48 Stunden Neukölln is a forum for projects in all conceivable artistic disciplines found in the art scene in Berlin. The festival both presents and supports art, thereby contributing to discussions of ideas affecting society at large while also reflecting said society.
All segments of the local population get involved, regardless of age, ethnic background or social standing. Art here is something more than what's on view in galleries and museums during 48 Stunden. The festival brings not only a variety of disciplines but also people together, as they view art which relays important ideas. This manifests itself in discursive, participatory and interdisciplinary projects, which are a festival priority. At the same though, there is also a focus on art for art's sake – including the conditions under which art is made, techniques used as well as the social function that art can serve. The festival endeavours to explore all potential forms of contemporary artistic expression, including ways of dealing with political issues in the arts.
48 Stunden Neukölln will look far out into the future in 2019, to a point in time when our near future already belongs to the realm of history. Our festival theme this year Future III (Future Perfect Continuous Passive) creates a temporal axis. It refers to the paradox of a future, that is retrospectively judged and which can thus be anticipated and scried upon. Something of the hopes, expectations, and the demands of the present can thereby be expressed.