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Welcome to our biggest newsletter ever! This special edition is packed with content from the 2nd smARTplaces conference CONECTA, hosted by Etopia Center for Art and Technology: recordings of all keynotes and panel talks, a look behind the scenes with project leader Isabel Cébrian, English ánd Spanish podzines and much more... Enjoy the after movie and read on!

Over 130 cultural professionals, artists, programmers and mediators from Spain and Europe participated in the conference. Over the course of two days our speakers shared their experience on audience and mediation. All keynotes and panel talks are now live on the smARTplaces website.

Reaching out to young audiences

Watch the keynote by Sharna Jackson and the registration of the panel talk ‘What it is to be young: culture and participation with teenagers'.
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Thoughts on inclusion and accessibility 

As cultural centers are opening their doors, keynote speaker Marleen Hartjes and the panel ‘We are all the other’ share their experiences.
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Mediation 2.0

Discussing new forms of cultural mediation: keynote speaker François Lajuzan (Culture General Director, Toulouse Métropole et Ville de Toulouse).
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Audience engagement

Enjoy Alessandra Gariboldi’s keynote on placing audiences in the center of cultural institutions, and two panel talks on digital interaction and cultural participation.
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Working together in (European) projects

Hear more about collaborating in the smARTplaces project and watch keynotes by Augusto Paramio and Rainer Vollkommer.
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Reshaping cultural centers

How are museums and cultural centers changing? Looking at if from different perspectives are Cleo Schoeps, Abhay Adhikari and Fernando Pérez.
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What is it like to organise a big event like the conference? Local project manager Isabel Cébrian takes you behind the scenes in the recap interview.

“Our expectations were met by the reality – and sometimes the event was even better!” 
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As a prelude to the smARTplaces conference Etopia hosted the fifth edition of #TheWorkofArt. Moderated by Santiago Latorre, we were joined by Betisa Ojanguren, one of the co-directors of Centro Huarte: a space for artistic production, experimentation and research, inhabited by the artistic community.

At Centro Huarte production is not only understood as the creation of works, but also as the generation of knowledge, relationships, affections, etc. This makes Ojanguren the perfect guest in exploring the central question of the livestream: how does an art center connect its production with its audiences? Cultural institutions should consider the public as part of the artistic act and not as mere visitors; and ask themselves how to connect and interact with the public so that they can discover and be part of the creation processes.
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During the first day conference, our very own Jerome Turner spoke to the delegates, recording feedback, thoughts and ideas that arise as a result of the day’s talks and activities. The result is our first podzine – the format of a podcast, with the ‘do it yourself’ ethos of a fanzine.

The intention is to present a fun and innovative way to record the proceedings of a conference, whilst also demonstrating a novel way to meet audiences and gather their feedback. Turner is a lecturer at Birmingham City University’s Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. His research interests include hyperlocal online media, citizen media, and online culture. 
Listen to the podzines

Prior the the conference the Cultural Manifesto questionnaire was launched. Developed with support from our editorial board, we want to understand how we can start a conversation about digital activities in the cultural sector through real experiences not just hypothetical use cases. 

By responding to the questionnaire, you’re helping us start to define good practice that can be replicated by the others. We hope you will approach this questionnaire with a spirit of curiosity, openness and honesty – the same values that drive us to undertake this exercise.
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Save the date: the 3rd and final smARTplaces conference is hosted by the Dortmunder U in the spring of 2020. We look forward to seeing you there!

Opened in 2010, the Dortmunder U has since become an international representative cultural institution, a new landmark of the region and a symbol for contemporary culture in the digital age. Located in the former storage tower of the Union-brewery, various facilities make a contribution to the development of new formats in art and mediation. Dortmunder U and its partners have become a well-known entity on Germany’s cultural map regarding the inclusion of digital media and user generated content.

Upcoming smARTplaces activities

U R ART Family Sunday
Dortmunder U (Dortmund, Germany)

The Art of Skate
10.05.2019 - 30.06.2019
Dortmunder U (Dortmund, Germany)

7th Steering Group Meeting
03.06.2018 - 07.06.2018
Musée de Picardie (Amiens, France)

Birmingham City University (Birmingham, UK)

Dance and New Media Lab
Etopia Center for Art and Technology (Zaragoza, Spain)

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smARTplaces is a European audience development project delivered by 8 European cultural institutions and 2 research partners, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and aiming to revolutionise the way culture and art can be perceived and consumed using digital technology and new forms of cultural mediation.

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