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Haben und Brauchen seeks to advocate in the field of art as well as in art’s neighboring occupational fields a platform for discussion and action. The aim is to establish a consciousness and self-concept concerning what distinguishes the forms of artistic production and articulation that have unfolded in Berlin during recent decades and how these forms can be preserved and further developed.

Haben und Brauchen (To Have and To Need) invites: “Please turn now. Or else: It’s straight into the wall! Presentation and public discussion of the concept for a long-term dialogue process between independent and institutional agents of the contemporary art scene and the Berlin Senate

Monday, 20 October 2014, 6 pm (doors open: 5.30 pm)

ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
Siemensstraße 27–49
10551 Berlin

erik goengrich

Since 2011 Haben und Brauchen demands an open cultural political dialogue about the situation and future of the production and presentation of contemporary art in Berlin. With the formation of the Jour Fixe Bildende Kunst upon the recommendation of the Council for the Arts in November 2013, and with the commissioning of Haben und Brauchen and bbk berlin to develop a dialogue concept, the Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs began moving down a path toward dialogue.

As part of a closed weekend retreat in mid-February 2014 three working groups took up their tasks and developed over the last months—with the participation of agents from other initiatives as well—three elements for a long-term and nonpartisan dialogue process about the crucial issues in the thematic fields of work, city/space and notions of art. This process is supposed to complement and further the urgently required adaptation of existing funding models in the visual arts.

Finally, a draft was created that describes the key points of social and cultural city development from the perspective of artists living in Berlin, explicates backgrounds, and above all proposes a multi-leveled procedure that includes a diversity of agents of contemporary art, groups and initiatives active in urban, social and cultural policy as well as political representatives and other senate departments.

On 20 October, we will present and publicly discuss the concept paper, while hearing the response to it as well as the plans of the Secretary of State for Culture, Tim Renner.

With amongst others: Sonja Augart, Stéphane Bauer, Leonie Baumann, Daniela Brahm, Jochen Becker, Wibke Behrens, Dellbrügge & de Moll, Discoteca Flaming Star, Matthias Einhoff, Tatjana Fell, Joerg Franzbecker, Nora Gatewood, Erik Göngrich, Michael Hauffen, Jörg Heidemann, Gabriele Horn, Philip Horst, Çağla İlk, Karl Heinz Jeron, Kerstin Karge, Sabine Köhncke, Hannah Kruse, Bernadette La Hengst, Heimo Lattner, Regina Liedtke, Herbert Mondry, Ute Müller-Tischler, Marie-José Ourtilane, Tim Renner, Christian Römer, Birgit Schlieps, Florian Schmidt, Michael Schultze, Heidi Sill, Ingrid Wagner, Marc Wohlrabe, Ina Wudtke, Moira Zoitl. Moderated by Julia Lazarus and Florian Wüst.

The event will be held in German. We offer „whisper translation“ into English.

With friendly support of the Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs. In cooperation with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and ZK/U.


Download concept paper (pdf)

popkulturpolitik #1: KUNST &/vs. STAAT

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Assembly for Art Workers in Berlin, Flutgraben, Friday, September 12th, 15 – 20h

Art Workers’ Assembly in Berlin

As neoliberalism holds a tight grips over our societies, its violent symptoms have become normalized for all of us. While exploitation and censorship are commonplace, the ingenuity and creative abilities of art workers are hijacked by cultural managers and institutions. In this context, the reassessment of the situation of precarious art/workers, already undertaken by international groups of art workers, continues to be a pressing issue. How can we further challenge ourselves to re-imagine fairer relationships to institutions, organizations, networks and economies involved in the production and consumption of art and culture? What joint actions are possible in our collective search for cultural spaces and educational platforms beyond the logic of neoliberal economy? What new ways of unionizing precarious labor exist and could they be adapted to cultural workers?

Presentations by members of ArtLeaks (Corina Apostol, Vladan Jeremic, Federico Geller), AG Arbeit (Haben und Brauchen), Arts & Economics Group (Tanja Ostojic, Baruch Gottlieb)

Free and open to anyone who is interested.

Berlin, Friday, September 12th, 15–20h, Flutgraben


  • 15.00 – 16.45 – Precarity / Art / Labour presentations and discussion
  • 16.45 – 17.10  – Art Bonds Auction hosted by the Arts&Economics Group
  • 17.10 – 18.45  – Art Workers Organizations / On Unionizing presentations and discussion
  • 18.45- 19.00 – Break
  • 19.00 – 20.00 – Assembly discussions

According to its previous working process AG Arbeit of Haben und Brauchen <http://www.habenundbrauchen.de/en/>  aims to contribute methods of questioning our own working conditions as artists and cultural workers whose work often takes place in self-organized contexts. How can we politicize such voluntary working relations as AG Arbeit, and in seemingly activist contexts ? What difficulties do we encounter by addressing these relations ? Does a collectively developed practice of politicizing work ethics enable us to pinpoint and face exploitative situations when working with or for institutions?

The Art & Economics Group, established in Berlin in 2007 by Tanja Ostojic, David Rych and Dmytri Kleiner, investigates the intersection of art and political economy. Economics Quarterly Forums are performative events incorporating rituals relating to art and political economy. Topics include political economy as a theme in art, the economics of art production and economic activity as an action based art practice.

ArtLeaks is a collective platform initiated by an international group of artists, curators, art historians and intellectuals in response to the abuse of their professional integrity and the open infraction of their labor rights. We initiate and provide the community with online tools available on http://art-leaks.org/, which are open for use by anyone. ArtLeaks organizes workshops, seminars, assemblies and produces an annual publication dedicated to art workers’ struggles from around the world.

Berlin, Friday, September 12th, 3-8 PM, Flutgraben

Am Flutgraben 3
12435 Berlin
+49 30 5321 9658


Haben und Brauchen

Lecture and discussion by Ines Schaber and Florian Wüst about the Berlin artists’ movement Haben und Brauchen (To Have and To Need)
Organized by Jubilee in collaboration with BAM, Argos and Vlaams Bouwmeester

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 7 pm
Atelier Bouwmeester, Ravensteingalerij 54-59, 1000 Brussel


Berlin’s international reputation as a center of contemporary art has been built to a large extent on its good and cheap conditions for artistic production, on the existence of small art institutions and independent project spaces. But this is not for granted, the city is changing, and with it the conditions under which Berlin became a prefered place for making art. When the city markets itself as a hotspot for culture, then money should flow back into the arts, and in particular into the dramatically under-financed independent scene. Haben und Brauchen, however, rejects to reduce the relevance of art to a merely economic relation, but understands cultural production first of all as an activity intrinsic to society which achieves through art a critical consciousness of itself.

Haben und Brauchen is an informal platform for discussion and action founded in 2011. It advocates for the appreciation and preservation of a self-organized artistic practice which has grown out of the specific historical conditions and free spaces in Berlin. Besides public discussions, workshops and assemblies, Haben und Brauchen has published two open letters to the mayor of Berlin and a widely recognized manifesto. The Haben und Brauchen Manifesto goes far beyond individual artists’ interests and makes connections to debates around the commons, precarious economy, urban development and housing as well as the shifting notions of labour in contemporary society.

Rat fuer die Kuenste Neuwahlen am Montag, 24. März 2014 um 18 Uhr

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HH & B — Stories from Hamburg on Art, Work and City Politics


Haben und Brauchen and bbk would like to invite you

HH & B
Stories from Hamburg on Art, Work and City Politics

Friday, 14 February 2014, 7 pm

Projektraum des Flutgraben e.V.
Am Flutgraben 3
12435 Berlin

In Hamburg, art and city politics are closely interwoven with an activistic scene that opposes the instrumentalisation of culture in the splitting up and parcelling out of the city. These protest movements – against the International Bauausstellung (International Architecture Exhibition) and the Internationale Gartenschau (International Garden Festival) in Wilhelmsburg, against the demolition of the Esso-Häuser in St. Pauli or the gentrification taking place in the Schanzenviertel around the Rote Flora – are perceived far beyond Hamburg’s city limits. Projects like ‘Park Fiction’, the ‘Gängeviertel’, or ‘Not in Our Name, Marke Hamburg’ have enjoyed popularity and experienced encouragement in Berlin. In addition, the platforms ‘Recht auf Stadt’ (Right to a City) and ‘Es regnet Kaviar’ (It’s raining caviar) are building new alliances between city politics and art practice. We wish to discuss these topics in relation to the state of affairs in Berlin with:

Andreas Blechschmidt, city activist
Christine Ebeling, artist and Speaker of Gängeviertel
Britta Peters, curator
Christoph Twickel, journalist and author

Moderation: Kathrin Wildner, metroZones

Bar and snacks during the entire event, musical finale starting 11 pm: T-INA Darling will present a conceptual DJ set comprised of songs about the situation of low-income renters.

With friendly support of the Senatskanzlei – Cultural Affairs. In cooperation with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein.

“HH & B” is the public commencement of an intramural weekend retreat involving Haben und Brauchen (To Have and To Need) and the berufsverband bildender künstler berlin (bbk). The retreat will be dedicated to the conception of a long-term process of dialog, between agents within the art scene and the Berlin Senate, that will focus on the situation and future of the production and mediation of contemporary art in Berlin.

The event will be held in German. We offer individual whisper translation into English to those interested. Should you desire translation, please submit a request by Tuesday, 11 February 2014, at the latest at info@habenundbrauchen.de.

transmediale — Afterglow: Post-digital Survival in the Creative City

Thu 30.1.2014, 12:30-14:00h

With: Anne Roth – Tactical Tech / Pit Schultz – reboot.fm / Sara Lehn – remote CNTRL / Florian Wüst – Haben & Brauchen / János Sugár – Intermedia / RYBN.ORG / Tashy Endres – Kotti & Co.

Moderated by Kay Meseberg – ARTE

From dark nets to kiez nets, artists and activists work and think locally: defending their home zones in terms of rent, net access, privacy and politics. An international working panel explores how going local is the new global trend and looks at the dark side of the myths of the creative city. How do these groups make and work with media – secure networks, blogs, radio, press, design – as part of the initiative?

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin


TAZ: Pothole by Georg Seeßlen. The art market is booming: My house! My Yacht! My wife! My Rothko!

Abolish the art!

The bbk berlin like to point out this interesting article in the TAZ from 12/11/2013.

Georg Seeßlen
: The book “Art eats money. Money eats art” by the author, which is co-authored with Markus Metz, will be published next year in the Edition Suhrkamp. As it goes into detail and it is really nasty. We promise.

Whatever happened to privacy – International Conference, Fr, 6th Dez. – Sa, 7th Dez.

Freitag, 6. Dez 19 – 21 Uhr
c-base e.V. Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin

Samstag, 7 Dez. 10 – 19 Uhr
mindpirates e.V. Schlesische Str. 38, 10997 Berlin

«Whatever happened to privacy?» brings together international activists on focal topics and combines work sessions and round tables with a classic public event. The conference will focus on issues which has far reaching consequences for politically active people across the world – the issues of privacy, surveillance and control. The revelations around the NSA and GCHQ digital surveillance activities have spurred political debate.

This debate will be intensified at «Whatever happened to privacy?», formulating political demands, developing action strategies and debating questions such as:
What cultural and political value does privacy have today? What are the societal implications of the wide spread «I have nothing to hide» attitude?
What political actions are necessary to protect citizens from mass surveillance and what tools exist for people to secure their communications, movements and lives?


Whatever happened to the Hungarian theater – International Conference, Sonntag, 8. Dezember 2013 12.00 – 18.00 Uhr