By Carys Matic
In 1963, France and Germany signed the Élysée Treaty, resulting in reconciliation between the two countries. In contrast, North and South Korea never signed a peace treaty despite reaching a ceasefire in 1953, and the two countries remain divided 60 years on.
In the spirit of reconciliation, Platoon Kunsthalle will host Digital Peace 2013 between the months of March and June. Artists from France, Germany, and South Korea will participate in a series of multimedia events celebrating unity, creativity, and peace.
According to the dossier, the project “proposes a selection of Franco-German works, artists, thinkers, designers, expositions, schools, institutions, labels, and festivals—the common thread is the notion of peace expressed through the broadest variety of digital approaches, forms, and expressions”.
The season kicks off March 9th with an aural-visual extravaganza featuring a continuous mix of music videos from the best German, French, and Korean electronic music labels. It also marks the Korean debut of ‘webjaying’, a relatively new concept that combines VJ mixing with videos streamed from the internet.
On April 13th, ‘All Night Long’ will screen a vast array of experimental short films selected from movie festivals, TV channels, visual arts schools, and the web. As the title suggests, the party will continue into the early hours of the morning and those who make it to the end will be treated to breakfast.
A series of conferences, showcases, and master classes will take place on May 11th. Spectators can expect to witness a host of internationally acclaimed designers, artists, and editors present a selection of projects expressing the idea of reconciliation, peace, and hope for a greater future.
Finally, Digital Peace will reach its climax on June 22nd, fittingly just one day after Fete de la Musique (also known as World Music Day). What better way to celebrate than with a three act party encompassing the full spectrum of dance music from Germany, France, and Korea.
Full details are still to be finalized, so visit http://www.digitalpeace2013.com/ to be kept up to date.