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Webcam Dortmunder U

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

Photo: © Dutch Design Desk Europe

Essen Design Weeks

Design has a tradition in Essen: the Red Dot Design Museum, the Folkwang University of the Arts with its design study courses, the Zollverein World ... >> READ MORE

Essen Design Weeks

Design has a tradition in Essen: the Red Dot Design Museum, the Folkwang University of the Arts with its design study courses, the Zollverein World Heritage Site as well as numerous design agencies shape the face of the design centre Essen. 40 events will take place in Essen, the City of Design, from 20 October to 30 November: workshops on design management, legal issues and design or on selling design products, typographic strolls through the city of Essen and exhibitions will be part of the programme of the 1st Essen Design Weeks. Our regional players will be accompanied by a team from Limburg – as part of the project Cooperation Limburg – Ruhr initiated by ecce, the Dutch Design Desk will present its open lab development of a city marketing project from idea to prototype at Unperfekthaus Essen from 25 to 29 November. And the Creative.Quarter City Nord.Essen will also provide a venue for the Essen Design Weeks, organising the 3rd Art Walk on 29 November. Admission for both events is free, for more information about the programme click here.

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Photo: © Vladimir Wegener

Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 2014: Documentation

The weather could not stop the approximately 200 participants from 21 nations including established actors from across Europe when they discussed ... >> READ MORE

Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 2014: Documentation

The weather could not stop the approximately 200 participants from 21 nations including established actors from across Europe when they discussed passion as an immaterial resource and the innovative power of culture and creativity from 10 to 12 June in Essen.
On the occasion of the 3rd Forum d’Avignon Ruhr, network events, workshops, keynotes, discussions and the award ceremony of the N.I.C.E. Award were held – all summed up in the publication “Innovation is Passion”. You can download the documentation here.

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Now open: Institute for Popular Music

Pop goes further - that's the slogan of the recently opened Institute for Popular Music in Bochum. Take pop further! That's what the institute ... >> READ MORE

Now open: Institute for Popular Music

Pop goes further - that's the slogan of the recently opened Institute for Popular Music in Bochum. Take pop further! That's what the institute requires of its first year students of the Master's Course on Popular Music. At the opening ceremony on 4 October, Artistic Director Hans Nieswandt and the members of the advisory board of the new institute of the Folkwang University of the Arts, pop theorist Diedrich Diederichsen, pop actress Anke Engelke and pop lecturer Christoph Jacke, introduced themselves during a couch conversation about the world of pop. During the press conference on the occasion of the opening, Kurt Mehnert, President of the Folkwang University of the Arts, Ottilie Scholz, Lord Mayor of the City of Bochum and Hans Nieswandt presented the aims and contents of the study course. ecce Managing Director Dieter Gorny's statement on the opening: "The Institute for Popular Music was and is an important step to enrich the Ruhr region with an outstanding study offer in relation to Europe. This concept is unprecedented as it is run by the Folkwang University of the Arts, combining a substantial need with a unique university concept. With the help of our cultural and music economical network and as a cooperation partner the european centre for creative economy will help promote this project in a sustainable and successful way."

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Art for Business! Part 2 – Innovation Camp

Productive collisions: during the economic part of the project “Art for Business!” on 26 September the issue of artistic potentials was the centre of ... >> READ MORE

Art for Business! Part 2 – Innovation Camp

Productive collisions: during the economic part of the project “Art for Business!” on 26 September the issue of artistic potentials was the centre of focus. What effect does an artistic field operation have on spaces, which usually follow an economic logic – i.e. when it comes to management, organisational structure or communication? Around 30 participants took part in the Innovation Camp at Unperfekthaus in Essen. They could draw inspiration from and consult with experts from the transition fields of the arts and the economy, presenting case examples of artistic approaches in day-to-day businesses. LABKULTUR was also represented to make a report on part two of “Art for Business!”. The results and conclusions gained during this project will be published in a handbook by the end of this year. 

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Photo: © Annika Schmermbeck

Art for Business! Part 1 – Workshop

Out of the comfort zone: The project "Art for Business!" organised by ecce in September for creative artists and entrepreneurs wants to ... >> READ MORE

Art for Business! Part 1 – Workshop

Out of the comfort zone: The project "Art for Business!" organised by ecce in September for creative artists and entrepreneurs wants to find new ways to connect artistic and economic logics of action. The workshop for artists took place at Unperfekthaus in Essen on 2 September to kick off the project. Pia Areblad from TILLT, a Swedish agency for artistic interventions in organisations, worked with more than 30 representatives of various genres of art to answer the question:  How can art enter the business world – and what can it achieve? LABKULTUR also took part in the workshop to report on artistic strategies between confrontation and cooperation.

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