On the “Leistungsschau” project

By December 17, all Berlin-based artists are requested to submit their portfolios in order to apply for the “Achievement Show of Young Berlin Art”, scheduled for summer 2011. 600,000 Euros from the state budget will be spent on research, curators, and a catalog. More money for the show’s production and the construction of a mobile exhibition hall in the area of Humboldthafen is still to be raised by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH.

The idea of an “Achievement Show” suggests an understanding of art that is based on efficiency and effectiveness and uses the innovative potential of current artistic production for political interests. It seems that Mayor Klaus Wowereit tries to obtain arguments for the realization of “his” Kunsthalle by the sheer mass of submissions and the curatorial star-assembly for this “inventory” project – just in time for the 2011 elections.

We want to take this cultural-political maneuver as an occasion to openly discuss what we have learned from two years of Temporäre Kunsthalle, how artists react on this and other “open calls”, what is it that marks the contemporary art scene in the city, institutionally as well as on other levels, what it is missing from the scene and how it can be supported sustainably.

Speakers, amongst others: Ulf Aminde, Stéphane Bauer, Helmut Draxler, Matthias Einhoff, Katharina Fichtner, Jörg Franzbecker, Marc Glöde, Cristina Gomez Barrio, Erik Göngrich, Elín Hansdóttir, Gabriele Horn, Philip Horst, Susanne Husse, Annette Maechtel, Wolfgang Meyer, Lise Nellemann, Anh-Linh Ngo, Marie-José Ourtilane, Katia Reich, Natascha Sadr-Haghigian, Ines Schaber, Jakob Schillinger, Florian Schmidt, Tanja Schomaker, Marina Sorbello, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Olaf Stüber, Felix Vogel, Antje Weitzel, Lena Ziese.

Initiated and moderated by Ellen Blumenstein and Florian Wüst.

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