The future of cultural institutions – nothing less will be discussed together with top-class guests at this online conference in the ZKM Livestream.

We live in critical times. Whether pandemics, environmental and climate crises, social inequalities, or conflict- and disaster-induced displacement: humanity is heading towards an uncertain future in which it is exposed to existential risks. What essential role could art and culture play in discussing, reshaping and overcoming such crises? The art scene in transition functions as a mirror of social changes such as coming to terms with colonization, sexism, racism, xenophobia, the discrimination of minorities and other socially relevant issues. The conference »Art Institutions in the Age of Existential Risks – What to do?« brings together experts from the arts, academia and society to outline the diversity of demands and perspectives arising from global risks for cultural institutions. Where exactly do cultural institutions stand in these new global challenges? Does culture need a renaissance? And conversely, what happens when such crises threaten the very existence of cultural institutions?

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