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The CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION talks with Gina Belafonte, the second Frankfurt Creative AI Conference with digital supermodel Shudu, the Focus: Film Networking Day with film producer Quirin Berg, the BEN Award for director Steve McQueen (“12 Years A Slave”): The programme of THE ARTS+/B3 takes an exciting look into the future of culture.


For the opening of THE ARTS+ on Wednesday, 16 October, at 10.30 am, the directors of the festival Holger Volland and Prof Bernd Kracke will speak with Sereena Abbassi, Worldwide Head of Culture and Inclusion at M&C Saatchi; Dr Aleksandra Przegalinska, AI expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;  Dr James Beacham, particle physicist at CERN and Adrian Wootton OBE, CEO of Film London and the British Film Commission, about the potential of art and culture to cultivate a better future.


One of the highlights: the CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION talks, which will be held starting at 5.30 pm on Wednesday, 16 October, in THE ARTS+ Salon, Hall 4.1 R 71. Here, international cultural activists who are confronting the challenges of our time with creativity and courage will take the stage. They include: Ethiopian programmer and developer Betelhem Dessie; artivist Gina Belafonte and transgender activist Tea Uglow as well as Kenyan environmental activist Phyllis Omido; the activist fighting against child marriage, Memory Banda; the long-time revolutionary and brother of the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Choegyal Rinpoche; the Tibetan women’s activist, Rinchen Khando Choegyal and Jennifer Clement, the first woman President of the association of writers PEN International.


At the “Second Frankfurt Creative AI Conference: Faking Culture!”, on Friday, 18 October, from 10 am to noon, the founder of THE ARTS+ Holger Volland will talk about the ethics of artificial intelligence and virtual technology in art. He will be joined by top-class speakers such as the authors Dr Nathalie Weidenfeld (“Digitaler Humanismus” [“Digital Humanism”]) and Prof Dr Katharina Zweig (“Ein Algorithmus hat kein Taktgefühl” [“An Algorithm Has No Tact”]); photographer Cameron-James Wilson, who created his own virtual supermodel, Shudu; Kenza Ait Si Abbou Lyadini, Senior Manager Robotics & AI at Deutsche Telekom; Prof Dr Roberto Zicari, founder of the Big Data Lab in Frankfurt and Dr Louis Moreno, a lecturer in Visual Cultures.



“What’s real?” – that is the question asked by the festival programme of B3 Biennial of the Moving Image in THE ARTS+ Areal in Hall 4.1. For five days, moving image and media professionals will present over 100 projects and artistic works in the fields of video art, film, immersion, games, XR and AI. Highlights are the world premieres "Expose her" (Lena Chen & Molly Barber); "Five Meditation on death" (Nico Weber ) and "Vonderland" by director Cyril Tusch. The New York artists' association "3-Legged Dog" celebrates its European premiere with a walk-in, interactive performance platform. 80 visitors can immerse themselves in various digital artworks at the same time. The B3 VR_PARK presents 25 ground-breaking VR experiences from ten countries.


On Friday, 18 October, at 10.30 am, writer Maja Lunde (“The End of the Ocean”) will be the guest at an event hosted by the Arts Council Norway on THE ARTS+ Stage. Under the heading “Superstar Economy? Art and Culture Industry in the Digital Age”, the Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse, Juergen Boos, will discuss the consequences and politics of digitalisation in the art sector with Norwegian and international experts, writers and scientists.


On Friday, 18 October, the red carpet will be rolled out for the networking day “A Book is a Film is a Game”. Starting at 9.30 am, everything in THE ARTS+ Salon will be dedicated to film and current trends in the field of the moving image. Industry leaders such as Quirin Berg, producer of the first german Netflix Original series “DARK”, actor and director Grace Glowicki and director Hans Petter Moland will answer questions in panels, case studies and discussions.


On Saturday evening, 19 October 2019, from 8 to 9.30 pm, the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards will be awarded in the Frankfurt Pavilion, together with the BEN Awards of B3 Biennial of the Moving Image. This year, the B3 grand prize will go to director Steve McQueen (“12 Years A Slave”) for the category Most Influential Moving Image Artist.


The B3 film programme at Frankfurt’s art-house cinemas includes 25 feature films and shorts, as well as selected TV series, including five German premieres ( in a new window)). Directors and actors such as Margaret Qualley (“ADAM”), Anders Emblem (“Hurry Slowly”), Frédéric Choffat and Julie Gilbert (“My Little One”) and Grace Glowicki (“Tito”) are expected to attend.


This year’s highlights in terms of exhibitors include a choreography of self-driving cars by the Dutch creative agency Dropstuff, the Spreadshop stand with digital live production of revolutionary merch ware, immersive fashion experiences at the Deutsche Telekom stand and THE ARTS+ presentation of the avant-garde of Europe’s museum landscape with the Munch Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Historische Museen (Historic Museums) Hamburg and the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM).


THE ARTS+ project is organised as part of ALDUS - European Book Fairs’ Network(opens in a new window), with support from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Tickets for THE ARTS+/B3 are available starting from 75 euros (trade visitors) at in a new window)

Holders of entrance tickets to Frankfurter Buchmesse are also entitled to visit THE ARTS+ in Hall 4.1.


For more information and all details about the programme go to: in a new window) / in a new window)


About THE ARTS+/B3

THE ARTS+ Future of Culture Festival takes place every year at Frankfurter Buchmesse and is dedicated to the future of the creative and cultural industries. It is an international showroom of the future that brings together the creative minds and pioneers of the digital ecosystem – with inspiring keynotes from national and international speakers as well as exceptional performances. In 2019, THE ARTS+ entered a strategic partnership with B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, an event conceived by the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach. Major parts of the B3 programme tie into the successful festival, and it will feature its renowned flagship exhibition at the centre of THE ARTS+ area in Hall 4.1. The area is also the heart of CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION, this year’s campaign by Frankfurter Buchmesse dedicated to the significance and future of culture. in a new window) / in a new window) 


About Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It also brings together key players from the fields of education, film, games, STM, academic publishing, and business information. Since 1976, the book fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association).


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