The SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL is a future laboratory within the exhibition SURVIVAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY and its most important communication tool. Interactive events take place almost every day in around 100 lectures, seminars, and workshops. Visitors have the opportunity to develop concrete approaches and cultural techniques – strategies to actively respond to the challenges of the future.

Seven key themes

The SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL encourages visitors to question their own and society's certainties. We have to learn – but above all, unlearn and learn new and differently. What knowledge do we need for the 21st century? The SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL 's range of topics covers seven key areas: Democracy & Politics, Society & Community, Food & Cooking, Art & Culture, Learning & Unlearning, Environment & Sustainability, Science & Technology.

Teaching formats and target groups

The SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL offers two different teaching formats: afternoon classes, four units each over four weeks, in subjects such as planetary thinking, meditation, biographical writing, foraging, empathic democracy. There will also be workshops on the weekends that enable an in-depth look at these and similar topics - from a new language of democracy to Chinese philosophy to new economic thinking.

Both formats are designed for young people and adults. The aim is to develop a personal understanding of the issues interactively and to develop and implement exemplary solutions using methods, tools, and techniques.

The SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL also offers 90-, 120- and 180-minute workshops during the week especially for youth groups and school classes. Under the guidance of interdisciplinary art educators from the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, young people immerse themselves in interactive learning experiences that deal with the central themes of the exhibition. The workshops take place in the mornings during the exhibition period and can only be booked through the Museumsdienst Hamburg from May 18th.


The so-called SURVIVAL PASS, which can be issued free of charge upon first entry to the exhibition, allows unlimited free entry to the exhibition and participation in the SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL. In exceptional cases a participation fee is necessary.


The SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL has its own location within Roger Bundschuh's exhibition architecture in the Hall for Current Art. It offers space for around 35 people and includes benches and seating, a blackboard, a screen and a shelf on which teaching objects from the teachers and students of the SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL are shown.

Program and People

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Concept, curation and coordination: Georg Diez, Valerie Ludwig, Katinka Versendaal.

Featuring contributors and thinkers such as Yalda Afsah, Eric Bordeleau, Azul Lebrija Castillo, Chto Delat, Simon Denny, Veronika Dirnhofer and Ruby Sircar, Knut Ebeling, Anastasia Eggers, Clemens Finkelstein, Tidal Garden, Jackie Grassmann, Sarah Grant, Frederic Hanusch, Srećko Horvat, Daniela Jacobs, Wolfs Junge, Klinker, Tiff Mak, Hannah Mevis, Peace Paper Project, Ala Roushan, Christian Schwanenberger, Charles Stankievech, Nora Sternfeld, Terra0, Ece Temelkuran, Steven Vertovec, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, and many others.

As well as the cooperation partners Bauhaus of the Seas Sails, Panel on Planetary Thinking, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Island School of Social Autonomy (ISSA), HfbK Hamburg, HAW Hamburg, Körber Stiftung, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Planetarium Hamburg, Kulturagent*innen Hamburg e.V., KLIMASTRÖME.

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