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Happy New Year 2014 from Theatrum Mundi

Happy new year from Theatrum Mundi. We wanted to share some recent activity from various members of the Theatrum Mundi network.

With the Alfred Herrhausen Society and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, we host a public screening of Alexander Kluge’s three-part film series on modern civilisation, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, on cities, religion, and capitalism. The screenings will be followed by a post-film programme including Richard Sennett in conversation with Sir David Chipperfield, Angelika Neuwirth and José Casanova, and Saskia Sassen and Joseph Vogl. You can find more information here.

This year we launch from New York a ‘Designing for Free Speech’ challenge that asks architects, designers, activists, artists, and anyone interested in imagining new spaces in the city for free expression, to submit proposals for designing public spaces in New York City. Applicants will propose architectural or performative designs that transform spaces in New York City into places for public ‘demonstration’.

We continue to develop our ‘New Spaces for Literacy’ project from New York, which aims to stimulate international thinking about the design of spaces for literacy, re-imagined through community libraries.  You can read a review of our project here.

This year we launch our first digital publication ‘Ways of Hearing’, featuring thought pieces emerging from conversations from our Music and Architecture workshop series. These include Theatrum Mundi founder Richard Sennett, Laura Marcus, Goldsmith’s Professor of English Literature and Fellow of New College Oxford, Gwilym Gold and Lexxx, a musician, sound engineer and co-developers of Bronze and Ronan O’Hora, Head of Keyboard Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

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