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Digital hack: Goethe festival uses tech to innovate culture

  • Josa Lukman

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 21 2020   /  01:00 am
Cultural access: Goethe-Institut's Festival Retas Budaya (Cultural Hack Festival), held entirely online, celebrated culture and technology in support of an open data-sharing ecosystem.(Courtesy of Goethe-Institut Indonesien/-)

Galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM institutions) are often seen as repositories of human civilization and culture, both past and present. Visiting one in person can sometimes require substantial effort, however. Perhaps GLAM institutions are concentrated in a large metropolis, or the entry ticket is a tad too high when combined with transportation costs; not to mention that the pandemic has closed most nonessential venues and placed restrictions on movement. On the other hand, the pandemic has also prompted many of these institutions to adapt and improvise. Virtual tours and walkarounds have replaced physical ones, while seminars have become webinars that are streamed into visitors’ homes. Goethe-Institut’s Hack Your Culture Festival – or Festival Retas Budaya (Cultural Hack Festival) in its Indonesian incarnation – is a timely event that ca...