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We hope you and your loved ones are doing well. After unusual months for our partners and friends all over Europe, we are happy to be back with a special edition of our newsletter.

In this newsletter we look back on the 3rd smARTplaces conference, hosted by the Dortmunder U on the 5th of March 2020. You will find video's of the different tracks and performances, an interview with the organizers behind the conference, pictures and more. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!

All the best,

The smARTplaces team

A hotspot of the international cultural and creative scene

Around 120 cultural professionals from Germany and abroad came together at the third and last smARTplaces conference to exchange ideas, information and inspiration around human experiences with digital. Twenty speakers from ten countries provided insights into failures and successes in the field of ‘digitality and culture’ and discussed the experiences and perspectives from four years of smARTplaces. 
Read the recap on our website

Conference tracks

In four tracks our speakers shared their experiences with digital: experiments, audiences, collaboration, failures and successes. Follow the links to read the recap and view the recordings.
Track 1: Identity - How does digital help us understand who we are?
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Track 3: Access - Can digital enable new talent to thrive in our institutions?
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Track 2: Belonging - How can digital help us become more present in our cities?
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Track 4: Acceptance - Just how digital can we be?
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Spotlight on the smARTplaces partners

A special moment: the smARTplaces partners gathered on stage to reflect on their experiences of running this collaborative project over the past four years. They share their intentions in participating in this project, their experiences, struggles and successes. 
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Take a break

One of the things that set set the smARTplaces conference apart were the special performances by Caroline Lavelle and Dorothee King and Radek Rudnicki. Visit our conference playlist on YouTube and enjoy them (again) from the comfort of your own home.
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Reflecting on the idea of smARTplaces

The three initiators of the smARTplaces project got on stage to discuss the value of investing in collaborative experiments on an international level to boost local (digital) transformation processes within cultural institutions. What are the conditions necessary to kickstart and succeed in this process? And how do such complex projects navigate the politics of cultural funding and demands of all stakeholders?
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"As a European project, we had a responsibility to be a platform for diverse voices and experiences."

The 3rd smARTplaces conference was curated and organized by Abhay Adhikari and Jenni Müller, who kindly shared their experiences with us. Among other things we talked about their take-aways, challenges and how they managed to get such a diverse group of speakers on board. 
Read the full interview

A change of perspectives - impressions from the Immersive Storytelling workshop

Storytelling in a 360° environment offers different possibilities but also different difficulties than the usual look ahead in the 2D cinema. Participants of the conference workshop Immersive Storytelling, hosted by Harald Opel and his team from the storyLab kiU, explored different possibilities and became active parts of the final story themselves: a 360° film of participants reciting T.S Eliot's poem 'Little Gidding', which was made and put together in post production with existing images to form a full dome film.
Thank you for following along! Last but not least, visit the photo album on Facebook and don't forget to tag yourself and your friends! 
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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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