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Berlin, 20th January 2011 – gannaca goes transmediale. In the context of the transmediale.11 the gannaca think tank conceptualizes a workshop for the festival of digital culture. Titled “WEIGHTLESS WEB – KILOGRAMME IS MEGABYTE”, the workshop illustrates under the direction of Christopher Patrick Peterka and Nicola Richter idiosyncrasies of products as well as practices of current concepts of reality. Especially qualities of digital and analogous materials and interactions are being considered. The objective of the workshop is to create new vocabulary that works better for an analogous-digital hybrid reality.

The transmediale.11 takes place from 2nd to 7th February in Berlin and examines the radical changes and shifts in perception inherent to the digital and networked time. Given the omnipresence of mobile communications, the battles between open and proprietary technologies and the real-time presence of social networks the festival looks to address how this hyper-interconnectedness alters the ways in which we live, work and play together as real and responsive individuals in an unavoidably and ever complex globalized society. How we respond to these conditions, guarantee the freedom of our creative expression and establish new models of social interaction are elements of the RESPONSE:ABILITY theme.



Zurich, 11th February 2011 – The yearbook “Messe & Event” of the Swiss magazine Expodata publishes in the current issue an article about the “Renaissance of the salon culture” written by gannaca founder and managing partner Christopher Patrick Peterka. Because in a world where nothing is what it seems, the idiom “Markets are conversations. Whoever leads the right ones, leads the market” applies more than before. gannaca recommends reading.


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Zurich, 21st February 2011 -The “Cradle to Cradle” Conference is taking place on the 22nd Feburay at the Swiss Re- Centre for Global Dialogue. Selcted guests, among them gannaca founder and managing partner Christopher Patrick Peterka, discuss with experts best practise example of the “Cradle to Cradle” design theory and will focus on opportunities and benefits for the manufacturing industry, consumers and the insurers in adopting this innovative design approach. In nature the leaves of a tree fall to the ground where they become nutrients for other organisms.

Nature has no concept of waste. Products manufactured by industry should follow the same principle utilizing closed operating systems. The team of experts around Dr. Reto Schneider, Head of Emerging Risk Management at Swiss Re, and Tobias Gerfin, CEO of Stoll Giroflex AG will explore if C2C will reduce the dependency on raw materials sources and improve the quality of the supply chain. You like to know more about “Cradle to Cradle” theory?



Helsinki, 4th March 2011 – Design is a strategic tool for competitive businesses. The mission of the annual Helsinki Design Week is to encourage companies to develop their business in new directions, to contribute to improvements in various areas of Helsinki, and to become more international in scope. gannaca is honored and proud that gannaca founder and managing partner Christopher Patrick Peterka ist appointed to the Advisory Board of the Helsinki Design Week by director Kari Korkman.



Cologne, 14. March 2011 – gannaca extends its communicational channels. Next to Facebook and Twitter the company for consultancy and production of creative brand communication operates the gannaca blog – personally commented by gannaca founder and managing partner Christopher Patrick Peterka. Peterka comments on contemporary phenomena, shares his reflections about the ongoing change in economy and society as a result of progressing digitalisation and mirrors his personal point of view.  


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Zurich, 1st April 2011 – The current issue of GDI Impuls the future of power. Because the so called soft-power-age, where the economical way of thinking made the world go around, is running out. Conflicts are getting harder, on a national level as well as on a global level – and the questions of power are back.
The “Power” issue of “GDI Impus” deals with the ongoing global shift of power- from the revolution in the Arabic world over the protest activating dimensions of Facebook and Twitter to the new challenges of transparency in politics and economy in times of Wikileaks. gannaca recommends reading.


Berlin, 19th April 2011 – “mindmaps, clouds, peer to peer, data sharing, hosting and tracking -online, anonymous, offline”. That can make your mind quite dizzy. A charming way to take ones position in this stream of recent development is how we find the so called Dead Drops movement.
Initialized by the Berlin-based artist Aram Bartholl, who already realized this project at the Arts and Technology Centre EYEBEAM in 2010 in New York, USA, the idea is also jumping over the pond to good old Europe. It’s a simple idea which transfers the concept of free data exchange into the urban space: All you need is a USB drive which contents any interesting topics and spackle it into the brickwork.
Through the online community you can observe the dispersal of the data and the supplier can be happily surprised about what new content will be on his stick – so called “Exchange 3.0”. The old principles of economic trade have been revived.



Essen, 29th April 2011 – The WAZ Media Group is one of the leading publishing companies in Germany. Daily newspapers represent still the core business of the company. In march 2011 the media house mandates gannaca with the positioning of for daily newspapers in North Rhine Westphalia. The company for consulting and production of creative brand communication develops in a workshop with the publisher a positioning concept for the Neue Ruhr Zeitung, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Westfalenpost and for the Westfälische Rundschau. Alexander Rosenthal, managing partner at gannaca, presents the workshop considering market investigations.



Berlin, May 10th – Tired legs Ade! The digital age has now arrived in the world of art. Detached from all physical limitations we enter a new virtual space, the “Museum of Adobe Digital Arts” (AMDA). A virtual world becoming more and more similar to the one we live in.

A small hybrid of machine, plant and fish provides our mobility, so we walk with ears and eyes wide open through 57 680 square meters of exhibition space and marvel at the electronic exhibits, without any annoying museum guards, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

The first digital museum to show us the transformation into the digital world, which makes the creative exchange infinite and unconditional.



Cologne, 20th of May 2011 – The event series Circle Talks, created and produced by gannaca, has now made its way into Cologne. Germany’s leading inner-city developer for office buildings, hotels and special-purpose properties invites a handpicked set of investors, entrepreneurial, politicians and the media to discuss the topic “creating city” in the holy halls of JACK IN THE BOX, right between their converted maritime containers. Pulsing device is Prof. Mark Michaeli from the TU Munich, who leads the guests of this interdisciplinary round of talks behind the scenes of city development into the urban reality and introduces visionary ideas for the future.

The keyword is: Design; urban design – The current lack of spaces is forcing us to find ways to activate the city as a resource itself. But how do we find this specific potential to create spaces, what’s the urban master plan? Or can this plan exist at all? Are we in need of cities at all?
In a personal atmosphere the participants of the first Circle in Rhein-Ruhr are going further into these questions, inspired by the sounds of a percussionist. gannaca is in charge of the conception, the production and the documentation of this event, which is taking place at home and abroad for customers out of commerce and industry.



Amsterdam, 30. May 2011 – In 2001 BIS published the first “Everyone is a Designer”, Manifest for the Design Economy and reprinted it several times. Now this little bestseller of the beginning of this millennium is out of print for several years. The editors Mieke Gerritzen and Geert Lovink now revisit the subject based on the assumption that since 2001 the proposal of the democratization of the design world has become reality in 2010. This completely new version of the book will look at the position of design itself in the ever expanding areas it finds itself in. The growth of design schools seems unstoppable.

The designers born after 1980 have a total different view on visual culture, on esthetical products, visions and history than the people born before the eighties. All these developments poses new questions on the status of the designer and its trade. With visual contributions, quotes and short essays from dozens of international designers, thinkers, critics and strategists this new booklet present a new Manifest for the design economy of 2010 and beyond. gannaca recommends reading.



Stuttgart, 19th May 2011 – The world is on the move, power supply systems are stretched to their limits and the government decides to shut down all nuclear power plants. Clearly a paradigm change in urban infrastructure, which not only concerns electrical supply, is coming soon. gannaca keeps on drilling down sustainable issues.

Twenty decision-makers leave the bustle of the city behind, to breathe in the nature in the rustic Haus des Waldes and to talk about “Smart Grids”. On behalf of Germany’s largest real estate developers the creative communications agency realizes an interdisciplinary exchanges of strategic trends and to sharpen the mind for new technological trends.
In the middle of the forest a hand-picked group gets introduced by Mike Pichler, head of energy research and development at Siemens AG, into the world of intelligent networks and building automation.
Will the buildings of the future be fully automated and highly efficient energy users? Will products and environments communicate with each other and will the human intervention be unnecessary?
In the form of creative impulse evenings in exceptional spaces gannaca explores these and many other questions. If you wanna learn more about it, Miriam Schröder would be happy to hear from you.


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Berlin, 1st of June 2011 – There are 160.000 creative people working in Berlin. Most of them know the branch-specific ruminations about “copy culture”. This year’s DMY Festival reflects the contemporary trends of design and dedicates itself, besides the national focus on Finland, to the culture of sharing and copying.
The 9th DMY International Design Festival opens its doors and offers 500 international designers the possibility to show their unique, serial products and new inventions to the world on a 14.000 square meter exhibition space in the hangar of the former Tempelhof Airport. Design is design is design: More than 50 galleries, museums and design institutions in Berlin are taking part of the event.
Design is design is communication: Workshops, symposiums and designer talks reflect developments in design and gives the chance to exchange knowledge. Gannaca is at the DMY and becomes part of the creative process, discovering new production facilities and tracks down the latest materials. Following the contemporary spirit, our scouts spoke to Upcycling machines, drew with robots, listened to talking paper and experiences utopic and exciting moments. You want to know more about the DMY highlights? Contact us.


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Zurich, 15th July 2011 – gannaca is still on the track of future developments, this time in the design sector. Therefor we’re exanimating a concept that develops products in a way so that they will be fed back to the natural nutrient cycle after being used, without producing any waste. The so called “Cradle to Cradle” design concept.

Globally there is over 130 million tons of waste produced every single day. This poisons the ground water, pollutes the air and delivers dangerous substances and heavy metals into the food chain.

gannaca, with its performance, supports such concepts that are not only less harmful, but sustainably useful. How can products be reintegrated into the production cycle after being used? Will there be a world without pollution and waste? Will we bring out products in the future that produce food, whilst cleaning our water and air, and eventually even recycle themselves?

To discuss these and other visions in a deeper sense, gannaca designed vodcasts (video podcasts) with interesting minds.
For Cradle-to-Cradle® gannaca invited one of the leaders of the design concept from the House of EPEA, Albin Kälin, CEO of EPEA Switzerland GmbH, and interviewed him on the roofs of Zurich.

If you would like more information, please contact us.



Zurich, 8th August 2011 – gannaca expansion goes on. The consultancy for creative brand communication with the specialization on future developments opens an office in Zurich. According to the orientation on future developments gannaca is located within The Hub in Viadukt C in Zurich. The Hub is a global network of collaborative spaces where entrepreneurs and social innovators come together to realize their ideas for a sustainable society. gannaca is proud to be part of the network of The Hub and invites everyone heartily who is interested.



Cologne, 17th August 2011 – “The medium is the message” – “the world as global village”: With these buzzwords of the 1980, the Canadian media philosopher Marshall McLuhan gets world famous in the 60s. At this year’s 100 anniversary of McLuhan, the Gingko Press GmbH commissioned gannaca GmbH & Co KG with the development of an aesthetic and holistic cross-media publishing concept. The working title of the publication is currently “The Future of Communication”. Anne-Katrin Ahrens, an artist from Berlin, worked in her role as art director in many years of proven collaboration with Christopher Patrick Peterka (creative director) and Stephen Kovats, strategic project manager of the “McLuhan Open Studio”. The “McLuhan Open Studio” should generate the contents for the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair. The concept of gannaca was presented, discussed and optimized in a workshop at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.



Cologne, 10. october 2011 – Earlier this year in april publishing house M. DuMont Schauberg, one of Germany’s oldest and largest, had consigned the support of its change process towards a next generation journalism in the digital age to gannaca consulting. After several meetings and workshops the result has now been presented and faces practical testing already.