Auszeichnung
künstlerischer Projekträume
und -initiativen

Sonntag

Paul Hendrikse, Looking while listening, 29.03.2016, Foto: Ayala Gazit

Alon Levin, Preparations for a Dictator, 18.08.2016, Foto: Ayala Gazit

The commercialization of the contemporary art scene in the last decade has created alienation and dissociation from the audience. The social filters at the established exhibition spaces, the sterilization of methods of presentation, and over-professionalism have created an image and perception of inaccessibility. In that respect, project spaces and art initiatives that resist these dynamics and strive for keeping direct social contact maintain the political potential of artistic practice. We don’t promote the conventional star system in selecting the artists we are collaborating with; we don’t pursue a hierarchical method by employing an omnipotent curator; we value the critical content and formal experimentalism of the artworks rather than the conditions of their presentation, and we don’t sell any artworks in our space; we don’t invest our energy in commercial speculation. We put an emphasis on the collective and on the social. We keep contact with our immediate neighborhood (in Neukölln), and we prioritize the knowledge about and the cultural accumulation of a particular geography. Hence, we engage in a counter-position against the dominant dynamics that have shaped the field of the contemporary art scene in the last decade. The pandemic condition has also been a drastic element that forced actors in the field to reconsider methods of presentation and social contact.Art is what brought me and many thousands to the city of Berlin. Berlin, and all its changes, is art.It just makes my heart sing. Despite all that, I believe in art, but I guess it is about time to find new ways (again).