Impact of creative communities on identity and economy of cities

The discussion will explore how artistic content can serve as a catalyst for urban transformation, with a focus on the experiences of professionals whose careers are intertwined with urban revitalization through urban (sub)cultures. Drawing parallels between Berlin and Belgrade, the panelists will examine the potential for artistic initiatives to shape the identity of a city. They will also address the inevitable phenomenon of gentrification that often follows the revitalization of neglected neighborhoods through art projects, posing a challenge to the sustainability of cultural activism and artistic endeavors. By sharing insights of direct actors involved in the urban transformation processes of both cities, the founders of Holzmarkt, Tresor Club, and Kraftwerk in Berlin and Mikser House and Monolog Gallery in Belgrade, the panel aims to shed light on successful strategies and commonalities between Berlin and Belgrade in navigating the complexities of urban development and preserving the essence of artistic communities amidst evolving city landscapes.

With her expertise in intellectual capital and cultural economics, moderator Biserka Komnenic will draw upon her background in the economics of the creative sector and her understanding of the role of intangible values in driving business success, to stir the discussion toward the conclusions – can we quantify the impact of creative communities to the economy of cities and are scenarios of economic independence and self-sustainability of cultural and creative sector possible in the current urban growth models at all. 

Panelists

Mario Husten, founder, Holzmarkt 25, Berlin [Germany]

Benjamin Scheerbarth, architect, co-founder of Office ParkScheerbarth [Germany]

Dimitri Hegemann, Tresor club owner and cultural activist [Germany]

Denis Leo Hegić, architect and art curator, founder of Monolog Galery [Germany / Serbia]

Ivan Lalić, playwright and cultural manager, founder of Mikser House in Belgrade and Sarajevo [Serbia]

 

Moderator: 

Biserka Komnenić, economist, expert for intellectual capital, professor at Business School Novi Sad [Serbia]

Dorćol Platz - glavna sala

24. maj

12.00 -13.15

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Mario Husten
founder, Holzmarkt 25, Berlin `{`Germany`}`

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Benjamin Scheerbarth
architect, co-founder of Office ParkScheerbarth `{`Germany`}`

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Dimitri Hegemann
Tresor club owner and cultural activist `{`Germany`}`

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Denis Leo Hegić
architect and art curator, founder of Monolog Galery `{`Germany / Serbia`}`

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Ivan Lalić
playwright and cultural manager, founder of Mikser House in Belgrade and Sarajevo `{`Serbia`}`

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Biserka Komnenić
economist, expert for intellectual capital, professor at Business School Novi Sad `{`Serbia`}`