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2019 · 05 · 16

WISE x Reeperbahn Opens in 798 Art District Beijing

WISE opens in 798 Art District Beijing


On 18-19 May WISE gathers a select group of Chinese and international thinkers, artists and professionals across industries (music, film, entertainment, business, media, science, and technology) for a second edition and to once again give you a toolkit to wise up.

Danish Cultural Center in Beijing is partner this years edition together with Ullen Center of Contemporary Art (UCCA).



During the day, the WISE conference takes place at UCCA, China´s leading contemporary art museum and in the evening of both days WISE invites the Reeperbahn Festival, the main European music platform for international and transcultural exchange, to host music showcases in Danish Cultural Center in 798 and will provide an opportunity for chinese band to reach international music industry professionals.



Showcasing of musical talent

So this time WISE is not only a platform for big ideas as well as practical knowledge but also serves for showcasing some of the most promising musical talent around. Through the exchange program with Reeperbahn Festival, 15 European delegates at the crossroads of music & technology will also participate at WISE.


Last year´s WISE drew a select group of 400 delegates and influencers, as well as leaders from various industries from 10 countries to discuss crossborder collaborations and future visions.


WISE topics 2019

As last year WISE puts “the human” at the center of discussions ranging from technology, music, art, fashion, entertainment, business, media, and science.


The story of AI continues and one doesn´t yet know, if the algorithms and the ongoing digitalization “de-humanizes” us humans, or if WE successfully humanize the machines & algorithms.


As the boundaries between humans & machines become more and more blurry, we have to ask ourselves: What makes us special in the first place? And can we keep that edge or will be soon slaves to the machines (if we aren´t already)?


Apart from these rather existential questions, we will also discuss the newest trends in the various creative industries and how technology is disrupting those, talk about future economiesnew emerging ordersculture in businessthe future of gender parity, and the music industry.


At WISE you will learn how algorithms can read your emotions, listen to music being played by gloves, find out about the side effects of digitalization, hear about new AI initiatives, and have the opportunity to mingle with some of the brightest minds in a fun and inspiring atmosphere.


WISE X Reeperbahn at DCC


This year WISE is adding a two-night music program, presented by the german Reeperbahn Festival. Join us for free live showcases of Europe’s biggest music platform with some of the most promising musical talents from Europe and China.


From the newly selected participants for Rap of China Lows0n (Xiamen) via David Boring’s Art-Punk (Hong Kong), Modeselektor’s new Electro-Grime protégé Catnapp (Germany), to China’s next indie-hope The Hormones (Chengdu), music-tech pioneer CHAGALL (Netherlands), the Nick Cavish indie-ballads of Jungstöttter (Germany), Mavi Phoenix’s (Austria) refreshingly poppy take on hip hop, and China’s electronic legends White+ (Beijing), the program is poised to cross boundaries and genres.


Six out of eight acts are female-led, making WISE X Reeperbahn Festival the first event in mainland China to partner up with Keychange, an European Initiative aimed at ensuring a balanced gender ratio in the music world. Empowered by the exchange program with Reeperbahn Festival, 20 additional European delegates at the crossroads of music and technology are able to participate WISE.


Lineup Saturday 5.18 with performances by Jungstöttter (18:30 – 19:30)White+ (19:30 – 20:30)Mavi Phoenix (20:30 – 21:30) and David Boring (21:30 – 22:30) + Lineup Sunday 5.19 with performances by Chagall (17:30 – 18:30), Lows0n (18:30 – 19:30), Catnapp (19:30 – 20:30) and The Hormones (20:30 – 21:30).


Tia Korpe at WISE


WISE has invited founder of Future Female SoundsTia Korpe, to be key note speaker on “Diversity in music” and curate a DJ session in DCC with Chinese female DJs.

When: 18 May, 13-13:20

Hailing from Denmark via the Middle East all the way to China, Tia Korpe will give a speech about her work with Future Female Sounds, and how she is empowering women through music.

WISE – The Future Think Tank was founded by Philipp Grefer in Beijing in 2018 to spark cross-sectoral dialogue about digital life, style, culture, business, science and technology. WISE invites and connects thinkers and doers from different industries online and offline to discuss essential questions about how we want and should live in the future.



2019 partners: Reeperbahn Festival, UCCA, German Federal Office, Danish Cultural Center, FakeMusicMedia