Public Movement

7 June 2016

A Düsseldorf Assembly of Arts and Politics

Measured in terms of total public expenditure, Germany spends just 1.7 per cent of its budget on culture. For this reason, if for no other, politicians do not consider culture a prestigious area to work in. However, the question of art’s role in society presents itself again at the moment with renewed urgency: What role can and should art play? What are its social, political and ethical responsibilities? Is there a need for a new guiding culture, possibly even a Leitkultur? What happened to the credo “Culture for All”? What is worth preserving in difficult financial times? And what can go?

Such questions are central to ‘Make Art Policy!’ , staged by Dana Yahalomi, director of the Israeli company Public Movement as a co-production between Impulse Theater Festival and FFT Düsseldorf the in the plenary chamber of Düsseldorf city hall. Leading cultural spokespersons from all the significant parties in the region will present their party’s at policy towards the upcoming elections. The event will adhere to a strict set of rules, with contributions from experts, opportunities for the audience to participate, music by Kornelius Heidebrecht, with Nina Sonnenberg chairing the evening and keeping the discussions on course.

The Israeli performative research group Public Movement investigates political actions and allows public Choreographies to be created out of overt and convert rituals.

With Andreas Bialas (SPD), Dr. Veronika Dübgen (FDP), Oliver Keymis (BÜNDNIS 90 / Die Grünen), Lukas Lamla (PIRATEN), Martin Maier-Bode (DIE LINKE), Dr. Paul Schrömbges (CDU), Helmut Seifen (AfD) and State Secretary Bernd Neuendorf (Ministry of the Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport).

Experts: Inke Arns (Artistic Director Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund), Ekaterina Degot (Artistic Director Akademie der Künste der Welt Cologne), Prof. Ulrike Haß (Theater Researcher, Director of the Institute of Theater Studies, Ruhr University Bochum), Mischa Kuball (Artist and Professor of Media Arts), Harald Redmer (Managing Director NRW Regional Office of the Independent Performing Arts), Kay Voges (Artistic Director Schauspiel Dortmund).

Entry is free of charge but please register in advance via:

Rathaus, Plenarsaal
18 June, 17:30 h
Language German

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Additionaly, on Monday, 20 June, 7:30 pm at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf there will be a talk with Dana Yahalomi, political theorist Gregor Jansen and Director of Kunsthalle, Oliver Marchart (presented by Kathrin Tiedemann) about artists as clandestine agents and subversive service providers as well as theater as public, agonistic sphere. Projects that mingle arts and politics have a longstanding tradition in Düsseldorf – from Joseph Beuys via the Artist Placement Group to the current project “Make Art Policy!” by Public Movement.