At Dawn – Yoko Ono interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist

For the eighth time the “Digital-Life-Design” Conference takes place from January 22nd until January 24th in Munich. The name says it all as the dialogue about art and design is strongly connected with an interdisciplinary exchange. With this aspiration in mind DLD presents a series of discussions, organized and presented by the co-director of the Serpentine Gallery London, Hans Ulrich Obrist. The prelude on January 22nd is a conversation with artist, musician and film maker Yoko Ono. Her credo is “Imagine Peace” which makes her an exceptional personality and an icon of the peace movement. Together with John Lennon she held the legendary “Bed-In for Peace” at Amsterdam’s Hilton Hotel.

“Connect the Unexpected” and interdisciplinary relations – this is DLD’s philosophy. The amount of creative potential will be released during the high-quality round “Lights of Africa” on January 23rd on the subject of ‘ecopreneurship’. Hans Ulrich Obrist moderates the discussion with Jamie Drummond, Executive Director of Bono’s organization, artist Olafur Eliasson, who is well known for his stagings with light and electricity, Google-Chief Joseph Mucheru who is responsible for sub-Saharan Africa and Kenya and Arthur Itotia Njagi, program manager of IFC-Initiative “Lighting Africa”. Economic growth in Africa is strongly depended on electricity access. DLD will therefore deal with how to accomplish this goal, the necessity of entrepreneurial spirit, the importance of ecological sustainability, solar technique and “off-grid” energy and the role of fine arts.

The second DLD Arts Session will deal with new digital art forms. “Ways Beyond the Internet” addresses especially new digital art forms: how and where does art emerge with the Internet’s logic that the information society experiences through increasing digitalization and new ways of image productions and how is this reproduced within a non-digital reality? Artists and “Digital Natives” as Cory Arcangel (New York), Karen Archey (New York), Ed Fornieles (London) Keller/Kosmas (Berlin), Oliver Laric (Berlin), John Nash (London), Rafael Rozendaal (Amsterdam/Rio) will talk about their work and “Post-Internet” projects. The artists expose their work together with Ryan Trecartin, Helen Marten and Timur Si-Qin in the DLD12 exhibition “Ways Beyond The Internet”, realized by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Johannes Fricke Waldthausen.

Further information can be found at:

All those interested can follow the sessions via live streaming und blogging.
DLD is an invitation-only conference, but there is a simple process to apply to be considered for invitation.
For the final DLD12 tickets all those interested can apply here.
The cost for the three-day ticket is 2.750 €



For further information:
Michael A. Pries Corporate Communications, Hubert Burda Media
Mail: [email protected]

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is a multi-media artist whose thought provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, she was a conceptualist whose work encompassed performance, instructions, film, music and writing.

Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933, and moved to New York in 1953, following her studies in philosophy in Japan. By the late 50s, she had become part of the city’s vibrant avant-garde activities. In 1960, she opened her Chambers Street loft to a series of radical performance work, and exhibited realizations of some of her early conceptual works there. In 1961, she had a one-person show at the legendary AG Gallery in New York of her Instruction Paintings, and later that year performed a solo concert at Carnegie Recital Hall of revolutionary works involving movement, sound, and voice. In 1962, she returned to Tokyo, where she extended her New York performance at the Sogetsu Art Center, and showed her Instructions for Paintings there. In 1964 Yoko Ono performed Cut Piece in Kyoto and Tokyo, and published Grapefruit. The end of that year, she returned to New York, and in 1965 and 1966, performed another concert at Carnegie Recital Hall, participated in the Perpetual Fluxus Festival, and exhibited The Stone at the Judson Gallery, made the first version of Film No. 4 (Bottoms), as well as doing numerous other events throughout that year and a half. In summer of 1966, she was invited to take part in the Destruction in Art Symposium in London, and held one-person exhibitions at the Indica Gallery, and the next year at the Lisson Gallery. During this period, she also performed a number of concerts throughout England. In 1969, together with John Lennon, she realized Bed-In, and the worldwide War Is Over! (if you want it) campaign for peace.

Ono has made a number of films, including Fly and Rape, and many records, including Fly, Approximately Infinite Universe, Rising, and most recently, Between My Head and the Sky co-produced with son Sean Lennon, on his Chimera Music label. She has had numerous exhibitions in museums, including traveling exhibitions organized by the Museum of Modern Art Oxford and the Japan Society in New York. In 2007, she created IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on Viðey Island in Iceland. In 2009, she exhibited ANTON’S MEMORY at the Bevilacqua Foundation in Venice, and received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale. Among numerous recent exhibitions, in 2010 she exhibited I’LL BE BACK at the Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome, and DAS GIFT at the Haunch of Venison in Berlin.

In July 2011, Ono was honored with the prestigious 8th Hiroshima Art Prize for her dedicated peace activism, and opened the one-person exhibition THE ROAD OF HOPE at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. In October 2011, she presented her second solo exhibition titled UNCURSED at Galerie Lelong in New York. And most recently, in December 2011, held an exhibition LIGHT at Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo.


Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist  is Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery in London. Prior to this he was Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris from 2000 to 2006, as well as curator of Museum in progress, Vienna, from 1993 to 2000.

Obrist has curated over 250 exhibitions since his first exhibition, the Kitchen show (World Soup) in 1991: 1994; Take Me, I’m Yours, 1995;  Manifesta 1, 1996; Laboratorium, 1999; Cities on the Move, 1997; Live/Life, 1996; Nuit Blanche, 1998; 1st Berlin Biennale, 1998; Utopia Station, 2003; 2nd Guangzhou Triennale, 2005; Dakar Biennale, 2004; 1st & 2nd Moscow Biennale, 2005 and 2007; Lyon Biennale, 2007; Yokohama Triennale, 2008 and Indian Highway, 2008-2011. The Marathon series of public events was conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist in Stuttgart in 2005.

The first in the Serpentine series, the Interview Marathon in 2006, involved interviews with leading figures in contemporary culture over 24 hours, conducted by Obrist and architect Rem Koolhaas. This was followed by the Experiment Marathon, conceived by Obrist and artist Olafur Eliasson in 2007, which included 50 experiments by speakers across both arts and science, the Manifesto Marathon in 2008, the Poetry Marathon in 2009 and the Map Marathon in 2010. 2011 marks the launch of the Institute of the 21st century, a website for the interview project.

In March 2011, Obrist was awarded the Bard College Award for Curatorial Excellence.

Huffington, Dorsey und Yoko Ono: DLD-Gästeliste platzt vor Bedeutung

Burdas Digitalkonferenz DLD12 findet dieses Jahrohne schmissige Überschrift, aber dafür mit illustren Gästen statt. Auf dem dreitägigen Event in München (22. bis 24. Januar) werden unter anderem “Huffington Post“-Gründerin Arianna HuffingtonTwitter-Erfinder Jack Dorsey undLennon-Witwe Yoko Ono anwesend sein. Interessierte können die Veranstaltungen per Live Streaming und über einen Liveblog verfolgen.

Burda gliedert die Gästeliste in die Kategorien “Business, Digital & Political Leaders”, “Start-ups”, “Culture, Life & Science”, “Artists & Designers” und “Moderators & Journalists”:

  • Als “Business, Digital & Political Leaders” eingeladen sind – neben Dorsey (Twitter) und Huffington (AOL/”Huffington Post”) – unter anderem Lufthansa-Boss Christoph Franz,eBay-CEO John Donahoe und Siemens-Boss Peter LöscherFacebook-Investor Yuri MilnerTelekom-CEO René Obermann, Facebook-Mitbegründer und Investor Sean Parker, EU-Kommissarin Viviane Reding und Facebook-COO Sheryl Sandberg.
  • Als Vertreter von Start-Ups kommen AirbnB-CEO Brian CheskyTumblr-CEO David Karp und Evernote-CEO Phil Libin.
  • Zum Thema “Culture, Life & Science” sprechen der Wissenschaftler Freeman Dyson, Managing Editor der “Wired Thomas Goetz und Sebastian Thrun, der das Google Driverless Cars Project leitet.
  • Als “Artists & Designers” geladen sind Olafur EliassonHans-Ulrich Obrist (Kurator,Serpentine Gallery) und die eingangs erwähnte Yoko Ono.
  • Als Moderatoren & Journalisten nennt Burda unter anderem “New York Times“-Technik-Redakteur Nick Bilton, der Leiter des New Yorker Büros des “Economist” Matthew Bishop, “The Business Insider“-CEO und Redakteur Henry Blodget und Liz Ganes von “AllThingsD“. Eine ausführlichere Gästeliste gibt es auf der Seite der Konferenz.

Erstmals wird es an der LMU in München am 23. Januar 2012 eine DLD Public Lecture mitSkype-Gründer und Investor Niklas Zennstroem geben.

Die Schirmherrschaft übernehmen der israelische Investor Yossie Vardi und Hubert Burda. Organisiert wird die DLD-Konferenz abermals von Stephanie Czerny und Marcel Reichart.

Für die Teilnahme am DLD ist eine Einladung des Veranstalters erforderlich. Um das Restkontingent der Tickets kann man sich bewerben. Das Dreitagesticket kostet 2.750 Euro zuzüglich Mehrwertsteuer.

DLD12 Program

For the 8th time, Burda’s digital summit gathers international agenda setters in Germany and discusses topics of the digital world. This time DLD12 will take place on January 22nd until 24th, 2012 at the HVB Forum in Munich.

Europe’s hottest conference invitation‘ WIRED UK calls Burda’s international digital conference DLD (Digital, Life, Design).

Since its foundation in 2005, DLD discusses the transformation of markets, media, culture and society through digital technologies and the Internet. Meanwhile, DLD has developed into an international conference network, producing summits in Munich and Tel Aviv, Palo Alto, New York, London, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing.


You can download the DLD12 press release below:


Key Questions

Following global trends, DLD drives debates and discussions about the digital future.

Key aspects of DLD12 are data, commerce, mobile, social and the questions: Which rules apply to the data economy? What do social media and mobile devices mean for brands, retail, lifestyle and art? What makes cities attractive places for digital entrepreneurs? Which data protection do we need? What is happiness? What does the new content ecosystem look like? Will we still drive cars ourselves or control computers just with our thoughts? Are founders the new rock stars? Is there life beyond earth? Does Europe have a chance on the digital world stage? What effects do social entrepreneurs have on our society? How does one internationalize Internet companies? What makes social games so successful? India, Turkey, Africa – the markets of tomorrow?

DLD12 takes place from January 22nd until 24th, 2012. Chaired by publisher Dr. Hubert Burda and investor Dr. Yossi Vardi, DLD attracts about 800 participants from all over the world to the HVB forum in Munich, setting the digital elites’ agenda. More than half of the guests comes from abroad and again a large delegation from the USA, Israel and Asia. No other event gathers more key representatives of the digital industry in Germany.



Every year, the DLD founders Stephanie Czernyand Dr. Marcel Reichart bring together worldwide leading thinkers and pioneers from different areas like digital industry, media, politics, economy, finances, science, society, art and design, and organize talks via interviews and panels during this three-day program in Munich.


In the past years, digital entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt (pictured), Sean Parker, Marissa Mayer, but also Lady Gaga, Nobel laureates Martti Ahtisaari and Dan Kahneman, Craig Venter, Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho, as well as the architects Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas took part in DLD.

Expected speakers are, among others:

Business, Digital & Political Leaders


Culture, Life & Science

Artists & Designers


Side Events

Lateral highlights are the Chairmen & Speaker Dinner at the Jewish Community Centre (January 22nd, 2012), the DLD StarNight at Haus der Kunst (January 23rd, 2012) as well as the bestowal of the „Aenne Burda Awards for Creative Leadership“. Former awardees have been, among others, Natalie Massenet (Net-a-Porter), Marissa Mayer (Google) or Mitchell Baker (Mozilla Foundation). Thanks to the DLD Nightcap during the World Economic Forum in Davos (January 25th, 2012), the DLD conference 2012 finds a traditional closure.

For the very first time, there will be a DLD Public Lecture with Skype founder and investor Niklas Zennstroem (January 23rd, 2012) at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Additionally, several studies by Telefonica O2 Germany, Siegenheim & Cie, ComScore, Buddymedia as well as the DLD Survey about market-relevant digital trends will be introduced.


All those interested can follow the sessions via live streaming und blogging. To participate at DLD, an invitation of the organizers is obligatory. For the final DLD12 tickets all those interested can applyhere. The costs for the three-day ticket are 2.750 € Euro, plus VAT.


DLD12 is supported by notable partners and sponsors like Audi, HP, Google, Lufthansa, Microsoft, Siemens and O2 Telefónica.

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