Auszeichnung
künstlerischer Projekträume
und -initiativen

okk/raum 29

Organ Kritischer Kunst

2007
Prinzenallee
27
Berlin
13359

Hyunho Park, Time Crystals, Schaufensterperformance, 2019

Marina Barsy Janer & Isil Sol Vil, Performance Corpus intersitium, 2016

Piela Auvinen, Paleogym, Sculpture, Ausstellung: Pacha Suomi, 2020 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

It always feels quite special when an institution catches the zeitgeist of a moment. Project spaces have a lot more freedom in this sense, and they can truly, sincerely, reflect a moment or a movement as it is happening. They are essential to a critically active arts scene. Perhaps the orientation of project ­spaces has been forced to shift towards something more self-sustain­able – but that might not be a bad thing.The art scene, spaces, artists, and initiators in the past ten years (being a continuum of what has gone before) in a nutshell, can be seen to have changed from individual authorships to more collective ones. They act in opposition to the anonymized corporate structures, in particular the giant housing conglomerates (these destructive collective edifices that have the same legal rights as a sentient individual human being) that threaten to dissemble the unique fabric of the city of Berlin that provided a fertile ground in which these initiatives could rise, connect, and thrive. So the project room scene provides a positive counter-weight to these destructive development processes as a living, breathing, collaborative, and inclusive network. I hope that this fabulous project room network does not drown in the indifference of mainstream political thinking in the city of Berlin.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.