Digital Labs

Academies in the Digital Fund

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Project description

How can cultural institutions react to and take advantage of diverse technological innovations? What forms of artistic production, education and communication could they help advance? What methods and steps could be taken to achieve digital transformation? The Digital Fund (in the Digital Culture (external link, opens in a new window) programme) helps cultural institutions implement pioneering digital projects and experiment with digital aesthetics and formats. The German Federal Cultural Foundation is organising several academies – Digital Labs – to accompany and promote dialogue between the funded institutions.

Digital Lab #2

In view of shifting attitudes on artistic production and authorship, communication and reception, one thing has become very clear: “co-creation” – whether as a method, format, artistic strategy or experiment – is now a multifaceted, highly topical issue as important to cultural institutions and their visitors as it is to artists and artists’ collectives worldwide. Many of our funding recipients in the Digital Fund are also exploring the benefits of co-creation and collaboration in teams, focus groups, artistic participation and education. The Digital Lab #2 on 14-15 June 2021 will therefore address the theme of Co-Creation in Digital Projects.

We are delighted to have ruangrupa, the artistic team of the documenta 15, kick off our second academy with an impulse talk on collaboration and co-creation, demonstrating that they are “literally only a few clicks away”. This will be followed by a two-day event featuring international experts, game designers, curators, theatre producers and artists who will discuss approaches to and examples of co-creation. The Digital Lab promises a wealth of new ideas in the form of Lightning Talks, discussion forums and workshops.

View the programme (PDF, 455 KB) (opens in a new window)

Some of the talks will be live-streamed and posted on our YouTube channel (external link, opens in a new window). We cordially invite all who are interested to join us!

All the talks and discussions (except for the final round) will be conducted in English. We will upload the Lightning Talks with German subtitles for later viewing.

Digital Lab #1

The first academy from 30 November to 2 December 2020 featured introductions to and presentations by the 15 joint projects funded by the Digital Fund. With lectures and a workshop on organisational development and digital leadership, the Digital Lab #1 (PDF, 521 KB) generated important impulses for developing collaborative working methods and implementing an open strategy. Selected presentations from the Digital Lab #1 will be posted here shortly.

Digital Culture programme

The Digital Fund – a key instrument in the Digital Culture programme – promotes digital transformation in cultural institutions. With the Digital Culture programme, the Federal Cultural Foundation aims to empower cultural organisations to address the today’s digital opportunities and challenges and shape them for the benefit of society.


Julia Mai

Digital CultureKulturstiftung des BundesFranckeplatz 206110 Halle (Saale)
Tel: 49 (0)345 2997 119Fax: 49 (0)345 2997 333E-Mail to Julia Mai