re:connecting Europe 2017

Contributions #rpEurope17


From standing in the ring with a gladiator, to visiting the Auschwitz concentration camps – just by donning a pair of VR googles, you could walk through a whole range of virtual scenarios at re:publica. But what is permitted in virtual space, and what isn't? A review.


The web is everywhere – and we shape it. It’s culture, baby! The Arts & Culture track at #rp17 was all about digital art, cultural policies, net activism and education. The most prominent topic: virtual reality (VR) and all the things it makes possible. A look back. 


How do you actually navigate the darknet? And since when has the internet become a space for finished and predefined thoughts, instead of a platform for discussing? The “Politics & Society” track delivered all kinds of answers over the course of 150 sessions during re:publica 2017.


How can we sustainably make use of the oceans without endangering them? How can we protect the seas, coral reefs and their inhabitants? Researchers probed for answers to these questions in numerous talks within the framework of the sub:marine topic.


The future is smart and digital – everything will be connected to the internet. That includes our cities. The Mobility & City track featured artists, futurists, politicians and representatives from the industry discussing possible scenarios and e-mobility. Here’s a look back. 


Above all, the Love Out Loud track should be understood as an invitation to become active in the face of problems or negative developments – be it in software or society. A look back at what happened at the re:publica 2017.


Lights out, re:publica 2017 on. A look back at the re:publica track. 

re:publica 2017

Contributions #rp17


What challenges does the shift in media carry with it? For the fourth year in a row now, the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin took place in cooperation with re:publica and offered media makers a platform for exchanging ideas.


Industry 4.0, big data, digital leadership, Internet of Things, digital transformation – the stream of buzzwords is endless. The Business & Work track discussed to which extent new technologies really are changing the world of work, and what effects on daily life within the work context. A look back. 


Laser your own speakers or make your necklace and its 3D-printed pendant glow? Get your own personal message on a bag, so that it can be carried out into the world? As crazy as some of these examples may sound, they all became a reality within the scope of the #FASHIONTECH LAB BERLIN at the #rp17 Makerspace.


The relationship between science and fiction, technology and utopia, was the subject of many sessions at the re:publica. Speakers and visitors put their heads together to come up with strategies on how to bring the visions of science and fiction closer to a broader audience.


For five years now, it’s been all about getting hands on at the Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) makerspace: upcycling workshops and a mobile makerspace were just some of the GIG highlights at re:publica 2017. 


Podcasts, blogs and vlogs: the alternatives to the classic media formats have long established themselves as serious competition for commercial and public broadcasting. The re:blog track discussed the possibilities and formats on offer and why they still haven’t realised their full potential. A review.


Electrodes in the head, sensors in the vagina and always the fear of data theft: in the track re:health, speakers talk about the opportunities and threats of digitalisation for our health. A re:view.


Where is digital education headed? The re:learn track was wholly focused on this question – at the intersection between digitalisation and education, teaching and learning. A look back.


Humans and corals are more similar than previously thought; and for humans, food is a vital but underestimated resource. Two projects, one artist.


A break-through into a new world of journalism? Three milk cows wear sensors and a text-robot creates stories out of the data.


Blogger Katharina Nocun calls the AfD party programme their source code. She took a closer look at it – and took it apart.


The global weapons industry continuously supplies those at war with further ammunition, with Germany playing a significant role. The Peng! - art collective demands regulation



So many people, talks and discussions at the re:publica in Berlin – all asking the question: How can the re:publica spirit be internationalised? A visit to the re:connecting EUROPE Space.


With the emergence of start-ups, accelerators were created at the same time and through development and innovation, they also face the same question: what does the future hold? However, a departure from the fundamental concept is not to be expected but rather it's about refining the working relationship.


According to advertising expert Gerald Hensel, in times of fake news, brands must take a stand. He demands: no advertising on right-wing or anti-democratic websites. He initiated the hash tag #KeinGeldFürRechts (no money for the right).



Thomas de Maizière, seabed mining and the Internet of Things: Read up on what you can expect on Wednesday at the #rp17!


Her desperation about the state of the world brought Kübra Gümüşay to tears during her last talk at re:publica. She brought her own tissues this year and didn’t even need them. She’s moved beyond the quagmire and now stands above the hate.


he police, your friend and twitterer. These days it's not just officers in big cities that rely on Twitter and Instagram accounts. On Tuesday at #rp17, a criminologist, police officer and communication researcher discuss the opportunities and challenges for the online work of the police.


It's never been easier to access information, knowledge and data. Yet, we still vote Trump, don't vaccinate our children, don't believe in climate change. What has happened? Lisa Charlotte Rost sets out on a journey in search of our minds.


First there was a social two-tier society, then the digital, and now we are moving towards a neural class differentiation, Miriam Meckel stated. In her talk she explained how humans and machines are merging and why that isn’t an exclusively positive thing.


At the moment Virtual Reality still feels like a game with imaginary parallel worlds. But technology journalist, Luca Caracciolo predicts that it will become ever more integrated into our daily lives – and reminds us that humans have been living with imaginary worlds for centuries.


Cookies, Tracking, Big Data: when it comes to data protection the economy and politics are divided. The EU`s General Data Protection Regulation is supposed to ensure more equality.


Designer and filmmaker Nelly Ben Hayoun is on a mission to bring chaos and subversion into the tidy and hierarchical world of science and design. She offers a new form of hyperrealistic experience with her two doppelgangers Aglaé and Anaïs Zebrowski.


There's a battle waging across Turkey centred around power, freedom and information. Hundreds of journalists have been detained and around 150 media outlets have been shut down – access to Wikipedia, Twitter and Facebook is also slowly being controlled by the government. Quo vadis, Turkey?



Berlin is an international centre for club culture. It's where clubs, artists, and music tech start-ups influence and inspire each other. But for how much longer? The last remaining spaces are being fought over by music scene newcomers and start-ups from other industries.


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