B3 Cultural Kiosk - 3/2020


German Games Software Market Grows by 10.5 Percent

"The German games market has developed surprisingly well in 2019", concludes Felix Falk, Managing Director of game (Association of the German Games Industry) upon presenting the market data for 2019. In total, the association generated industry sales of 6.2 billion euros. That is six percent more than in 2018. However, this figure includes hardware sales of 2.35 billion euros. Without the hardware segment, the sector generated a sales volume of 3.88 billion euros. This corresponds to an increase of 10.5 percent compared to the previous year.

re:publica in Digital Exile

Germany's most important event dedicated to the digital society, re:publica, is taking place in digital exile this year. A free one-day online conference on the new media platform re-publica.tv will be held on May 7, focussing on urgently needed social discourses and thus reflecting our current global situation, which is redefining the meaning of social interaction.

Städel In Search of van Gogh

Where is the "Portrait of Dr. Gachet"? Since it was auctioned for $82.5 million in 1990, the last portrait painted by Vincent van Gogh has disappeared from public view. In his five-part podcast series "Finding van Gogh", author Johannes Nichelmann embarks on a search of the masterpiece and its turbulent history for the Städel Museum Frankfurt. Step by step, listeners can follow the laboriously produced investigation, learning a lot about the art world through conversations with contemporary witnesses and experts. The production has been nominated for a Grimme Online Award.

Free eLearning courses

The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) has greatly expanded its programme of free online courses on digitization topics. In order to meet the highly increased demand for training and continuing education during the coronavirus pandemic, the HPI gives users the opportunity to take eight additional free courses and to earn a certificate. The study material can be found on the learning platform openHPI, with has made the institute a European pioneer in the field of flexible digital learning since 2012.

Hessen Design Competition Selects Prize Winners

Promoting emerging talents since 2016, the regional HDC competition, which has become a fixture in the Hessian design industry, was held for the 5th time. Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, 35 emerging talents from five universities and vocational colleges submitted 28 creative design sketches in the four categories Living, Mobility, Outdoor and Kids. Of the 12 nominated projects, four prize winners were chosen.


Help for Saxonian Artists

Saxon artists can now apply for grants of 2,000 Euros from the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. The programme called ″Denkzeit″ (thinking time) seeks to encourage artists to keep up their work in times of lockdown and cancelled events and to develop individual approaches for dealing with the Corona crisis. Two million euros were approved for the implementation of the programme. The fellowships are awarded as one-off grants for a period of two months. The programme is aimed at artists from the fields of performing and visual arts, music, literature and film. For more information go to http://www.kdfs.de/.

A Heartfelt Project: ″Artists Helping Artists″

″Artists Helping Artists″ (Künstler helfen Künstlern), an initiative launched by Gerd F. Schultze in late March 2020, started its work on May 1st with a major donation and aid campaign. Gerd F. Schultze is known to insiders as director and producer of the legendary WDR TV show ″Rockpalast″. His campaign looks to come up with new ideas and put them into practice. For example, club owners might get motivated to forego their rent or to donate it, or to sell tickets for living room concerts.

Donors Boost Frankfurt`s Emergency Fund for Culture

In late March, the Frankfurt Department of Culture set up a supplementary emergency fund for creative artists whose existence is threatened by the Corona pandemic and who "fall through the cracks in the measures taken by the federal and state governments". The emergency fund is currently experiencing additional growth thanks to donations from associations, foundations and private citizens. As a result of this financial support, the fund has increased by 110,000 Euros, bringing its total volume to 310,000. More information here.

Rhineland-Palatinate Puts Together Package of Measures for Culture

As part of a six-point programme, the state government wants to support the cultural landscape of Rhineland-Palatinate with 15.5 million euros. The programme is intended to provide new impulses for cultural activities that find their audience even in times of social contact restrictions. A main object are artist grants: artists and ensembles can receive a one-time stipend of 2,000 euros to launch new artistic works. 7.5 million euros are reserved for these stipends. Cultural institutions and associations will also receive financial support in the amount of 4.5 or 2 million euros respectively to secure their existence and continue their work. An investment programme of one million euros is to expand the digital infrastructure and work with new media in the cultural realm. Finally, 500,000 euros remain to support art house cinemas.


Multiple Film Festivals Announce «We Are One» Global Film Festival

Some 20 international film festivals, including the Berlinale, are hosting a free online film festival in collaboration with Youtube. "We Are One: A Global Film Festival" will take place from May 29 to June 7, presenting feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy and discussions online. During the festival, viewers can donate directly to local aid agencies. Proceeds of the festival as a whole are going to the World Health Organization (WHO). Among others, the festivals of Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Locarno, Berlin, Sundance and Tokyo are taking part.

Discover VR Art Virtually

VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival 2020 is happening: From 4 June, 2020, visitors from Hamburg and worldwide are invited to experience curated Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality art in digital space, exchange ideas digitally and participate in a virtual festival with opening show, partner events and live program. The deadline for submitting 360° films that reflect artistically on the current situation is 8 May 2020. VRHAM! VIRTUAL is presented in partnership with the Museum of Other Realities (MOR) and Kaleidoscope, a global network for Virtual Reality creators. „With VRHAM! VIRTUAL our festival is going digital in 2020, while trying to convey as much festival feeling as possible”, says Ulrich Schrauth, Artistic Director of VRHAM!

Ghibli Makes Your Meeting Beautiful

Group chats and web conferences via Zoom have become the norm during Corona times. Japanese animation studio Ghibli now offers free original and colourful Zoom backgrounds for online meetings. The designs are from Ghibli’s anime films. You can find them on the studio’s website under the link "Studio Ghibli Web conference wallpaper".

Movie tips: Back to the Future…

Today, we’re looking towards the future - with the help of science fiction movies from the 1970s. During that decade, some of the most important science-fiction films of all time were made, such as Star Wars, West World, Clockwork Orange, Alien, or Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Logan’s Run

Publication 1976
Location USA
Genre Science-fiction, the film is based on the novel of the same name by William F. Nolan
Director Michael Anderson
Cast Michael York and Peter Ustinov
Available in Germany on Amazon Prime Video

A happy utopia? In the year 2274, computers and robots are doing all the work for humans. People live in cities beneath the ground, living naive and happy lives. But upon turning 30, they are “renewed“ in a ceremony, meaning they are killed hoping for an even better life... in the end, age and life is such appear to be the true miracle.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Publication 1978
Location USA
Genre Science-fiction, based on a novel of the same name by Jack Finney
Director Philip Kaufman
Cast Donald Sutherland
Available in Germany on Amazon Prime Video

This 1978 movie was already the second adaption of the novel by Jack Finney. Two more adaptions were to follow. The movie tells the story of a San Francisco health inspector and his assistant. They discover that more and more people are being replaced by alien duplicates while sleeping. Each is a perfect copy of the person replaced, only devoid of human emotion. A nightmarish dystopia.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Publication 1976
Location UK
Genre Science-fiction, based on the novel of the same name by Walter Tevis
Director Nicolas Roeg
Cast David Bowie
Available in Germany on Amazon Prime Video

The film tells the story of an extraterrestrial who crash lands on Earth in search of water for his planet which is suffering from a severe drought. David Bowie portrays this alien who calls himself Newton and whose cognitive and emotional skills are far superior to those of humans, as a sensitive man unable to cope with human civilization’s brutal recklessness, superficiality and fast pace. He does not age and will never return to his planet. A sensitively told, complex masterpiece.


Publication 1972
Location UdSSR
Genre Science-fiction, based on the novel of the same name by Polish author Stanislaw Lem
Director Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast Donatas Banionis
Available in Germany on Amazon Prime Video

Solaris is a milestone in the history of Russian-Soviet cinema. In his film adaption, director Andrei Tarkovsky adhered to the novel’s psychological and philosophical complexity. Psychologist Kris Kelvin is sent to a planet called Solaris to find out why the space station there is not making progress with his research. He finds chaos. One of the three scientists has killed himself, the others seem to be mentally unstable. Kelvin finds out that all scientists on the station are confronted with their incarnate memories of the past. Faced with infinity, man looks at himself. Tarkovsky raises questions, but many of them remain unanswered. See and think for yourself.

Also worth watching

Silent Running

Publication 1972
Location USA

A movie about climate change. Earth has become a barren, desolate planet. Plants are grown in space stations. But suddenly they are also to be destroyed to make room for other things...

The Andromeda

Publication 1971
Location USA

When a US satellite crashes near a small town in Utah, mankind faces the beginning of a dark age. An extraterrestrial virus infects humans and animals in no time, first bringing on madness, then death. A harsh criticism of US bio weapon labs.

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Production sixt-sense.de
Music markusmehr.de
Support staatstheater-augsburg.de/start

Humanity seen as a systemic combination and the individual taken as a single component in the system, principles, patterns and structures become effective like it can be found in a closed system. Displacements or movements within those mutually influence each other and evoke complex interactions within the construct on a material, informal, energetic and transcendental level.

Transformed to life in general - the human in particular - the individual existance is influencing the immediate surrounding starting with birth: Parents, siblings, future friends affect the development of life, the creation or the acquired knowledge influence on the environment. Considered and assessed from a broader viewpoint, respectively in times of global networking acts of certain individual actors have wordwide impact. An exclusion of singular individuals is not possible nor rational.

The dancers, choreographed by Ricardo Fernando, are an exemplary for the conciousness and the power of the interconnectedness (a net seems to interlink the abstract dancers) and on the other hand the perception of isolation, transported visually with a real image.
The movements seem as if the figures swam in space, as if they wished to experience their own limitations. There is a delayed reaction to each other and still they appear as a solid motion body.

Markus Mehr outlines the thematically poles with monophonic and monotone analog basses on one hand, and with stereophonic, digitally edited orchestral collages full of harmony on a further level. In the course of the piece, the singular one-dimensionality of the bass nestles to the orchestral sound bed through tonal adjustments and plunges into a whole full of grace.

Virtual guide to naturopathy


Digital and in3D: The virtual German Naturopathy Museum offers its visitors an insight into the diversity of naturopathy as well as historical backgrounds and historical developments of alternative medicine. Many thanks for the tip: Klaus Thon, 1st Chairman German Museum of Naturopathy e.V.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Die Puppe with live music by Uwe Oberg and Silvia Sauer

7:30 PM Die Puppe with live music by Uwe Oberg and Silvia Sauer Murnau Film Theatre in Wiesbaden