Lecture by Maren Polte (visiting prof. art history, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven/Belgium; political communication for Saab AB, Brussel)
Lobbying: industry, companies, associations, NGOs, they are all seeking closeness to politics. The so-called advocacy groups generally have a tarnished reputation. Politics and lobbying, decision and influence have a relationship with one another, characterized by vanity and suspicion. It is a symbiotic relationship which, nowhere in Europe, can be observed as good as in Brussels. Here, a global economic bloc (of 500 million), takes its central decisions - under constant observation by innumerable stakeholders and consultants. The crowded coexistence of politics and lobbying over the last 50 years has characterized the city's architecture. The resulting urban consequences tell a lot about this relationship and, based on the established structures, also are a contrafact to the conceptual design of the Berlin government district. Dr. Maren Polte is an art historian. Until 2006, she was research assistant to Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp at Humboldt Universitat Berlin. She is a visiting professor of art history at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Her main areas of research and teaching are modern and contemporary art as well as photography. She is currently collaborating in the political representation of the Swedish technology group Saab AB in Brussels.