How will we tell stories in the future?

When a society changes, new stories emerge. In our labs, we look for new ways to tell stories, and think about the journalism of the future:

The Archive of Transition in Georgia: a transmedia website of stories from Lake Baikal, thoughts on constructive journalism and journalistic work in the modern digital age – as well as lectures, ideas, and sketches.

2017
Magazine

Second Thoughts

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Discussing Journalism

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How should journalism deal with growing populism? How can journalists counter fake news? What are the stories between the lines and behind the pictures?

The two media NGOs n-ost and FROH! brought journalists, photographers, and picture editors from different countries together to talk. The conversations became constructive debates that revealed surprising differences and asked the question – what does it mean to work as a journalist in 2018?

What came out of this was a magazine that steps out of the daily news stream and invites journalists to question their own media habits.

This project was realized in cooperation with:

2018
Bookproject

Tbilisi
Archive of Transition

€ 35,00

A German-Georgian book project

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After a year and a half of field research, we are working together with our Georgian partners on a book that is expected to appear for the 2018 Frankfurt book fair.

“Over the past decade, Georgia has experienced a process of intense transformation that is particularly reflected in its capital – where ambitious building projects and increased foreign investment has led to a sense of constant transformation stretching from the old town to the outlying districts. Attending to this transformation demands new discussion among the city’s inhabitants and raises important questions: What is to be preserved and what is to be destroyed? What can be owned and what belongs to everyone? What do we want to remember and what can be forgotten?

With the Archive of Transition, we set out to record different dimensions and velocities of change within the city. We talked to artists and cityplanners, architects and activists, priests and politicians, to understand what change means to all of them.”

This project was realized in cooperation with:

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2016
International exchange, web platform, and research focus

Stories
from Irkutsk

International Autumn School
in Irkutsk, Russland

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Baikal is in the middle of a transitional phase. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Siberia remains an important source of raw materials, but there is little left over for the region apart from the subsequent ecological damage.
Young generations, in the hope of apprenticeships and careers, mostly drift to the west. But there is also a counter trend: young people who have decided to stay at home, using the leeway they’re afforded so far from the Kremlin to shape an active cultural and spiritual life that creates networks and new public spaces.

In collaboration with the centre for independent social research in Irkutsk, FROH! wants to develop a journalistic platform that explores and documents the transformation in the region through the example of the city of Irkutsk. Working with photographers, journalists, designers, and researchers, we collect the phenomena of that transformation, and publish them in an online magazine available to a young readership in Europe and Russia. We seek out new forms of storytelling suited to a changing society.

This project is funded
from the Federal Foreign Office.

2015-2016
International exchange, web platform, and research focus

Archive of Transition

Collecting Narratives of Change
in Georgia

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Since the Rose Revolution of 2003, Georgia has been going through a rapid modernization process that is making its mark on all areas of society. The concept of “transition” has become the most important self-defining term for a post-Soviet Georgia that is now taking major strides towards the modern digital age.

The “Archive of Transition” project aims to document this social transformation in all its many layers and contradictions, and open a young audience to a debate centred on the question: who does the city belong to? The project is based on transmedia forms of storytelling – ranging from a meeting place in the city centre to a book project to a multimedia website. It also included an exchange with the Hamburg University of Art and Design in 2016, which culminated in an exhibition in November.

We run Archive of Transition in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Georgia. It was supported in 2015 as part of the Eastern Partnerships funding programme of the German Foreign Ministry. There were also cooperations with the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HFBK) in 2016 and 2017.

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2014
Presentation

“Selfpublishing in Georgia”

Presentation by Klaus Neuburg and Sebastian Pranz at the qved 2014 in Munich.