INTO WORLDS. The Craft of Blurring Boundaries

Day 1

David OReilly, “Everything” (Screenshot)

David OReilly, “Everything” (Screenshot)

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The conference “INTO WORLDS” will explore three different areas of the immersive arts: physical techniques and crafts, spectacular entertainment formats, ranging from vertiginous funfair attractions to virtual reality, and spiritual mental practices between religious contemplation and meditative self-optimisation. Immersion is revealed to be an ambivalent movement. One the one hand, it stands for obliviousness of self or of the media, for spiritual exercise or ecstasy, but on the other, it gives cause for repudiation and critical reflection: Who creates these various worlds that we participate in daily? How are they created? And to what purpose? Which roles do we get caught up in and how do we contribute to forming these worlds? More information

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Thomas Krüger (President of the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb)

10.000 h
Introduction by Andreas Wolfsteiner (theatre and model theoretician, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
In German with simultaneous translation into English

Keynote by Richard Sennett (New York University and London School of Economics)
followed by a discussion with Thomas Oberender
In English with simultaneous translation into German

Opening of the exhibition rooms

16 Hz
Organ concert performance by Adrian Gutzelnig

Short guided sensory activation followed by extended music session
Occasion by Isabel Lewis

21:00 to 23:00
Virtual Reality Experience by Björk
Sound installation with works by Frank Bretschneider, Julius Holtz, jayrope, Sven König, Richard Scott
Video art by Basel Abbas & Raunen Abou-Rahme, Trisha Baga, Jon Rafman and Jeremy Shaw from the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, Dusseldorf/Berlin