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Adolf Winkelmann's film installation "Flying Pictures" lights up the U-tower: the picture clock on the roof top runs daily from 6:00 in the morning to midnight. Every day has its own motif. In the time from midnight to 6:00 in the morning the picture clock shows the real time. The installation can be seen not only in Dortmund, but throughout the world via webcam.  >> MORE

That was FAR14

FAR14 beyond a conference – that’s what Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 2014 was: a place of debate, a showcase and a research platform for culture and the creative industries; meeting point for networkers from Bochum to Bilbao and venue of the 2nd N.I.C.E. Award for cultural innovations. The documentation on FAR14 will be published in autumn. Click here for a review including video clips, photos and interviews of the 3rd Forum d’Avignon Ruhr.

The prize is N.I.C.E!

At the 3rd Forum d'Avignon Ruhr, a special prize was awarded: the N.I.C.E. Award. Watch these interviews at LABKULTUR.TV and get to know the winners and nominees: The Real Life in the Wrong One (1st place) +++ Conexiones Improbables +++ Unperfekthaus (2nd place) +++ URBANAUTS (3rd place) +++ MainSide +++ Stone With Full Equipment +++ [ID]factory +++ Kasárne/Culture Park +++ Beautiful Trouble +++ Kitev

LABKULTUR.TV

LABKULTUR.TV monitors, accompanies and promotes the change from the industrial to the information society in the Ruhr region and European partner cities. LABKULTUR.TV is web TV and blog forum and was conceived as a European portal for the cultural and creative industries. www.labkultur.tv

ROOM FOR IDEAS

Be it industrial heritage, hidden backyards or a modern ambience: the Ruhr region offers enough room for development and inspiration. The project Creative.Quarters and its diverse service portal as well as its free of charge real estate database aim at presenting space utilisation concepts for the creative use of locations to work or even live in.  >> MORE

N.I.C.E.

In the course of their EU strategy, ecce and their partners in the Ruhr area and from other European countries created the Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (N.I.C.E.). Their common goal is to pool regional and European partnerships so as to promote innovative projects of cultural and creative industries. One of the first measures of N.I.C.E. was the establishment of the European Innovation Award for Culture, the N.I.C.E. Award

My story for europe

In 2013, the Institute of German Cultural Studies at the Ruhr University in Bochum has invited 15 young European academics to the Ruhr area. The project “My story for Europe“ is a counterweight to the current reactivation of national concepts of enemies and stereotypes – it focuses on the power of dialogue in times of crisis. LABKULTUR cooperates on the project and interviewed the participants. >> Read more about ecce and Europe

Study on the cultural and creative sector Ruhr 2014

The cultural and creative sector employs approx. 50,000 people in the Ruhr region, thus making an important contribution to the regional economy. But ... >> READ MORE

Study on the cultural and creative sector Ruhr 2014

The cultural and creative sector employs approx. 50,000 people in the Ruhr region, thus making an important contribution to the regional economy. But how do creative and cultural artists see the market and labour situation? To identify current and future trends, promote the development of creative businesses and to offer them more targeted support in the future, wmr and ecce will launch an evaluation of the cultural and creative sector in the Ruhr region. All creators from the region are invited to participate – be it employees, freelancers or entrepreneurs with their own company. An online survey about “Innovation potentials and future prospects of the cultural and creative sector in the Ruhr region” will be carried out from 5 August through 20 September, the results of which will be published in a study at the end of the year. The anonymous survey takes approximately ten minutes to complete.

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Competition: 22nd blicke film festival seeks short films

One second can change your life. 20 seconds can tell a whole story. And that’s something to be excited about at the 22nd blicke film festival: in ... >> READ MORE

Competition: 22nd blicke film festival seeks short films

One second can change your life. 20 seconds can tell a whole story. And that’s something to be excited about at the 22nd blicke film festival: in cooperation with LABKULTUR.TV the festival launches a special competition for short films.
The motto: “What’s it like here? 21+1”. Filmmakers who were born and live in the Ruhr area are asked to submit their videos. The only requirement: the recordings may not be longer than 22 seconds. The videos will be shown in the KUNST.LABOR at LABKULTUR.TV and on the website of the blicke film festival. A jury will choose ten clips that will be screened at the festival. The two clips with the most audience votes will receive 500 euros each, sponsored by cooperation partner do21.tv. The jury will evaluate everything the cinematic toolbox has to offer: from animations to experimental works – the deadline for entries is 8 September 2014. >> MORE

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Newsletter 2/2014

The University of Duisburg-Essen, the foundation Montag Stiftung or TILLT – these are some of many actors who have been increasingly dealing with ... >> READ MORE

Newsletter 2/2014

The University of Duisburg-Essen, the foundation Montag Stiftung or TILLT – these are some of many actors who have been increasingly dealing with economic transformation in 2014, where creatives, that is stakeholders from the cultural and creative sectors play a decisive role. For the first time, the European Union supports start-ups with up to 2,5 million euros thanks to Horizon 2020 to finance innovative projects and companies.
But apart from economic future processes you will also find cultural and creative spillovers effects in social, political, societal, urban and other areas. While cultural policy-makers are always being asked to legitimise artistic and cultural activities as far as their values are concerned, we witness a developing awareness and acceptance of culture as reaching out to a far greater extent than expected.
We will discuss these phenomena in our 2nd newsletter in 2014 and show you some examples acting as models and possibly revealing a trend: Where in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and Europe are people courageous enough to participate in the “Culture plus X” experiment?

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3rd Cultural Conference Ruhr

Culture (also) creates climate: The State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Regional Association Ruhr take sustainability literally and decided to ... >> READ MORE

3rd Cultural Conference Ruhr

Culture (also) creates climate: The State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Regional Association Ruhr take sustainability literally and decided to organise the 3rd Cultural Conference Ruhr under the motto “Culture and Climate Change”.
At the start of NRW’s new state project “Klima.Expo NRW”, this year’s Cultural Conference Ruhr wants to attract cultural and creative minds and draw their attention to the planned regional initiative “klimametropole RUHR 2022”.
But in how far can culture and creativity contribute to the debate on climate change? This question will be discussed by artists, curators, planners and engineers as well as representatives of local authorities, associations and businesses at the interface of art and the environment. Within the framework of the Cultural Conference Ruhr, ecce Managing Director Prof. Dieter Gorny will give a presentation on “Cultural projects that interfere” and the potential of art, culture and creativity as a social driver and door opener for social leaning spaces.
The 3rd Cultural Conference Ruhr takes place 30 September 2014 at Stadthalle Hagen. >> Watch the video of the 2nd Cultural Conference Ruhr at LABKULTUR.TV

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Forum d'Avignon Ruhr 2014: Culture Lab in Europe

Innovation is Passion: The name said it all at the 3rd Forum d'Avignon Ruhr (#FAR14) in the Creative.Quarter City Nord.Essen, host for about 200 ... >> READ MORE

Forum d'Avignon Ruhr 2014: Culture Lab in Europe

Innovation is Passion: The name said it all at the 3rd Forum d'Avignon Ruhr (#FAR14) in the Creative.Quarter City Nord.Essen, host for about 200 guests from the Ruhr region, Germany and Europe. This year, the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr was accompanied by five workshops and network meetings, a formal opening dinner and the exhibition of the nominees of the N.I.C.E. Award, the European award for cultural innovations. The comprehensive programme included many contributions on the origin, development and evaluability of passion as a core competence, which is as important for art and culture as it is for social change and economic innovations. A highlight of the Forum d'Avignon 2014 was the presentation of the N.I.C.E. Award to four innovative cultural initiatives: The Real Life in the Wrong One from Berlin, the Unperfekthaus in Essen and Conexiones Improbables from Bilbao and URBANAUTS Street Loft from Vienna. >> MORE about the N.I.C.E. Award projects

 

 

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