Arts & Culture

Photo credits: re:publica/Gregor Fischer

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.

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    Detroit-based artists have impacted soul, country, rock, hip-hop, classical, jazz, blues, techno and pop music for many decades. Musical titans and household names like Aretha Franklin, the White Stripes and Big Sean hail from Detroit. Like other industries, Detroit's music scene is changing; weaving history, tech, art and soul into its new style. Join Motown Musician Accelerator, a new initiative for emerging artists, on an interactive walk through Detroit's world renowned music scene.
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    Calling artists, comics makers and comics enthusiasts - all experience levels! In this workshop participants will get to know one-another and work collectively to create several comic strips. Facilitated by Maamoul Press, a Detroit-based collective working in comics, printmaking and book arts, we will first engage in a group discussion about problems in the comics industry today and the power of comics as a tool for radical for-us-by-us storytelling, before diving into a fast-paced art workshop.
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    This research talk presents a multi-component index of access that measures accessibility of culture as a community resource to the diverse populations in urban areas.
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    As residents of Detroit we are seeing rapid gentrification and growth in our city. As artists and activists we have the opportunity to help document this change. This photo workshop will provide basic skills and practical technics in documentary photography focusing on conservation.
    Participants are expected to bring their own cameras.
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    The queer punk scene that emerged in the mid 1980s announced a departure from previous punk histories with an aggressive anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-misogynistic position championed by LGBTQ+ youth. What began as a couple of scattered zines quickly swelled into a culture of bands, music labels, and festivals that united alienated queers under a gender-agnostic banner of DIY resistance. The workshop aims to harness the aspirations of this history through collective memory-work.