PROGRAM public discourse | September - December 2016
ART AND POLITICS | artists - life - oeuvre - society

With regard to political changes in Europe, economic crises, strengthening nationalisms, migration movements and ecological changes artists react worldwide with new artistic strategies and forms of production. Voluntary or involuntary nomadism creates new artistic productions and lifestyles. Although there seems to be a general understanding of artistic existence and working methods in the German society, the role of artists and the expectations of public institutions and market-based interest groups concerning benefits and rights of artists have changed over the centuries. Cultural workers and the curators themselves critically analyze the question of artistic identity and social role of artists, the efficacy of artistic performances in public space as well as the purpose of artistic activity connected with the responsibility of social engagement. In the year of 175th founding of the Verein Berliner Künstler the ARTS CLUB BERLIN addresses current and historical issues concerning live and working conditions of artists. There will be reflections and discussions about cultural-political, socio-cultural and political conditions for artistic production, the future of artistic self-administration as well as the development of alternative marketing strategies with a particular focus on Berlin.

MONDAY, September 19th 2016 at 7.30 pm
Rooms of new media with Dr. Sabine Ziegenrücker/Art Historian

New media open up to spaces for boundaries between reality and the virtual world. The talk shall offer insights to the construction of media spaces and its specific perception and presentation - not without references to art historical issues. Dr.Sabine Ziegenrücker publishes and makes exhibition in the fields of the contemporary art. She works on promotion of the young talents as a manager at Friends of the Arts Berlin / Karl Hofer Society and is a board member at the Bernhard Heiliger Foundation.

Entrance 7 pm
Starting 7.30 pm

You are sincerely welcome
Greetings from the ACB Team

* The public discourse program is a key element of the ARTS CLUB BERLIN, committed to investigating recent developments, concepts and forms of practice in discourses of contemporary art. At the Invitation of the VBK curators, artists and scientists are asked to organize a discursive program that is internationally oriented yet at the same time retains a focus on the local context of Berlin.The program has a particular focus on different forms of artistic practices and their conditions of production. What is artistic practice today and what are its contexts? Taking this question as a point of departure, the public discourse program seeks to contextualise contemporary concepts of artistic practice within political, social and economic settings in open lectures and discussions with international artists, Kurators and representatives of non-artistic fields.