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Art of Coding – Demoscene is a living, breathing digital culture


The digital culture initiative Art of Coding was presented in the Assembly 2019 festival with several presentations. In the second one Tobias ‘Melkor’ Kopka and Jukka O. “Grendel” Kauppinen talk about the living, breathing and everchanging world of demoscene and how it is digital culture.

Both in Germany and Finland the major cultural organizations are behind the Unesco initiative and they understand how digital culture is changing the world – and has changed it already. Demoscene with its many forms made it possible to connect different countries and cultures into an active, participating underground activity which bred and still breeds new ways of doing and being.

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The “Art of Coding” campaign aims to inscribe the demoscene on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a digital and social practice, which includes many core elements of the digital world.

Tobias Kopka is a founding member of Digitale Kultur e.V. and serves today as Festival Director of Ludicious. He tells: “Digital culture has been so omnipresent in recent decades that we are speaking of post-digital culture for some time: as digital has invaded so many spaces, that differentiating digital from non-digital culture is merely artificial today. Hence it´s only right to put the Demoscene in the center of our UNESCO initiative, as it is representing some of the earliest forms of converging digital and physical culture, still living and vibrant today.”

The Assembly festival is one of Europe’s oldest and biggest events with continuous strong demoscene involvement. The first Assembly was organized in 1992.

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