Who would have thought twenty years ago how authentic the statement would become one day: "My computer is my window to the world."
Sure, there was already facebook, ebay and youtube. With the messenger from yahoo, facebook and various other services, the world was getting closer and closer. My widely dispersed family also came together again - albeit in a rather noncommittal way. I found out on facebook that one of my nieces from Schleswig-Holstein is now a vegetarian and campaigns for animal rights. Another, who lives in England, regularly posted dance performances in which she had participated. And my sister, who has lived in Mexico for decades, sent me heaps of photos of her children, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law from Tampico, Mexico City and Monterrey. In the last photo was her first grandson. Everything digital, no more expensive prints required. Digital photography had gained a foothold worldwide.
The digital boost from Corona
And today? Corona has given digitization a big kick in the ass at all levels, finally ALL have to 'take the hot iron in hand'. Go then! My “window to the world” has become increasingly colourful and diverse in a flash. While real life has become more and more restricted by lockdowns, ordinances and regulations, digital life is becoming more and more exciting, including right outside my door. Or rather, beyond all doors: on the Internet. Because that is where all those who create art and culture, who want to educate, educate, and entertain have just withdrawn.
(The category for online events ) Rubrik für Online-Veranstaltungen on the website www.hannover.de alone is a real treasure trove, in which I have repeatedly “stuck” and / or “stuck” to interesting articles since it was discovered. I find myself visiting a studio of an artist community and eagerly listen to the explanations of a protagonist about the complex creation processes of his pictures. Or I am captivated by a discussion between the black stage actress Thelma Buabeng and the black presenter Tarik Tesfu (about racism) über Rassismus at the literary salon. I had known for a long time that FAUST TV and the Pavillon on Air streaming stage as well as (the media library of the Schauspiel Hannover )die Mediathek des Schauspiel Hannover egularly contribute to the enrichment of the virtual cultural world. But how instructive it can be to rummage outside the box from time to time is shown to me every day in the digital world with its constantly emerging innovative formats.
'High culture' and 'fear of threshold' were yesterday
The nice thing about it is that my "window to the world" makes no difference. It's democratic. There are lifestreams from the Sprengelmuseum as well as from the Kunstverein or theTAK and DESIMO.The Hanover Music Center and the NDR Radiophilharmonie offer live music in the video stream. Readings in the literary salon and discussions with the authors can be found as video recordings on the corresponding website. Some offers are only valid on fixed dates, but many are always online. Not everything, but a lot, is completely free of charge.
It is worthwhile to take a virtual discovery day every now and then. Why not go on a treasure hunt on the internet? The best finds could be awarded at some point. The reward is in any case the expansion of your own horizon :)