Indie Days22.09.2020

Talk: The Power of Creative Communities – Together we are strong

Fr., 23. Oktober2020
via c/o pop xoxo
Language: English

Kreativität ist eine Lebensweise, die Originalität einschließt und einzigartige Verbindungen zwischen scheinbar ungleichen Ideen herstellt. Die kreativsten Menschen finden Wege um Hindernisse herum, weil sie diese nicht nur als Hindernisse, sondern auch als Chancen sehen. Die Arbeit in einer kreativen Gemeinschaft macht das Leben unendlich interessant und erfüllend. Ob es sich nun um Online-Plattformen für die Zusammenarbeit oder um persönliche Interaktion am selben Ort handelt, der Austausch von Ideen und Kreationen, die Kombination verschiedener Talente und Denkweisen sowie die Interaktion mit Fans und Unterstützer*innen kann Innovationen auslösen, Einsamkeit vermeiden, Bindungen erhöhen und den kreativen Output steigern. In diesem Panel wird besprochen, was mit der individuellen Schöpfungskraft gemeint ist und welchen Wert kreative Gemeinschaften sowohl im Hinblick auf ihre Arbeit als auch auf einen breiteren gesellschaftlichen Zweck beitragen können.

English: Creativity is a way of living life that embraces originality and makes unique connections between seemingly disparate ideas. The most creative people find ways around obstacles because they see them not just as roadblocks but also as opportunities. Working in a creative community makes life infinitely interesting and fulfilling. Whether we are talking about online collaboration platforms or personal interaction at the same physical location, the exchange of ideas and creations, the combination of different talents and mindsets, as well as interaction with fans and supporters can spark innovation, avoid loneliness, increase bonds and boost creative output. The discussion will explore what is meant by the individual power to create, and the value that creative communities can add both in terms of their work and a broader social purpose.


Sandira Blas (Senior Curator & Researcher, Factory Berlin, GER)

As Senior Curator & Researcher at Factory Berlin, Sandira is focused on innovation projects that meet at the intersection of Tech & Art for their Artist Residency and Creators Lab. With nearly 20 years in music, she has worked with producers, music schools, and music-tech brands such as Akai Pro and M-Audio where she was previously Head of Partnerships & Marketing at inMusic Brands. Some notable projects include Alicia Keys, John Carpenter, Neil Davidge, Rough Trade, Tony Visconti, and more.  

She is an (phase 1) innovator participant of Keychange.EU, a 2-year European talent development programme that empowers women to transform the future of the music industry. Her presentation and talks include Soho House Berlin, Musikmesse, BMC, Mutek Montreal, BIME, Iceland Airwaves, Tech Open Air, Ars Electronica and Reeperbahn Festival.

Julia Köhn (Project Director, Federal Government’s Center of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries, GER)

Foto: Thomas Leidig

Julia Köhn is part of the management team of Germany’s Federal Government’s Center of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries. She is a trained actress with a diving instructor license and an MBA. After 10 years on stage and screen, she led a team of underwater technicians in Macau, China at one of the world’s largest circus shows. Back in Europe, she worked for a management consultancy focusing on cultural institutions and was responsible for the international projects at the crossroads between art and marine conservation for a private foundation in Vienna. She joined the u-institut in 2015, and has since then been supporting entrepreneurs from the cultural and creative industries in their entrepreneurial development as well as designing and implementing programmes, projects and ideas for the German Federal Government’s Center of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries.

Lutz Leichsenring (Initiator United We Stream, Clubcommission Berlin Board Member, GER)

Foto: VibeLab

Lutz Leichsenring is a consultant, keynote speaker and one of the world’s leading authorities on protecting nighttime economies. Lutz started his professional career immediately after high school, when he built one of the largest platforms for music event listings in Germany. He went on to run a music club and restaurant until 2010, and today is one of the chief shareholders of a Berlin-based talent recruiting event company "young targets" and Amsterdam based night time advocacy consultancy "VibeLab".

Since 2009, Lutz has been the spokesman and executive board member for the Berlin Clubcommission and fought tirelessly for the rights of Berlin’s vast underground club scene by organizing protests, conferences, workshops and by speaking at round tables and parliamentary committees.

His role has led Lutz into the city's Berlin Musicboard and Chamber of Commerce, where he frequently votes on development issues that protect creative space affected by gentrification and overregulation. In 2017, alongside civic luminary former Night Mayor of Amsterdam Mirik Milan, Lutz launched the Creative Footprint, a project to measure, compare, and advocate for creative spaces in urban areas worldwide, like Berlin, New York and Tokyo.

During the Covid-19 crisis, Lutz initiated "United We Stream", a global music streaming platform to create awareness about club culture affected by the epidemic, and to support nighttime governances. Lutz is also part of the collaborative research project "Global Nighttime Recovery Plan" which releases several Chapters to advise and showcase night time economies, involving institutions and scholars of University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and Fraunhofer Institut.


Ronny Krieger (VUT Board member, GER)

Foto: Steven Ludtke

For the last 25 years Ronny Krieger has worked in almost all areas of the music business as an artist, DJ and producer, PR agent and artist management. Ronny worked in distribution, in a record store and managed a download shop (VP & CPO of Beatport). Since 2010 he is a consultant for FatDrop, DJBroadcast, Shutterstock, Digital Imported, Skoove, LANDR, Native Instruments, Patreon, MOD Devices and others. In addition to his VUT honorary position, he has recently become a member of the "Digitalization and KI" expert committee of the German Cultural Council.

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