People keep asking me when corona is going to be over and everything will turn back to normal. My answer: Never.
(Matthias Horx, futurologist)
The Goethe-Institut Tokyo has developed a talk format, moderated by journalist Daisuke Tsuda
, to be broadcasted via Twitter and Facebook, which will point out actual perspectives on the corona crisis, going beyond the scope of concrete crisis management in daily life. In talk sessions with Japanese and international artists and experts from the fields of philosophy, sociology, psychology, law, and other disciplines, Tsuda and his guests approach different dimensions of significance of the current situation and ask about scenarios of social change that could be triggered by the present crisis.
The four-part series starts on April 1 at 8 p.m. JST with a two-hour program and will subsequently be broadcasted on a weekly basis.
Guests of the pilot broadcast are the lawyer Kensaku Fukui, playwright and theatre director Oriza Hirata and the city of Berlin’s Senator for Culture and Europe and Mayor Klaus Lederer (advance interview). They will discuss with Tsuda the scope of cultural policies in Germany and Japan against the background of the fundamental threat to the cultural landscape by the standstill of public life.
Core themes of the subsequent programs are mass hysteria, nation statehood, and deceleration.