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19:00 - 22:00 | Opening of Beyond the Obvious Conference

Official opening of ctrl+shift HUMAN: Arts Sciences and Technologies in Coded Societies with keynote speeches, cultural programme, dinner, games and more.


19:00 | Welcome

Simona Neumann, Executive Director - Timisoara 2021 and CAE Board member

Robert Manchin, President, Culture Action Europe

Mr. Nicolae Robu, Mayor of Timisoara

Mr. Calin Dobra, President of the Timis County Council

Prof.Dr. Viorel Șerban, Rector of the Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara (UPT)
Prof.Dr. Dana Petcu, Vice-Rector for Research, Universitatea de Vest Timisoara (UVT)

Prof.Dr. Zeno Schlett, Experimentarium

19:20 | FOCUS: What we will talk about? Tere Badia, Culture Action Europe

19:30 | Drink

Opening of the installation SOUNDSCAPES - signs and symptoms Secondary Space (SIMULTAN and TRANSCULTURES)


20:00 | Dinner 


20:45  | Presentation of Hakan Lidbo and Makanatsu game

Are you ready to challenge and evolve your imagination? Hakan Lidbo argues that creativity and problem-solving skills can be exercised. How? By playing games.


21:15 | Concert with FOLKLORTRONIK by Madalin Luca

22:00 | Piano jazz at farewell


Master of Ceremony: Chris Torch, Artistic Unit, Timisoara 2021 and CAE Board member

13:00 - 17:00 | Culture Action Europe's Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Members Forum - PART 1 (for CAE members only)

During this part of the gathering, you can meet and exchange with the CAE Board, team, listen to the round of presentations of new candidates for the Board and have an informal exchange with them. This is also an opportunity to get to know your fellow members better, share your concerns, ideas and questions with the team and the Board and stay updated on our planned activities. The agenda includes important discussion on the CAE strategy 2019-2021.



09:00 | Registration

09:30  | ctrl+shift INTELLIGENCE

ctrl+shift INTELLIGENCE (CODES + AI + ONLINE BEHAVIOUR) opens up a discussion on the impact algorithmic coding and processes have on the human life on the screen crossing diverse knowledge from culture, sociology, politics, technology, rights. This session focuses on issues of identity, representation, globalization, homogenization, as well as on online democracy, participatory processes/platforms and decision making.

Keynote speaker: Chris Csikszentmihályi

Reactions: Vladan Joler, Fieke Jansen 

Moderation: Alex Meszmer

11:00  | Coffee/Tea Break


11:30 | shift REPRESENTATION Workshop

How do algorithms work on the main online platforms and social media? This workshop will introduce an analysis on the segmentation of cultural digital content and the cultural homogenization online.

Run by: Vladan Joler

11:30 | shift PARTICIPATION Workshop

How is culture under the algorithm? Can we talk of algorithm enculturation? Of an algorithmic culture? Or it is just a matter of new power relationships through algorithms, new decision processes that affect the way culture is produced and experienced?


Run by: Fieke Jansen

11:30 | ctrl STORIES

Come up and see different specific experiences/projects/ practices around the critique or interaction of intelligence (artificial or not), in relation to art and, culture and society. You will get to know different stories pitched followed by a small group discussions around each project.

pETER Purg, MAST Project

Noemi Salantiu & Natalia Skoczylas, Edgeryders

Camilla Colombo, Ohme

Levente Kozma, SIMULTAN Festival & Phillippe Franck, TRANSCULTURES

Moderation: Corinne Szteinsznaider

13:00 - 14:30 | Lunch

14:30 | ctrl+shift BODIES

ctrl+shift BODIES (CODES + AI + OFFLINE CONDITIONS). This session focuses on environment, labor, territories. It opens up a discussion on the the impact algorithmic coding and processes have on the human life off the screen, crossing diverse knowledge from the arts and cultural sectors, sciences and technologies.

Keynote speaker: Nicola Triscott

Reactions: Joana Moll, Ramon Sanguesa

Moderation: Lars Ebert

15:45 - 16:00 | Coffee/Tea Break


16:00 | shift ANTHROPOCENE Workshop

What are the environmental impacts of the cultural and media content and data generation, storage and transfer? The workshop will especially focus on the upload of the cultural contents. Here the "bodies" are apparently immaterial and affect large scale systems, such as the planet itself.

Run by: Joana Moll

16:00 | shift CITIZENS Workshop

At the scale of individuals and societies what is happening due to the operation of codes of and algorithms? What is the impact on political practices, citizenships and the reality of territories? Liquid democracy, e-participation, new nations, virtual nations, and their cultural correlates will be explored here.


Run by: Ramon Sanguesa

16:00 | ctrl STORIES

Let's delve into the nanoscale of the body and its politics. Come up and see different specific experiences/projects/practices around the nanoscale, DNA, biotech in relation to art and, culture and society. You will get to know about different stories pitched followed by a small group discussions around each project.

Špela Petrič, Artist & Researcher

Luis Graça, Marta de Menezes & Luis Graca

Diana Andone, Politechnical University Timisoara (UPT) 

Manuel Beltrán, Institute of Human Obsolescence

Moderation: Noel Kelly

17:30 | End of the day

Free evening. Proposals for cultural and culinary experiences will be provided.


09:00 | Registration

09:30  | Keynote speaker: Bruno Lepri 

09:50 | ctrl+shift POLICY

ctrl+shift POLICY (CODES + AI + POLICIES). Why a wider outlook beyond the disciplinary silos is important when approaching these issues? What kind of policy interventions and funding is necessary at local, national and European level? What kind of institutions we need to foster collaboration between different operators?

Jutta Thielen,  Arts and Science programme, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Pedro Velazquez, Creative Europe, Deputy Head of Unit
Carmen Croitoru, Director General, National Institute for Cultural Research

Julie Ward, MEP

Bruno Lepri, Bruno Kessler Foundation

Moderation: Robert Manchin

Followed by Q&A

11:00 - 11:30 | Coffee/Tea Break


11:30 - 12:45 | MulitipleXity Panel

Tere Badia, Culture Action Europe
Dan Bugariu, MultipleXity
Chris Bruckmayr, Ars Electronica

Moderation: Chris Torch, Artistic Unit, Timisoara 2021

11:30 - 12:45 | Pilot Cities Culture and local sustainable development: a process of cross-disciplinary learning


Cities participating in the Pilot Cities programme, representatives of other relevant initiatives in Europe and experts share examples from their experiences on self assessment, policy innovation and peer-learning in the areas of culture and sustainable development, followed by discussion on learning processes and emerging aspects.


Emiliano Poggio, Founder, Bergoglio 3.0, Alessandria

Mafalda Sebastião, Coordinator, Polo Cultural Gaivotas / Boavista, Lisbon

Tomás Afonso González, Cultural Management and Planning Officer, Tenerife Island Council

Anna Farràs, International Relations Officer, Terrassa City Council

Clymene Christoforou, Founder and Director, D6 Culture in Transit / Expert, Pilot Cities

Ivor Davies, Expert, Pilot Cities

Moderated by: Jordi Baltà, Committee on Culture, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)


12:45 - 13:00 | Closing of the conference

Simona Neumann, Timisoara 2021

Robert Manchin, Culture Action Europe

Tere Badia, Culture Action Europe

13:00 - 14:00 | Goodbye Lunch

14:30 - 18:00 | Culture Action Europe's Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Members Forum - PART 2 (for CAE members only)

Voting the CAE strategy 2019-2021, new Board elections, approval of finances and budget, policy sessions. 

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