The DARIAH Innovation Challenge, launched as part of the 2022 Innovation Forum, is an open case competition inviting cultural and creative experts in the arts and humanities to submit their solutions to a specific cultural, economic, environmental, socially relevant problem selected by the DARIAH committee. This year's problem is the Regional Airport (smaller airports which are not the home base for any airline and whose routes typically connect to bigger “hub” airports; examples of regional airports are Nürnberg, Aarhus, Eindhoven, Lille, Bilbao, Shannon, and Wroclaw, just to name a few).
The question is:
How might the services and spaces of regional airports be reinvented so as to continue to serve their longstanding mission as hubs for cultural exchange, even if fewer actual flights arrive and depart from their gates? How might they draw inspiration from other kinds of transformed cultural spaces, such as libraries, museums and bookstores in order to find new pathways to economic and social vitality?
One of the greatest beneficiaries of the expansion of air travel was the smaller regional airport; however, smaller airports are more economically precarious than larger ones, and therefore make a smaller share of their revenue from airlines, relying to a greater extent on “non-aeronautical” revenue, i.e. directly from passengers. How can these spaces be (re-)thought as CULTURAL SPACES? This DARIAH Innovation challenge asks its participants to consider the above challenge from a cultural point of view, thinking of CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS as MODELS FOR VENUES TRANSFORMATION.
You can submit your proposals by 5pm CEST on the 17th October 2022
Three finalists will be invited to present their ideas at the DARIAH Innovation Forum on 3rd November 2022 in Dublin. One overall finalist will receive a cash prize of €1000, the two runners up will receive €500 each.
More information, inspiration, and submission button at this link