Auszeichnung
künstlerischer Projekträume
und -initiativen

panke.gallery

2016
Gerichtstraße
23
Berlin
13347

concrete::dynamic, 2017, Foto: Visvaldas Morkevicius

#idnSTREETart, 2017

Art has the unique ability to help us expand our imagination and the way we think about the world. By bending the lines of logic and ­rational approaches, it offers a gateway to our collective unconscious and provides a terrain where everything is possible, hence pushing our thinking process forward. We see art and artists as seismographs for changes in society. There is also great freedom in art, addressing big and timeless questions that are independent of current economic and political realities and interests. Art can be a space for utopias, or for histories outside of history books. Art is important because it keeps us going through the difficult and dark times. Art keeps us alive.The city has become more expensive overall and therefore there is less free space – there are less “Freiräume”. Our definition has not changed as a project space. The concept of an ideal space is completely dependent on what the organizers/artists/curators are interested in doing. In our opinion, there isn’t ONE type of space that is ideal which is actually what is so wonderful about project spaces in general – they are diverse, and completely different. It seems that because of the lack of spaces and the increased rents, more project spaces have turned towards commercial models. But since funding has become more commonplace in the scene, meaning it’s more common to pay artists who are involved in shows, performances, readings, events, etc. at project spaces, this has put more pressure on spaces in general to have to secure financing. We would argue that since funding has become more readily available, the structures have begun to change. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword. It’s wonderful to receive funding and be able to support artists, and as a result, the scene has become much more professional. But at the same time, it is harder in some ways to do projects more spontaneously and in an improvised fashion. This, as a result, has changed the (power) dynamics between the artists and the project space organizers, as very often the organizers are NOT funded but the artists participating in the projects are. This creates a rather awkward dynamic and as organizers ourselves, it’s frustrating for us to not be paid for our efforts and contributions to the “Freie Szene”.„Und so lange die Länge reicht Die werke der_die dichter und Innen die bildner und Innen und innen darstellen die künste multimed und überhaupt enthalten unerkanntermaßen einen Schatz tiefer Weisheit: eben weil. Aus ihnen die weisheit der natur der dinge selbst redet deren aus sie sagen sie bloß durch verdeut und lichtung und reinere wieder und holung verdolmetschen. Deshalb muss aber frei ich und du auch jeder_jede der_die das gedicht liest das kunstwerk betrachtet aus eigenen mitteln beitragen jene weisheit zu tage zu fördern. Folglich fasst er_sie nur so viel als ­seinen_deine fähigkeit und seine_unsere_ihre bildung es zulässt wie ins tiefe meer jeder schiffer sein jede schifferin ihre senkblume so tief hinab lässt als dessen_deren länge reicht.“ Gedicht: Elisa Asenbaum, frei nach Arthur Schopenhauer Kunst ist integrativ, kann aber genauso schnell vereinnahmt werden. Daher ist es notwendig, durch unabhängige Projekträume Strukturen zu schaffen, die die Autonomie der Kunst erhalten und stärken und die Produktion von Kunst jenseits von ökonomischen oder gesellschaftlichen Zwängen und Gegebenheiten ermöglichen. Nur so kann Kunst ihre gesellschaftliche Auf­gabe erfüllen, die idealerweise unbestimmt und wandelbar ist.