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Digital Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival
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The digital Latitude festival presented a programme of artistic contributions and debates, exploring the question of how colonial structures impact the present and how we can overcome them. You can find most contributions in Media.

The extent to which global power structures influence our day-to-day activities and coexistence is becoming even more apparent in current crisis situations. Which narratives do we perpetuate when we discuss the inequality between North and South? What is the vision for the internet of the future from a Global South perspective? What racist structures influence our present circumstances? Should the restitution of looted artefacts from colonial contexts be implemented more decisively? What social relevance do museums of the future strive for?

These and more questions were asked by artists and experts from different backgrounds at the digital festival Latitude from 4th to 6th June 2020. On each of the three days there was a programme of related events lasting around six hours, including artworks, performances and concerts, discussions, chat debates as well as interviews was streamed live or transmitted as videos. In cooperation with the Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e. V., films was also shown from 29th May to 12th June. From 4th to 7th June, was festival-related broadcasts in cooperation with the free artists' radio, reboot.fm and Radio-Netzwerk Berlin.

With reference to artistic and discursive projects initiated and supported by the Goethe-Institut in recent years, the Latitude-Festival brought together international cultural, scientific and political perspectives, and reflect on existing social, political and economic asymmetries and inequalities that originate from the colonial era.The festival is organised into four broad thematic areas that addressed the continuities of colonial structures: economic inequality; racism, identity and memory; dealing with cultural objects, and global digital (in)equality.

Contributors include Alex Herman (lawyer, London/Toronto), Ayisha Osori (author and development consultant, Lagos), Ciraj Rassool (historian, Cape Town), Denise Ferreira da Silva (philosopher, Vancouver), Diego Araúja (transdisciplinary artist and theatre director, Salvador), Eric 1key (poet, spoken word artist, Kigali), Joana Tischkau (choreographer and performance artist, Frankfurt/Berlin), John Nakuta (lawyer, Windhoek), Keyna Eleison (curator and art critic, Rio de Janeiro), Laís Machado (transdisciplinary performance artist, Salvador), Larissa Förster (culture and social anthropologist, Berlin), Latika Gupta (art historian, Delhi), Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (museum director, Leipzig), Leora Bilsky (lawyer, Tel Aviv), Mark Terkessidis (author and migration researcher, Berlin), Mi You (curator and lecturer, Cologne), Nanjira Sambuli (researcher and digital strategist, Nairobi), Nelago Shilongoh (theatre and performance artist, Windhoek), Nikita Dhawan (political scientist, Gießen), Pasacale Obolo (filmmaker, Paris), Rachel Nyangombe (singer, Kinshasa), Renata Ávila Pinto (lawyer and activist, Guatemala City), Souleyman Bachir Diagne (philosopher, New York), Tonya Nelson (lawyer and art historian, London), Trixie Munyama (performance artist and choreographer, Windhoek) and Urvashi Butalia (author and publisher, Delhi).