Public Talk with Art & Labor, New York
Tuesday June 12th in the NGBK

Kind invitation to the public talk with Art & Labor, New York.

A lecture series by Haben& Brauchen in the NGBK, Berlin

Tuesday, 12. 06. 2012 | 19.00 h

Guests: Claire Lehmann, Erin Sickler, Antonio Serna and Blithe Riley (Art & Labor, New York)

Moderation: Raphaël Grisey, Julia Lazarus

Language: Englisch


NGBK event space, 1st floor

Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V.

Oranienstraße 25, D-10999 Berlin

Since the end of 2010, an informal circle of Berlin-based persons involved in art has been gathering under the title “Haben und Brauchen / to Have and to Need” to take action in regard to cultural and urban political issues. With the lecture-series we aim to continue the discussions initiated in the frame of “Haben und Brauchen / to Have and to Need” and to expand the scope beyond Berlin. The focus is on fathoming one’s own options for action – from formulating political demands, to establishing networks with similar national and international initiatives, to conducting artistic actions, all the way to drawing up alternative economic models beyond the state funding of art. For the second event, guests from New York have been invited to give an account of the current repositionings vis-à-vis local cultural and urban policies and – based on examples from their context – of self-organisations of artists and their protest actions. The guests are members of the Artist & Labor group and engaged in the alternative economy section. They are the Arts & Culture part of the New York Occupy Wall Street movement, from which the Occupy Museum group emerged. The organisational structures of Art & Culture and the Occupy Wall Street movement as well as strategies and actions of the groups will be presented and put up for discussion. The event series additionally discuss topics such as the desire for a democratic city and the participation of residents in urban development processes. The privatization and increasing economic exploitation of urban space are clearly impairing the living and working conditions of residents and cultural producers. The event series seeks to continue the debate on the role and self-understanding of cultural actors in this context (between gentrification and precarious living conditions).

Organisation team: Uwe Jonas, Karin Kasböck, Julia Lazarus, Moira Zoitl in Kooperation with Raphaël Grisey