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Arts & Culture
Digital technologies are changing our every day culture in a multitude of ways. We are living in the middle of the post-digital age. The Internet is omnipresent – particularly in the arts and in culture. Digital art (from remixes and GIFs to net-art to virtual reality and interactive text-based adventures), creative activism and politico-cultural questions on decision-making all are points we want to discuss with you at re:publica. Or even better - let’s build prototypes!
What roles do museums and exhibition spaces play in today's world? What can libraries do to close the digital gap? How is the distribution and consumption of music and other media changing? What are the latest developments in VR and what impacts will they have on us as a society? How are our personal interactions and societal values changing? We would like to discuss open approaches in cultural institutions, the opening of archives, creative activism, as well as collaborations between the maker scene, programmers, and artists.
This thematic cross-road invites artists, cultural experts, representatives of cultural institutions and researchers to contribute to this track - we welcome installations, performances, exhibitions, workshops and other contributions at least as much as a talk or panel. Your session can be anything from a Bingo to a theater piece.
We look forward to your projects, ideas and topic on arts & culture and are eager to see what kinds of experiences new technologies will offer us in the future.
- Arts & Culture-30 minute excerpt of the award winning dance theater work written by poet Jessica Care moore, directed and choreographed by Aku Kadogo. Salt City takes place in an ancient salt mine in the past-future year, 3071. The dance theater work fuses poetry, techno and dance to elevate the conversation of the survival of indigenous people fighting against colonization and extinction around the globe.
- Arts & Culture-This cross-continental conversation zooms in on the longterm perspective of our humanity, while taking a look at the here and now. The session aims to tackle the following:
- What are fresh global visions on the future of our humanity?
- Who is making decisions today for our society of tomorrow?
- How are we creating more equitable futures that level the global playing field?
- Arts & Culture-Accessible 3D-print is here and available, yet the industrial revolution that was announced with it hasn’t taken place as we expected. How come? Changing the way we do things requires more than just having new technical possibilities at hand. Experts and users in each field have to discover the new applications in their own specific areas and convince themselves to take the leap and innovate, which requires openminded, courageous creativity.
- Arts & Culture-Most people will sleepwalk into the fully sensing world of the smart city. This session asks what kind of technological futures we are heading toward and how are designers, activists, technologists and policymakers creatively and critically responding?
- Arts & Culture-Street Art is often unfairly relegated to the realm of the criminal and only recognized as a means of illegal, criminal, vandalistic artistic expression. This conceptualization is unfortunate because Street Art SHOULD be acknowledged as a legitimate art form and pillar of global creative culture.
CANVASxDetroit's BOUNDLESS Street Art installation offers everyone an opportunity to learn + fully engage in the creative process. Each participant will be able to contribute to the Street Art canvas.
- Arts & Culture-In order for art to achieve maximum social impact, artists + government officials + corporations + non-profit organizations must work intelligently + collaboratively to envision + execute meaningful, accessible creative engagement opportunities that benefit ALL.
This session brings together key Detroit shareholders and international perspectives with the aim of identifying public barriers to art, collectively mitigating those factors, and creating solutions to improve art access/impact.
- Arts & Culture-“Limbo; or Existing Between the Lines” is a collaborative presentation by Claudia Owusu and Kuukua Eshun exploring the complexities of home and the many forms it takes for a child in the African diaspora. Through the short films “How Did Home Receive You?” (2018) and “Artist, Act of Love” (2019), Eshun and Owusu take on themes of solitude, heartbreak, and loneliness to question what it means to pledge allegiance to a nation, a person, a point in time, or the self.
- Arts & Culture-Since the 67 Uprising, the divides that separate Metro Detroit have significantly expanded. In recognition, the Detroit Historical Society launched Detroit 67. The Society collected the personal narratives of 500 Detroiters which became the backbone of the project. The exhibit, propelled by new levels of public engagement, embraced novel technology, digital avenues, and focused heavily on free web-based deliverables. This expanded commitment to accessible history was paramount to its success.