The third and final smARTplaces conference is getting closer. In less than a month we will meet at the Dortmunder U, in the heart of the German Ruhr area. What sets this conference apart from other conferences? Our conference curator Abhay Adhikari will answer this and other questions in a short Q&A below. Also watch the after movie of the previous smARTplaces congress CONECTA at Etopia Center for Art & Technology (Zaragoza, Spain). And don't forget to book your ticket!
Hi Abhay! Are you excited for the conference?
Our conference brings together over 20 speakers and facilitators who've worked in 10 countries. I'm really excited to have this group of global pioneers share their stories. As our programme comes to a close, we're not just looking within, but reaching out to other cultural professionals who've had similar experiences. So, I'm excited about the conversations our smARTplaces colleagues who chair the 4 conference tracks, will have with the speakers on stage.
What sets this conference apart from other conferences?
We're bringing together a wide range of professionals - museums, publishing, theatre, the circus and broadcasting, to name a few. There's a lot we share and there's a lot we can learn from each other. I feel there is something for everyone at our event. People working at different scales - from the hyper local to national. And so many different cultural contexts.
Last but not least, any tips for attendees?
Be curious. Be open-minded. Although we have a jam packed schedule, you don't have to take it all in. Just go with the flow. And we've planned a little surprise for you to help you relax.
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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.