Culture 2.0 is a permanent discussion project of the Forum, and the key component of its educational program. The Open Lecture series will consider culture through the prism of the new normal.
The focus of Open Lectures Culture 2.0 is on technologies in contemporary culture: from digital and virtual technologies to social practices, technologies of setting up public spaces, inclusive and educational cultural projects, etc.
The Open Lectures project regularly holds travelling sessions, in which figures from the fields of culture, the arts and sciences visit different regions to discuss important issues and share their experience with others in the sector. Another important activity is cooperation with regional cultural forums, which are visited by experts as part of the Culture 2.0 project. Traveling sessions were held with great success in Murmansk, Yaroslavl, Syktyvkar, Kaliningrad, Ulyanovsk and Samara.
Culture 2.0 Zoom, a new youth initiative, caters to those who are first finding their way into culture. Representatives of different professions in the sphere of culture inform young people about working in the creative sector, the trade secrets of different cultural professions, and give their opinion on how technology might transform their work.
This year, Culture 2.0 events will focus on the relationships and interengagement between culture, the urban environment and technology. Invited international experts will share their experience with the practical applications of artificial intelligence and discuss video art, crypto art and storytelling, collaborations and other new cultural phenomena.
In 2020, the Open Lectures pursued a main theme that focused on the development of societies and technology, and the change that the latter brought to all spheres of life and creativity. The various event formats included discussions, lectures, public talks and battles on cultural topics.
Experts from different countries will discuss the influence of technological progress on development of music culture, in particular, electronic music, and will present their unique projects. Representatives of the museum community will talk about the changing priorities in their work, and the consequences of museums trying to attract larger audiences by becoming accessible recreation venues. Together with the invited participants we will discuss the phenomenon of modern culture, ways of creative self-expression, characteristic for representatives of the new generation, digital technologies, and their influence on arts. We will also try to predict future scenarios of cultural development.