On Friday 16th September the “Award for Art Project Spaces and Initiatives” will be presented by State Secretary Tim Renner. The event is organized by the Network of Independent Berlin Project Spaces and Initiatives on behalf of the Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs. The award ceremony will be surrounded by a panel discussion and a party with performances taking place at Bar Babette. The selected Berlin project spaces and initiatives for 2016 will be holding various exhibitions and events at their own locations or in public space.
Panel Discussion 16 SEP 5.30- 7 pm
“(Visual) Artist Careers in Berlin – who and what advances art production?”
Does art production still make sense with a background of inexplicable works and projects in the art-Mecca of Berlin? Have artists themselves have missed out on progress, while they have degraded into subsidy-addicts and supplicants, or is their path through the social system already predestined on the basis of their working situation and practices? Who benefits from this situation? Is it a number of commercial galleries, who bask on this, but seek out hardly any points of contact? Or is it the project spaces and initiatives that take advantage of the communication drought artists find themselves in, without delivering anything of comparable value? Are festivals like the Berlin Biennale appropriate when almost none of the many thousand artists in Berlin profits from it? What are the unions or the politicians doing? And what is the scene itself doing?
Moderation: Christian Kobald (Kurator, Redakteur Spike Art Quarterly)
Participants: Wibke Behrens (Koalition der Freien Szene, Spokesman of Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft), Heinz Bude (Sociologist) Anne Katrin Stork (Project space super bien!) Lou Favorite (Artist)
16 SEP 7.30-9 pm
Book Launch and Performance by Grotest Maru - Timebank
Following the panel discussion there will be the official ceremony led by State Secretary Tim Renner for the “Award for Art Project Spaces and Initiatives 2016 by the Berlin Senate Chancellery - Cultural Affairs ”. The award will be presented in 2016 for the fifth time. On this occasion the photo book “Freedom of Space” will be launched to document insights into project spaces and initiatives with the exhibited artworks in focus.
Party & performances
16 SEP from 9 pm
With: u moellhusen + the feedback gents , Aérea Negrot/ BPitch Control
DJ-Crew: Soulix & Marian Tone (Beatkollektiv/Wedding Soul), Sandra (Soul You Can´t Buy It)
Exhibitions of the award winners
16. SEP 2016, 1 – 4 pm joint opening hours
except Berlin Community Radio, Lettrétage e.V., Neue Berliner Räume e.V., and sign, CIAT