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Visions of a Post-Pandemic Future
Lockdown Lessons

For a year and a half now the whole world has been preoccupied with a virus. We have experienced the global, if somewhat staggered, nature of the pandemic in multiple phased waves. And already early in the beginning of the global crisis a question emerged: What can we learn from this catastrophe? In five thematic modules, the project “Lockdown Lessons” searches for answers on a global scale.

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Geometrical forms in different colours Illustration (detail): © Radical Friends|Haus der Kunst

Radical Friends Summit
The opportunities of blockchain for the art world and civil society

Automated, non-hierarchical, forgery-proof: blockchain technologies have big potential for reducing power imbalances in art and society. Cultural practitioners discuss their possibilities and specific applications at the “Radical Friends Summit”.

From the film “On the Road to Change” - Impressions of Los Angeles Photo (detail): Desmond Roberts © Thomas Mann House Los Angeles

The US-American Stress Test
“Unity is a matter of solidarity, not uniformity”

Over the past two years, the gap between rich and poor in the USA has widened in the wake of the pandemic. What effect has that had on the nation’s conception of democracy? Leonhard Emmerling and Nikolai Blaumer look at new radical democracy movements and the restoration of a sensus communis.

From the film “On the Road to Change” - Impressions of the drive through New Delhi Photo (detail): Desmond Roberts © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi

Indian Citizenship
The Principle of Consent

What does it mean to be a citizen? How does it affect our political autonomy? Writer and podcaster Amit Varma, and Kavita Krishnan, writer and feminist activist take a ride through the city of New Delhi discussing how democracy can be renewed in post-pandemic times.

The production of local films is increasing enormously in Namibia. Like Joel Kaudife Haikali's latest film “Invisibles. Kauna.Pawa” (2019), which made it into the shortlist for the Oscars. The film accompanies two stranded teenagers through the outback of Namibia in search of their place in the landscape of a post-apartheid nation, which is also reflected in their psyche. Photo (detail): © Joe Vision (Production Company), Karl Terblanche (Still Photographer)

Africa's Economical Potential
The Creative Industry Needs a Village

What is the economical potential of the African creative industries? Namibian filmmaker and creative entrepreneur Joel Kaudife Haikali speaks about his own experience on the Namibian market and his co-created Creative Industry Guide, which aims to bring African creatives and investors together on pan-African collaborations.


Democracy and Solidarity

Illustration: Democracy and Solidarity Photo (detail): © Rob Curren

The pandemic jeopardises not only everyone’s health, but also the well-being of whole societies, testing what solidarity means today. In this module experts ask how much solidarity is needed in times of crisis to keep society from breaking up. Who gets to be represented by whom? Who is legitimised to represent them?


Creative Industry

Illustration: Creative Industry Photo (detail): © Steve Harvey

Creative companies in sub-Saharan Africa, each in their own way, have helped to overcome the privations of lockdown, isolation and immobility. Their products reflect the added value of creative work for wider social questions. In the module “Creative Industry” such creative entrepreneurs come together upon invitation of the Goethe-Institut Namibia and discuss ways of collectively constructing a designable future.


Science and Research

Illustration: Science and Research Photo (detail): © Eric McLean

The coronavirus has changed the social standing of scientists and researchers in the Global North. Researchers in various disciplines are helping us to understand what positive and negative effects the pandemic had on various social groups. The Goethe-Institut Brussels and its partners will address this urgent question and take the chance to look into the future: How do we want to live from now on?


Technological Change

Illustration: Technological Change Photo (detail): © Possessed Photography

This past year has made clear that while our lives are coming to a standstill in almost every domain, the dynamic of digital transformation is accelerating. We need new approaches to break out of the cycle of centralised data storage and surveillance technologies. Blockchain technologies allow new ways of working in the cultural domain, but cultural workers must be involved in order to explore and shape the future makeup and organisation of its institutions.


Proximity and Distance

Illustration: Proximity and Distance Photo (detail): © Nadine Shaabana

In ways we never imagined a virus now compels the world to keep its distance and regulates the closeness we are allowed to have with others. What happens with us when cultural practices of proximity are so fundamentally questioned? Which forms of distancing has the pandemic required in different social systems? The Goethe-Institut aims to explore these questions in Brazil, Korea, India and Germany. The focus will be on the future: How close to others can we be, and how close do we want to be?

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