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15 June 2024, 13:49 PM

German Street Art & Public Libraries – Virtual Tours at CITY SCRIPTS 2021

Greetings from the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan!   What better way to get an insight into the peculiar character of a City than to explore the art that appears on its facades/in public spaces, or by wandering into the nearest public library…   We are delighted to participate in the sixth edition of the annual urban writings festival City Scripts, organised by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). City Scripts uses literature, art, theatre and sensorial experiences to start and expand conversations about our cities.   We present two virtual tours this year! A walkthrough of the Cologne Public Library conducted by its director, Dr Hannelore Vogt. And German artist and former bangaloREsident Gábor Doleviczényi will take audiences on an exploratory tour of public street art in Essen, Germany and interact LIVE with the audience questions thereafter.   Cologne Public Library – Virtual  Tour with the Director Dr. Hannelore Vogt Sunday February 28, 2021 3.00 – 4.00 p.m. IST   The Cologne Public Library System is among the biggest and most important in Germany. They are the pioneers of participatory offerings and digital services ( like the first Makerspace in a German library, STEM Storytime Volunteers, virtual reality courses or “Science Slams” )  In 2015 the Cologne Public Library was awarded the distinction “Library of the Year” for its groundbreaking strategic work.   Dr. Hannelore Vogt is the director of the Cologne Public Library. Under her leadership, the Cologne Public Library was named the national Library of the Year in 2015, as was the Würzburg Public Library, of which she was previously director. In 2016 she was honoured by the Cologne Cultural Department as “Cultural Manager of the Year” and in 2019 she was awarded the Karl-Preusker-Medal by Library and Information in Germany – Federal Union of German Library Associations (BID) for her “innovative thinking and action”. The medal is awarded to those who have distinguished themselves in their support and advancement of the cultural and educational mandates of librarianship. Dr. Vogt has a degree in Library Science, a Master’s Degree in Cultural Management and a Doctorate in Marketing.   In addition to serving on the board of the Goethe-Institut’s “Information & Library” division, she was a strategic advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a member in two IFLA Standing Committees (PL and Metropolitan Libraries). She is an international speaker on topics of library marketing, customer orientation, innovation management and personnel development.     Exploring Public Street Art – A Virtual Tour with Gábor Doleviczényi in Essen, Germany Sunday February 28, 2021 4.15 – 5.30 p.m. IST   In a recorded video, Gabor provides an overview of how street art/graffiti can appear in public spaces. Beginning with the smallest “tag”, the signature, the video works its way up to elaborate murals, as he lists the different methods and approaches. He also touches on the approval (or disapproval) with which the interventions are met – which is absolutely of secondary importance to him!   The virtual tour will be followed by a live video conversation between Gabor and the Festival audience, answering questions and discussing impressions of the art presented.   Gábor Doleviczényi has been painting and conquering public space since 1992. Work begins in the mind. Everyday experiences, inspiring conversations and his immediate environment, family, friends and artists who accompany him along the way, result in combinations that are difficult to explain and that move him to put them into practice. When ideas are put into practice he knows what he wants the result to be. The resources that are used can be very different.   For him, his works should transport feelings. He pursues a clear and coherent aesthetic, where the simple solution is the favourite.   Always in the mood for adventure, he see the urban spaces of the big city as a playground for endless possibilities. Dynamic and beautiful, they are an expression of his attitude to life and take the adventures of the big city into the exhibition space.     Catch the sessions from anywhere in the world live on Zoom, Facebook and YouTube on February 28, 2021. The entire Festival is free and open to all. Register at   May we request you to announce the sessions in your columns. For digital interviews with the artists, please call me: +91 92431 00911 and for more information on the Festival, please call Rekha Raghunathan: +91 99809 36903. Thank you in anticipation for your cooperation.

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