Virtual LiVe Colloquium – Abstracts

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8th Colloquium

24 March 2022

Title: Special Edition – Meet the Experts of the Hybrid Live Concert Kesselhaus Berlin / Planetarium Bochum
Speaker: Billy Andrews (The Dark Tenor), Sören Birke (Kesselhaus Berlin), Sven Giersch (Planetarium Bochum), Andreas Schaffner (K-tel), Manuel Schiewe (Fraunhofer FOKUS), Ulli Scuda (Fraunhofer IIS), Robert Seeliger (Fraunhofer FOKUS), Christian Weissig (Fraunhofer HHI)

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7th Colloquium

23 February 2022

Title: Immersive storytelling in the context of art and culture with new technologies in public spaces.
Silke Ababneh (CEO, Founder & Creative Director vr4content)

In this presentation, the company’s and others’ immersive use cases for augmented reality (AR) arts and cultural events will be discussed. XR has already arrived in culture. What are the current AR applications in culture and art? What are the potentials for marketing and knowledge transfer? This talk will present the latest trends based on own and external projects.


6th Colloquium

22 December 2021

Title: Spin-offs & Fraunhofer start-up collaborations – CoLab, AHEAD & FTTF support technology transfer from initial utilization ideas to financing.
Speaker: CoLab, AHEAD & FTTF

CoLab is the support program at Fraunhofer for initiating, devolping and implementing Fraunhofer startup collaborations in technology transfer. We bring Fraunhofer technologies and external founders/startups together, prepare them as tandems in a structured way for the AHEAD program and continue to accompany the teams in AHEAD.

AHEAD is the accelerator program of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. In addition to the pre-qualified teams from the CoLab, our offer supports in particular teams of Fraunhofer Intrapreneurs & Founders in founding startups or developing licensable products on the basis of Fraunhofer technology. In an iterative approach we work with the participants on challenges around market, product, team, IP and business model. In doing so, we provide the right tools, methods, networks and coaching to provide the necessary skills and contacts in the field of high-tech entrepreneurship. Through our work, we increase the chances of success of licensed products as well as Fraunhofer spin-offs and increase the attractiveness for venture capital to enter.

FTTF stands for “Fraunhofer Technology Transfer Fund” (FTTF) and is Germany’s first TechTransfer Fund. It finances start-ups using Fraunhofer technology with up to 250 k€ directly after the foundation or pre-seed phase. In subsequent financing rounds, up to an additional 5 m€ can be invested, but then together with other investors who often come from the company’s own network. The portfolio already includes a number of teams that have previously been accompanied by AHEAD and the CoLab. The team sees itself as co-founders and actively supports the establishment of the company.

In their collaboration, the three offerings from CoLab, AHEAD and FTTF pursue the goal of increasing both the number and success rate of spin-offs with Fraunhofer technologies.


5th Colloquium:

24 November 2021

Title: Insight into the digital stage: The project ‘The Digital Stage –’ introduces itself
Speaker: Digital Stage

Many ensembles are currently looking for solutions to rehearse or even perform online. Common video conferencing solutions are usually speech-optimized, suppress quiet voices and are unsuitable for music and theater due to long time delays. The Digital Stage offers a remedy in the form of a modular audio-video conferencing service optimized for the needs of music, dance, theater and performing arts. For rehearsals, live performances and teaching – online on the Internet and distributed from home. The presentation gives both an overview on The Digital Stage project and an insight into the technical details.


4th Colloquium:

22 September 2021

Title: Social Media Platforms and Selected Use Cases from the Festival Landscape
Speaker: Sönke Kirchhof (Executive Producer / CEO, INVR.SPACE GmbH)

With the onset of the pandemic in 2020, the Berlinale festival season began, and suddenly both large institutions and small cultural events – as well as almost all industries – were forced to convert their offerings almost entirely to online. A number of platforms quickly emerged that allowed different levels of interaction with different numbers of people / their avatars. The development was so fast that meanwhile even first platforms are forming their own award category within festivals and conferences (like the VR Days Europe in Amsterdam) or the different builds are listed as a separate category within festivals like the Venice Biennale.


3rd Colloquium:

18 August

Title: Open Round Table on the Subject “Virtual and Hybrid Trade Fairs”

What could future trade fairs and conferences look like? Which technologies are necessary, in order to digitize such events or to realize them as hybrid events? Which challenges have to be resolved that such events are as immersive, intuitive and profitable as possible for all participants? We would like to try to answer those questions and numerous others conjointly with you. Moreover, we intend to create a first rough sketch of how a possible validation project or a feasibility study could look like.


2nd Colloquium:

21 July 2021

Title: Connected Adventures – Six Projects of the Dresden Symphony Orchestra 2006-2024
: Markus Rindt (Intendant, Dresdner Sinfoniker)

The Dresden Symphony Orchestra leaves the traditional concert hall and looks for places where ideas and feelings, where the burning and relevant questions are to be found. They connect with people across continents, in real time, with technical means, but also with a wink. Their programs are musical syntheses of arts in which the levels of time, place, style and culture interpenetrate and influence each other. This intensifies and sharpens the perception of music towards an actively experienced, contemporary art form.
Six examples: In “Remote Conducting” from 2008, a conductor in concert dress stands on the banks of the Thames in London, where passersby mistake him and an accompanying barrel organ player for exalted street musicians. In the process, his conducting is transmitted by satellite to Dresden, where his orchestra follows him in a classical concert setting. In the “Hochhaussinfonie” a huge apartment block on Dresden’s history-steeped Prager Straße mutates into the Battleship Potemkin. The musicians of the orchestra are connected from 43 individual balconies and provide the soundtrack to the Eisenstein film. It is about the revolutions of the 20th century, about social upheavals and their effects on all of us… The project “Codex Dresdensis – Concert at the End of Time” creates the connection between a Mayan manuscript kept in a museum in Dresden and living indigenous culture in Mexico, concentrated in a joint, media-combined concert. With the crowdfunding project “Tear down this wall”, the Sinfonikers then in fact go to America and initiate a music festival on the border between Mexico and the USA, meant as a call to overcome everything that separates us in our minds. In 2019, “Himmel über Prohlis” transforms an entire Dresden district into a gigantic open-air concert hall. The instrumentalists spread out on high apartment blocks, whose residents and their guests on the surrounding streets will be enveloped in sound. The music of the evening was written especially for this location and is aimed decidedly at the residents of the prefabricated buildings. Finally, the “Europasinfonie”, a project in planning, takes a look at our common cultural area of Europe. The Dresden Symphony Orchestra will connect with eleven other top European orchestras via ultra-fast fiber optic cable: musical European understanding in real time and at eye level. A plea for Europe.


1st Colloquium:

23 June 2021

Title: Future of Live Entertainment
Speaker: Sven Bliedung von der Heide (Volucap)

From mega events in Fortnite to musicians in the living room. New opportunities, formats and digital platforms for live events – Sven Bliedung von der Heide provides an overview and introduction to the status quo and latest trends.