Four symposia, so-called ›learning spaces‹, turn the spotlight on critical issues arising from the underlying principles, methods and ethics of work in the arts and cultural sector, and of activism in the arts context. Guests and other participants pursue in-depth exchange in a participatory and non-hierarchical setting.
Past nGbK projects serve as a springboard for discussion of collective, artistic and activist strategies that are fit for the future. Participants are welcome to put up for debate their own project proposals and methodologies. Members tell of past experiences and experts analyse nGbK projects in order to reassess the work of, and at, the nGbK, in the broader context of politics and the arts.
The nGbK has long since regarded itself as a place where various desires can be presented and discussed – also, and above all, desires that roam beyond the bounds of heteronormative and patriarchal relationship structures. Here, art and society were (and still are) examined from a consciously queer and feminist perspective that does not reduce desire to a physical and/or interpersonal level. At stake here are questions of rising up, seeing and being seen, and challenging the status quo. Individualism, questions of identity and body politics play just as great a role as the political potential inherent to expressions of desire.
While some projects open up the floor to intimate questions of desire by crafting spaces with a heightened awareness of intersecting discriminations, others are intent on making their demands public, loud and clear, also beyond arts venues.Which artistic and curatorial practices have come into play so far at the nGbK? Which effective strategies have projects devised to gain social leverage, and how could these be used in the future? Which aesthetic forms have been tested in the course of this contestation?
In reference to past nGbK projects, such as »Künstlerinnen International 1877-1977« (1977), »Perlen für die Säue« (1991) or »No play – Feminist Training Camp« (2016), these questions will be discussed in a broader context, also in order to provoke collective reflection on how desire can continue to assert its place within, as well as beyond, the cultural sector.
With contributions from AG [Project Group] No play, Chloe Copper, COVEN Berlin, Renate Flagmeier, Susanne Huber, Fiona McGovern, Kirsi Mikkola, Christian Liclair and Elena Zanichelli, among others
The exhibition part of the project »50 Jahre neue Gesellschaft« runs at the nGbK from 22 June to 4 August 2019.
The other learning spaces are SOLIDARITY (23 June) RESEARCH (6 July) WORK (20 July)
nGbK project group: Christian Hanussek, Ulrike Jordan, Hannah Kruse, Vincent Schier, Olga von Schubert, Eylem Sengezer, Anna Voswinckel