Thank you, everyone!

We hope that you agree that the Cultural Typhoon in Europe 2017 in Nürnberg has successfully become a place where many individuals from various different cultures and origins were able to share and fruitfully discuss ideas and concepts of urban utopias by presenting their research, art works, narratives, images, videos, sounds, texts, and talks about the various forms.

For us, our very personal utopia of the Cultural Typhoon to successfully take place in Nürnberg has been already realized; the next step will be to bundle all these individual utopias presented by you at the CTE and our utopia of organizing the CTE in a corresponding publication.12524105_562537700574316_7166228704767655684_n


After the storm is before the storm – Call for hosts!


After the storm 2017 has died down, the happy and exhausted team from Nuernberg hang around – we structured  us new, made plans and collected our power! Behind the scenes, a publication is in progress, the IFAH welcomes new partners & team members and we have to say thanks to everyone who enriched these days!

Now, the Cultural Typhoon in Europe is searching for his next spot to rise up again!

So here the call!

Where is the Cultural Typhoon in Europe 2018 going to swirl?

You like to know more?
You are interested in hosting the CTE in 2018?
Just write us an email at and we will be happy to share our experience, knowledge and resources with you.

Beware, Utopia @ CT in Europe 2017

The exhibition “Beware, Utopia” within the CT in Europe 2017 was visited by 1000 people. 15 international artists contributed to it with their individual expressions of urban utopia.

Many thanks to our fotographers Tom Leather, Sugar Ray Banister and Nils A. Petersen.


Blowed minds @ CT in Europe 2017

The CT in Europe 2017 was enriched by the presentations of 35 researches. They attended to seven pannels: I Urban Futurologies II Urban Planning, Utopian Critique and Densification III Creativity and Claiming Space IV The Future of Media in the Digital Age V Alternative Urban Spaces VI The Future of Migration VII Urban Activist and Art Spaces in East Asia

Many thanks to our fotographers Tom Leather and Sugar Ray Banister.


mmo @ CT in Europe 2017

Titus Spree contributed to the CT in Europe 2017 with a tour of the “moving micro office” (mmo), a two square meter tiny office space on wheels moving through different urban environments temporarily occupying available open space.
mmo was first realized in Tokyo in the year 2000, when it toured through an eastern downtown neighborhood called Mukojima.
In the summer of 2017 in Berlin, the micro office featured “small window”, a tiny two-story house from the Mukojima area. Small window pops up at different locations creating a contrast to the larger scaled german urban development, temporarily changing the sense of place and scale.
Through the passionate support and documentation of a mini tour in Nuernberg by the artistic power duo Tom Leather & Chris Weiss, the visitors of the exhibition “Beware, Utopia!” saw the urban space of Nuernberg from this special human scale perspective.

photos: (c) Tom Leather


Party cooperation experiment Q 17 | Q18

Next to the Cultural Typhoon exhibition 2017 something magical is going on – in one part of the same hall (Halle 18) another project team is creating “Q17 | Q18 – PARTICIPATE” with an open concept. Creators, cultural initiatives and organizations of all kinds will be able to temporarily benefit from the infrastructure of the still vacant hall on “the flow”.

Thanks to the Q 17 |  Q 18 team! We are looking forward to synergy, cooperation & inspiration from each other!


Q17 | Q18

& The Cultural Typhoon


23.09, 21:30 in Hall 18 on AEG


Florian Seyberth (Sonic Space Disco / Boozoo Bajou / K7 Records)

Babis Cloud (Belly Cloud / Zoom Club)

Code Canary (live)




Q17 | Q18 – WORK IN PROGRESS (2013)

Q17 | Q18 – SENSES (2015)

Q17 | Q18 – PARTICIPATE (2017)

What is a Cultural Typhoon?

The Cultural Typhoon is an academic and cultural event that involves presentations and interactions based on an equal relationship among individuals of various positions, having its origins in Japan. Unrestricted by the existent form of academic conferences and symposiums, this event aims to facilitate a space for free and vigorous exchange of opinions as well as intellectual discussion between scholars within the academia as well as amongst social activists and artists who express themselves through myriad types of media.

At the time of a preparatory meeting for the first Cultural Typhoon in Japan in 2003 an actual typhoon was approaching, almost obfuscating the inaugurative event. Based on this occurrence, the organizers decided to call the event “Cultural Typhoon”, because, similarly to the scope and idea of this event, a typhoon moves forward while sucking in everything in its vicinity, then spitting out energy while moving away in an unpredictable direction. A trail is left in its wake, and sometimes, an unexpected meeting of heart and mind will have occurred. It is precisely this image of the ‘typhoon’ that we envisage as we engage in the work of ‘cultural typhoon’. Since its inception, cultural typhoon has managed to carve out a unique space which supersedes conventional academic boundaries in Japan.

More specifically, the Japanese version of the Cultural Typhoon:

– has occasioned people of different background and positions to engage in dialogue over a specific issue in Japan, thus suggesting new possibilities for working together;

– has seen the participation of not only researchers engaging in cultural and political issues, but also artists, activists and performers;

– has seen large-scale participation of between 500~1000 people;

– has seen overseas participation, particularly from Asian regions, and has provided an important exchange platform for domestic and overseas researchers and cultural practitioners;

– has organized film festivals, workshops, booth exhibitions, performances, free radio and free television, cafes and club parties in parallel with research presentations and symposia;

– has focused on a different issue or raised a slogan in each conference, in order to critically engage with the question of cultural politics in a specific way;

– in order to break the hierarchically-ordered divisions between lecturers, postgraduate students and undergraduate students, has striven to create a space where young researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students can more easily give voice to themselves.

May, 30 Lecture & Preparations

Titus Spree / Linda Havenstein

Raum – Utopie – Community

Kulturwerkstatt auf AEG, Kleiner Saal, 19:00 Uhr

Titus Spree und Linda Havenstein geben sowohl Einblicke in eigene Arbeiten, als auch in die Arbeiten von weiteren Künstlern aus Deutschland und Japan. Sie nehmen die Auseinandersetzung mit Räumen in den Fokus. Anlass ihrer Präsentation ist ein aufziehender Sturm, der „Cultural Typhoon in Europe“ im September 2017 in Nürnberg.

Titus Spree (*1966) ist ein in Deutschland geborener Architekt, Künstler und Dozent. Als Professor wirkt er an Japans südlichster Universität, der Ryukyu Universität auf Okinawa.

Linda Havenstein (*1984) erhielt 2011 einen M.A. in Japanologie von der Universität Leipzig und lebt und arbeitet seit 2011 in Berlin.



Extended Deadline: CfP until May 16

The team of the Cultural Typhoon in Europe 2017 got the commitment to get a lot of more inspirational space. That comes from the friendly team of Kulturbüro Muggenhof in the Kulturwerkstatt @ AEG, one of the most interesting former industrial areas in Nürnberg next to QUELLE which is today a creative center of the western part of Nürnberg.  There, we have got the opportunity for exhibition and other experimental projects.

So we decided to give more graduates the chance to take part in the CT. Therefore, the extended Call for contributions deadline is May 16, 2017.