Culture Magazine Photo (detail): © picture alliance/Waltraud Grubitzsch Interdisciplinary education The universal approach to research becomes more important University teaching has become increasingly specialised over the centuries. But the topics addressed in research today increasingly require an interdisciplinary approach. Leibniz Association president Matthias Kleiner sees a renaissance of universal research. Photo (detail): © picture alliance/Reuters/Bruno Kelly Climate change and Neocolonialism Climate colonialism as a new power structure Wasteful use of the earth’s resources is a leading cause of environmental disasters, and the wealthy industrialized countries are benefiting from the exploitation of developing countries. © Jens Wazel Artist Residency 2020 Anna Peschke Director and visual artist Anna Peschke will realise a new project during her residency. Photo (detail): © Adobe Worlds of Homelessness “Social balance is the key” In all German cities, it takes money to live anywhere close to downtown, quite a lot of money in fact. Those who cannot afford the rising rents in cities are pushed out to the periphery. We asked an expert how urban planning could address this widening gap between rich and poor. Illustration: Tobias Schrank Brexit Strengthening European ideas As of 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom of Great Britain is no longer part of the European Union. The Goethe-Institut, which has been committed to German-British cultural dialogue for over sixty years, is responding by working even more closely with British and European partners. Photo (Filmstill): Ula Brunner © Goethe Institut #MyJob “Empathy is important” Administering medication, measuring blood pressure and continually asking patients how they’re feeling: nurse Samed Qoshja has plenty to keep him busy in his job. Originally from Albania, he has been working at the Berliner Charité since 2017 – and Germany already feels almost like home to him. Photo (detail): © Art Directors & TRIPAlamy Stock New Edition of “das goethe” Digital Colonialism The new edition of “das goethe” with the theme “Digital Civil Society” will be issued on 16 January. On The Latest at Goethe, journalist Ina Holev explains how colonisation continues in the digital space. Photo: Amirul Firdaus "#Nucleus" Films for a better climate The Goethe-Institut New Zealand hosted the smartphone film competition "#Nucleus", which stimulated discussion about the environment and sustainability. Now nine filmmakers from seven countries came together to develop a short film. Photo (detail): akg-images © picture alliance Repatriation debate The restitution of colonial artefacts is going slowly Where do they belong? Ownership claims to cultural assets from the colonial period are often controversial and negotiating possible restitution is frequently a fraught and drawn-out process. Germany is taking some initial steps towards a resolution. Foto (detaliu): © Adobe Darknet Redeeming the darknet in five examples The darknet is often seen as the Cain to the internet’s Abel, as a hub for weapons and drugs and a paradise for paedophiles and terrorists. But, as it turns out, it’s not really so dark after all. Photo (detail): © Adobe Worlds of Homelessness “Social balance is the key” In all German cities, it takes money to live anywhere close to downtown, quite a lot of money in fact. Those who cannot afford the rising rents in cities are pushed out to the periphery. We asked an expert how urban planning could address this widening gap between rich and poor. Photo (detail): © Adobe / Siarhei Blockchain After the Hype The crypto currency Bitcoin turned many into millionaires overnight and was on the tip of everyone’s tongue, especially once it reached an all-time high in 2017. Public interest in Bitcoin and the technology behind it, the blockchain, dropped in keeping with currency’s abrupt fall. So what is going on with the technology today? © Andrea Pizzalis Artist residency 2019 Vanja Smiljanić Cologne-based visual and performance artist Vanja Smiljanić will be in Wellington for an artist residency. Photo (detail): © picture alliance/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB/Peter Gercke/ The German-German border “A place of remembrance and hope” The border that once divided the two Germanys - the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic – has been transformed into the German Green Belt. The biotope provides a new home for flora and fauna while testifying to its conflict-laden history. Photo (detail): © Adobe Climate change Carbon compensation – a feel-good solution? Carbon offset schemes promise to compensate for the emissions caused by private individuals – as air travellers, for instance – with donations to climate projects. But are they not just a way of salving guilty consciences? Photo (detail): © picture alliance/Everett Collection 102309761 TV Series A fascination with the past German television shows tend to have a bad reputation for poor writing and cheap productions not suited for an international market and audience. Now series like “Deutschland ‘83” and “Babylon Berlin” are putting a new shine on that tarnished image. Photo (detail): „Die Parallelwelt“, Kay Voges © Birgit Hupfeld / Schauspiel Dortmund Digitalisation in art “Complexity is beauty” Virtual reality, 3D animation and robotics have long been used by theatre directors in other countries but they have yet to be embraced as tools of stagecraft in Germany. That is about to change. The new Akademie für Digitalität und Theater (Academy for Digitality and Theatre) in Dortmund is set to revolutionise the German theatrical landscape. Foto (detail): © Ulla Brunner Artur Brauner Films to Stop People Forgetting Artur Brauner was a legendary German producer. Nobody else shaped German post-war cinema quite like he did, and he did it above all with light entertainment. However, since 1947 Brauner also delved into the Nazi era. Now he has died. Photo (crop): © https://homeparliaments.eu European Elections Seven websites and apps promoting digital civic courage Hate speech and fake news can massively influence public opinion. These apps and initiatives set out to counter that by strengthening political awareness and encouraging positive online discourse. © Lottie Hedley Wanderlust Kitchen Pumpernickel meets Rēwena bread In 2018, the regional project Wanderlustküche – A Culinary Dialogue was one of the absolute highlights! Nine Goethe-Institutes in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand participated in the project, which brought together chefs from Germany and the respective partner country under the motto “Tables without borders”. ©Doc Edge Film German-French Focus at Doc Edge Festival Supported by the Franco-German Cultural Fund, the Goethe-Institut and the French Embassy this year’s Doc Edge festival brings German and French productions and film industry professionals to New Zealand. © CitéNoir Artist Residency 2019 Milan Gessner The Berlin-based illustrator, filmmaker and street artist Milan Gessner is the Goethe-Institut Artist in Residence in Wellington this year. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Loui der Colli [CC BY-SA 3.0] Obituary Bruno Ganz, The Best He excelled as an angel and Hitler, as Faust and Hamlet, he pursued a career in film and made theater history: on the death of the great actor and artist Bruno Ganz. Photo (detail): Johann Scheibner © dpa Karl Marx Re-reading “Das Kapital” Karl Marx would have celebrated his 200th birthday in 2018. His criticism of capitalism appears even more pertinent today amidst climate crisis, chronical unemployment and global inequality. A reason for Mathias Greffrath to look back and re-read. © Goethe-Institut, photo: Federico Sutera Dance and Cultural Exchange Typologies of Migration In dance migration is not a phenomenon confined to modern times. Artists were and still are “travelling people”. And in many cases this professional mobility is neither voluntarily nor casually chosen as a working basis. Photo: Mia Straka © Residence experience Reverberations from a spring in Berlin New Zealand jewelery artist Mia Straka reports on her residence experience in Berlin. Photo (detail): © picture alliance/Camino-film/dpa Generation Z on the silver screen The universal magic of youth Who are they and how do they live? The advertising and media world has discovered a new target group: Generation Z, fully digitalized since birth, is coming of age. But on screen they are (still) representing the lives of Millennials. Photo (detail): © Paul Ruben Mundthal Spreading hate on the Internet “The three of us can make it seem like there are hundreds of us” In their documentary “Lösch Dich. So organisiert ist der Hate im Netz” (Delete yourself. Organised hate on the Internet), YouTuber Rayk Anders and his team investigate how Internet trolls use hate to promote their political aims. Photo (detail): © Adobe Virtual Reality VR “made in Germany” Ten German virtual reality and 360-degree video projects you should know about. Photo: Marcel Runge Museum and Curating Practices in Southeast Asia The Museum as a Sounding Board European and Southeast Asian curators and museum directors met in Berlin on the invitation of the Goethe-Institut Jakarta. In a panel discussion, they exchanged views on the changes in exhibition practices. © Stini Roehrs Artist Residency 2018 Hanno Leichtmann Music producer and sound artist Hanno Leichtmann is the Goethe-Institut Artist in Residence in Wellington this year. © Maschinen-Mensch German Indie Games Board game Riad Djemili left one of Germany’s top studios to co-develop a digital board game together with a friend. "The Curious Expedition" was a surprise hit. Now there is a sequel. Volker Strübing Artist Residency Christchurch 2017/18 Volker Strübing Poetry-Slammer Volker Strübing is the Goethe-Institut Artist in Residence in Christchurch this year. © Kai Uwe Oesterhellweg PASCH Alumni Conference in Jakarta In October 2017 the region Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand will hold its first conference for PASCH alumni in Jakarta. Two alumnae from New Zealand will be there. Photo: Noah Shahar Asia-Pacific German Olympics "The best week of my life" Getting to know and learn from one another in German, 8,000 kilometres from Germany. Seventy-seven pupils from ten countries met in Thailand for the first Asia-Pacific German Olympics. © Chris Durrant Asia Pacific German Language Olympics Ten countries, one language. International encounters in German. Read about Chris Durrant's experience here. © Goethe-Institut #mywishforeurope Wishes for Europe 2017 is Europe’s super election year. We have asked people in and outside of Europe: what do you wish for Europe in 2017? We sent their wishes out into the world under #mywishforeurope – on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and goethe.de. © Brian McCorkle Artist Residency 2017 Janine Eisenächer Performance artist Janine Eisenächer is the Goethe-Institut Artist in Residence this year. © WIFT NZ CONGRESS New Zealand’s Co-Production Summit with a focus on German feature films The third annual co-production summit takes place in Auckland. This year the three day summit focuses on German/New Zealand co-productions. For this reason several German film-makers have been invited to speak. Photo (detail): Tentative Collective Migration The city as an engine of tolerance Major cities are cultural contact zones and transit spaces, places of uncertainty and the foreign. The dynamism of change arising from this constitutes the essence of urbanity and is what lends metropolises their stability and attractiveness in the first place. © New Zealand International Film Festival Composition Live Cinema: VARIETY The New Zealand International Film Festival and the Goethe-Institut have commissioned Johannes Contag to compose an accompanying film score for the screening of the 1920s film classic "Variety". Copyright: DEFA-Stiftung/Waltraut Pathenheimer DEFA: 70 Year Anniversary DEFA-Film Series at Auckland Art Gallery To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the DEFA Studio in East Germany, the Goethe-Institut New Zealand presents in its Winter Film Series at the Auckland Art Gallery a film programme highlighting different themes and genres that were important to the DEFA. International short film festival in New Zealand Show Me Shorts celebrates filmmaking talents Each year, from over 1,500 entries from around the world, the 40 best short films and six best music videos are selected. The resulting programme of short films will be shown in more than 25 cinemas nationwide. ©Book Crossing Book Exchange Book Crossing ‚If you love your books – let them go’. This is how the New York Times described the project ‘BookCrossing’, which dates from April 2001. The Goethe-Institut New Zealand is now part of this exciting project. Photo (detail): Laurent Philippe Physical Dramaturgy A (New) Trend? Dramaturgy in contemporary dance is a hot topic, in a positive sense. Ideally, when preparing a piece, dramaturges are the choreographers’ best friends. Photo (detail): © mitrija - Fotolia.com Media Credibility Crisis “Re-thinking Our Role” Cronyism with elites, one-sided reporting, abuse of power – many Germans are dissatisfied with the media. How warranted are their charges? Photo (detail): Franz Brück Bikinihaus Berlin Freedom in architectural form Revitalising West Berlin’s name in the field of architecture. Photo (detail): Sony / Jimmy Katz David Bowie and German Pop Music Hero for a Day For just under two years, Berlin was for David Bowie a retreat and an inspiration. This was enough to give a formative impulse to German Pop music. Photo (detail): A. Schulz Building Groups Models for Joint Planning, Building and Living Today, joint residential models are experiencing a renaissance, whether as building groups, owners’ associations or joint building ventures. Picture (detail): © ARCHlab/Weblab Film portraits Series: Arch-Lab (1–5) We will be presenting one building in each of our 30 film portraits and hearing from its architects. The first five films in the series can be seen here. Photo (detail): Caveng © karin.hossfeld Participatory Art A Village Gets Going Interesting participatory projects are emerging far away from metropolitan areas. Two cases. Photo (detail): © Fara Phoebe Zetzsche young talent promotion in Germany Young Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Due to the picture overkill on the internet young generation photography is finding it hard to stand out and impress. A look at young talent promotion activities gives an insight on development trends. Photo (detail): © Die Photographische Sammlung /SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Köln, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014 August Sander Staging of the German past On the 50th anniversary of the death of the photographer August Sander (1876-1964) in 2014, three exhibitions, in Cologne, Bonn and Munich, commemorated his portrait cycle “People of the Twentieth Century”. Photo (detail): © Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation Rainer Werner Fassbinder “I Would Like to Build a House with my Films” Some considered him to be a “problem child”, others recognized that he was a genius. Regardless of what one might think about him, he will forever have a place in German cinema. Photo (montage): “The Murderers Are Among Us” by Wolfgang Staudte (left) | © Deutsches Filminstitut, Frankfurt – “Phoenix” by Christian Petzold (right) | © Piffl Medien Zero Hour in Film Rubble, Utopia, New Beginnings From The Murderers Are Among Us to Phoenix – the period immediately after the war has been dealt with time and again in cinema, such films always reflecting the way in which Germans view themselves. Photo (detail): © Uta Plate Artist in Residence 2015 Uta Plate The Goethe-Institut artist in residence this year is internationally renowned theatre practitioner Uta Plate. She will be based in Wellington from February until April 2015. Photo (detail): © Daredo Media German Mumblecore Making Films, Just Like That German Mumblecore focuses the spotlight on a variety of German cinema which relies on a great deal of improvisation. But what are the inherent characteristics of German a mumblecore film? Screenshot (detail) © leerstandsmelder.de Second Hand Spaces Temporary Use of Property More and more people want to use urban space for their own projects. At the same time, many buildings stand vacant. Interim use agencies seek to broker between owners and interested parties. It is not always easy. Photo (detail): © fotolia Throwaway Society No Heart for Things What doesn’t work is quickly replaced instead of repaired. But resistance is stirring. Photo (detail): © Jean-Paul Pastor Guzman/Flüchtlinge Willkommen Private refugee initiatives Living together under one roof More and more refugees from all over the world are seeking refuge in Germany. Numerous private initiatives are actively supporting asylum seekers and providing them with a new home. Photo (detail): © Thinkstock Welcoming Culture The Benefits of Diversity Universities, businesses and local governments want to step up their efforts to make immigrants feel at home in Germany. Photo (detail): © normanposselt.com Literature on the First World War Sigmund’s Worries 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War. Among the many new books in this anniversary year, newly re-issued standard works consort with publications of the last two years. Photo (detail): © normanposselt.com Intercultural project Hello Opera! – Cultural Mediation Means Participation The example of the German-Turkish children’s choir of the Berlin Comic Opera shows how cultural education can work. An interview with Mustafa Akça, the project manager of “Selam Opera!”. Photo (detail): Peter Bottcher Kraftwerk Music for the future That a pop band should turn 40 is an event. All the more so when this band is called Kraftwerk and is the most influential German musical group. Photo (detail): © A Wall is a Screen Mobile Cinema Mobile Cinema in Germany Cinema does not necessarily need a movie theatre. In cities like Hamburg films are projected onto the facades of buildings. These mobile film performances have opened up new perspectives in the way public space can be used.