Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion: “Inno­va­tion and Cre­ativ­i­ty in the Dig­i­tal Age”

Dig­i­tal­iza­tion is leav­ing no aspect of life untouched – least of all the cre­ative scene. Inno­v­a­tive ideas are spring­ing up like mush­rooms. Remix­es have been given a pow­er­ful boost – and a real meme cul­ture has grown up. That rais­es excit­ing ques­tions, which we want­ed to dis­cuss togeth­er with the Goethe Insti­tute Bei­jing and invit­ed speak­ers.

For that rea­son, the sec­ond of a total of four dis­cus­sion events with­in the “Per­spec­tives on the Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion” series took place on 12 March 2016, in Beijing’s 798 cul­tur­al dis­trict. This time it dealt with “Inno­va­tion and Cre­ativ­i­ty in the Dig­i­tal Era”. It looked at the influ­ence of inno­va­tion on our daily lives and how the cul­tur­al scene is prof­it­ing from the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.


14:00 – Wel­com­ing Remarks
Dr. Clemens Treter, direc­tor of the Goethe Insti­tute Bei­jing
Philipp Otto, founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor of the iRights.Lab and founder of iRights.Media

14.15 – Keynote: “Prac­ti­cal Cre­ativ­i­ty and Remix — Intro­duc­tion to “Remix Cul­ture” From an Artis­tic and Cul­tur­al Per­spec­tive”
Eduar­do Navas, artist, cura­tor, writer on the “remix the­o­ry”, chair at the the School of Visu­al Arts at the Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty

14.40 – Keynote: “Dig­i­tal Cre­ativ­i­ty and Social Inno­va­tion”
Dr. Till Kreutzer, lawyer, pub­li­cist, co-founder of iRights.info, of-coun­sel to the iRights.Lab and part­ner of the law firm iRights.Law, mem­ber of the Ger­man UNESCO-Com­mis­sion

15.05 – Keynote: “Cre­ativ­i­ty in China in the Dig­i­tal Age — from Shanzhai to Maker”
Hu Yong, pro­fes­sor at the Insti­tute for Jour­nal­ism and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Bei­jing Uni­ver­si­ty, media crit­ic and inter­net pio­neer

15.30 – Break

15.50 – Dig­i­tal Cre­ative Shots
Fei Jun, artist, design­er, edu­ca­tor, extra­or­di­nary pro­fes­sor at CAFA Media Lab, co-founder and artis­tic direc­tor of “Mou­ji­ti Inter­ac­tive”, founder of “Inter­ac­tive Bei­jing”

Li Ting, entre­pre­neur, con­tent pro­duc­er, founder of the mixed media plat­form for inter­net tech­nol­o­gy “Offline”

Zhang Jinglin, founder of “Tong­ban” WeChat chan­nel for children’s books and long-time observ­er of social media devel­op­ments in China

16.30 – Keynote: “Dig­i­tal Inno­va­tion in the Cul­tur­al Sec­tor in Korea/​Asia”
Jong­soo (Jay) Yoon, direc­tor of Cre­ative Com­mons Korea

16.50 – Panel Dis­cus­sion: “How Are Dig­i­tal Inno­va­tions and Cre­ativ­i­ty Chang­ing Every­day Life and Soci­ety?”
With Eduar­do Navas, Dr. Till Kreutzer, Hu Yong, Jong­soo Yoon and the audi­ence

18.00 – Clos­ing Remarks

18.05 – Social

19.00 – Audio-Visu­al Per­for­mance in Col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bwave
Artists: Hong Qile, Shengjie and Gan Jian

The event was a part of the dis­cus­sion series “Per­spec­tives on the Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion”, set up by the Goethe Insti­tute China and curat­ed by Philipp Otto, Founder and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the iRights.Lab. The series looked at dif­fer­ences and sim­i­lar­i­ties in the approach­es to dig­i­tal­iza­tion taken in China, Europe and the USA. The goal was not only to dis­cov­er new infor­ma­tion, but also to cre­ate mutu­al under­stand­ing regard­ing the dif­fer­ent devel­op­ments, and to inten­si­fy the process of exchange.

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