NEW LIFE BERLIN is curated from the participatory art community WOOLOO.ORG , and will take place in Berlin between 1st and 15th June 2008. In addition to the published program, the curators invite members of the online community to participate throughout the festival itself.
In this way, NEW LIFE BERLIN connects the resources of a global artists network with the physical geography of Berlin, as Europe's pre-eminent centre for cultural production.
By inviting participation (while still retaining curatorial control), NEW LIFE BERLIN will investigate the much discussed "online community" - How effective is this community? What binds this community? What governs it? In contrast to traditional art festivals and biennials, NEW LIFE BERLIN will not represent a set of cultural conclusions, but create a model for a fluid cultural landscape.
The NEW LIFE BERLIN festival program is structured along three themes:
Transnational Communities. What do 'community' and 'identity' mean today? Presenting projects from both artistic and sociological starting points, NEW LIFE BERLIN will use group participation to explore real-life cultural mobility.
Artistic Social Responsibility. What is the relationship between cultural practitioners and corporate entities in the new millennium? How does contemporary cultural production relate to the concept of 'Corporate Social Responsibility'?
Participation and Intervention. How do participatory arts practices affect the socio-cultural environments in which they take place? How and why can local audiences become involved in artists' projects, and what does their involvement mean in terms of civic engagement and social empowerment?
To apply for participation in the festival as an artist or writer, please go to www.wooloo.org/festival