The Luminale’s TALK category invites experts and citizens to get together for interdisciplinary dialogue and discourse on light, the city and the future.

Frankfurt is growing dynamically, and the city is facing the challenge of sustainably shaping this growth in harmony with its residents’ the quality of life. The same applies to neighboring Offenbach, Germany's most international city. More than ever before, this complex task requires different perspectives and the networking of experts from the areas of technology, ecology, economics, architecture and sociology. It requires the visionary power of art to tackle urban changes and, last but not least, the involvement and commitment of its citizens. The Luminale casts light on these issues, linking the popular Light Festival with a debate on urban design that includes structural, economic, ecological, social and technological aspects and, last but not least, artistic positions.

In the FESTIVAL CENTRE, the Instituto Cervantes, located in the former Amerika-Haus (Staufenstraße 1, 60323 Frankfurt), Luminale TALK offers opportunity and scope for dialogue and discourse with renowned experts from the areas of art, culture, science and politics.

Courtesy of Buena Vista, the festival center will be serving drinks and tapas. The equipment for the festival center is kindly provided by Vitra.

13.03.20: HIGH-RISE CITY FRANKFURT

Hardly any other German metropolis is growing as quickly as Frankfurt - and nowhere else are so many tower blocks being built. In many of the world's major cities, high-rise buildings are the answer to urgent housing needs. They vertically expand the urban space and create maximum living space on minimal floor space. Today, skyscrapers are part of Frankfurt's established cityscape, the city's landmark and a defining attribute. With skyscrapers, all matters of urban design are concentrated on one or more structures - densification, health aspects, safety, climate, social and environmental aspects. The issues of the times manifest themselves in Frankfurt’s skyscrapers. How do we want to live in our cities? And at what cost?

In cooperation with the Association of German Architects (BDA) in the federal state of Hessen

Moderator: Rainer Schulze, editor of the Rhein-Main-Zeitung of the F.A.Z., responsible for urban planning and architecture
Rainer Ewerrien, author and actor, will introduce the program.

The Events: 

12–12:45 h: FROM THE FIRST HIGH-RISE TO THE SKYLINE
Lecture by Philipp Sturm, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)

13–13:45 h: FROM THE IDEA TO THE SYKSCRAPER
Lecture by Simon Ruppert, Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure

14–15:15 h: LUXURY? LIFESTYLE? LOVE? LIFE IN THE TOWERS
Six high-rise residents report
Brief talks by Barbara Raabe / Ben Gabel / Prof. Maren Harnack / Jorge Garcia / Julia Mantel / Bruno Steinert

15:30–17 h: WAYS OUT OF THE HOUSING CRISIS
Can high-rise residential buildings make a contribution?
Panel with Mike Josef / Prof. Susanne Heeg / Claudia Meixner / Thomas Horn

Does not take place: 17:15–18:15 h: ICONIC CITIES
On Media Facades and the Hong Kong Symphony of Lights
Lecture (in English with simultaneous translation) by Simon McCartney, illumination Physics Pty Ltd.

18:30–19:30 h: FUTURE CITY SCENARIO’S
Lecture and Talk (English, with simultaneous translation) with Ben van Berkel

14.03.20: Digital Romantic

With this theme, the Luminale 2020 seeks to inspire a discussion on the seemingly contradictory, for light, as a medium and material (of art as well as urban design), unites exactly these contradictions: light is digital and romantic at the same time, light transforms, enchants familiar places and adds new levels of vision and meaning. The aim is to explore not only the artistic, but also the historical, social and urbanistic dimensions of the chosen focus. Thus, Luminale-TALK is about romanticism as a historico-cultural epoch, about new romanticism in urban centres, about digital romance on online dating platforms and, finally, about the issue of reconciling the digital and the romantic in the course of the great social upheavals we are currently witnessing. Is a new romanticism the answer to the objectification of man through the digital, and can the digital be romantic - or the romantic digital?

In cooperation with the Freie Deutscher Hochstift, Frankfurt

Moderator: Michael Hierholzer, head of the F.A.Z. Rhein-Main-Zeitung’s Culture Department
Rainer Ewerrien, author and actor, will introduce the program.

The Events

 

12–14 h: ARTISTS IN TALK
Luminale Participants present their works

14:15–15 h: THE GERMAN ROMANTIK- MUSEUM IN FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Lecture by Prof. Anne Bohnenkamp-Renken, Freies Deutsches Hochstift

15:15–16:30 h: ROMANTIC VIEWS OF THE CITY
Panel Discussion with Dr. Mareike Hennig / Michael Guntersdorf / Nikolaus Hirsch

16:45–18:15 h: DIGITAL ROMANCE
Panel Discussion with Barghavi Govindarajan / Dr. Kai Dröge / Robin K. Bieber

18:30–20 h: UPHEAVAL, NEW BEGINNINGS - ROMANTIK 2.0?
Panel Discussion with Prof. Wolfgang Bunzel / Prof. Melanie Jaeger-Erben / Prof. Matthias Wagner K

(Urban) Nature

The call for a sustainable approach to nature and its resources sounds louder than ever. Although ecological awareness has grown and nature conservation is increasingly enshrined in law, the ecosystems are deteriorating under the weight of our consumption. With the publication of the World Biodiversity Council's (IPBES) report in May 2019, the extent to which mankind has damaged nature around the globe was made manifestly clear: Around one million animal and plant species worldwide are threatened with extinction - a wake-up call to the global community. The loss of biodiversity not only affects the environment, but likewise the economy, as well as political and social stability. What must be done to stop the catastrophe? Why is biodiversity so important? What are the interactions between biodiversity and climate? What role does the city play with its colourful mix of habitats? With urban nature as its theme, the Luminale seeks to highlight its importance for the preservation of biodiversity and the quality of life in the city, while, at the same time, raising the relevant awareness among all involved in urban planning: planners, architects, politicians, public authorities, municipal utilities, citizens. In cooperation with the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

Moderator: Mechthild Harting, editor at the Rhine-Main editorial office of the F.A.Z. is, among other things, responsible for the topic of the environment with all its facets, such as climate adaptation in cities, the preservation of urban nature and the expansion of its biodiversity or the migration of animals from the countryside to the cities.
Rainer Ewerrien, author and actor, will introduce the program.

The Events

 

11–12:30 h: RACING EXTINCTION
Documentary film by Louie Psihoyos

12:30–13:30h: FACING EXTINCTION
Panel with Prof. Marion Mehring / Prof. Katrin Böhning-Gaese / Dieter Paulmann

14:00–15:30 h: FRANKFURT CITY NATURE ORIGINALS
Brief Talks of Pia Ditscher / Dr. Katja Heubach / Cornelis Hemmer / Volker Rothenburger / Dr. Christof Schenk / Prof. Georg Zizka

16:00–17:30 h: LOSS OF THE NIGHT
Panel Discussion with Thomas Erfert / Dr. Franz Hölker / Prof. Jörg Stehle / Tobias Ziegler

18:00–19:30 h: EXPEDITION TO THE POLAR SEA
Report from the MOSAiC-Expedition
Lecture and Discussion with Prof. Antje Boetius, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

NEWS Talk

12.11.2019

Innovative project in the festival center: high-rise dwellers wanted

For an innovative project, the Luminale is still looking for participants who would like to talk about their lives in a high-rise building. Embedded in lectures and panel discussions, a format entitled „Luxury, Lifestyle, Love - Living in the Towers“ is being developed, whereby several protagonists will briefly and entertainingly offer insights into their lives in the skyscrapers.

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20.09.2019

Antje Boetius startet Arktis-Expedition

Heute startet die MOSAiC-Expedition, bei der Wissenschaftler aus 19 Nationen die Arktis im Jahresverlauf erforschen. Am Sonntag, den 15. März 2020 wird Antje Boetius im TALK-Programm der Luminale über das spannende Projekt berichten.

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