Next Level - Festival for Games
Since 2010, the NRW KULTURsekretariat has been investigating interactive and participatory models of digital games culture with "Next Level", highlighting their potential and perspectives, but also their risks. The "Next Level - Festival for Games" has long since established itself as a nationally unique resonance space for the focused examination of the art and culture of digital games - "Next Level" sheds light on exemplary media art in the game context like no other festival.
The eleventh edition of "Next Level" will take place from 12 to 15 November 2020 at the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein in Essen and will once again present a broad spectrum of exhibitions and installations, adventure courses and performances, workshops and workshops, lectures and discussions.
The attractive festival programme, which lasts several days, is aimed at gamers of all ages, players from the games industry, art and culture managers, media artists, actors from game studies, journalists, media educators, teachers, parents and children.
The first festival run at Zollverein took place in autumn 2019 and, after three years each in Cologne, Dortmund and Düsseldorf, formed an inspiring start to an exciting three-year dialogue on digital change. The festival was organized in cooperation with the City of Essen and the Zollverein Foundation as well as many other partners and with the support of the NRW Ministry of Culture.
At the centre of this festival programme was an artistically curated game course by Sebastian Quack on the subject of balance. Closely linked to this, the live spy fi adventure "THEY Oh!K" by the artist duo Ubermorgen, in cooperation with the Scenic Research course of study at the Ruhr University Bochum, involved the entire festival audience.
The HfS Ernst Busch from Berlin presented several cooperative games on socio-political themes, some of which had up to 60 game ends. The Grimme Institute and the Mediennetzwerk.NRW brought together more than 100 journalists, content creators and game developers for an all-day exchange.
While scholarship holders of the Academy for Theatre and Digitality, Dortmund, presented their current research results, students and alumni of the KHM - Academy of Media Arts Cologne presented their work.
Games of the German Multimedia Award mb21 as well as school workshops, panels on topics such as games and right-wing extremist communities and lectures, for example by the CAIS - Center for Advanced Internet Studies from Bochum, supplemented the programme offer among many other activities.
The panel on games and right-wing extremist communities took up Horst Seehofer's statements in the ARD programme "Bericht aus Berlin" (Report from Berlin) after the anti-Semitic attack in Halle. The discussion, moderated by Christian Schiffer, was recorded by WDR 3 and broadcasted on So., 5.1.2020 in the Forum, to be heard here.