Under the motto “Wunderbar together”, from 6 May, Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19 is showcasing its projects in Berlin at the internationally renowned digital festival of the Berlin-based creative company re:publica.
“re:publica is the forum for digital issues in Germany. Together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, we support its international activities. Whether it be digital media, design or other sectors of the creative economy – innovation and international ties go hand in hand; more than ever, we need free and creative makers for an open and innovative society,” says Andreas Görgen, Director-General for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office, who is attending the conference.
A series of Sequencer Tour events are among the highlights of Deutschlandjahr USA at re:publica19. Together with the Reeperbahn Festival and Hamburg-based next media accelerator, re:publica is organising a digital roadshow that includes stops in Los Angeles, Austin, New York, Detroit and Portland. Now, at the festival in Berlin, Sequencer Tour is showcasing some of its most well-known figures. These include the Detroit-based artist Tiff Massey, the Canadian blogger Cory Doctorow and the American tech ethnographer Alex Rosenblat. Another highlight at re:publica19, which runs through 8 May, is the German premiere of Our City 2049, a virtual reality project of Hesse Broadcasting Corporation and Fraunhofer IAO. Projects of other prominent “Wunderbar together” partners will also be presented, such as the Hexadome immersive audio project of the Institute for Sound and Music Berlin, the Anthropocene research project of Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Virtual Bauhaus project, and The Big Pond podcast of Goethe-Institut.
Deutschlandjahr USA, which is being promoted by the Federal Foreign Office, realised by the Goethe-Institut and supported by the Federation of German Industries, is the largest of its kind to date. It was opened on 3 October by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Washington, DC. More than 1000 events with over 250 partners around the country are planned for 2019.