Heizhaus impressions

(c) Thilo Schaffert


Institute for Applied Heterotopia (IFAH)

The spirit of this years Cultural Typhoon Europe is connected to the visionary ideas and tools from the Institute for Applied Heterotopia (IFAH) to inspire and stimulate dialogues between academic, artistic and activist contributions.

IFAH is the result of a critical discourse in the field of urban tranformation and urban public space that lasted for months. Finally, the team of independent artists and sociological scientists in Barcelona, Dresden and Nürnberg founded the institute at the beginning of 2016 to be able to create artistic and scientific tools beyond political or economical determination.


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.


IFAH, one of the organizers of the Cultural Typhoon 2017,  has its roots in Barcelona, Dresden and Nürnberg.
In Nürnberg, it has an office at Heizhaus, a cultural laboratory of a realized urban utopia next to the grounds of Nürnberg’s QUELLE mail-order firm. There, heizhaus.DISKURSE is starting right now to light up the future usage of the building and it´s potential as a pilot project in urban planning processes.