Culture Magazine 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. Internationales Kurzfilm-Festival in Neuseeland Show Me Shorts feiert talentierte Filmemacher Aus über 1,500 Einsendungen aus der ganzen Welt werden jedes Jahr die besten 40 Kurzfilme und sechs Musikvideos ausgewählt. Zu sehen sind die ausgesuchten Filme anschließend in mehr als 25 Kinos in ganz Neuseeland. ©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.