For Alexander von Humboldt, “cosmos” means grasping the world as a whole. In the current issue of the Humboldt Magazine, artists and scientists from South America and Germany reflect on therelationship between man and the environment, economy and ecology.
Millennials in FOKUS is the project of the Generation Y or Millennials, the ones that by 2020 will make up one third of the global workforce. Journalists from Germany and Romania deal with topics and problems that will shape the future.
On the occasion of Alexander von Humboldt's 250th birthday, the Goethe-Institutes in Latin America are looking at Humboldt's cosmos thematically across borders: person, research, network, context and impact.
What ethical, social and political questions arise when automation and artificial intelligence revolutionize the world of work? In the dossier on Posthumanism the Goethe-Institut Canada takes a critical look at these issues.
From April to November 2018, the Goethe-Institut Montreal's VR:RV project invites VR producers, artists and journalists from Germany and Canada to participate in discourses and carry out joint projects.
Over 50 years ago, Uwe Johnson began writing Anniversaries, a masterpiece of postwar German literature. On the occasion of the first complete English translation of the book, the Goethe-Institut USA takes you on a journey to discover Uwe Johnson's New York.
Women make up half of those who play computer games, although they are clearly in the minority in the production of digital games. In the dossier „Women and Gaming“, the Goethe-Institut Brazil presents new developments in the industry.
How can the digital access to knowledge for girls in Africa be enhanced? With the The I Am Science project the Goethe-Institut South Africa inspires an interest in technology and science among girls on the African continent.
How active is the street art scene in Washington? Which motives and themes are noticeable? As part of the regional blog project #artbits, the Goethe-Institut Washington takes a look at the colorful street art in the political center of the USA.
Which values, which utopian ideas and goals are still relevant today? Are there new utopias that elicit hope? In the project of the Goethe-Institut Israel, 35 poster artists express their views – and visitors respond.
The Humboldt Magazine presents divergent views on topics from Germany and South America. In the current issue, the Goethe-Institut Brazil focuses on the German philosopher and social theorist Karl Marx on the occasion of his 200th birthday.
What is the role of the museum in the society today? In its project “Museum of the Future” the Goethe-Institut India invites academics, museum professionals and other experts from Germany and India to discuss the new role of the museum.
What are the requirements for public spaces? What are the dangers and challenges facing public spaces in our cities? On the occasion of the founding anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the Goethe-Institut Estonia pays special attention to these questions.
What do we use parks in our cities for? What significance do parks have for people? The Goethe-Institut USA travelled with a video team through parks in Germany and the USA and captured impressions of the green oases.
What places do we identify with and why? What is our relationship to the place where we live, where we or our parents were born? In 12 photo portraits, the Goethe-Institut Spain examines the question of identity in plural societies.
How do Muslims in Germany practice their religion? How do they interact with their social environment? What wishes, joys, worries and fears do they have? Through essays, interviews and photo stories, the Goethe-Institut Indonesia gives an insight into the life of German Muslims.
What impact did the fall of the Iron Curtain have on the lives of Eastern Bloc people? What were the prospects for children born during the war and their children in the post-war period? An exhibition in the library of the Goethe-Institut Latvia deals with these and other questions.
What does it mean to leave one's own home and have to overcome borders? In a video series the Goethe-Institut Italy, the German Film and Television Academy Berlin and the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Palermo depict the fate of these people.
A street festival, music tours and a digital children's university: During the German-Ukrainian Language Year the Goethe-Institut Ukraine presents German language and culture across the country, inspiring children and young people to take the next step – to learn German.
Films, interviews with artists and music from Germany: In the monthly radio broadcast „Goethe on Air“ the Goethe-Institut New Zealand offers insights into the German cultural scene – presented by their interns.
What are the challenges facing Europe today? What does the future of the continent look like? In this dossier, the Goethe-Institut Norway brings together films, interviews and articles about the diverse facets of the continent – and illustrates its importance and visions.
How does one examine the issue of a country’s national identity from an external perspective? In this project of the Goethe-Institut UK eight students from the Ostkreuz School for Photography express their position on Brexit and give an insight into everyday life in Manchester.
How do you get to know a society best? By observing and inquiring. In this project of the Goethe-Institut Estonia the German historian and travel guide Martinus Mancha does both: he puts questions to the fictitious Estonian Jaan Tamm and in his letters, presents his everyday life in a familiar and equally seemingly alien society.
What does „Underground“ mean when critical artistic activities are constantly covered by the media and art is recycled almost as a mere cultural commodity? The Goethe-Institut Canada addresses this question and looks at different cultural areas both locally and in Germany.
A Europe that is more for the people – what could it look like? The Goethe-Institut Norway has invited two convinced pro-Europe women to an exchange of letters: Ulrike Guérot, political scientist from Germany, and Kirsti Methi, Chairwoman of the Norwegian European Movement.
What makes Berlin unique? What can only be seen there? And how does the capital respond to the challenges of a modern metropolis? Together with journalists and filmmakers, the Goethe-Institut Italy takes a look at Berlin’s multifaceted display window.
First the economic crisis, then the increasing success of right-wing parties: the idea of the United States of Europe seems illusory today. The Goethe-Institut Spain has therefore ventured to take a long-range view – and has invited nine Spanish illustrators to draw up their visions of Europe in 4017.
The artists and experts interviewed in our series “5 Plus 1” love their work. Nonetheless, the Goethe-Institut Norway wants to know what other profession they would like to have – and gets surprising answers.
Street art originally arose in New York – people there used walls as canvases for political commentary. Today this art form is found on walls all over the world. The Goethe-Institut Canada, together with Goethe-Instituts in Mexico and the USA, presents street art from all three countries.
Voices, sounds and noises – the Czech young people’s magazine Jádu goes in search of music in all its facets. From pop music to “mushroom music”: whether we can, want to or have to, listening is worth it!
Jakob Hein is an author, screenplay-writer, doctor – and a Berliner. For the Goethe-Institut Poland, he writes about life in the German capital and its peculiarities, which he loves, marvels at, and keenly scrutinises.
“Social hotspot”, “ghetto“, “no-go area” – certain neighbourhoods are considered “problem zones”. But how did this happen in the first place, and how do residents deal with it? The Goethe-Institut Belgium visits urban districts in Belgium, Germany, France and Italy.
Two Australians in Berlin blog for the Goethe-Institut in Australia. The travel bug brought Luke Troynar and Brianna Summers from Melbourne to Germany – and their holiday destination became their second homeland.
How do we want to live? This question is being raised in cities in particular. Green, vibrant and cosmopolitan – the Goethe-Institut Norway portrays ideas. for the future, by and for cities in Norway and Europe.
This year, France is Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair. A sufficient occasion for the Goethe-Institut France to also take a look, in addition to literature, at Hesse's art and cultural scene – on both sides of the Rhine
A house in the country, a location in the city – some places have a special meaning for us. The Goethe-Instituts of Colombia and Brazil have invited authors, intellectuals and cultural creatives from South America to describe their very own, personal “image of memory”.
What does a pacifist think of Europe’s largest hunting fair? What does a biology student fear at a huge motorcycle exhibition? The Goethe-Institut Czech Republic’s pathfinders explore German culture at typical and not-so-typical venues.
“If not in Warsaw then THERE! THERE you can run across the street in your pyjamas” – Berlin is the place of longing par excellence for artists and intellectuals from around the world. The Goethe-Institut Poland has collected declarations of love by Polish cultural creatives.
Reservations about accepting refugees exist in many countries. Reason enough for the Goethe-Institut Latvia to ask: who is actually arriving and what does flight mean for individuals? And: did not Latvians themselves have to live in exile until recently?
According to recent surveys, sex no longer plays any part for over half of all Japanese couples. Is sexuality gradually shifting into virtual worlds? Is Japan leading the way here? Experts and artists from Germany and Japan bring light into the darkness for the Goethe-Institut Japan.
Something we hardly think about at home becomes all the more important abroad: food. Because it is not only a basic need, it also involves health, identity and even ethics. The Goethe-Institut China examines the facets of cuisine – in China and in Germany.
The “documenta” in Kassel, and this year in Athens as well, is a leading exhibition of contemporary art. Now it’s almost over – but what remains? Artists, curators and art critics from around the world take stock for the Goethe-Institut Brazil.
India’s Lifeline Express is the world’s first hospital train. It provides the population in rural areas with medical treatment by dedicated doctors – free of charge. The Goethe-Institut India went along on one of its journeys.
Brexit is also worrisome to Scotland's most celebrated inhabitant: Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Lacking British citizenship, he or she might soon need a new home. Join with the Goethe-Institut Glasgow in search of a new lake for Nessie!
This summer, in the Goethe-Institut New York's online cinema, everything revolves around the longings of several generations in the former GDR. Six films can be streamed here free of charge until the end of August – “Roll it!”
Reaching for the stars or journeying to distant galaxies have lost none of their fascination. For those who'd rather stay put on earth, the Goethe-Institut Poland has an alternative on offer: science fiction for reading, watching, listening – and for learning German!
Channa Maron was one of Israel's best-known actors. As a child she fled Nazi Germany, conquered Israel's stages as a young woman and championed peace into her old age. Illustrators David Polonsky and Barbara Yelin have traced her eventful life in a comic.
Two comic artists from France and Germany blog each month for the Goethe-Institut France. Christopher Tauber alias Piwi from Frankfurt and Sara Quod from Lyon illustrate impressions and fun facts about their cities on a specific theme, music for instance.
How much of the past must, how much of it should be carried forward into the future? What memories divide society, what memories bring it together? The Goethe-Institut Latvia goes in search of remembrance cultures in Latvia and Germany.
The Reformation was an occurrence that not only revolutionised the Church, but also culture and society. Today, 500 years later, the Goethe-Institut Italy asks: How relevant are the Reformation and its revolutionary spirit to the present?
A workbench instead of a desk, comb and scissors instead of a laptop: Many Chinese and Germans are deciding against an office job – and in favour of a career as baker, beekeeper or hairstylist. The Goethe-Institut China met up with some of today's artisans.
The Benelux countries have the most liberal legislation on assisted dying. Are these countries therefore pioneers in Europe? Or simply outliers from the mainstream? The Goethe-Institut Belgium devotes a dossier to these issues.
Whether with the thrill of anticipation or weary groans - we perpetually seek to satisfy our wanderlust. In online exhibitions, interviews and more, the Goethe-Institut Poland takes up the theme of travel from a range of perspectives.
The world is open to people with physical and mental disabilities! The platform Future Perfect collects encouraging stories from around the world and shows where and how a better future is already reality.
The digitalisation of all areas of life is advancing. Opportunity or peril? The Goethe-Institut Estonia asks itself this question and also offers users a chance to study their own surfing behaviour – with a self-test.
Living and working in Iceland – the Goethe-Institut Denmark and the Icelandic capital Reykjavik have invited author Adriana Altaras. She'll tell about her experiences on our literary blog from April until September.
Contemporary poetry as a medium of innovation? The Goethe-Institut Prague says "Yes!" and presents the lively and imaginative ways in which poets in the Czech Republic and Germany are breathing new vitality into poetry.
What kind of world do we want to live in? And how long do we want to wait until it becomes a reality? The dossier of the German-Czech young people's portal Jádu reveals what today's and tomorrow's generation
Whether handicrafts, publishing or product design – digitalisation has also captured the arts and media scene. To connect designers and experts, the Goethe-Institut Italy has taken up the theme of the creative economy.
Where does Europe end and Asia begin? How do boundaries arise and what do these lines of demarcation mean for countries and people? The Goethe-Institute Moscow has invited young artists to take up the theme of boundaries – in the geographic and figurative sense.
Virtual Reality we can touch is now also available, in theatre and media art. The Goethe-Institut Japan explores in depth these digital creations: can we rediscover reality in this way, or will we get lost in fantasy worlds?
Government agencies publish data, members of the public can use them for their own purposes: this is the central concept behind the open data movement internationally. The Goethe-Institut Indonesia presents ways in which a culture of publically accessible data can emerge in Southeast Asia.
The Goethe-Institut Canada’s dossier is dedicated to the global discourse on the situation of refugees. In focus are unconventional solutions, courageous engagement and success stories – by and for refugees.
Berlin and Rome are not only the capitals of Germany and Italy, they are also the creative centres of their countries. The Goethe Institute Italy shows in a dossier how young designers work in both cities – and what challenges they are facing.
The Goethe-Institut China investigates the human body and displays it in many facets: as a hybrid entity in art, as an occasion for encounter and conversation, and as a means of expression of identity and aesthetics.
Grimy and grey? Or colourful and livable? Cities are as we shape them – as shown by the stories this Future-Perfect dossier tells: of urban initiatives seeking to develop community spaces and promote creativity.
What memories of the 20th century divide society, what bring it together? The Goethe-Institut Latvia wanted to know – and asked individuals for a personal look back in digital form. The result: over 90 fragments – out of which in the end a theatrical work arose.
The 67th Berlinale will be held from 9 until 19 February. Twelve bloggers and film journalists from around the world will cover the international film festival for the Goethe-Institut – from an international perspective.
The digital revolution is changing our lives in fundamental ways. How are we dealing with this and how can we come to a better understanding of ourselves in these new worlds? The Goethe-Instituts in East Asia have invited artists, hackers and other experts to take positions on this issue.
They’re between 14 and 22 years old and have fled from Syria to Turkey: about 30 young people tell the Goethe-Institut Turkey about their lives before, during and after their escape – in video interviews and photo series.
People in Trieste, Rome, Naples and Palermo have answered the Goethe-Institut Italy. In about 70 podcasts, they guide us to places of their very own, personal, audible happiness: Italy as an acoustic landscape of happiness.
What do the private sphere and data privacy mean in the digital age? The theatre project P3M5, initiated by the Goethe-Institut USA, revolves around this question. Dramatists from the USA and Europe present their answers in 5-minute films.
Centuries old and vibrant to this day – the language and culture of the Hungarian Roma. The Goethe-Institut Hungary devotes a dossier to this important and complex chapter of European cultural history.
Aman Sethi and Georg Diez, two journalists from India and Germany, discuss the so called refugee issue – by letter!
"In Conversation With ..." Diversity of forms
Fruits and vegetables that do not conform to specific standards never make it to the supermarket. But artist Uli Westphal's camera captures them. He tells why in the latest interview in the Goethe-Institut Prague's series "In Conversation With ...".
Even more exciting, international Goethe-Institut dossiers promise a wide range of insights: some examples - the Goethe-Institut China takes up nocturnal phenomena, the Institut in Brazil approaches the concept of body culture, and Latvia presents photos of 1950's German architecture.