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Kultursymposium Weimar: Recalculating the route

The Goethe-Institut is organising the second international cultural symposium in Weimar from the 19th to the 21st of June 2019 under the title "Recalculating the Route". More than 300 participants from all over the world will come to Weimar to discuss the great upheavals of our time.

All around the world, future pathways are being recalculated. Rapid technological development is producing fundamental changes in society, culture, and the economy, and is introducing unforeseen possibilities and posing many new questions. At the same time, the desire for manageable and easily understandable circumstances seems to be increasing worldwide. Straightforward answers to an increasingly complex world are in high demand, and not only in the political sphere.


  • Mari Matsutoya Mari Matsutoya
  • Pierre Fautrel Pierre Fautrel
  • Nanjira Sambuli Nanjira Sambuli

Artist | Japan / Great Britain

Mari Matsutoya studied German literature at King’s College London and fine art and sound studies at the University of Arts Berlin. Her focus is on language as a mirror to reality and a limit to our thought and on the voice as acting medium between the real and imagined worlds. In 2016 she initiated the art project Still Be Here which explores the dynamics between the Japanese digital pop idol Hatsune Miku and her fans.

Co-founder of the artist collective Obvious | France

Pierre Fautrel is the co-founder of Obvious, created with Hugo Caselles-Dupré and Gauthier Vernier, two childhood friends. Obvious is a collective of artists creating art using Artificial Intelligence. Through their work, they are asking questions about the role of the artist in the creation process and about the creativity of algorithms.

Political scientist and activist (World Wide Web Foundation) | Kenia

Nanjira Sambuli is a researcher, policy analyst and advocacy strategist. She is working on understanding the unfolding impacts of Information and Communication Technology adoption and how this impacts governance, innovation, entrepreneurship and societal culture, with a keen focus on gender implications. She currently leads policy advocacy to promote digital equality in access to and use of the web at the World Wide Web Foundation.

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June 2019


Walber Pereira
12 June 2019

We are sure that changes are inevitable in our world. The world is no more slow, like it was 30-40 years ago.The rhythms change, new ideas click suddenly.We have to be shaped for that.Our children will be better than us, it is a fact.

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