für bildende Kunst
Symposium: Learning Place: RESEARCH. 50 years of ›new society‹Saturday, 06 July 2019
Open: See announcement*
Organized by: neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
Four symposia, so-called ›learning places‹, turn the spotlight on critical issues arising from the underlying principles, methods and ethics of work in the arts and cultural sector, and of activism in the arts context. Guests and other participants pursue in-depth exchange in a participatory and non-hierarchical setting. Past nGbK projects serve as a springboard for discussion of collective, artistic and activist strategies that are fit for the future. Participants are welcome to put up for debate their own project proposals and methodologies. Members tell of past experiences and experts analyse nGbK projects in order to reassess the work of, and at, the nGbK, in the broader context of politics and the arts.
As its name suggests, the RESEARCH learning place looks at the variety of collective, artistic and activist research practices pursued within the nGbK and beyond. With its aim of using art as a means to advance Marxist social research, the »AG Grundlagenforschung« [Project Group: Basic Research] of the nGbK in the 1970s stood in stark contrast to the »RealismusStudio« of those early years, which was concerned – like current discourse – with artistic and curatorial research: art itself was taken to be an autonomous means of knowledge production and research.
How do social research and artistic research interrelate at the nGbK today? Are they mutually exclusive or is their interplay productive? How far did the association oppose and challenge the prevailing canon in tackling, in both Marxist and artistic contexts, socio-political and historical research topics largely neglected at the time in academia? How did the collective and mostly research-based methods of the project groups influence the ways content was generated? And how could such research methodologies persist outside of the established knowledge economies? In reference to »Funktionen bildender Kunst in der Gesellschaft« (1970), »Erzeugte Realitäten I–III« (1994/95), »Künstlerinnen International 1877–1977« (1977), among other projects, experts and guests discuss the parameters of past work at the nGbK, in particular the various research concepts and methods. What kind of educational hub, what kind of knowledge producer for artists and cultural workers was the nGbK in the past – and how about now?
With contributions from Kathrin Busch, Alice Creischer/Andreas Siekmann, Christin Lahr, Silvan Linden, Annette Maechtel, Sandrine Micosse-Aikins, Beatrice von Bismarck, Anna Voswinckel
The exhibition part of the project »50 Jahre neue Gesellschaft« runs at the nGbK from 22 June to 4 August 2019.
The other learning places are SOLIDARITY (23 June) WORK (20 July) DESIRE (3 Aug)
nGbK project group: Christian Hanussek, Ulrike Jordan, Hannah Kruse, Vincent Schier, Olga von Schubert, Eylem Sengezer, Anna Voswinckel