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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

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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

Documentation of "Art for Business!"

The economy is an art for itself, and businesses need to be creative in order to replace old success models by new ones. But what happens when the ... >> READ MORE

Documentation of "Art for Business!"

The economy is an art for itself, and businesses need to be creative in order to replace old success models by new ones. But what happens when the concept of “Art for Art” as we know it enters different spheres of the economy? Are artistic interventions in production and management a true interference? Are they contaminants or innovation drivers? In September 2014, ecce’s two-event pilot project “Art for Business!” invited artists and business representatives to discuss motivational factors for artistic interventions in publically owned enterprises, entering into a dialogue with experienced stakeholders who have crossed the borders between art and the economy to enable a cooperation between artists and enterprises. You will find the results of these dialogues and practical examples in the recently published documentation of this project.

 

 

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Photo: © Mirko Kussin

First mobile kiosk in the U

At the Cultural Conference Ruhr 2012 and on the occasion of ecce’s u_do Prize for Young Creatives, Eva Grabs and Inga Böker presented their project ... >> READ MORE

First mobile kiosk in the U

At the Cultural Conference Ruhr 2012 and on the occasion of ecce’s u_do Prize for Young Creatives, Eva Grabs and Inga Böker presented their project “die bude”: a mobile kiosk that gives the traditional refreshment kiosks in the Ruhr region a modern look. The jury was convinced by their concept, and the two architects from Dortmund stood out against their creative competition, taking home the prize worth 3,000 euros. Two years later, the first “bude” was now set up in the Dortmund U, serving as a museum shop. LABKULTUR.TV paid the team of the “bude” a visit and reports on the long way from concept to completion of the first “bude” and tells us more about their plans for the future.

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Photo: RVR/Friedrich

In retrospect: 3rd Cultural Conference Ruhr

One of the “successors” of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 is the annual Cultural Conference Ruhr, which encompasses all levels of cultural ... >> READ MORE

In retrospect: 3rd Cultural Conference Ruhr

One of the “successors” of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010 is the annual Cultural Conference Ruhr, which encompasses all levels of cultural work in the region. As in the previous year, the focus was on the highly topical and future-oriented subject of “interculture”. The 3rd Cultural Conference Ruhr took place in Hagen on 30 September and discussed how art and culture can help implement environmental and climate policy objectives. In her welcoming speech, RVR Regional Director Karola Geiß-Netthöfel raised the question of interdependency between both fields: “We know that culture requires a favourable climate – but does the climate require culture?“ This issue was discussed by, amongst others, Dr. Claus Leggewie of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and ecce Managing Director Prof. Dieter Gorny. In addition, initiatives such as the N.A.T.U.R. Festival introduced themselves, and the Goethe Institute presented its Glacier Music project carried out in Central Asia. LABKULTUR.TV was also present, click here for the video report on the 3rd Cultural Conference Ruhr.

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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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