Hybrid Platforms

Hybrid Platforms develops concepts and ideas for new cultural formats and is co-organized and co-curated by Hybrid Space Lab and NRW KULTURsekretariat.

Online Workshop Hybrid Platforms
NRW KULTURsekretariat
14.00 – 16.30, 14 November 2020

@ Next Level Festival for Games
Kokskohlenbunker, Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany

The workshop Hybrid Platforms addresses these challenges from a transdisciplinary perspective and is organized and curated by NRW KULTURsekretariat and Hybrid Space Lab.

Although a most challenging time, the current COVID-19 crisis is an occasion to pause and rethink, developing sustainable practices, and new hybrid platforms.

As digitality radically redefines how people around the world communicate and connect, the exploration of what the future of cultural spaces holds requires considering physical spaces together with digital media networks, focusing on the hybrid qualities of spaces in the interaction and fusion of the physical and the digital. With increasing hybridity between both, new sce­narios are unfolding, as well as new ways of experiencing and participating in cultural and social life.

Cultural practices have since a long time become hybrid, with cultural programs taking place in physical locations heavily relying on virtual, nonlocal, distributed audiences in front of screens. Digital technology is not only reinforcing the ongoing process of merging of creative fields; digital acceleration is also supporting the transformation of cultural-artistic production in its interaction with the public.

In this critical situation, we have the chance to develop an innovative approach to support cultural collaborative interactions to actively shape these hybrid explorative spaces. Examining the relationship of physical spaces with digital and media networks enables us to explore the potential of hybrid space for encounter, exchange, and artistic research, and to develop new cultural formats.

The workshop addresses the challenges posed by these developments and investigates the future of cultural hybrid formats and spaces. Enabling the reconsidering of choices and priorities to explore new models and develop sustainable perspectives, the program there­fore focusses on the interrelated challenges of:

* Engaging formats
* Co-creating public
* Sustainable practices
* Collaborations

Tapping into the possibility of mutual enrichment, the brainstorming workshop Hybrid Platforms brings together a range of professionals from the cultural fields with game developers in the framework of Next Level – Festival for Games 2020. It can be the starting point of a transdisciplinary professional exchange and co-creation program, focusing on the development of con­cepts and ideas for new cultural formats.

Welcome and introduction

Dr. Christian Esch, Director NRW KULTURsekretariat, and Eva Lenhardt, International Visitors Programme, NRW KULTURsekretariat

Introduction and moderation

Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Prof. Frans Vogelaar, Hybrid Space Lab


Anja Bierwirth, Head of Research Unit Urban Transitions, Wuppertal Institute

Gesine Danckwart, Artistic Director Chez Company

Guy Dermosessian, Co-founder of Kalakuta Soul Records & the Why Not? Collective

Lisa Domin, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Executive Board Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival, Member of the transnational ensemble Labsa

Michael Eickhoff (tbc), dramaturgy, Academy for Theatre and Digitality, Theater Dortmund

Nicola L. Hein, Sound Artist, Scholar
Gregor Isenbort, Director, DASA Working World Exhibition, Dortmund

Gregor Isenbort, Director, DASA Working World Exhibition, Dortmund

Eric Kluitenberg, Theorist, Curator, Researcher, regular Lecturer at the ArtScience Interfaculty, University of the Arts, The Hague 

Brigitta Muntendorf, Composer

Fabian Raith, Media Artist

Roman Senkl, Hybrid Arts & Theatre Maker, Artistic Researcher | minuseins, Academy for Theatre and Digitality, Digitale Dramaturgie

Lucas van der Velden, Director Sonic Acts

Klaas Werner, office medienwerk.nrw/Anna Kpok