Quo vadis ars?

The situation in the cultural sector has been described and discussed in numerous interviews, corona diaries, comments and reports in the past few weeks. Our annotated collection of currently 193 sources gathers voices from different sectors and media. This creates a picture of the cultural landscape in crisis, whose temporal transformation can be explored interactively via a dedicated tag cloud.


Musik gegen die Stille
Music against silence

by Jens Lehmann (13 Mar 2020)
Original source: rbb24

All concerts are cancelled, but the orchestras want to play and consequently relocate their concerts to the net. The helplessness of the organisers can be seen on these online presentations, however, and Simon Rattle sums it up at the concert of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: At a time when people have to keep their distance, you want to give comfort with music. Nevertheless, the excellent range of concerts on offer should not hide the fact that musicians and ensembles find themselves in a situation that threatens their very existence.

tag Neue Musik Geisterkonzert Simon Rattle Berliner Philharmoniker
Music Kommentar

Kreatives Kulturleben in Zeiten von Corona
Creative cultural live in times of Corona

by Torsten Landsberg, Sertan Sanderson (12 Mar 2020)
Original source: Deutsche Welle

With the beginning of the corona crisis, concerts were canceled worldwide and cultural institutions had to close. This does not prevent orchestras and ensembles from playing. Streaming live from concert halls and living rooms worldwide. That doesn't just apply to classical music. For example, the Italian singer Gianna Nannini surprised her fans with a house concert as a measure against corona loneliness.
The situation is unique. Even Geoffry Wharton, who has worked as concertmaster with the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne for 30 years, cannot remember a co mparable wave of concert cancellations. In this situation, he is particularly worried about his freelance colleagues, who cannot survive such a wave of cancellations economically for long.

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tag Konzerte Onlineangebote
Music Bericht

Virus-Lektüre . »Meine Geschichte wird Wirklichkeit«
Virus reading . »My story becomes reality«

by Klaus-Peter Wolf, Maja Ellmenreich (06 Mar 2020)
Original source: Deutschlandfunk

On a reading tour in Switzerland, author Klaus-Peter Wolf fell ill with swine flu in 2009. Helplessly confronted with his own fears, he had to decide in a foreign country how he should act now. This experience occupied him so much that he wrote  »Todesbrut«, a thriller about a pandemic. In the spring of 2020 it seems uncanny how close fiction comes to reality. Here, Klaus-Peter Wolf points out that, with a little research, the course of a pandemic could be predicted very well: the failure of the authorities as well as the panic reactions of the populatio n.

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tag Thriller Pandemie-Roman Recherche Klaus-Peter Wolf
Literature/ Text Interview

'The death of theater' . Tokyo Met Theater director’s stand against coronavirus closures

by Ben K. (05 Mar 2020)
Original source: Japan Today

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's address to the Japanese people on 27 February 2020 is not only met with acceptance in Japan, which is keen to strike a balance. There are also protests against his request to organisers of sports and cultural events to postpone or cancel events in the following two weeks. Hideki Noda, playwright, director, actor and artistic director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, doubts the recommended closures. His statement, which he published on the website NODAMAP, caused heated discussions on the net. Noda emphasises that theatre, unlike sporting events, can only be realised with an audience. His great fear is that it will be difficult to reopen theatres.For him, a closure always carries the danger of the »death of the theatre«.

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tag Japan Theater Hideki Noda Schließung Tod des Theaters
Performing Arts/ Cinema Bericht



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Facing arts is a projet by STORM.

STORM is an acronym playing with the initials by Miriam Seidler & Tim Otto Roth, who are hit both by the Corona crisis. Dr. Miriam Seidler is a scholar in German literature and currently works as specialist in public relations. Dr. Tim Otto Roth is a scholar in art and science history and works as a conceptual artist and composer. He is known for his huge projects in public space, cooperations with leading scientific institutions and his immersive sound and light installations. Miriam and Tim collaborate regularly for years. With facing arts they reaslize their first common art project.
You find more informatin on both initiators on www.miriamseidler.de and www.imachination.net.

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