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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

Innovative Citizen

Makers wanted! DIY as an urban cultural technique is celebrating the Innovative Citizen Festival in Dortmund from 27 September to 2 October. The ... >> READ MORE

Innovative Citizen

Makers wanted! DIY as an urban cultural technique is celebrating the Innovative Citizen Festival in Dortmund from 27 September to 2 October. The maker movement as a pioneer movement for new, technologically oriented culture of Do It Yourself is subject and actor of the Festival For New Urban Skills in the Creative.Quarter Unionviertel. Apart from the already mandatory 3D prints, the six-day programme offers a large range of DIY experiences to promote a confident and creative way in dealing with today’s technical possibilities. Most workshops do not require any previous knowledge; and the presentations will give a theoretical input on the maker culture: How can life, consumption, work, and production be brought to a socially acceptable balance? How can urban citizens become innovative citizens?
The Festival is a cooperation of the Dortmund U, DEZENTRALE and Fraunhofer UMSICHT, the Folkwang University of the Arts, and Heimatdesign. It is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the Creative.Quarters Ruhr programme with support from ecce.

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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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Opening: Institute for Popular Music

It’s show time: In the coming winter semester the first students will be admitted to the Institute for Popular Music (IFPOM) in Bochum. At the start ... >> READ MORE

Opening: Institute for Popular Music

It’s show time: In the coming winter semester the first students will be admitted to the Institute for Popular Music (IFPOM) in Bochum. At the start of the semester, an opening ceremony will take place at the Folkwang Theatre Centre on 4 October offering an impressive line-up: following a panel discussion about the world of pop with Diedrich Diedrichsen, Anke Engelke and Christoph Jacke hosted by Hans Nieswandt, Head of the newly founded Folkwang institute, Folkwang students Murat Alkan and Kai Strathmann will give a dance performance. After that it’s all about the “Sophisticated Floor” with Tobias Thomas and Erobique, giving the six new students, who can look forward to a Master of Music after four semesters of project studies, the opportunity to get into the groove and learn more about the university and music city of Bochum. The institute of the Folkwang University of the Arts is aimed at artists holding a Bachelor degree and is run in close partnership with ecce and in cooperation with SAE and other partners. ecce Managing Director Dieter Gorny is looking forward to an enriching addition to the Ruhr region located at the premises of the Folkwang University: “It’s a combination of a substantial need and a unique university concept.”

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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 6 October, 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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Die lange N8 der Super8 © blicke filmfestival

Competition: 22nd blicke film festival

One second can change your life. 22 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

One second can change your life. 22 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 (extended) deadline for entries is 15 October 2014. >> MORE

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