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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.

Presse release, 25 August 2014: Olympia? Lasst es einfach sein. Es gibt Wichtigeres zu tun.

- Prinzessinnengärten
- Think Berl!n
- Kotti & Co
- Initiative Stadt Neudenken
- Mietshäuser Syndikat Berlin-Brandenburg
- Haben und Brauchen
- 100% Tempelhofer Feld
- ExRotaprint
- ZKU | Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
- Bündnis Stadt von Unten
- Mietenpolitisches Dossier
- Mauerpark Allianz
- metroZones
- Kopenhagener 46
- Anwohnerinitiative Thälmannpark
- Runder Tisch gegen Gentrifizierung Moabit
- Wem gehört Kreuzberg
- Wem gehört Moabit
- Hände weg vom Wedding
- *teddyzweinull
- …

Das Berlin von morgen machen wir alle.

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


DIW-Studie: Berlins Kreative verdienen am schlechtesten in Deutschland

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Es geht auch anders! Kulturpolitische Montags-Diskussionen im Haus der Berliner Festspiele

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