Luminale 2018: Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design (Frankfurt, Germany)

In its ninth edition, the Luminale 2018 presents a completely renewed concept. As a biennial for light art and urban design, it lights up the streets, squares and houses of the city – in addition to this and beyond, topical questions of urban development also form the focus of its content. The Luminale sees urban design as a complex task for the future in the conflicting areas between economy and ecology, architecture and technology, science and politics. And it also brings together experts and citizens from different fields for debate and conversation.

The Luminale enlightens and illuminates – For the first time, the biennale’s extensive program will unfold in five categories, each with its own focal point: selected positions on theme-related light art inART; lectures and talks with renowned experts*in SOLUTIONS; projects by universities and other educational institutes in STUDY, as well as self-organized and initiated contributions from various fields in COMMUNITY. Finally, the BETTER CITY category is devoted to all projects that are permanently preserved in the city and thus contribute to the sustainability of the entire festival.

NODE17 Forum for Digital Arts 2017 (Frankfurt, Germany)

NODE17 is a week full of art, discourse and learning. It is a platform for exchange among artists, designers and technologists, thinkers, practitioners and curious people of all ages who like to think beyond their daily scope. NODE is a forum, a laboratory to explore, play and perform. Join us in Frankfurt and meet friends, learn things, enjoy performances and get your hands dirty!

NODE17 Designing Hope

Who shapes our hopes today? What are the means and goals that are used to translate our fears and desires into images that incite feelings of hope? What role does the design of technological infrastructures play?

Between collective hopes for a better, peaceful life in the Global Village on the one hand, and feelings of disempowerment in the face of a more complex digitized environment on the other, NODE17: Designing Hope sets out to discuss the responsibility and potential of technology and design practices.

Haute Couture and Tech: The New Age of Fashion (Frankfurt, Germany)

THE ARTS+ Runway: Anina, tech-entrepreneur and co-founder of 360Fashion Network, shows how fashion and technology go together. What if fashion designers didn’t need to know how to code to create smart garments and accessories? Attention: takes place at THE ARTS+ Runway.

New synergies between these two branches are more often created. In this session Anina shows how the two, often considered to be too uneven, are set up to design the future and create innovations.

Whether in forms of a Robotic Dress, laser dresses, LED bags and gloves, solar powered bags, 3D printed prosthetics, redesign of robots or maker kits, 360 Fashion Network is a pioneer in the fashiontech market and has many examples and ideas what the future of fashion can look like.

The Arts+ Conference 2016 (Frankfurt, Germany)

THE ARTS+ Conference takes place in hall 4.1. at Frankfurt Book Fair.

THE ARTS+ Conference is the content-rich, dazzling kick-off event on 19 October (9.30 am–5.45 pm, followed by a get-together).

The topics are new business potentials for creative and cultural industries fuelled by the latest digital technologies, including 3D printing, artificial intelligence and augmented and virtual reality.

International artists, architects, museum curators and directors, copyright specialists, IP lawyers, industry experts and pioneers from tech start-ups and certification providers will discuss the scope for new businesses at the intersection of art and technology.

Main topics are:

// New value chains in creative production and distribution

// Impacts of certification and new payment technologies

// Intellectual property and cloud-based data storage

// Digital strategies for museums and other cultural institutions

// Artistic expression in the post-digital age

Media Architecture Summit 2016 Smart Media Architecture (Frankfurt, Germany)

Media Architecture Summit 2016 Smart Media Architecture – enabling sharing and open access for connected cities and neighborhoods.

The Media Architecture Summit 2016 features experts and their projects at the intersection of digital and physical space: media facades, screens, installations an other media that make our cities smarter and that support social interaction. The Media Architecture Summit 2016 brings together a mix of industry speakers with academics and experts presenting projects and discusses approaches for designing and building media architecture. The summit is part of the Luminale 2016, which runs in parallel to the Light+Building event taking place in Frankfurt in March 2016. This years Summit will offer a blend of a two day program including a conference at the German Architecture Museum and a two half day workshop sessions. A keynote by Moritz Behrens will wrap up the two-day event.

Luminale 2016 (Frankfurt, Germany)

Held every two years, this light art festival is part of Light+Building, the world’s largest trade fair for lighting and building services, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Light + Building goes City! In evenings, Luminale bridges the gap between the city and the exhibition centre. Up to 200 lighting events transform Frankfurt into an international metropolis of light.

NODE15 Forum for Digital Arts (Frankfurt, Germany)

From April 27th – May 3rd 2015 we are gathering creative coders and digital artists for the 4th edition of the biennial festival NODE Forum for Digital Arts. As a platform for the creative exploration of technologies, NODE15 is devoted to the negotiation of the body and its fusion with technology. NODE15 will present artistic, scientific and design perspectives on questions of embodiment in the digital sphere.

NODE15 is dedicated to the negotiation of the human body throughout current technological developments and how this is being expressed in our present projects; utopias; and fictions. We will reflect on processes of embodiment; the integral role of the body in perception and interaction; as location of implicit knowledge; and as a tool we constantly try to extend and optimize.

NODE15 | Wrapped in Code – the future of the informed body (Frankfurt, Germany)

We bring together practitioners, researchers, educators and artists from around the world who are engaged in disciplines such as Software Development, Media Arts, Generative Design & Data Visualisation, Graphics, Computational and Interaction Design.

With the leitmotif ‘Wrapped in Code – the future of the informed body’, NODE15 is devoted to the negotiation of the body and its fusion with technology.

Innovative technological concepts such as Ambient Intelligence, Wearables and The Internet of Things are no longer a futuristic vision. The human body is gradually becoming exposed to processes of evaluation and optimization. Consider the grandmother with a pacemaker a new cyborg. The range of such intimate human-machine relationships is mind-boggling. Our goal is to step back and ask ourselves: What direction are we as human beings heading? What impact will this have on society? How can we apply this knowledge in our art works?

You’ll be injected with ideas and knowledge on the creative use of software and hardware along with vvvv workshops where you can learn how to combine it all, for beginners and experts alike.

Hamster Hipster Handy. Under the Spellbound of the Mobile Phone (Frankfurt, Germany)

Many people can no longer imagine everyday life without a mobile phone, or “Handy”, as it is fondly called in the German-speaking world. Its functions meanwhile far exceed making and receiving phone calls: the “cell” is a camera, fashion accessory, computer, flashlight, video screen and much more. As complex as it is contradictory, it forms the core of a whole universe of objects. It shapes our communication, influences our consumer behaviour, reveals our preferences, and brings in its wake entire complexes of things that wouldn’t exist without the mobile telephone. Citing examples from the worlds of design and the media, film and contemporary art, the exhibition will focus on these aspects and show the cell phone as an object that – convenient and harmful, bonding and polarizing – contributes to shaping our cultural self-conception.