FREIRAUM digital // Digital Agora

coming in 2022

Since 2020, the Ben J. Riepe team has been working on the idea of a “FREIRAUM digital” as a virtual counterpart to the analog FREIRAUM and was also supported by the IMPULSE Academy in its initial conceptual considerations. In may we announce that our new FREIRAUM website, after many months of concept work and implementation, went online. As of now, please find all FREIRAUM-related information at www.freiraumdigital.com – not only concerning opening times and offerings, but also on the FREIRAUM working areas in the local community as well as on the international and digital levels as well as the connected projects. In addition to a new, more comprehensive website for the model project FREIRAUM, which is funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, a “Digital Agora” is to be created as the core content of the website in 2022. The Digital Agora will serve as a virtual meeting, working and exchange place that enables collaborations on a digital level. The “Digital Agora” project is also supported by the RECONNECT funding program at the federal level.

OPENING Digital Agora

The FREIRAUM Community goes online – The analogue FREIRAUM at its Engelbertstraße location receives digital augmentation!

On March 1st, 2023, the “Digital Agora” is going to open its virtual doors. With support granted by TANZPAKT RECONNECT, the “Digital Agora” offers an interactive, virtual platform for work, exhibition, and presentation. Embedded into a Gather.town workspace, individual conceptions, work drafts and (work in progress) projects may reach visibility here.

The idea of a “Digital Agora” as virtual space for collaboration and encounter emerged against the backdrop of the two great crises of our time – the pandemic as well as the climate crisis –, which both demand a permanent restructuring of our work processes, both presently as well as in the longer term. The Gather.town workspace allows artists and art-focused scientists to connect across local boundaries – during informal encounters, official as well as internal showings, and in artistic cooperation. Artist Hanna Noh was responsible for the visual and conceptual creation of the Gather.town workspace. Gather.town is an interactive virtual platform enabling exchange via proximity chat and video chat. It also enables the integration of various additional media such as video, sound, photography, and external websites.

Open Call

We transferred the FREIRAUM idea of interdisciplinary collaboration into virtual space and would like to invite you to present your art at our Gather.town workspace: We are looking for your projects, preliminary works, drafts, conceptional constructs, ideas, and pieces, to present them at the launch on March 1st, 2023. Analogous to our free, bookable studio spaces at FREIRAUM in Engelbertstraße 13, we now also would like to provide Gather.town as the infrastructure to test artistic processes in the digital realm, making this accessible to local and global professionals as well as to interested communities.

Starting now, we would like to invite artists of all genres to submit their works to be presented on the occasion of the “Digital Agora” opening. Please click here for the Open Call – Digitale Agora.

Supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, which is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative.