Date & Time
Wednesday, June 30 | 16:30-17:50 CEST, 10:30-11:50 EDT, 00:30-01:50 AEST
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In recent years, cinematic experiences have become increasingly interactive, playful and immersive. The rise of new cultural forms including large scale media art, virtual reality, augmented reality, interactive installations and more can be used to expand the cinema experience both within the cinema space and beyond. Urban media art often aims to create a cinematic experience outside of the walls of the theatre where buildings and cities themselves can become a canvas.
There is a potential for rural arthouse cinemas to utilize these new forms to not only expand the cinema experience but also to redefine themselves as local cultural hubs. New forms of visual media culture have the ability to connect, engage and entertain audiences in new ways. By doing so, cinemas can play a role in building up trust and meaningful social relations within communities, and even become a site for political debate. Cinemas have the potential to connect audiences beyond social, cultural and generational differences around politics, world events and community developments, to name just a few.
In particular, rural cinemas are looking for new ways to engage their rapidly disappearing audiences (due to online streaming services such as Netflix). As well as that, more and more young people are moving out of their communities and into big cities. There is an opportunity here to transform cinemas through the use of interactive technologies.
In this panel, we will engage various different partners and interested parties, such as educational institutes and European cinemas, in a lively discussion on new emerging interactive forms of visual culture on and around the big screen, the role of cinema’s as creative hubs and curators of (interactive) visual culture, and new modes of organising civic interaction of local audiences.
More information & Contact
CONNECTING CINEMAS SYMPOSIUM is curated by Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Public Art Lab in the framework of CONNECTING CINEMAS FOR RURAL AREAS which is co-funded as a pilot project by the Europe MEDIA program and initiated by Neue Kammerspiele und Public Art Lab in cooperation with the cinema partners Fortress of Culture Sibenik | Croatia, Cinema Amza Pellea | Romania, Cinema Star | Greece – in cooperation with the action research labs M2C Bremen |Germany, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences | Netherlands und KEA European Affairs | Belgium.
Anna is a curator, podcaster and researcher interested in the convergence of audiovisual arts and digital technology, working at THE CATALYSTS, a Berlin-based boutique agency for innovative and creative players working at the intersection of Digital Technologies and Film, Immersive Media, Design, Music and Sound.
Clémentine is responsible for KEA’s communications and has been managing communication and dissemination activities of EU-funded projects from elaborating strategies to actual implementation and coordination
Since 2012 Valeska has been working at Neue Kammerspiele as head of cinema programming and public relations. She is currently working on the EU-funded Project Connecting Cinemas to strengthen International cinema networks in rural regions
Mihai is from the Amza Pellea Cinema, Rasnov, Romania. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Romanian Ecotourism Association and participates as an expert in conferences organized by the UNESCO Regional Office in Venice
Martin Koplin is founding Director of the M2C Institute for Applied Media Technology and Culture at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Germany
Curator, Cultural entrepreneuer, lecturer, artistic director and co-founder of Public Art Lab
Martijn de Waal
Professor at the research group of Civic Interaction Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences