KSWE Worldwide

Interdisciplinary and diverse, the Kultursymposium Weimar reflects global discourses in all their diversity. Through the digital edition of the festival, the individual perspectives of the Goethe-Instituts worldwide become integral voices of the programme. A total of ten Goethe-Instituts in different regions of the world have each conceived their own events and thus illuminate the facets of the topic of generations in its international scope. 
Map of the Goethe-Instituts worldwide that partnered with KSWE21 © Goethe-Institut
Digital Edition | Media Library

The audiovisual art piece Water Lullabies, in which diverse artists reflect upon the regeneration of the social fabric, its ruptures, the intergenerational violence, and the possibility to bonding again with water and territory. Coordinated by the Goethe-Institut Bogotá.

Digital Edition | 17 June

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, three video works by the South African artist Zara Julius will be shown. The short films from the regional project Family Matters will be presented both in the festival programme and in an exhibition together with other artists in the Galerie Eigenheim in Weimar. 

Pre-Programme | 19 May

 Kairo & Khartum
The multimedia project Old Wishes was created in cooperation with the Goethe-Instituts Cairo and Khartoum as well as the regional magazine Perspektiven and Rift Digital Lab. The artist and initiator of the project Abdalsalam Alhaj revived Friends of Al-Sibayan, the first youth magazine in Sudan and the Arab world.

Digital Edition | 17 June

The Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles examines the ongoing protests against racial discrimination in the USA. In Haircuts & Social Juctice, Madin Lopez, Reeves Gift and Karen Tongson, three generations of the queer community meet at ProjectQ, a hair salon and community centre. They talk about politics and protest, about social justice, identity and care.

Digital Edition | 17 June

In Foodbank for Pollinators the Scottish artist Natalie Taylor sows native wildflowers as a symbolic act in Weimar - a city famous for its parks that have been designed down to the last detail. The project is accompanied by a digital “re-wilding” in the form of a video artwork A Toothless Grin by Kristin Jakubek which visualizes our increasing alienation from nature and absorbtion by the digital world. 

Pre-Programme | 02 June

New Delhi
How do traumatic experiences affect the lives of subsequent generations and entire societies? The Goethe-Institut explored this question in Intergenerational Trauma. The Case of the Partition of India with renowned experts and activists. 

Pre-Programme | 09 June

New York
With Trauma’s Field of Distortion, the Goethe-Institut New York presents an exciting discussion on the narrative effects of trauma in collective memories and literature. In addition to this contribution to the introductory programme, there will be an additional feature Literary Ground and Legacy in the media library.

Digital Edition | 16 June

The challenge of creating something that will still have meaning over a hundred years from now is one that Scottish artist Katie Paterson has undertaken with her Future Library project in Norway, a living work of art spanning an entire century. For the Kultursymposium Weimar 2021, artist Katie Paterson and curator Anne Beate Hovind talk about the significance of their work and the appeal of a dialogue with future generations. 
The Goethe-Institut Oslo also deals with the topic of generations in Generations in Dialogue, a conversation between Kristen Lindholm and Marta Norheim.

Digital Edition | 16 June

In this video work, the Chinese media artist Li Hanwei deals with the question how banks will do their future investments. Imitating the existing Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), he creates the fictional SIB, the so-called Subculture Investment Bank that invests is pixels. Subculture Investment Bank - Shrine to Review the Universe of Images is a project in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Shanghai.

Pre-Programme | 26 May

The Goethe-Institut Warsaw explored the question of how the most Polish of all dishes, the pierogi, connects generations. The result is food:generations, a touching contribution about five families, five places and five steps to the perfect pierogi.