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Berliner Zeitung - Germany | 25/10/2006

"Kosmopolis" - an interdisciplinary literature festival

Brigitte Preissler looks enviously to Barcelona's young and innovative literature biennial "Kosmopolis" and asks: "When does Berlin take such an interdisciplinary approach in its reflections on literature?" She reports that "the festival attracted the kind of young, good-looking and trendy clientele you only see at Popkomm in Germany. This kind of people are the trainees at literature festivals in Germany." She points out that the director of the festival Juan Insua is aiming "for a 'free discourse without any restrictions'. Insua, who was born in Argentina, doesn't regard books as outdated, but he wants to combine traditional text formats with modern ones. This broader concept of literature is apparently shared by many in Barcelona's literary circles. A large and communicative audience listened with great interest to physicist and computer-game designer Chris Crawford talk about the narrative potential of computer games. Crawford encouraged his audience to learn about maths and programming languages, pointing out that every good artist must also learn to use certain repugnant techniques."

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