Auszeichnung
künstlerischer Projekträume
und -initiativen

Axel Obiger

2009
Brunnenstraße
20
Berlin
10119

Innenansicht, 2021, Foto: Matthias Moravek

Paper on Paper, Kooperation mit PAPER- Manchester, 2020, Foto: Gabriele Künne

The Network is a fundamental organization in the artistic landscape of Berlin. Without the Network, many of the support structures that have been built in recent years simply would not exist. Unionizing has always been problematic in a sector like the art sphere where the construction of the worker has been historically based on the idea of the author, and therefore the ego. In order to achieve change, cooperative models like the Network are a must. The challenge is how to create belonging from difference.The word “project space” is almost misleading to me. Projects do not have to take place in spaces. Radio shows, Instagram takeovers, and outdoor screenings are also projects. To focus on the aspect of space itself is to take a narrow view of what could – and is – happening in Berlin at the moment. The ideal project space would come with a budget for production and overhead costs. Ideally, also the curators ought to get paid.Kunst kann fast alles, muss es aber nicht. Heute arbeiten wir in einem neoliberalen ­Turbokapitalismus, der an seine absoluten globalen Grenzen gekommen ist. Ohne künstlerische Arbeit wird es keine nachvollziehbare Übersetzung der jetzt NOTwendigen sozial-ökologischen Transformationsprozesse der west­europäisch geprägten Industriegesellschaften geben.