Marie Rosenkranz is a research assistant and project manager at the European Democracy Lab in Berlin. Within the framework of the European Balcony Project, which saw more than 150 cultural institutions proclaiming the European Republic on November 10, 2018, in a pan-European art intervention, the Lab also visited Weimar. Rosenkranz previously managed the campaign Demokratie braucht Dich (Democracy Needs You) at Polis180, a grassroots think tank for foreign and European policy, where she also initiated the cultural policy program sector. She studies communications, cultural management, and European studies in Friedrichshafen, Maastricht, and Granada. At the time of the Bauhaus colloquium, she will have started her doctorate on the role of artists and cultural institutions in Brexit. Her research and work address, among other things, the subjects of artistic activism, cultural policy, and participation. She has held numerous lectures at theatre and literary festivals.
Future Architecture: The European Republic
At the beginning, there was the experience of war and violence: the idea to establish the European community as we know it today was developed against the backdrop of a history that was meant never to repeat itself. Economic cooperation started a process of integration, bringing people in Europe closer together and ensuring peace. However, what was missed was that in addition to a common market and a common currency, political union should also have been advanced, pushing toward the goal of a post-national Europe, which was actually formulated as a vision for the future. Now European integration is in danger of turning into a process of disintegration. It seems that in light of these prospects, hardly anybody wants to look further into the future. We at the European Democracy Lab are working on a concrete future concept for a democratic Europe: the European Republic. We stand for the idea of one market, one currency, one democracy—with political equality for all European citizens and with strong cities and regions. In my talk, I would like to introduce the idea of the European Republic as a possible future architecture of Europe, one that we are pursuing as research assistants at the Lab, together with Ulrike Guérot. I represent this idea as a speculative plan: in case the EU fails, we will have paved the way for the Republic through a process of research and discourse. I also want to address the “how” of this work: What does it mean to design a new state order, a new political system? What tools and materials are used, and how does the process move from draft to construction? My talk will provide a basis for an open discussion on the future of Europe, using the (linguistic) parallels between politics, design, visual arts, and architecture.