E-culture fair 2010: connecting creativity, art and research23/06/2010
E‐CULTURE FAIR 2010 will be showcasing innovative projects in the cross-over fields of creative industry, research, education, art and design from Flanders, the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia from 23 till 25 August in the brand new Centre for Art and Creativity 'Dortmunder U' . E‐Culture Fair 2010 is exhibited projects, information stands, live presentations and demonstrations, workshops and performances.
E‐CULTURE FAIR 2010 is a joint cooperation of Virtueel Platform (Dutch sector institute for e‐ cultuur), BAM (Flemish institute for visual, audiovisual and media art) and Medienwerk.NRW.
E‐CULTURE FAIR 2010 is a partner event of ISEA2010 RUHR, 16th International Symposium on Electronic Art and part of the RUHR 2010 programme.
For many years now, digitization and networking have been changing our social interactions, the working environment, cultural exchanges and ways of making and engaging with art. By now the possibilities of digital media are integrated as a matter of course into daily life.
Topical examples of this common electronic culture are social networks like YouTube or Facebook, the widespread use of platforms like Twitter and the ubiquity of smartphones. Based on these examples, the E-CULTURE FAIR can be envisioned as a communicative laboratory, a workshop in which in an experiental manner new ideas are presented, which may soon become well-known concepts for many people. The E-CULTURE FAIR is aimed at professionals in the field of new media, as well as to anyone who is curious about what electronic culture will look like tomorrow.
E‐CULTURE FAIR 2010 presents cultural innovation and the innovative potential of culture in other fields. This encompasses projects for multiple users, that deploy an interesting combination of the possibilites of (networked) media technology and physical space. We present projects that allow for interesting social interaction (indoor and outdoor), tangible interfaces, new ways of playing and learning, and that propose good ways to apply (compex) information in practical contexts. Fundels, a project by Playlane, for example brings any picture book to life through the use of multimedia. Musescore on the other hand aims at all ages with their free open source music annotation programme, or how after being fixed to paper for the past 500 years, sheet music finally becomes social. Grendel Games develops serious games for health care. Their Wii‐Medic makes use of Wii‐motes in combination with medical instruments.
• OVER THREE DAYS the fair will open from 10:00-20:00h at the Dortmunder U - Centre for Art and Creativity in Dortmund. On each day, from 10:00 to 16:30h various developers , researches, laboratories and artists will introduce their latest applications, tools or work methods in live presentations.
• E‐CULTURE FAIR 2010: outdoor area
The multimedia festival "Prototypen://" from the Labor für sensorische Annehmlichkeiten (the Sensory Amenities Lab) is being held on the Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse at the main entrance. In front of the Dortmunder U, those in possession of an iPhone or Android enabled phone can play with huge Augmented Reality toy blocks. Likewise in an outdoor area right next to the U, a truck trailer with an oversized, interactive video screen conceived by the Dropstuff team is parked – ideal for playful manipulation and public interactive engagement. And if you ever wonder what it would be like to look out from another person's head, in W(double U) users can experience this walking around in the Dortmunder U linked to someone else using the newest immersive technology developed by Crew in collaboration with the Expertise Centre for Digital Media, University of Hasselt, Belgium.
• GUIDED TOURS from Flanders and the Netherlands on 23, 24 and 25 of August. Don't miss this unique opportunity and book here!
• PICNIC Mini Salon (25 August): Cross‐over salon with professionals from Germany, the Netherlands and Flanders. The best projects of this salon will be presented at het large-scale PICNIC salon in Amsterdam, September 2010. An initiative of BAM, Mediadesk Vlaanderen, PICNIC, ECCE, Virtueel Platform, Creative Factory en CCAA. Flemish contribution is supported by Flanders District of Creativity. More information.
• The closing party of the E-CULTURE FAIR 2010 on 25th August, starting at 21:00 h, opens with large interactive video projections on the facade of the office building adjacent to the Dortmunder U. The projections can be played by the audience from small stages in front of the facade. The project is developed by MediaLAB (Hogeschool van Amsterdam). From 23:00 h the vaulted cellar under the Dortmunder U opens and provides an opportunity to get to know each other enjoying electronic music. The final party is jointly organized with ISEA2010 RUHR.
• Projects: WHERE IS GARY (Potemkino), GENERATIVE ART WITH NODEBOX, CITY IN A BOTTLE, DARK MATTR, BIOMODD (Angelo Vermeulen), CUPID – CULTURELAB (IBBT/SMIT VUB), W(DOUBLE U) (Crew), MUSESCORE (Thomas Bonte), De Werktank, SOCIAL SPACES (Media en Design Academie, KHLim, EDM, Z33 Hasselt), FUNDELS (Playlane), Future of the labs door BALTAN LAB (Eindhoven), MEDIALAB, HvA (Amsterdam), PATCHING ZONE (Rotterdam), INSTRUCTABLES RESTAURANT, FRITZING, DROPSTUFF, WII MEDIC (Grendel Games), COOLMEDIAHOTTALK SHOW, URBAN PARK LABORATORY / UPLABS (Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek), MEDIAMATIC TRAVEL (Mediamatic), TWITTER HOUSE (XML Architecture Research Urbanism), #3e41db (TAG / Sander Veenhof), THE MOON GOOSE EXPERIMENT (Agnes Meyer‐Brandis, Keulen), NETZSPANNUNG.org & MEDIENFLUSS (Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss), CUBEBROWSER (Ludwig Zeller, Keulen), BOTANOADOPT (431art, Münster/Keulen), PROTOTYPEN (Labor für sensorische Annehmlichkeiten e.V., Dortmund) , CULTURAL EDUCATION IN WEB 2.0 (Folkwang Museum, Essen), BIG BROTHER AWARDS (FoeBuD e.V.), KASK, KHLim, KHM, HOWEST, Piet Zwart Instituut, TU Eindhoven, HKU , HKM ...
As the first event of its kind in the Dortmunder U, E‐CULTURE FAIR 2010 shows what the concept of creativity can mean in the 21st century for the regions NRW, Flanders and the Netherlands.
Besides the presentation and communication of art, the fostering of creativity is one of the integral elements of the new Centre for Art and Creativity in Dortmund, encompassing creative industry, media art institutions, universities with creative departments and media artists. The E-CULTURE FAIR 2010 is developed in cooperation with ecce (European Centre for Creative Economy), one of the partners in the Dortmunder U, which is being founded in the framework of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. The long-term goal of ecce is to make the Ruhr Metropolis Europe's leading creative region.
E‐CULTURE FAIR 2010 is supported by the Flemish Authorities (Flemish Minister of Innovation and Media Ingrid Lieten), State Chancellery NRW, the City of Dortmund and Ministery of OCW, The Netherlands.
The Flemish part of the E‐Culture Fair is also supported by Flanders DC and IBBT.