B3 Cultural Kiosk - 7/2020


J.K. Rowling free of charge

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has announced that her new book "The Ickabog" will be published for free on the Internet. One or more chapters will be available on a special website every weekday until July 10th. The complete story will then be published in book form in November, including an e-book edition. Rowling stressed that the book is a fairy tale in its own right and has nothing to do with the Harry Potter series. She also announced that the royalties from the book project would be donated to relief efforts around Covid-19.

When will Apple's AR-Glasses be available?

Apple's AR-Glasses have been a source of speculation for years. Again and again, rumors about price and release date have been circulating in the tech world. Now star analyst and Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo has published new information about Apple's upcoming product highlight. According to this, the operating system is supposed to be named „rOS". What the glasses themselves will be called is yet unknown. According to Kuo, the glasses will be introduced in 2020, but the market launch is not expected to take place before 2021.

Smart contact lens

The US start-up Mojo Vision is currently developing the first smart AR contact lens. Instead of bulky glasses, the aim is to provide the wearer with information and images in Augmented Reality via a built-in display on the eye. Mojo Vision wants to sell the smart contact lens to companies and consumers one day, but the first fully developed products are to be marketed as medical devices to the visually impaired. Sales start is planned for 2023.

TikTok goes AR

The social media platform TikTok is developing a new marketing tool with Augmented-Reality-Ads. Through the TikTok AR ads, potential customers can use branded filters to try out, for example, how furniture fits into their homes and where it should be placed. In addition, cars and many other products can also be integrated into the filters, enabling dynamic interactions. The TikTok app is spreading rapidly and is particularly popular with teenagers and young adults. By the end of 2019, more than one billion users were using TikTok every month, and in May 2020 the app was downloaded to more than 2 billion smartphones.


HessenFilm supports festivals

17 film festivals and eight cinemas are receiving a total of over 460,000 euros in the current round of the state of Hesse's film funding. This was decided by the jury of HessenFilm und Medien GmbH, acting for the first time under the chairmanship of new managing director Anna Schoeppe. The Talent Pact funding of 150,000 will go to production company U5. Says Minister of Arts and Culture, Angela Dorn: "We want to give the film, cinema and festival industry as much planning security as possible in these difficult times".

Italy supports games industry

The Italian government is supporting the Italian video games industry, which has been affected by the Corona pandemic, with four million euros. The funding was initiated by IIDEA - Italian Interactive Digital Entertainment Association. However, the First Playable Fund, named after the association's B2B event, will initially be available only in 2020 and will be revised next year. The grants will be used primarily to support the development of concepts and prototypes. Between 10,000 and 200,000 euros will be awarded per project.

Concept for the film industry

The umbrella organisation of the film industry e.V. (SPIO) has presented a general concept on how the German film industry can and should be assisted during its impending restart. In this context, the association points out that a relaunch of this industry would also generate particularly positive effects in other sectors of the economy. According to the association, the turnover multiple of the cinema industry is 2.4; that of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries is only 2.2 and 2.1, respectively. The fact that the film industry’s restart will trigger a particularly effective cascade of follow-up investments, which will also quickly get other industries going again, should therefore be considered in the investment programs announced by the federal and state governments.

HBO donates 1 million

Since this year’s Emmy Awards ceremony is likely to be postponed, US broadcaster HBO has decided to donate part of the budget earmarked for the in-house Emmy after-show party and "For Your Consideration" events. According to "Variety", the exact amount is one million dollars. The money will be donated to the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles.

Artists save Offenbach Club

The Covid 19 pandemic also threatens the survival of the famous Offenbach nightclub Robert Johnson which has been closed for months now. The club has announced an initiative called "See You Soon", selling multiples and editions by various artists in order to generate income. Over a period of several weeks, 32 well-known creative minds will contribute their works created especially for the campaign to save the club: 16 "Robert Johnson Multiples" will go on sale, 16 "Robert Johnson Editions" can be purchased through a crowdfunding campaign on Start Next. For 16 weeks, a new multiple will be released every Wednesday, and remain available for two weeks. For a donation of 35 euros or more to the crowdfunding campaign, 50 supporters can get a special "See You Soon" limited edition poster. According to the initiators, the profits will go entirely to the club.


Microsoft is looking for heroes

Microsoft’s "Minecraft: Education Edition" is a version of the open world classic developed exclusively for schools. With this special edition, students can easily learn how to code, among other things. In partnership with the educational initiative Code Your Live, Microsoft is launching the Minecraft: Block Heroes competition in the Minecraft: Education Edition. Participants are asked to implement creative ideas, such as how homeschooling can be optimized or what the perfect transport system should look like in times of Covid-19. Registrations are now possible. Deadline is June 14th at 23:59 pm, until then you can plan, build, program and document.

Virtual Art Fair

The art fair "UNTITLED, ART" in Miami presents its next edition completely in virtual reality. Forty participating galleries will show their exhibits around the clock. Visitors will be able to move digitally through the aisles of the fair and view the works as they would have been shown in the exhibitors' booths. For buyers, the exhibition organizers are launching the state-of-the-art e-commerce platform "Buy Now". According to their own advertising, this makes "UNTITLED, ART Online" the "first VR trade fair ever". It uses the very latest technology and hyper-precision to create a lively, realistic and unforgettable virtual art fair experience that has never been possible before.

ARD plans digital cultural offer in Middle Germany

The German public broadcasting network ARD will launch an additional digital cultural offer in Middle Germany. Under the leadership of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), concerts, exhibitions and other cultural experiences from the individual broadcasting areas of the ARD network are to be jointly presented online. MDR director-general Karola Wille, whose station developed the idea of the joint cultural sphere, refers to special cultural highlights of recent weeks: "Whether it's the virtual ARD book fair or the special St. John Passion from Leipzig's St. Thomas Church, which united classical music lovers worldwide despite their physical distance - culture creates a sense of community and belonging."

Movie tips

Eerily beautiful... On the occasion of May 26, World Dracula Day, we would like to look into some of the stories surrounding him. On May 26, 1897, Bram Stoker published his famous novel. The main character was possibly based on Romanian Prince Vlad III, who ruled in the 15th century and killed his enemies in bloody rituals. But above all, the book was based on eerily beautiful, Eastern European vampire tales. In fact, no other literary figure has been used more often as a blueprint for movie characters than Dracula. Let us think of Nosferatu (1922), of the great Bela Lugosi starring as Dracula (1931), of the film adaptations with Christopher Lee from the 1960s and 1970s, or of the visually spectacular version by Francis Ford Coppola from 1992.


Based on the play by the same name from 1927
Publication 1931
Location USA
Director Tod Browning
Cast Bela Lugosi
Available in Germany on Amazon

The story is transferred to the 1930s, when the film was made. Dark-eyed Bela Lugosi as a seductive vampire in a tuxedo becomes famous thanks to his starring role. The story deviates a great deal from the literary original; especially the ending was robbed of its original romanticism. Count Dracula from Transylvania wants to buy a plot of land in London and travels to London for this purpose. However, he is not a normal mortal, but rather a vampire and as such he needs fresh blood. He finds his supply in the London Upper Class Society, subjecting beautiful Mina to his powers. The famous Professor van Helsing is called to help and exposes the count as a vampire. In the end he drives a wooden stake into his heart and Mina is freed.

The Fearless Vampire Killers

Publication 1967
Location UK
Director Roman Polanski
Cast Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski
Available in Germany on Amazon

In deep, snowy winter, Professor Abronsius travels to the Southern Carpathians with his assistant Alfred von Königsberg to dedicate himself to the study of vampirism. They stay at an inn near a castle, where Alfred falls in love with the innkeeper`s beautiful daughter Sarah. She is kidnapped by the vampire Count von Krolock, who lives in the nearby castle. Abronsius and Alfred set out to rescue her and inspect the "nest of bloodsuckers" more closely. A truly crazy game of hide-and-seek begins, in which Abronsius and von Krolock have a lively conversation, the Count's homosexual son falls in love with Alfred and vampires hold a morbid ball... . This adaptation of the classic is wonderfully bizarre and at the same time eerie, but also light-hearted and yet profound. An absolute movie favorite!

Dracula and Son

Original title Dracula père et fils
Publication 1976
Location France
Director Edouard Molinaro
Cast Christopher Lee
Available in Germany on Amazon

For almost two decades, Christopher Lee was the embodiment of Dracula. From 1958 to 1973 he played the undead creature thirsting for blood seven times. The films were produced exclusively by the British Hammer Studios and hardly adhered to the literary model. Dracula and Son, however, was a French production and parodied the Dracula tale. The vampire begets a son with a mortal woman. The son later falls in love with a young girl who does not believe that he is a vampire. Through her love he becomes mortal (thanks to his mother's genes), which of course doesn't suit the father… "A parody staged with an elegantly light hand that knows how to satirize the topoi of horror movies in an amusing way". (Encyclopedia of International Film)

Another must-see:

Nosferatu – The Vampyre

A film adaptation by Werner Herzog from 1979. Klaus Kinski stars as a spherical melancholic vampire thirsting for the blood of beautiful Lucy, played by Isabelle Adjani. Based on the ingenious dark original starring Max Schreck from 1922, this film adaptation is nevertheless a work of art in itself.

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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