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Cultural Evolution

We perform projects for museums and other clients who are concerned with matters of sociocultural and socioeconomic developments. Our approach has two major fields:

On the one hand, it is about the processual character of these developments, where we developed methods to portray even processes of a high complexity in an easily understandeable manner.

On the other hand and related, we focus upon developments of human spaces, especially life space; e.g., the development and dynamics of urban settlements, the historical evolution of cities, but also other matters of human history in general. Focus is on the dynamics of social change taking place in different fields, and its impacts upon concrete human life.


ReThinking Management, Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe, Oct. 15 – 17: Management, and the Myth of Functionality.

Cyberworld Conference, Santander, Spain, Oct. 5-8: Liberated Formatization (with Marco Zampella and Matthias Wölfel)

UrbanIxD Symposium, Venice (City, Data, Future) at Telecom Italia, Sept. 25: Poster session and discussion Interactions in Hybrid Urban Space, with Matthias Wölfel and Marco Zampella

DRHA 2014 Conference, University of Greenwich, London (Digital Research, Humanities and Arts), Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Chair for panel session Evidence, Technology and Uncertainty. Panel podium with Michael Johansson and Martin Reiche

Editor (with Martin Reiche) of Real Virtuality (2014); transcript publishing and Columbia University Press:

Project World Mountain Machine, Tallinn, Estonia, March – August 2014 (U. Gehmann/Martin Reiche):
The exhibition itself:
The Catalogue:


Touring Consumption Conference, Karlshochschule International University of Karlruhe/Germany: on Mobility Today

Cyberworlds 2013 International Conference Arts, Design & Virtual Worlds, Keio University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Yokohama/Japan, with Martin Reiche (Subformat Research Group): on Advanced Spatialities

Science Festival Effects, University of Arts and Design (HfG), Karlsruhe/Germany: on The World as Format

Symposium City 2020, University of Freiburg, Freiburg/Germany: key speaker on Virtual City, and Investment-Guided Urban Planning

Hybrid City II Conference: Subtle Revolutions, University of Athens, Athens/Greece: Ulrich Gehmann/Martin Reiche (Subformat Research Group): on Virtual Urbanity

Society for Applied Philosophy, Kurhaus Baden-Baden/Germany: on Formatting Processes

Founding member of Academia Aldegundensis, St. Aldegund/Germany


Exhibition Does Society Need Art?, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden/Germany: Conception (with Wolfram Frietsch) of the parallel program Civil Society: Tripartite series of speeches on Social Formatting today


Exhibition and symposium Power m8?!, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Pforzheim/Germany: Workshop on The Power of Media and the Faint of Reason, with Matthias Wölfel

Cyberworlds 2012 International Conference Arts, Design & Virtual Worlds, Darmstadt/Germany, with Martin Reiche (Subformat Research Group): on Virtual Spaces and Augmentations

Society for Applied Philosophy, Kurhaus Baden-Baden/Germany: on Formats in City Architecture

Co-founder (with Martin Reiche) of Subformat Research Group

Founding of platform Augmented Social Evolution, with Martin Reiche and Don Foresta

Editor of Virtual and Ideal Worlds, University of Karlsruhe/Germany, KIT Publishing


Foundation of a working group Postdigital Worlds with Marco Zampella at University of Arts and Design (HfG), Karlsruhe/Germany; as twin of Formatting of Social Spaces at Karlsruhe University

International 3d-beyond festival, ZKM, Karlsruhe/Germany: Exhibition Timelines of Evolution (former Dynamics of Life)


Winner of the Faculty Award for working group Formatting of Social Spaces, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe/Germany


Founder of the e-journal New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe/Germany. Editor-in-Chief, with Rolf-Ulrich Kunze


Founder of the permanent working group Formatting of Social Spaces, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe/Germany

More about this:
University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe: "Effekte"-Symposium KIT/City of Karlsruhe:June 26+27th, 2013, Workshop + speech (U. Gehmann) on The World as Format, dealing with the development of processes of urban and social formatization
City 2020-Symposium, University of Freiburg, June 2oth, 2013: key note speech + workshop (U. Gehmann) on economic and related social tendencies of recent urban formation
Hybrid City-subtle revolutions, Athens, May 23rd - 25th, 2013, EU-comissioned conference at the Kappadokian University, Athens: Virtual Urbanity, by Ulrich Gehmann/Martin Reiche
Academia Aldegundensis, St. Aldegund, April 19th-21st, 2013: founding session of the academy
Virtual and ideal worlds, KIT Publishing.
ASE - Augmented Social Evolution: