Where is the money headed within the EU and how can we monitor the money flow? In regards to platform policies, is new legislation between the state and citizens needed to help create fairer conditions in the sector? How strong is European identity? These were just some of the questions that our speakers took on.
We’d like to take the opportunity to present six of our speakers and our partners at WOMEX, who accompanied us to both conferences and helped carry the idea of a networked Europe to Dublin and Thessaloniki.
In Stories of Protest: Identity and networks across Europe and beyond, Tanya Lokot showed how European identity manifests itself digitally and how individuals move closer and closer together through the internet.
David Blackmore and his participatory artwork europeanpa55port made their mark for Europe: The piece called on participants to discard their national identity in favour of a European one and, in doing so, provide resistance against recurrent nationalism. He made this idea of a transnational Europe experienceable in a photomontage. You can find out more on his project here: www.europeanpa55port.com or in our interview with him.
Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age
rp17 speaker Mushon Zer-Aviv accompanied us to Dublin and Thessaloniki with a total of three sessions. Together with Argyro Barata, he showed us how we can preserve our freedoms in the face of deterministic societal, political and ecological factors. In AudioSpatial Storytelling & Speculative Tourism, they took us on a journey to a virtual Jerusalem – 50 years in the future – and showed us how to address and process the questions of our data driven generation through digital storytelling.
Zer-Aviv also seized on the question of how our cultural heritage will be passed on to the next generation in the age of digitisation and to what extent political decisions are driven and shaped by data-determinism. Have a look for yourself in his “The political tragedy of data-driven-determinism” session.
How we secure our data and what connects Europe
The American author and activist Jilian C. York was also in the group of speakers who accompanied us to both port cities. She is the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Inspired by the idea of a CryptoParty, she teamed up with Kaustubh Srikanth to dedicate her workshops Cryptolunch and I’m on a Cryptoboat! to encryption techniques. She spoke about privacy protection in the digital sphere and how communication can be encrypted and shared safely.
At their meetup in Dublin, WOMEX showed us the kinds of cultural changes music can initiate, how NGOs can engage locally to bundle synergies and allow people in places with limited political freedoms to network. Have a look at the article and interactive multimedia story to see how music can still change the world today.
Explore our pageflow story: Can Music Still Change The World?
- A multimedia story of Piranha Arts (WOMEX) for re:publica conference -
A look back at re:connecting EUROPE 2017
Get to know more about our sessions held at #rpDUB and #rpTHE and read on in our re:connecting Europe re:view. You can already check out the sessions from Dublin and Thessaloniki on our Youtube channel. More visual impressions from the events can be found on our flickr channel.
Photo Credit: re:publica/Vassilis Ververidis