Marion von Osten
A small Postfordist drama. Exhibition, Congress, and Film. The project Atelier Europa focuses on a social context in which cultural producers must position themselves today, because they are increasingly stylised into role models of commercial privatisation and an economicising of society.
A SMALL POSTFORDIST DRAMA
Exhibition, Congress, and Film
The project ATELIER EUROPA focuses on a social context in which cultural producers must position themselves today, because they are increasingly stylised into role models of commercial privatisation and an economicising of society.
In the acceptance of political and economic discourses, not only are inequalities in other careers suppressed to the level of unemployment but also the resilience of cultural activities to the economic evaluation process. Instead of describing the field of cultural and creative work as an area where the source of economic innovation lies, the exhibition and congress bring people and groups together who in the past few years have worked on criticism of neo liberal economics from the cultural perspective and reflect their participation as actors in this discourse. The desire for diversified production, activity and living concepts, new forms of collaboration and knowledge production in interdisciplinary contexts becomes a starting point and theme for desired social change, which clings to the criticism of the organisation of paid work and consumer relationships in a control society.
Cultural practices that negotiate the question of their own involvement in neo-liberal argumentation are themselves highly contradictory, however, and cannot be simply systematised. In the format of a discussion weekend and an exhibition, various forms of cultural articulation, theoretical approaches, political strategies and practices used by left-wing producers to carry out their ambivalent position in the process of modernisation are presented, but without supplying a singular coherent interpretation of the current situation. The meeting of cultural producers and the exhibition aim to connect the most diverse European positions: Do new alliances exist due to common goals and/or theory and training models? Or is the cultural field developing increasingly into a metaphorical refuge of dissidence?
ATELIER EUROPA examines urgent issues and desires, which form out of critical cultural practices with regard to political organisation and social change.
Individuals and groups were interviewed, newspaper projects, visual and audio artists, film makers and fashion designers from Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. The project addresses persons and groups, newspaper projects, visual and audio artists, film makers and fashion designers from Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
Participants in the exhibition: Be Creative! Der kreative Imperativ. (Zurich), Claudia Blum (Zurich), Pauline Boudry / Brigitta Kuster / Renate Lorenz (Berlin), bÃ¼rodiscount feat. schÃ¶negg.biz (Zurich), Armin Chodzinski (Hamburg), Maria Ruido (Barcelona), ___fabrics interseasonÂ® (Vienna), Die Falsches Leben Show (Berlin), Julian GÃ¶the (Berlin), Carles Guerra (Barcelona), Multitudes 15 / Brian Holmes (Paris), Judith Hopf (Berlin), Mona Kuschel (Berlin), Isabell Lorey (Berlin), Michaela MeliÃ¡n (Munich), p.a.p. (Les prÃ©caires associÃ©s de Paris), RenÃ© Pollesch (Berlin), Precarias a la deriva (Madrid), Katja Reichard (Berlin), Christiane RÃ¶singer (Berlin), Mladen Stilinovic (Zagreb), teampingpong (Berlin / Munich), Ingo Vetter (Berlin), de-, dis-, ex- / Marina Vishmidt (London), Marion von Osten (Berlin / ZÃ¼rich), Antek Walczak / Bernadette Corporation (Paris), Annette Weisser (Berlin).
2 April â€“ 13 June 2004
An exhibition project and a weekend on the precariousness and politicization of knowledge and cultural production (in English).
Friday, 2 April 2004
6 pm Opening
7 pm Tour through the exhibition
9 pm Performance by EL SUENO COLECTIVO
Saturday, 3 April 2004
12 noon - 5 pm Discussion impulses from Carles Guerra, Marina Vishmidt, Ingo Vetter / Annette Weisser
5 pm Justin Hoffmann: "Lehrpfad zur kÃ¼nstlerischen Praxis in revolutionÃ¤ren Zeiten (am Beispiel der MÃ¼nchner RÃ¤terepublik 1918/ 19)" / "Study walk on artistic practice in revolutionary times (taking the example of the Munich Workers' Republic 1918/19)".
Meeting point: Kunstverein MÃ¼nchen, lobby.
Sunday, 4 April 2004
12 pm - 5 pm Discussion impulses from Katharina PÃ¼hl, Brian Holmes, p.a.p. (Les prÃ©caires associÃ©s de Paris), Precarias a la deriva
As part of the exhibition project a film project was initiated which builds on interview material with fifteen Berlin-based cultural producers. In addition to the question of individual ways of dealing with specific living and working conditions, the film also focuses on questioning the tactics and strategies for subverting neo-liberal demands on self-management and reflecting on collective demands.
HOMEPAGE / INSERT
The homepage http://www.ateliereuropa.com was designed and implemented as part of the project by the web design agency bureau-k in Hamburg.
The members' newsletter of the Kunstverein Munich, "Drucksache", contains a 72-page insert in the "Spring 04" edition with essays, interviews and articles showing the research results and strategies of the project. The insert serves as a reader, but it also documents the different approaches chosen for the project.
Opening: Friday, 2 April 2004, 6 pm
Congress: Saturday, 3 April and Sunday, 4 April 2004
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