The European Platform. The Next Renaissance from the EIT Culture & Creativity

24.-26. March | ZKM


“The world stands at the cusp of a rare opportunity to shift our systems and way of thinking, planning and acting dramatically as a mood is emerging that transformation is possible"

The solutions are in the air and renewal can be in the making. Perhaps a rebirth – a Renaissance. Yet that emerging Next Renaissance cannot be grasped by a business as usual approach.

Our challenge is clear – shifting our economic order and way of life that is materially expansive, socially divisive and environmentally hostile as well as our increasingly polarized political climate.

Crises always provide a gateway from one world to the next and this is what our Next Renaissance platform seeks to encourage and support. Our focus is especially on the role of the cultural and creative sectors cultural and creative sector together with the sciences & research, as we believe they are a catalytic driver to both imagine possible futures as well as to help make them happen.” Charles Landry, February 2023.


EIT Culture & Creativity
ZKM | Karlsruhe


Support of the EIT Culture & Creativity and the Ministry of Science.
Research and the Arts BADEN-WÛTTERMBERG (MWK)


+ 49 151 240 300 16

Assistance project management:
+49 160 904 24 302

EIT Culture & Creativity CCO
Patricia Castillo

The ZKM full program will be available on the ZKM website in the coming days


friday 24.03.2023:

16.00 - 16.30

Bernd Fesel - Symposium EIT Culture & Creativity. Media Theater

16.30 - 16.45

Nicolas Ehler - Goethe Paris The Next Renaissance 2024. Media Theater

16.45 - 18:15

Bernd Fesel, Michael Resch, Alexander Mankowsky, Daria Tataj, John Palmesino, Francesca Bria. - Symposium The Next Renaissance. Media Theater


Peter Weibel - Vernissage Renaissance 3.0

saturday 25.03.2023

10.00 - 18.00

La Fura dels Baus Fundación Èpica - Workshop KUBUS.

10.30 - 12.30

EIT CCI Team. Breakfast,
Platform EIT CCI The Next Renaissance. Lecture hall.

11.45 - 12.15

Charles Landry - Visual story focusing on reassessing the deeper value and values embodied in the cultural and creative sectors. Lecture hall

21:00 - 23:00

Fundación Èpica La Fura dels Baus - “The Tempest at home” based on William Shakespeare’s script. KUBUS.

Fundación Épica La Fura dels Baus.
Interactive presentation
& The Tempest at Home

Part 1. Interactive presentation

The event will be organised in two parts, the first part will serve as a conceptual framework for the second part.

The management team of the Foundation will make a brief presentation of the path and trajectory of La Fura dels Baus, the renowned international theatre company known for its capacity for innovation, adaptation, rhythm, evolution and transgression. Throughout their prolific professional career, they have helped to redefine the performative space by moving its performances to non-conventional ones – and, therefore, changing the public role from passive to active, which has ultimately meant the final breaking of the “fourth wall”. The incessant curiosity and the need to explore new artistic trends have helped them to develop a unique language, style and aesthetic, through a process of collective creation. Throughout 40 years La Fura dels Baus has developed a method that goes beyond individualities and it is articulated around collective work and the amalgamation of talent. Its willingness to transfer this methodology and language led the company to create Fundación Épica La Fura dels Baus, a R+D+I laboratory aiming for the horizontal collaboration between Humanities, Science and Technology.

During the conference it will be reviewed the trajectory of the Fura dels Baus until Épica was born in 2017. The evolution and complexity of the path followed during the first five years of the Foundation will be explained by bringing hands-on scientific neuroscience and cognition experiments live at ZKM. Through them the audience will experience in first person some of the processes carried out within Epica’s projects that have allowed the participating scientists to extract data for their research.

The presentation will be fully interactive, and the audience will participate actively in it by using Kalliope, the new transmedia storytelling tool developed by Epica that will enable a second layer of interaction with the audience. Kalliope will also introduce Part 2. Tempest at Home in which it will be a main character.

Part 2. “The Tempest at home”
based on William Shakespeare’s script.

“The Tempest at home: live interaction” is a hybrid event that combines broadcasted content and live digital interaction. On the one hand, it will be broadcasted the masterpiece “La Tempestad en Casa” co-produced with the Festival Internacional Cervantino for its 48 edition. On the other hand, integrating live digital content redesigned for the ZKM event through Kalliope app.

During the event, Kalliope will act as a second narrative, able to interact live with the whole audience, promoting audience active participation through their smartphones with the broadcasted content, object and the other attendees.

The audience will receive information, content and instructions in their smartphone to create group dynamics, live rituals, and game strategies, among others

Art and science have never been closer than now in the digital age.​

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