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.


Mathe im Museum . Corona und die Künste
Mathematics at the museum . Corona and the arts

by Catrin Lorch (11 Nov 2020)
Original source: Süddeutsche Zeitung

With the partial lockdown in November, solidarity in society begins to crumble. Politics is not innocent in this, since many cultural workers cannot understand the reason why cultural institutions in particular have to close, due to the excellent hygiene concepts. Instead of stylizing herself as a victim, the director of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld turns the tables and offers her spacious and well air-conditioned premises to schools as classrooms. Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek does not seem to be averse to the proposal to use out-of-school rooms for lessons, since in many places there are not sufficiently large and well air-conditioned classrooms available to give lessons.
The creativity with which the cultural sector is responding to the challenge of the crisis is still lacking in the political arena. This is how Catrin Lorch describes the New Deal, which provided artists and cultural workers in America with commissions during the depression of the 1930s and thus saved them from the crisis. She names artists such as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, who became successful over the course of the century and would not have made it through the economic crisis without this support. Another advantage of government commissions at that time in the United States was that art and culture were received by a broad public and thus contributed to a national identity. Thus, a gesture of solidarity by the art institutions could not only encourage the state to become more sovereign, generous and creative, but at the same time counteract the current distribution struggles.

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tag New Deal Schule im Museum Künstlerförderung Solidarität Christina Végh Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen
All sections Bericht

Lieber Maler, male mir! . Diskussion über Kunst in Coronakrise
Dear painter, paint for me! . Discussion on art during Corona crisis

by Ingo Arend (08 Jul 2020)
Original source: TAZ

Under the title »Painting by Numbers - Art in the Corona Crisis«, the Green Party in the German Bundestag invited to a discussion about a group that currently plays hardly any role in the public discourse about the Cornona Crisis: the visual artists. At the moment, there is great concern that the money from the economic stimulus package will flow into the support of museums and cultural institutions, but that the artists themselves will go away empty-handed.
The author Ingo Arndt is somewhat irritated by the fact that in the discussion about possible s olutions to the precarious situation of  artists, the idea of a New Deal, which Hans Ulrich Obrist brought up in April, has not been taken up. A large-scale acquisition project for museums and public institutions launched by the German government could offer a way out of the crisis by commissioning visual artists.


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tag Grundeinkommen Neustart Kultur Konjunkturpaket Die Grünen Lobby New Deal Erhard GrundlHans Ulrich Obrist
Visual Arts/Design Bericht

New New Deal . Toward a New Era of Social Imagination

by Hans Ulrich Obrist (05 May 2020)
Original source: artnet news

In this essay curator Hans Ulrich Obrist recalls conversations with photographer and film maker Helen Levitt (1913–2009) and reflects public programs to support artists in the US which were initiated a few years after the Great Depression in 1929 in the context of president Roosevelt’s New Deal. Interestingly, he mentions an early Mexican program in 1926 with artists paid by the government to decorate public buildings with murals. A similar scope had the federal US program Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) in 1934. The most prominent program was the Federal Art Project (FAP) starting in 1935 to support fine arts and practical arts by commissions, but also to promote educational services resulting in 107 new community centers giving arts and crafts classes to everybody. But demands as formulated by the American Society of Painters Sculptors and Gravers to pay rental fees to living artists for exhibited art works didn’t succeed.
Obrist not only demands a New Deal for the arts in times of the Pandemic, but also connects it conceptually to the ecological question referring to Jeremy Rifkin’s book “Green New Deal”.

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tag New Deal Kunstvermittlung Stipendien Auftragsarbeit Ausstellungshonorar Kunst am Bau Ökologie USA
Visual Arts/Design Statement

Wie könnte ein New Deal für die Kunst aussehen? . Kulturpolitik nach Corona
What could a New Deal for Art Look Like? . Cultural Policy after Corona

by Kolja Reichert (25 Apr 2020)
Original source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

tag Kulturförderung Honorare Monika Grütters
Visual Arts/Design Beitrag



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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.
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