KumaTalks - the project

KumaTalks is an online series of moderated discussions in English on current topics in the field of cultural management. The project was initiated by a group of members of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network. The aim of the project was to strengthen the professional competence of cultural practitioners and to stimulate new multilateral cooperation in Europe and beyond.

In 2014 the project came to an end. We warmly thank all our guests and participants for sharing their knowledge, views and time with us. Our appreciation goes to our partners as well (see below) who were supporting this initiative constantly.

The recordings of the KumaTalks online discussions are available on this website on the pages dedicated to the specific discussions. To watch a recording go to the discussion’s page and access the link “Watch the recording”. The recordings can be watched on the KumaTalks YouTube channel as well.


KumaTalks was funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and kindly supported by MitOst e.V. and Mr. Andreas Schoenrock from the University of Education of Ludwigsburg.



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Radmila Krstajić, Lisa Maier, Andra Vaida, Wiebke Stadler, Vite Wortmann - members of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network.

Felix Peter

KumaTalks website - how it works

KumaTalks website works as a hub for linked content. Here you can find the recordings of the former talks, the announcement of the upcoming talks and more information about the project. You can also follow us on facebook.

How to participate!

The meeting point is an online conference room by Adobe Connect. Previous to each discussion, we provide a link to the conference room.

Please click on it and choose „Enter as a Guest” on the login screen. Type in the name under which you want to participate in the discussion. During the discussion you can interact with the speakers via chat.The online talks are recorded for later viewing as well. The links to the recordings are also provided on this website.

Topics and Speakers

Would you like to propose a discussion topic or to suggest speakers or experts? Are you interested in participating as a speaker? Please feel free to contact us!

Technical requirements

Computer with Internet connection (at least DSL 2000 or a cable internet access is recommended)
and the Adobe Flash Player (Version 10.1 or higher)

Links & Ressources

General project description

Guide for Experts

Adobe Connect Visual Quick Start Guide for Participants

Adobe Connect 8: Jumpstart for participants

Have a look at the recordings of the previous talks:

Can Technology Overthrow Idiocracy?

A discussion initiated by Technomania (http://technomani.eu).

You can find the slides and the recording of Talk 6 here:

Slides of Arie Altena

Slides of Diğdem Sezen

Watch the recording

A recent study published by applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei and his team points out that our current civilization is on the brink of collapse because of its unequally distributed and unsustainable resourced economical system. While the mass environmental destruction is a phenomenon tightly connected to a rapid technological development happening since the dawn of industrial age, optimistic scientists see technology as a cure to stop this destruction. From their point of view using technology is able to create a culture which is in harmony with nature.

In talk six the scientists Diğdem Sezen and Arie Altena were talking about the strategic value of technology as a harbinger of environmental, political and socioeconomical evolution. The talk was moderated by Mert Akbal, artist and project leader at Technomania.

Diğdem Sezen (Turkey)

holds a PhD in Communications from Istanbul University. During her PhD, she got the Fulbright scholarship for her doctoral studies and did research in the field of interactive narratives, new media literacies, digital games and experimental television at Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Digital Media.

Arie Altena (Netherlands)

studied Literary Theory and writes about the intersections between art and technology. Since 2004 he is part of the curatorial team that organises the Sonic Acts festival in Amsterdam, and that has organised the 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of the Kontraste festival in Krems. He is also editor/researcher at V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam. Arie frequently publishes articles in his own blog http://ariealt.net.

City and Culture - Between Impact and Alibi

You can find the slides and the recording of Talk 5 here:

Slides of Ivana Dragšič

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The use and reinvention of urban spaces through cultural projects is booming. The concept of "Creative Cities" is enlisted equally by artists and city governments, foundations and NGOs as a starting point for new projects. With the hope of participation and dialogue, cultural projects seem to open up new spaces in urban contexts. But can cultural projects actually be methods of and stimulus for innovative urban development? Or are they rather used as a temporary "pretty showpieces"? And: how do artists and cultural actors deal with the challenges of constantly changing cities? In talk five we tried to cast a critical eye over the approaches of "urban development through culture" in Europe. Our two guests approached the topic from two directions: while Mustafa Tazeoğlu of Urban Rhizome operates - with regard to social structures - between urbanity, (inter)culturalism and economy, Ivana Dragšič works as an artist and political activist - with a focus on spatial structures - at the interface of art, political activism and urban planning.

Ivana Dragšič (Macedonia)

is a sociologist, activist and artist from Skopje. She is active in the registered citizens’ association "Freedom Square”, which acts as an informal movement as well as on a project basis. It consists of a core of city-enthusiasts, has acquired in-depth knowledge of the urban planning system, its philosophy and legislation; but which also has a creative approach to the topic. Actions range from street protests, a self-organised choir and the production of a documentary to research and policy-making.
She is a member of “Kanal 103”, the only non-commercial self-organised radio in Macedonia, which supports the Macedonian independent music scene.
Ivana’s artwork gravitates around issues like the lack of dialogue in society, the ignorance disregard for different voices and the need to rise up.

Mustafa Tazeoğlu (Germany)

studied Economics and French in Duisburg. As a Front Office Manager of the 23rd Universiade 2005 in Izmir, he coordinated 10,000 athletes from 142 countries in the Olympic village. From 2006 he headed the marketing department of the first Turkish-German TV channel with a broadcast license in Germany (Kanal Avrupa TV). Between 2007 and 2010, he was part of the Media Bunker Marxloh collective. He led the project Kreativ.Quartiere for the European Capital of Culture Ruhr 2010. In 2009 he was honoured as one of hundred outstanding European talents by the Committee of the Regions of the European Union in Brussels for his innovative ideas about “urban creativity”. In 2011 he founded the agency Urban Rhizome together with Christine Bleks.

Digital Mediation of Art: Usage and Perspectives

You can find the slides and the recording of Talk 4 here:

Slides of Adelijn Huis

Slides of Florian Wiencek

Watch the recording

In recent years the question of how to talk, think, discuss and learn about art and culture using digital and electronic media seems to be striking. Do digital media and web 2.0 applications provide new models of access and exchange about art? Do they provide new means of generating knowledge about art and culture? The discussion addressed the mediation of art and culture through digital media, its current existing modes of usage and its future possibilities.

Adelijn van Huis (Netherlands)

is a visual artist, art educator and researcher. She has been a museum educator at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam since 2004 and developed several guided tours and workshops for high school students, college students and adults.

Her main principal is the Department of Education at the Stedelijk Museum. Within her own enterprise Kunstkijken (looking at art) she develops new ways of looking at art with groups, engaging the viewer and reinforcing his or her agency.

Florian Wiencek (Germany, US)

B.Sc. in Digital Media (2006); M.A. in Art and Cultural Mediation (2009); University of Bremen - is currently PhD fellow at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (Visual Communication and Expertise) and visiting lecturer at the department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University (Durham NC, USA).

Before he served as Steering Committee Member of the Research Center “Visual Communication and Expertise” (Jacobs University Bremen) and was working as research associate in the BMBF-funded project „Visual–Film–Discourse“ (Jacobs University Bremen) on the categorization and image typologies of news images and the use of image archives and databases in news production.

Creative industries - Creativity vs. Industry

You can find the recording of Talk 3 here:

Watch the recording

„What is Creativity?“ was the initial question of the third online discussion. The notion of „creativity“ is used widely across application calls, national (regional, local) cultural policies and strategies for culture, missions and visions of art and cultural organizations and especially of various financing bodies. But what does it really mean to „support creative art projects“ or „develop creativity“ and is it possible to grasp for what exactly this term stands for? This question is even more relevant having in mind that the next funding programme of European Commission (2014-2020) bears the title „Creative Europe“.

Prof. Dr. phil. Gernot Wolfram

is a cultural scientist, author and publicist. He studied Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, German Literature and Linguistics at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen as well as Communication Sciences and German Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2006 he works as expert for Intercultural Communication for the “Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung” (Federal Agency for Civic Education) in Berlin. Since 2009 he is an expert member of the Team Europe of the European Commission in Brussels with the core themes Intercultural and Cultural Projects. Currently he works as Professor for Media- and Arts Management at the MHMK University Berlin and as Professor for Cultural Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein in Tirol.

Networking beyond Shengen

You can find the slides and the recording of Talk 2 here

Slides of Victoria Ivanova

Slides of Philipp Dietachmair

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Schengen refers to the paradoxical principle that ensures free movement of persons within the Schengen area, but at the same time excludes the rest of the world while establishing a so-called “Fortress Europe”. Victoria Ivanova (UA) and Philipp Dietachmair (AT) have discussed the potentials and challenges of the international cultural cooperation beyond such geopolitical borders, based on “best practice” examples.

Victoria Ivanova

is a co-founder, strategy manager and curator at the cultural center IZOLYATSIA (Donetsk, Ukraine). She is also a member of the International Coalition for Arts, Human Rights, and Social Justice and the European Union Access to Culture Platform. In the past, Victoria has worked on projects pertaining to civil liberties, death penalty (Reprieve, UK), and youth empowerment (Envision, UK). She studied law, as well as politics and philosophy in London and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.

Philipp Dietachmair

is a program manager at the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in charge of the EU Neighborhood Program. He develops and manages long-term cultural policy and capacity development initiatives for the cultural sector in Ukraine, in the Republic of Moldova, Belarus, Turkey, the South East Mediterranean, Russia, and the Western Balkans. From 1999 to 2001, he coordinated higher education development projects and organized cultural events in Sarajevo, Bosnia–Herzegovina for the World University Service (WUS) in Austria.

Online Knowledge Exchange in International Cultural Work

You can find the slides and the recording of Talk 1 here:

Slides of David Röthler

Slides of Goran Tomka

Watch the recording

The online series KumaTalks has started on March 24 with a first talk about the online knowledge exchange in the international cultural practice. David Röthler presented the Web Conference as a networking and public relations tool and pointed out its advantages and challenges on the example of the Adobe Connect system.

Goran Tomka focused on specific aspects of the virtual communication within the context of today's Serbian culture.

Goran Tomka (Serbia)

is a doctoral student in the program “Management in culture and media” at the University of Arts in Belgrade. He is concerned with the topic crowdsourcing among others and has organized various online projects such as theatreserbia.net and pogledajme.net.

David Röthler (Austria)

is co-initiator of the meetings Treffpunkt Kultur Management and founder of the platform projektkompetenz.eu.