unique mix of a sculpture park, exhibition and a forum for dialogue in a public space.
Michael Francis McCarthy, Capsule Hotel, Tokyo, 2008 ©https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

Context

In a social environment where population growth, rising house prices, displacement and immigration are part of everyday life for many people, lack of affordable living space and the depletion of our natural resources rank among the most pressing issues of our time. The transformation of lifestyles and work patterns in the wake of digitalisation and globalisation has gone hand in hand with reduced living space for many individuals and a need for sustainable alternatives.

Trends such as Tiny Living, ecological buildings and the development of communal housing and lifestyles are evidence of these changes.
Metzlerpark, 2019 © Martin Rendel

Events

Parallel to the exhibition an academic forum will take place comprising events and an art education programme in cooperation with the Normative Orders Cluster of Excellence of the Goethe-University in Frankfurt. The forum will address topics such as sustainability, urban development and contemporary architecture and provide a platform for architects, designers, artists, politicians, students and the general public to discuss aesthetic, social, philosophical, political and ecological questions and thus create sustainable perspectives in the debate about the current situation.

Ecological, artistic, social and political issues will be discussed by architects, designers, artists, politicians, social scientists, citizens and students. In so doing they create sustainable perspectives in the discussion about the current (housing) situation.

At this moment of time in particular, "tiny" has become omnipresent as a movement – small, simple, reduced or renounced altogether. This movement may be inspired by economic or ecological motives or simply by a desire for freedom, relaxation, simplicity or direction. tinyBE seeks to bring things back to the core. What do we really need? How do we want to live?

BE tiny.
Make a difference.