Floating Islands: New Space for Art & Innovation

The demand for floating islands rises in line with the sea-levels.

Open-Island is a modular floating island system, bottom-up and open-source, These platforms can be built on inland water bodies worldwide for multiple purposes.

About Open-Island

Art & Culture

Open-Island is a social sculpture by itself but also hosts art and culture on its floating stage, in exhibitions and shows.

German Artist Joy Lohmann works on floating art since the world fair EXPO2000. His social sculptures and installations inspired the continuos development of modular DIY-float-platforms for multiple purposes, the Open-Islands.

And still, culture plays a mayor role in all projects – from the conceptual parts via the aesthetic appearance and project communication to the content and program on the islands as a stage or venue.

Education & Open-Source

The islands provide subjects, space and opportunities for various school projects, informal and e-learning.

The “Making-of” a joint future vision is the best learning environment ever! People of all kind cocreate and build a visionary future-island altogether. From floating gardens to energy-islands or biospheres to unique spaces and happenings. Schools and universities cooperate in the planning and building process or participate in our educational programs.

Together with colleagues and partners, we learn and cocreate concepts, prototypes and manuals, which we share open-source, wherever possible.

Community & Innovation

The interdisciplinary project teams develop creative and appropriate solutions for local challenges.

Decentral Open-Island projects always attract the most open-minded, heartily and sincere people. As well as the media and innovative companies and organisations…
This is how Open-Island as a symbol, process and cocreation stimulates communities or initiates interdisciplinary thematic groups.

We love the cooperative process with implementation partners to realize prototypes of all kind. Some lead to innovations, others create impact and all are great source of inspiration.


Die Schatzsuche nach der ZuKunst

Die Schatzsuche nach der ZuKunst

Mit dem "schwimmenden ZukunftsLabor" auf Schatzsuche-Exkursion Im Rahmen einer Projektwoche der 9.Klasse des Gymnasium Limmer veranstaltete Makers-For-Humanity e.V. eine thematische Schatzsuche nach der ZuKunst. Welche gesellschaftlichen Initiativen und persönliche...

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Open-Island at Documenta-fifteen

Open-Island at Documenta-fifteen

Die Floating-Futures Flussperformance zur Documenta fifteen Mit der "floating futures" Flussperformance auf der Fulda stellte Joy Lohmann erstmals als Künstler im offiziellen Programm der #documenta aus. Die von der indonesischen...

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We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.

R. Buckminster Fuller

There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.

Marshall McLuhan

The Makers For Humanity

Open-Island is an ongoing cooperative innovation process for floating islands and futures. The specific projects are run by the makers-for-humanity and likeminded organisations and people worldwide.

We embrace all change-makers and happily cooperate for common goals.