Quo vadis ars?

The situation in the cultural sector has been described and discussed in numerous interviews, corona diaries, comments and reports in the past few weeks. Our annotated collection of currently 193 sources gathers voices from different sectors and media. This creates a picture of the cultural landscape in crisis, whose temporal transformation can be explored interactively via a dedicated tag cloud.


Die Durststrecke der Paparazzi . Fotograf*innen in Corona-Krise
Dry Spell for Paparazzi . Photographers during Corona crisis

by Steffen Grimberg (07 May 2020)
Original source: taz

The crisis does not only affect the paparazzi, the image hunters in the celebrity world, but all photographers. Since there are hardly any permanently employed "staff photographers" left, they are now working as freelance visual artists and have had a hard time for decades. Now the commissions are missing - with no hope of a recovery in the near future. 

tag Fotografie
Visual Arts/Design Kommentar

»Ich bin der Onkel Horst des Alltags« . Feridun Zaimoglu in der Coronakrise
»I am the uncle Horst of everyday life« . Feridun Zaimoglu during Corona crisis

by Johannes Kulms (06 May 2020)
Original source: Deutschlandfunk Kultur

tag Literatur Theater Lesung Honorar Umsatzeinbruch Soforthilfe Selbstmord Feridun Zaimoglu
Literature/ Text Bericht

»Es gibt in Zeiten der Angst eine große Bereitschaft zum Gehorsam« . Daniel Kehlmann über die Corona-Krise
There is a great willingness to obedience in times of anxiety . Daniel Kehlmann on the Corona crisis

by Daniel Kehlmann, Patrick Bauer (06 May 2020)
Original source: Süddeutsche Zeitung

The German author Daniel Kehlmann experienced the outbreak of the Corona crisis in New York City and then retired to Montauk with his family. In an interview, he talks about his impressions of the crisis, the special politics of images and the consequences of the restrictions on freedom.

tag New York Bilder Buchbranche Freiheitsbeschränkungen Robert-Koch-Institut
Literature/ Text Interview

Es gibt sie, wie bald Martin Meyers Erzählung »Corona«, es gibt sie nicht . Der Hype um die Corona-Literatur
It exists, as soon Martin Meyer's novel . The Hype around Corona Literature

by Gerrit Bartels (06 May 2020)
Original source: Tagesspiegel

Do you want to read a Corona novel now? This is the question posed by literary critic Gerrit Bartels in the taz. For two months, one could hardly escape the subject of Corona, and he can hardly imagine enjoying it now in literary adaptation. Especially since the plot of Martin Meyer's story "Corona" promises little that is new. After all, the old bookseller Matteo helps himself in quarantine by reading epidemic literature, as thrashed out by the feuilletons in recent weeks.
The publication of the story prompts Bartels to ask some publishers whether a Corona novel is already planned for the fall, or whether an author has announced that he or she will work on one. Klett-Cotta, Luchterhand, and Kiepenheuer & Witsch have no plans for corona novels. Either they had no corresponding manuscripts on the table or they were afraid they would be outdated by the time they were published. Only the author Joachim Lottmann is writing a current novel on the subject, according to information from KiWi, but it will not be published this year.
Doesn't it take some time to reflect on the topic? With a view to 9/11, he notes that the really good novels on the subject needed a distance of several years. But it doesn't necessarily have to be the case that Corona has to be at the center of a novel. It can also change a narrative being out of focus - as well as the quality criteria of the readers. 

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tag Corona-Roman Seuchenliteratur Qualitätskriterien Martin Meyer Joachim Lottmann 9/11
Literature/ Text Interview

Zurück zum Bettler-Status . Künstler in der Krise
Back to beggar status . Artists in crisis

by Helmut Mauró (02 May 2020)
Original source: Süddeutsche Zeitung

It can only be out of desperation that musicians the Corona crisis give away their work on the Internet - at least that's how Herlmut Mauró interprets it in his commentary in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In doing so, they not only degrade themselves - Mauró feels reminded of former conductors who stood at the podium not in tailcoats but in their employer's service uniform - but can lend little weight to their demand for state support. After all, our economic system determines the value of a performance by its remuneration. And so it is only a logical consequence that within the framework of the Corona aid programme, an old support programme has been rededicated and now, above all, new forms of presentation of music are being promoted rather than the work of freelance musicians, ensembles and orchestras. 

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tag Onlineangebote Künstlerförderung Gratiskultur
Music Kommentar

»Literatur braucht Gedrängel« . Buchmarkt in der Corona-Krise
»Literature needs the crowd« . Corona crisis and the Book Market

by Tom Kraushaar, Richard Kämmerlings (27 Mar 2020)
Original source: Welt

tag Verlage Homeoffice Buchbranche Buchmesse Buchhandlungen Nähe Klett-Cotta-Verlag Bettina Hitzer Antonio Scurati
Literature/ Text Interview

»Eine Konventionalstrafe ist in jedem guten Vertrag enthalten« . Geldsorgen der Kunst
»A contractual penalty is included in every good contract« . Money worries of art

by Eva-Maria Magl (13 Mar 2020)
Original source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

tag Theater Kino Schließungen Kulturszene Frankfurt
Performing Arts/ Cinema Bericht

Virus-Lektüre . »Meine Geschichte wird Wirklichkeit«
Virus reading . »My story becomes reality«

by Klaus-Peter Wolf, Maja Ellmenreich (06 Mar 2020)
Original source: Deutschlandfunk

On a reading tour in Switzerland, author Klaus-Peter Wolf fell ill with swine flu in 2009. Helplessly confronted with his own fears, he had to decide in a foreign country how he should act now. This experience occupied him so much that he wrote  »Todesbrut«, a thriller about a pandemic. In the spring of 2020 it seems uncanny how close fiction comes to reality. Here, Klaus-Peter Wolf points out that, with a little research, the course of a pandemic could be predicted very well: the failure of the authorities as well as the panic reactions of the populatio n.

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tag Thriller Pandemie-Roman Recherche Klaus-Peter Wolf
Literature/ Text Interview



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Facing arts is a projet by STORM.

STORM is an acronym playing with the initials by Miriam Seidler & Tim Otto Roth, who are hit both by the Corona crisis. Dr. Miriam Seidler is a scholar in German literature and currently works as specialist in public relations. Dr. Tim Otto Roth is a scholar in art and science history and works as a conceptual artist and composer. He is known for his huge projects in public space, cooperations with leading scientific institutions and his immersive sound and light installations. Miriam and Tim collaborate regularly for years. With facing arts they reaslize their first common art project.
You find more informatin on both initiators on www.miriamseidler.de and www.imachination.net.

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