About the festival
The extent to which global power structures influence our day-to-day activities and life within a community is made even more clearly apparent by crisis situations. What narrative do we apply with reference to the inequality between North and South? What do visions of a future fair internet look like? In what way does structural racism determine our present?
Using artistic and discursive projects initiated and supported by the Goethe-Institut in recent years as a starting point, the Latitude festival brought together international cultural, scientific and political perspectives, and reflecting on asymmetries and power relations that have continued since the colonial era.
The festival was organised into four themed areas:
Economic inequalityColonial structures are perpetuated in particularly visible forms through economic inequalities. The relationship between North and South tells a story of excess and scarcity, a lack of access to the market and dependence, as well as the dubious consequences of good intentions. What aesthetic strategies do artist use to put up resistance?
Global digital equalityAccess to digital resources and daily internet use reflect colonial structures too. How can the digital revolution be organised fairly?
Dealing with cultural propertyExperts are discussing the status quo and future of museums. What ethical and legal challenges do we face as a consequence of handling looted cultural heritage, and what potential for social change might come about through this discussion about museums?
Racism, identity and rememberingArtistic and discursive contributions question the meaning of colonial history, track down the suppressed stories in memory discourses, and highlight the way we handle racist structures in the present day.
The Goethe-Institut presented artworks, performances and concerts, discussions and debates via chat, as well as interviews streamed live or made available as video clips, from 4th – 6th June at the Latitude digital festival.
In cooperation with the Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e. V. a supporting film programme was shown from 29th May to 12th June.
A pop-up radio channel broadcast in cooperation with reboot.fm, the radio station for free artists radio, as well as Radio Network Berlin, from 4th to 7th June.
Media partner: Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Deutschlandfunk Kultur was a media partner of the festival and contributed to the festival with two prominently positioned programmes: a call-in show on the subject of “Decolonise yourselves!” (Sat, 06.06.2020, 9:05 am) and a discussion about “digital participation.” (Fr, 05.06.2020, 6:05 pm).
Dr. Wolf Iro, Carolin Nüser, Eliphas Nyamogo, Sima Reinisch, Alexandra Röhr, Regina Sarreiter, Katarzyna Wielga-Skolimowska, Dr. Andrea Zell
Online Editorial Team
Tatjana Brode, Eliphas Nyamogo, Linda Hügel, Dr. Elisa Jochum, Jakob Rondthaler, Regine Hader, Eva Fritsch, Miriam Steller, Patrick Schwanebeck, Elisabeth Gschwandtner, Antonie Habermas
Daniel Göpfert, Carolin Nüser, Alexandra Röhr, Anne Morgenstern, Lin Franke, Marie Golenia, Anna Heinemann
Dr. Wolf Iro, Katarzyna Wielga-Skolimowska, Sima Reinisch
Culture Department, Cultural Education and Discourse Section
Dr. Andrea Zell
Culture Department, Visual Arts Section
Culture Department, Film, Television, Radio, Section
Marc-André Schmachtel, Judith Schulde, Georg Milz, Nepomuk Zettl
Culture Department. Music Section
Jörg Süßenbach, Nathalie Feldmann
Viola Noll, Alexander Behrmann, Marie Kiewe, Alena Martens, Marcus Sporkmann, Laura Knödlseder
Marketing and Distribution
Franz Harner, Constanze Weber
Digital agency 3pc
Katja Teich, Dennis Hartmann, Nils Tobela, Fatbardh Tafaj, Amelle Said-Saleh
Lilian-Astrid Geese, Tanja Barbian, Catherine Gay, Fernanda Amâncio
The digital Latitude Festival brings together the diverse approaches and initiatives of the Goethe-Institut's work worldwide in the field of post-colonialism and decolonisation. On behalf of all colleagues involved, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people and their teams.
Goethe-Institut Rio de Janeiro
Goethe-Institut São Paulo
Julian Fuchs, Yara Schöler Castanheira
Daniel Stoevesandt, Isabel Tueumuna Katjavivi
Goethe-Institut Neu Delhi
Dr. Leonhard Emmerling
Dr. Asma Diakité, Stefanie Kastner
Susanne Sporrer, Teresa Althen
Manfred Stoffl, Maria Fiedler, Leonel Henckes
Goethe-Institut Dar es Salaam
Frank Werner, Daniel Sempeho
Dr. Joachim Bernauer
Dr. Stefanie Peter
Goethe-Institut Côte d'Ivoire
Goethe-Institut Burkina Faso