“Kultur einer Digitalstadt”
A place of encounter and platform for open, interdisciplinary discourse in Darmstadt – Kultur einer Digitalstadt is an interdisciplinary project aimed at cultural professionals and those interested in culture from Darmstadt, the surrounding region and beyond. The Atelierhaus Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1 (LEW1) in Darmstadt is the platform on which the artistic and cultural potential of Darmstadt are examined, presented, developed and networked, and which stand in the spatial and thematic context of Smart City Darmstadt. Through exhibitions, discussions and public events, residents of Darmstadt are regularly invited to take part in discussions on issues relating to the culture and digitalisation of their city (at the location as well as online).
The project, based in the Atelierhaus Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1 (LEW1), sees itself as a cultural center, hub and thought laboratory for interdisciplinary discussion as well as new forms of digital art, art education and culture in Darmstadt.
Digitalisation and technologisation have an impact on all areas of life. As an essential part of our society, culture is heavily affected But only if we regularly take a critical look at the changes and developments of a Smart City like Darmstadt and question the processes that are taking place do we have the chance to play an active role in shaping and participating in the culture of our city.
What does culture look like in a Smart City? What scientific and cultural potential is there for further development and networking in Darmstadt and the surrounding area? And how can we mutually benefit even better from our individual knowledge background?
Recurring formats of KeD are artist residencies that invite people to exchange ideas through exhibitions and open studios, so-called ‘Digital*Salons’ (interdisciplinary expert groups to discuss issues relating to the culture of a Smart City), readings and lectures as well as educational offers and workshops for children and adults.
Active participation in events, comments and statements of visitors and followers to the events and social media posts of KeD are not only desired, but the main concern and basis of the association. Contradictions, questions and ideas determine the output of the projects. The goal is not to convey pre-formed messages, information or results. On the contrary, the focus here is on open-ended experiments, the identification of blind spots in social and cultural developments, and analog and digital encounters with one another that are interested in one another. Corona has made it clear: In the physical, analog space, the questions of the culture of a digital city can still be discussed very productively. A discourse can thus be opened and conducted offline as well as online according to the individual formats.
Recurring formats of KeD are artist residencies, which invite exchange through exhibition and open studios, the Artist-in-Science-Residence in cooperation with hessian.AI, FAIR/GSI and ESOC, so-called “Digital*Salons” (interdisciplinary expert* rounds to discuss issues of the culture of a digital city), readings and lectures as well as educational offers and workshops for children and adults.
Kultur einer Digitalstadt e.V.
Kultur einer Digitalstadt is a project by the non-profit association Kultur einer Digitalstadt e.V (founded in 2018). Smart City Darmstadt supports the non-profit association Kultur einer Digitalstadt e.V. and its project Kultur einer Digitalstadt (KeD).
The Atelierhaus LEW 1, headquarters of KeD, is located in the Neue Künstlerkolonie Darmstadt not far from the city centre. Architecturally, as well as its proximity to the historical ‘artists’ colony’ at the Mathildenhöhe and its objectives, Kultur einer Digitalstadt has a special place within Science City.
Other sponsors of the “Culture of a Digital City” project and its formats include the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art, the City of Science Darmstadt, the Jubilee Foundation of the Sparkasse Darmstadt, the FRM Cultural Fund, and the Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation.
The digital channels of Kultur einer Digitalstadt
Public relations/content marketing/social media
What is the use of
- Discourse on the relevant and critical issues of a smart city as well as on the contradictoriness and diversity of digitalization in the city
- Sustainable and democratic development of the Digitalstadt
- Development of co-design models in the Digitalstadt
- Increase visibility and perception of the culture of a Digitalstadt Darmstadt
- Cultural events
Who benefits from it
- Art and culture professionals
- National and international interested parties and experts