4th Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation
Empowering Democracy through Culture – Digital Tools for Culturally Competent Citizens
Fri, 20.10.2017, ZKM_Media Theater
The Council of Europe's series of conferences dealing with the impact of digitization on culture will be continued this year in Karlsruhe as a cooperation event with the ZKM. In the years 2014–2016 the CoE’s »platform exchange« took place in Baku, Linz and Tallinn.
The aim of this year's conference in Karlsruhe will be to focus on the potential of art and science, which has so far been under-utilized, as an effective means of strengthening democracy. The tools of digital culture will be discussed. Actors and decision-makers from different disciplines, institutions and citizens' initiatives will work on two main topics in the 1-day conference. First of all, the use of appropriate digital tools will be explored to enable citizens to actively participate in strong European democracies – i. e. to promote digital literacy and to train resistance forces against current phenomena threatening democracy, such as populism, fake news and xenophobia. Next, the focus is on networks in culture, the arts and the sciences, which are also actively working against these anti-democratic tendencies.
Digitization undoubtedly expands public space and creates new opportunities for participation, but also raises questions about intended and unwanted effects and their control. While populism strives to reduce the diversity of voices and thus dissolves democracy, it is the principle of the arts and sciences to cultivate diversity, complexity and productive competition. The ethos of democracy is based not least on this. In this sense, digitization has an innovative function because it provides access to the heterogeneous messages produced by cultural and artistic means.
The opening ceremony of the ZKM exhibition project »Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds«, conceived by Peter Weibel, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 will provide a special artistic prelude to the conference on Friday, October 20, 2017. This exhibition project will present the museum as an exciting and vibrant place of learning, inviting everyone to share and get to learn about the idea and values of a strong democratic community of digitally competent citizens.
The conference will be run in English. An invitation from the Council of Europe is required for participation on site. If you are interested in participating at the platform exchange in Karlsruhe, we would kindly ask you to send an email to email@example.com and provide some information about yourself (your profession, your organization) together with a short explanation why attending this event is of importance to you.
We would like to invite everyone to follow the conference via ZKM Livestream and participate in the discussion via Twitter and YouTube.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017
7 pm Welcome speech by Peter Weibel, Chairman and CEO, ZKM 7:45 pm Exhibition opening »Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds« 8:30 pm Welcome reception at ZKM_music balcony Friday, October 20, 2017 9:30 am Registration of participants and welcome coffee
- Chairman and CEO, ZKM, Peter Weibel
- Head of the Culture, Nature and Heritage Department
of the Council of Europe, Eladio Fernandez-Galiano
- Chair of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and
Landscape, Kimmo Aulake
Keynote speaker: Peter Sloterdijk
11 am Discussion of keynote with participants
Different cultural digital tools used to fight populism,
fake news, xenophobia and ideological political movements
1 pm Buffet-Lunch at conference site 2 pm
Keynote speaker: Hito Steyerl
2:30 pm Discussion of keynote with participants 2:45 pm
The power of European cultural, arts and scientific networks vis-à-vis
undemocratic political or ideological movements
4:30 pm Coffee break
Concluding discussion and outlook on next steps
with Kimmo Aulake, Hannes Grassegger, Anett Holzheid, Kathrin Merkle, Nathalie Thèberge and Peter Weibel
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