Vienna, Austria: The year 2024 began with a poignant reflection on our crumbling worlds, both metaphorically and philosophically. A panel of academics from various parts of the world gathered to remind us of the ongoing catastrophes surrounding us. The interdisciplinary symposium was organized around the theme of arts, digital spaces, decay, and contemporary ruination.
Titled Alles bröckelt which literally translates to 'everything is crumbling', the event took place at the International Research Centre for Cultural Studies of the University of Art and Design Linz in Vienna. The academics utilized the space to discuss current cultural, political, and social issues, including postcolonialism, social decay in Europe, community and memory, and ongoing ethnic cleansing in various parts of the world.
The following topics were presented:
Presenters employed various mediums to showcase their work, including game-based performance, documentary film, art installation, and, of course, the 'traditional' academic presentations.