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The first Connecting Cinemas Lounge - it's all about distance

04.05.2021.

Save the date - Friday is for socializing at the first Connecting Cinemas Lounge!

How did the pandemic and lockdown affect the development and the performance  of all kinds of art? How to develop projects without actually meeting the participants in person? How is distance portrayed on the screen and what is its impact on the history, present and future of film as an art? Can we create a community for dialogue, talk and exchange experiences and perspectives without a physical presence? How can art and media projects overcome distance and create new experiences and audiences? How far have online meetings really taken us away and, finally, what is “digital barhopping”?

We will try to find the answers to these and many other questions on Friday, May 7th at 7 PM at Connecting Cinemas Lounge, a new digital salon that will bring together experts in the field of culture and film art and transfer the experience of a traditional film salon to digital format, emphasizing the ambiguous role of cinema in culture and the constant changes to which it is exposed. Once celebrated as a technological novelty of the time and until today subject to permanent technical change, cinema in the 21st century is inseparably entwined with a nostalgic charme.

Hosted by the German cinema Neue Kammerspiele and the Public Art Lab, the first Connecting Cinemas Lounge titled Don't Stand So Close To Me, will present topics of distance and closeness that have undoubtedly become part of the reality in which we live.

Guests for the main dicussion round are choreographer Be van Vark, the founder and creative director of Public Arts Lab Susa Pop, movie critic Daniel Kothenschulte, psychologist and coach Daniel Al-Kabbani, and cinema operator of Neue kammerspiele Valeska Hanel. AC Coppens will lead through the Lounge.

Connecting Cinemas Lounge is the first of four digital salons and was created as part of the Connecting Cinemas in Rural Areas project, which aims to understand and strengthen cinema as a cultural community in rural areas, and develop international cooperation and new audiences by organizing cultural events. In addition to the leading partner, the German cinema and cultural center Neue Kammerspiele from Kleinmachnow in the project Connecting Cinemas, along with the Fortress of Culture, also participate Public Art Lab (Germany), Amza Pellea Cinema (Romania), Cinema Star (Greece), M2C Bremen (Germany), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands) and KEA European Affairs Brussels (Belgium).

Join us via connecting-cinemas.eu at the international hybrid event that will take you on a journey through a new dimension of film art and its importance to society in these world-changing times around us!

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