Art Gets to The People!
- Series: Kunst
48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN 2010 - "Komplex650"
In this interview, Dr. Martin Steffens, director of 48 Stunden Neukölln, tells us why it makes sense to organize over 700 events in nearly 340 venues within a 48 hour period this year! From 25-27, 06, Friday to Sunday (7 pm - 7 pm), everyone who comes to Neukölln in Berlin will be confronted with an array of visual arts, theatre, dance and performance art, readings, guided tours and parties held at nearly every corner in Neukölln.
Besides the contemporaries, 2010 also marks the 650 year funding of Rixdorf/Neukölln, hence, the theme - "Komplex650." This motto also suggests an array of different perspectives embedded in cultural diversified Neukölln.
Within this 46 minute interview, we discuss the following topics:
- Started in 1999 with only 25 venues, how did 48 Stunden Neukölln become Berlin's largest art festival today?
- More importantly, why is such non-commercial art festival significant for the district of Neukölln?
- Besides artists' studios, galleries, theaters, and public squares and streets, unusual venues such as parking lot, boat, private apartment, beer brewery, even public toilet have been used for 48 Stunden Neukölln, why and how is this possible for this festival?
- Neukölln is the most culturally diversifed district in Berlin, with over 160 countries migrants, what are the challenges 48 Stunden Neukölln face when working with such culturally diversified inhabitants?
- How will different culture being re/presented in 48 Stunden Neukölln?
- What is the position of 48 Stunden Neukölln when dealing with the parasitical relationship between culture and regentrification? In other words, what kind of achievements can culture gain or supply in the process of regentrification?
- What is the attitude of the local inhabitants in Neukölln towards the influx of foreigners, especially foreign artists and cultural workers?
- What is the demography of artistic community in Neukölln ?
- How is current cultural policy related to 48 Stunden Neukölln's founding strategy?
- what does art and culture mean for society?
To conclude, after learning about the demographic changes of the artistic community in Neukölln, I start to think about the possibility of artists and cultural workers forming a country of its own. With its precarious and nomadic life style, cultural workers continuously taking up the pioneering roles for underprivileged neighbourhoods. Being a postmodern cowboy constantly on the go, what does society mean for art and culture today?
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