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Next ‘Art of Coding’ landmark achieved: Germany is nominating the Demoscene for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage

Shortly after the recent breakthrough for digital culture in Finland, the demoscene achieved a next major success in Germany. As the Ministry of Culture and Science in North Rhine-Westphalia announced, the demoscene is nominated for inclusion in the national German UNESCO register for intangible cultural heritage.

Together with three other cultural practices, the jury selected the demoscene as worthy of recognition from a total of 18 applications. Responsible for the application was Digitale Kultur e.V., a Cologne based non-profit organization, which aims at supporting the demoscene and is organizing one of the biggest annual Demopartys Evoke.

Because Germany’s UNESCO procedure is two-step, it’s now up to a second independent commission of experts at the federal level to decide the national recognition until the beginning of 2021.

At the latest with the nomination in Germany the Demoscene’s UNESCO approach became a serious transnational undertaking, which will be continued in other countries soon. At EFGAMP we are even more confident then before, that on the base of the decisions in Finland and Germany we will be able to meet our responsibility for the international application coordination by help submitting an international application finally. Since the demoscene has developed substantially in Europe, this is also a great opportunity to name a decidedly European cultural practice which, as digital, is inseparably linked to present and future cultural and social conditions.

The demoscene has been a playground for border crossers and creative explorers of the digital revolution since the beginning of the home computer era in the early 1980s. The demoscene excels in creating new, innovative audiovisual art using both modern and retro computer hardware. It is a global phenomenon and has influenced many other digital contexts. It is a cultural phenomenom both  in digital and physical stage, with tight international relations, activity, meetings and strong sense of community, creating a whole new kind of digital subculture.

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