CITY. CHANGE. FUTURE
LABKULTUR is a European webmagazine for culture and creativity. Over 20 authors from the Ruhr area, London, Rotterdam, Istanbul, Nantes and Košice report on cities within the world of digital and social change. They study the influence that culture has on city development and analyse the production and life situations of artists and creatives. LABKULTUR understands creativity as the engine of urban future. It is a project of ecce.
Culture surrounds us as soon as we open our eyes in the morning. Culture accompanies us through the day, it shapes our city life. From reading the newspaper to a discussion about copyright, from appreciating street art to evening concerts or visiting the theatre to experiencing all influences which make our district alive and appealing.
LABKULTUR.TV disputes the contemporary, extended concept of culture which is arising from passive museum visits and mere viewing of a piece of art. Culture and creativity require active participation. In particular European cities and regions with highly industrial and manufacturing pasts must work harder in the future at using culture and creativity as the catalyst to bring about change.
LABKULTUR.TV monitors, accompanies and promotes this change in the Ruhr region and European partner cities. LAB is the European portal for the cultural and creative industries. Out of the creative sectors – architecture, games, journalism, trade in cultural goods, the art market, literature, fashion, music, radio, publishing, advertising – LAB is, above all, devoted to media art as the propellant (driver) to activate companies.
POLITICS.STRATEGY reviews concepts and visions in the cultural and creative industries and reports on their feasibility and chances of success.
ISTANBUL Bridge between Europe and Asia, cosmopolitan frontier post between the two worlds, integrative cultural melting pot: „No other city on this planet is more inspiring than Istanbul“, the parties responsible for the twin capital of culture of Ruhr2010 claim confidently.
BARCELONA The capital of Catalonia is a lively centre of an international creative scene. The cosmopolitan, chaotic, beautiful seaside city brims with numerous architectural highlights, world-renowned museums, and one of the most vital street art scenes on this planet.
ROTTERDAM Capital of Culture 2001 and City Of Architecture 2007. The Dutch port city is not only one of the most important hubs of global economy - it also reflects symptomatically the urban challenges of our time.
KOSICE Use The City – with this slogan, Košice was the first Slovakian city to win the title of „European City Of Culture 2013“. LABKULTUR follows the transformation of the former industrial city to a future capital of culture.