drawn summary of sunday 18.march12 HB8

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here a drawn summary of the overwhelming hours we had together last sunday
greetings erik

Haben und Brauchen MANIFESTO

The first version of the Haben und Brauchen (to have and to need) MANIFESTO is now available: The debates go on!

Preamble

Up until the last few years, the special historical situation in Berlin created special working and living conditions in the city. In contrast to other big cities, Berlin was devoid of any exceptional pressure on the housing market, and the range of available spaces enabled diverse and often self-organized art practices. Now this situation is beginning to change dramatically. Rents are on the rise, and pressure on the conditions of production and living is increasing without any increase in money making opportunities. Most people engaged in cultural production still earn most of their money outside of Berlin.

The bustling art scene in Berlin evolved less through the specific support of the city and more through its historical situation. Nevertheless, at the very moment when the conditions for people engaged in cultural production are worsening dramatically, the city prides itself on its artists; and the attention is welcome — in principle. The view of how art should be fostered, however, stands in stark contrast to what culture-makers consider necessary. In our opinion, participants in cultural production today need, first and foremost, a safeguarding of their conditions of production and not necessarily a new art museum and other such solutions as have been proposed. [1]

Formed in response to these issues, Haben und Brauchen seek to be advocates in the field of art as well as in art’s neighboring occupational fields with a platform for discussion and action. In our opinion, with regard to its social and economic structure, Berlin is still an exception among other cities worldwide. Within the city’s historically determined heterogeneity and intermixture of social diversity lies a potential for the future, not a phased-out model from the past. With that said, it is imperative 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. Therefore, it is of importance to avoid limiting our demands to the attainment of open urban spaces and affordable studios, to the augmentation and reorientation of public art funding; instead, it is crucial to make a connection with current discussions on urban development and planning, on property and rental policy, and to take up a position with respect to concepts and realities of work, productivity, and the Commons.

This manifesto, composed collectively by more than forty people, was developed within this context. This act of collective writing is an experiment and an attempt to convey the diverse perspectives on the situation of the contemporary Berlin art scene and to put those perspectives forward for discussion and action. We understand the text as a first step — offering it to a broader public for discussion.

[1]  The open letter from January 25, 2011, addressing plans for the “Leistungsschau junger Kunst aus Berlin” (Competitive Exhibition of Young Art from Berlin) sparked a widespread debate on cultural policy and played a part in activating an examination of the present and the future of the conditions for the production and presentation of contemporary art in Berlin. See www.habenundbrauchen.kuenstler-petition.de

The printed booklet is available for 3€ at the following places:

Archive Kabinett (Dieffenbachstrasse 31, Kreuzberg),
b_books (Lübbenerstr. 14, Kreuzberg),
berufsverband bildender künstler berlin e.V. (Köthener Str. 44, Kreuzberg),
Motto Berlin (Skalitzer Str. 68, Kreuzberg),
NGBK (Oranienstrasse 26, Kreuzberg),
Pro qm (Almstadtstraße 48-50, Mitte),
Schwarze Risse (Gneisenaustr. 2a, Kreuzeberg),
Schwarze Risse (Kastanienallee 85, Prenzlauer Berg)

To Have and To Need #5

An open discussion about the responsibilities of institutions and artists for the future of contemporary art in Berlin.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 8pm

Salon Populaire, Bülowstr. 90, 10783 Berlin

Over the past months, “To Have and To Need” has established itself as a rhizomatic platform for artists and cultural producers that engage in fostering debates and taking action on issues of cultural and urban politics.

For the fifth evening in a series of open discussions, we address the relationship between different groups in the Berlin art context – institutions as well as individuals -, their respective positions and responsibilities towards the current situation and their vision for the city’s future of contemporary art. The recently published “P/Act for Art” newspaper of the 7th Berlin Biennale (1) or the latest bbk-Berlin position paper (2) may function as a starting points to fathom the proposals and statements made, and to further discuss possible common grounds, diverging interests, and strategies for developing and claiming political voice.

The event will be held entirely in English to enable the numerous international artists, practitioners, gallery and project spaces in Berlin to follow and join the debate.

Participants among others: Stéphane Bauer, Matthew Burbidge, Paolo Caffoni, Libia Castro, Dellbrügge & de Moll, Christian de Lutz, Jean-Ulrick Desert, Joerg Franzbecker, Ulrich Gebauer, Stephan Geene, Alexander Koch, Andreas Koch, Aleksander Komarov, Susanne Kriemann, Pia Lanzinger, Annette Maechtel, Bjørn Melhus, Karolin Meunier, Sonja Ostermann, Karin Rebbert, Katya Sander, Jochen Sandig, Bernd M. Scherer, Katharina Schlieben, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Heinz Stahlhut, Raimar Stange, Madeline Stillwell, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Mathilde ter Heijne, Olivia Plender, Vera Tollmann, Hortensia Völckers, Renate Wagner, Joanna Warsza, Miriam Wiesel.

Organized and moderated by Ellen Blumenstein and Florian Wüst.

(1) www.berlinbiennale.de

(2) www.bbk-berlin.de

www.salonpopulaire.de

To Have and To Need #4

An open discussion about possibilities to act on cultural policy 

Monday, June 20th 2011, 20:00

General Public, Schönhauser Allee 167c, 10435 Berlin

‘Based in Berlin’ will pass by, the Berlin state elections in September will pass by – the cultural policy debate on the conditions of production and presentation will stay. Advancing this debate on the part of free cultural producers requires not only a discussion about what constitutes ‘Kunststadt Berlin’ and what is lacking, but first and foremost the consideration and realisation of one’s own possibilities to act: from the formulation of political claims and the dialogue with the Senate Department for Culture, to artistic action and the development of economic models alternative to government funding.

Last Wednesday’s event at Salon Populaire established an open exchange on the cultural and urban policy concerns of practitioners from art and architecture. The fourth To Have and To Need soiree, on June 20th at General Public, aims to resume the discussion in that shape as well as to make concrete the ideas and proposals for future action and negotiation.

Participants among others: Ellen Blumenstein, Daniela Brahm, Dellbrügge & de Moll, Ulrike Gerhardt, Cristina Gomez Barrio, Raphaël Grisey, Kerstin Karge, Heiko Karn, Bernhard Kotowski, Heimo Lattner, Cornelia Lund, Annette Maechtel, Katrin Mayer, Elke Marhöfer, Wolfgang Meyer, Herbert Mondry, Johannes Paul Raether, Judith Raum, Jan Rohlf, Ines Schaber, Les Schließer, Isabel Schmiga, Frieder Schnock, Heidi Sill, Ute Weiss Leder, Florian Wüst, Inga Zimprich.

© Erik Göngrich

Moderated by Joerg Franzbecker and Erik Göngrich.

To Have and To Need #3

An open discussion about Berlin cultural and urban politics

Wednesday, June 8th 2011, 20:00

Salon Populaire, Bülowstr. 90, 10783 Berlin

Over the last six months, artists, curators, cultural scientists, architects, and planners have joined the cultural and urban political debate and created publicity through open letters and events: Berlin architects spoke out against the cooptation of their work in Hans Stimmann’s book, “Townhouses” (1), the election questionnaire of Akademie c/o concerning the development of Schinkelplatz and the future real estate policy of the Liegenschaftsfonds addressed the Berlin political parties (2), To Have and To Need responded to the planned “Achievement Show of Young Berlin Art,” now called “Based in Berlin.” (3)

Contemporary art and architecture, provided that they understand themselves as products of social negotiation, become effective within the understanding of a city that guarantees spaces of possibility. Time and again, Berlin’s heterogeneous structure, fractures, and vacancies have offered places and contexts for respective appropriation through artistic and architectural practices – with or against political, economic, and administrative frameworks. In the context of the debates about a different public award policy and conditions of production in the city, a point has been reached where the specific social and spatial qualities of Berlin must be assessed in terms of sustainability, in order both to secure them and to make them useful in the future.

For the third evening of To Have and To Need, we return to Salon Populaire with the intention to bring together the context-specific discussions between protagonists from art, architecture, city planning and research. What do the recently articulated concerns have in common across the borders of the different discourses and professions? What art, what architecture, what city do we want for Berlin?

Participants among others: Leonie Baumann, Jochen Becker, Daniela Brahm, Carson Chan, Ania Corcilius, Matthias Einhoff, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, Joerg Franzbecker, Urs Füssler, Catharina Gebbers, Erik Göngrich, Matthew Griffin, Alexander Hahn, Christine Heidemann, Christoph Heinemann, Susanne Heiß, Mathias Heyden, Martin Kaltwasser, Florian Köhl, Ragna Körby, Tobias Kurtz, Heimo Lattner, Susanne Leeb, Annette Maechtel, Bjørn Melhus, Herbert Mondry, Michael Müller, Martin Murrenhoff, Johannes Paul Raether, Jan Rohlf, Les Schließer, Florian Schmidt, Christoph Schmidt, Judith Siegmund, Heidi Sill, Christoph Tannert, Albert Weis, Ute Weiss Leder, Antje Weitzel, Inga Zimprich.

Moderated by Ellen Blumenstein, Silvan Linden, and Florian Wüst.

(1) www.archplus.net/home/news/7,1-4947,1,0.html?referer=104

(2) www.a42.org/1062.0.html

(3) www.habenundbrauchen.kuenstler-petition.de

To Have and To Need #2

The Open Letter

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 8 pm

Basso, Köpenickerstr 187/188, Berlin-Kreuzberg

Organized by Salon Populaire and Basso

On December 13, 2010, Salon Populaire hosted a discussion on the “Achievement Show of Young Berlin Art” (projected for summer 2011) and on the related construction of a temporary exhibition architecture at Humboldthafen. The intense debate amongst numerous practitioners from Berlin’s artistic and cultural context, and some of the responsible organizers of the project resulted in the decision to continue public discussions on the idea of a Berlin Kunsthalle and its far-reaching cultural-political implications.

There was no coherent concept visible, nor was it convincingly demonstrated how the financial investment for an “Achievement Show” would benefit the cultural producers in the city – despite having the effect of city marketing along with serving the initiator of the project in his political campaign. In light of chronically under financed art institutions, free projects, and project spaces, we consider it necessary to take a stand against such a form of political pick-pocketing.

Therefore we would jointly like to discuss the draft of an open letter, which enables artists, representatives of the institutions and all cultural producers in the city to collectively criticize this project and the current cultural politics, in the field of contemporary visual arts in Berlin, in order to establish a counter public to this.

To Have and To Need #1

An open discussion on the projected “Leistungsschau junger Kunst aus Berlin”
(Achievement Show of Young Berlin Art)

Monday, December 13, 2010, 8 p.m.

Salon Populaire, Bülowstr. 90, 10783 Berlin

Until December 17, all Berlin based artists are requested to submit their portfolios in order to apply for the “Achievement Show of Young Berlin Art”, scheduled for summer 2011. 600.000 Euros from the state budget will be spent for research, curators and a catalogue – more money for the production of the show and the construction of a mobile exhibition hall in the area of Humboldthafen still has to be raised by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH.

The idea of an “Achievement Show” suggests an understanding of art which is based on efficiency and effectiveness and uses the innovative potential of current artistic production for political interests. It seems that Mayor Klaus Wowereit tries to obtain arguments for the realization of “his” Kunsthalle by the sheer mass of submissions and the curatorial star-assembly for this “inventory” project – just on time for the elections in 2011.

We want to take this cultural-political maneuver as an occasion to openly discuss what we have learned from two years of Temporäre Kunsthalle, how artists react on this and other “open calls”, what it is that marks the contemporary art scene in the city – institutionally as well as on other levels –, what it is missing and how it can be supported sustainably.

With, amongst others: Ulf Aminde, Stéphane Bauer, Helmut Draxler, Matthias Einhoff, Katharina Fichtner, Jörg Franzbecker, Marc Glöde, Cristina Gomez Barrio, Erik Göngrich, Elín Hansdóttir, Gabriele Horn, Philip Horst, Susanne Husse, Annette Maechtel, Wolfgang Meyer, Lise Nellemann, Anh-Linh Ngo, Marie-José Ourtilane, Katia Reich, Natascha Sadr-Haghigian, Ines Schaber, Jakob Schillinger, Florian Schmidt, Tanja Schomaker, Marina Sorbello, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Olaf Stüber, Felix Vogel, Antje Weitzel, Lena Ziese.

Initiated and moderated by Ellen Blumenstein and Florian Wüst.