The ninth edition of “Raumwelten – Platform for Scenography, Architecture and Media” is streamed from Karlskaserne Art Center Ludwigsburg under the motto “Please Install New Spatial System Now!”. The Kunstzentrum is a wonderful example of how a place becomes a space for new creative worlds. The historic grounds of former Karlskaserne feature workshops and rehearsal rooms for dance, theatre, music, and visual arts, a large and a small stage, an exhibition space, and an inspiring open-air area. Covering an area of around ten thousand square metres, it has developed into a creative centre that is respected far beyond the city limits – all this in close proximity to the Forum am Schlosspark, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, the Film- und Medienzentrum, and the Academy of Performing Arts. An ideal space, both inside and outside, for exploring the question: How does spatial communication work in a (post-)pandemic time? What opportunities arise and what positive changes does the coronavirus crisis entail?
Municipalities also face major challenges related to public space, which is currently regulated for health protection: wearing of masks, limiting of contacts, earlier closing times. The task now is to maintain public life as far as possible. The spatial dimension of the world as we know it is also affected: avoidance of unnecessary travel, reduced access to (event/cultural) spaces. Life in the pandemic has spatial and social restrictions. But politics and businesses know: distance should not lead to isolation. Communication in public and work spaces must be reorganised. Society and every individual will have to develop new spatial competence.
It is therefore very important that the Raumwelten Conference wants to provide answers to such questions, especially in these times. The online form allows guests to participate despite all restrictions. Even if the communication exchange will be unaccustomed – I am pleased that the Conference is taking place.
Wishing you success and good health,
Dr. Matthias Knecht
Lord Mayor of the city of Ludwigsburg