Symposium „Digital Culture“ | NEXT LEVEL 2021

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Symposium „Digital Culture“ | NEXT LEVEL 2021

Hall 2, UNESCO-Welterbe zollverein, essen
saT-sUN, 27.-28. November 2021

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The two-day symposium “Digital Culture” takes place within the scope of the NEXT LEVEL-Festival, on the UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein in Essen and will offer various thematic forums, panels and presentations. Digital formats and concepts for performance and concerts will be presented and discussed, as well as live-act platforms and corresponding exploitation issues. The focus will be on projects and initiatives from NRW.

Listen to the recorded symposium here: Digital Arts in NRW

FORUM: Perspectives for the Digital Arts in NRW
Sunday, November 28th, 2021, 3-4:30 pm
What are the perspectives for the digital arts in NRW? What about the qualification of artists and what technical support is needed? Are the actors in the scene and their needs sufficiently involved? How should things continue now that deficits in the field of digitalisation have become obvious during Corona? How can the numerous digital experiments and virtual artistic formats that emerged during the Corona pandemic be further developed in the long term? These are the questions posed by a forum and panel organised as a cooperation between Office, NRW KULTURsekretariat and Regionalverband Ruhr as part of the “Next Level – Festival for Games 2021”.

Open talk moderated by Klaas Werner (Office

PANEL: Digital Arts in NRW. What has happened – where do we go from here?
Sunday, November 28th, 2021, 5-6 pm
A discussion panel with the artist duo Jana Kerima Stolzer & Lex Rütten, Jasmin Vogel (Kulturforum Witten), Brigitta Muntendorf (artist and composer), Fabian Saavedra-Lara (Office, Dr Christian Esch (NRW KULTURsekretariat). In cooperation between Office, NRW KULTURsekretariat and Regionalverband Ruhr, in collaboration with WDR 3. The panel will be recorded by WDR 3 for the programme “Forum” and broadcast at a later date.

Panel moderator: Fatma Idris (journalist)

For more than ten years, the “Next Level  –  Festival for Games” has been exploring interactive and participatory models of digital games culture and shedding light on their potential and perspectives. Like no other event in the field of tension between digital art forms and analogue experience formats, Next Level sheds light on exemplary media art in the games context and, in an exciting mix of performances and exhibitions, impulses and discussions, workshops and laboratories and workshops together with many partners, addresses different target groups who have one thing in common: an interest in games and in gaming at a high level. After three years in Cologne from 2010 to 2012 and three more in the Dortmunder U from 2013 to 2015, Next Level moved on to the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf from 2016 to 2018 and developed from a conference into a festival lasting several days. Since then, in addition to informational and discursive components, the focus has been on digital experience formats such as interactive installations or dance, theatre and music performances, but also artistically sophisticated and curated games courses. In 2019, the multi-day event took place for the first time at the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein in Essen, where it successfully celebrated its tenth anniversary.

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ON/LIVE – The theatre of the digital natives


ON/LIVE – The theatre of the digital natives

Fri, 10.05.2019, 7pm – Sun, 12.05.2019, 9:30pm

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A cooperation between FFT Düsseldorf, Institute for Art and Art Theory, University of Cologne, City Libraries of the City of Düsseldorf, Office

In the near future there will be only one theatre: The theatre of the digital natives. It belongs to those who can no longer imagine a world without digital networking, smart devices and social networks. The symposium ON/LIVE brings together digital natives from art, science, schools and politics and asks how we will meet in the future – in theatre and in everyday life. Which narratives and modes of perception determine our present and how do we shape the future together? In lightningtalks, discussions, performances and workshops the FFT negotiates media practices in everyday life and the arts. Among other things, the FFT is dedicated to the net as a sphere of new gender configurations and to the game as a performative practice of the future.

Klaas Werner (Office Kpok) moderated the discussion.

Gaming & Escaping – The New Delight in Games
Saturday, May 11th, 2019, 12 am., FFT Juta. As part of ON/LIVE 2019 with: Dr. Stefanie Husel, Dennis Palmen, machina eX

As part of the alliance of international production houses, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.