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.


»Wie ein Rennauto, das in die Wand fährt« . Erfolgsproduzent Oliver Auspitz über die Film-Branche im Corona-Modus, Ulrike Lunaceks Rücktritt, Kanzler-Hilfe und die ROMY
»Like a racing car driving into the ground«

by Oliver Auspitz, Christoph Silber (16 May 2020)
Original source: Kurier

tag Filmproduktion Ausfallfonds ORF
Performing Arts/ Cinema Interview

When Will We Want to Be in a Room Full of Strangers Again? . Theater, an industry full of optimists, is reckoning with a heartbreaking realization.

by Helen Lewis (12 May 2020)
Original source: The Atlantic

Theatre matters to Britain not only in economic term being a drive of tourism. As Helen Lewis underlines commercial run theatres are more interconnected with the subsidized theatre sector as expected. Especially smaller theatres function as percolators for the future careers of actors and directors. This ecosystem is no under threat: The state funding distributed by The Arts Council spent  £160 million ($200 million) as crisis grants to organizations and individual workers in need. This helped indeed theatres to survive. But the question looms large what will come after when these funds will be exhausted this summer. Above all the economic but the hygiene restrictions will reduce the program and the size of the paying audience. But the author fears in the context of the pandemic also a shift in quality from “excellence” to “relevance.”

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tag Arts Council Theater United Kingdom
Performing Arts/ Cinema Bericht

Folge #1: Doktor Pop . Happy Endzeit - der Popkultur Podcast
Series #1: Doctor Pop . Happy end of time - the pop culture podcast

by Marcus Mötz, Dr. Pop (08 May 2020)
Original source: Tonspion

tag Popmusik Berufsverbot Onlineangebot Streaming Liveevent
Music Podcast

Kultur in der Corona-Krise . Erwacht endlich aus der Schockstarre!
Culture during Corona Crisis . Finally wake up from freeze mode!

by Marco Frei, Christian Wildhagen (01 May 2020)
Original source: Neue Züricher Zeitung


tag Klassische Musik Konzerthäuser Gleichbehandlung Bundesliga Großveranstaltungen Onlineangebote Hygieneregeln
Music Beitrag

Wie Corona die Kunst demokratisiert . Historisches Missverständnis
How Corona Democratizes Art . A Historical Misunderstanding

by Richard Kämmerlings (27 Apr 2020)
Original source: Welt

tag Aura Kunstgenuss Streaming Walter Benjamin
Visual Arts/Design Beitrag

Dann muss der alte Hamlet wieder ran . Theater in der Corona-Krise
Recycling old Hamlet . Theatre in Corona crisis

by Tobi Müller (08 Apr 2020)
Original source: Zeit

The theaters in the German-speaking countries are hard hit by the corona-related closure. Depending on their legal status, bankruptcy is lurking as threat. In any case, the repertoire will have to be increasingly recycled in the coming seasons to save costs. The artistic work will be in economy mode.

tag Theater Repertoire Rücklagen Kurzarbeit Bernd Sibler
Performing Arts/ Cinema Bericht

Kreatives Kulturleben in Zeiten von Corona
Creative cultural live in times of Corona

by Torsten Landsberg, Sertan Sanderson (12 Mar 2020)
Original source: Deutsche Welle

With the beginning of the corona crisis, concerts were canceled worldwide and cultural institutions had to close. This does not prevent orchestras and ensembles from playing. Streaming live from concert halls and living rooms worldwide. That doesn't just apply to classical music. For example, the Italian singer Gianna Nannini surprised her fans with a house concert as a measure against corona loneliness.
The situation is unique. Even Geoffry Wharton, who has worked as concertmaster with the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne for 30 years, cannot remember a co mparable wave of concert cancellations. In this situation, he is particularly worried about his freelance colleagues, who cannot survive such a wave of cancellations economically for long.

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tag Konzerte Onlineangebote
Music Bericht



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The Team

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.

Special thanks to Paco Croket for the tag cloud programming!

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