Culture between Public and Digital Spheres

Reclaiming public space is one of the linking elements of all citizens’ movements in the recent past – on the streets from Cairo and Tunisia to Occupy in New York, Madrid and Tel Aviv. At the same time they are characterised by the use of digital media.

Yet how physically or digitally is this public space actually composed? How do spatiotemporal actions and electronic communication interrelate with recent protest movements? What forms of artistic trade have resulted from this? What effects does this have on the work of internationally-operating (cultural) institutions whose sphere of activity is the conflict zone between the digital space and the physical space?

These questions are to be discussed from a variety of different perspectives on 22nd and 23rd April 2013. The conference will be held in English and German.



At the conference there will be discussions amongst experts from the fields of political science, art history or communication theory as well as artists, and political activists. More ...


Mr. Lehmann, are there any differences between the public spaces of the countries in which the Goethe Institute is present? More ...

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