The employer's contribution to the artists' social security fund KSK is paid not only by the state, but also by the companies in the art and culture industry with their duties. Since the cultural industry has come to a standstill, these are now missing, and the existence of the artists' social security fund is endangered. Brigitte Werneburg(09 Nov 20)
A general strike up to a hunger strike would literally show how much the culture, namely the creative people, are starved. Peter Weibel(28 Apr 20)
»The show must go on, no matter how difficult it is.« It's an overused expression, but I think it's the essence of theater. Hideki Noda(05 Mar 20)
If there was ever a time that the world needed artists, it is now. In the aftermath of the virus, when the world is rebuilding itself, the cities have to step up. Hans Ulrich Obrist(05 May 20)
The precarious conditions under which so many freelancers work in the cultural sector must be reconsidered in future funding policy. Ulrike Groos(07 Jul 20)
I have seldom seen the audience so grateful, everyone was incredibly happy that there are cultural offers again, and it became clear: literature is a nutrient. Heike Strecker(19 Jun 20)
The crisis reveals that many self-employed people do not have a business model that can cope with any change from a normal situation. [...] The attitude that crisis and old-age provision for the creative people is a problem for later has no future. Dieter Haselbach, Pius Knüsel(27 Jul 20)
I'm really worried that when we open again, not everyone will be there because people have decided to do something else after this long stretch. Carsten Brosda(11 Feb 21)
It is the core challenge of publishers and at the same time the magic of our work to bring the market and the art together. It is a deeply social process. Tom Kraushaar(27 Mar 20)
It is not new that our analog concept of the creative person around the book has become more challenging. But Corona is dramatically accelerating the development here. This poses a considerable problem for us. Ulrich Wellhöfer(02 Apr 20)
For me, this will be the first Christmas in 20 years without performances, without children's laughter and without mulled wine with colleagues. Kerstin Dathe(26 Nov 20)
Just the idea that school classes would follow mathematics lessons in the peace and quiet of a museum for months, receive social studies from Joseph Beuys and discuss history in the stalls of a [...] theater hall - what an outrageous gain. Catrin Lorch(11 Nov 20)
Now it's about not complaining, but still offering theater in all its facets - if you let us. At the moment we are allowed to do so, and now we have to show that it is right. Uwe Lohr(13 Sep 20)
We all hoped so much that business would restart in autumn, but now no one can come from China or America. And the Spanish or French collectors will also drop out. Esther Schipper(11 Sep 20)
The tone in the social networks is becoming increasingly bitter. After all, private aid initiatives have formed. Eva-Maria Magel(22 Apr 20)
If it were purchases, it would be good, if it were other aids, it is at least welcome. I see it positively and also find it great that Mrs. Grütters is directing money towards galleries. But as I said, purchases would be sustainable. Rupert Pfab(27 Sep 20)
It is true that the many millions [...] are also intended to »award new contracts to freelancers and solo self-employed persons«, as the »Neustart« programme states. It remains to be seen whether this measure will really account for the lion's share in the end or whether it will be invested in Plexiglas panes for everyone. Ingo Arend(08 Jul 20)
The answer to the virus can only be that charity goes viral. And if that sounds too pious to someone, he simply calls it solidarity, which is contagious. Pastor Sieghard Wilm(01 Nov 20)
The 2020 budget is more uncertain than any budget I have ever experienced. Claudia Rütsche(10 Aug 20)
In my view, there is no cultural shortage in children's rooms. A free reading by authors brings no added value to entertainment. Salah Naoura(25 Mar 20)
The decision affects the wrong people, it touche them to the quick, it is destructive, because culture is not relevant to the system, this term from the financial crisis is only annoying. Culture is relevant to existence, it is relevant to life. Maria Ossowski(29 Oct 20)
Currently we are all experiencing a shortage of the big movies. But perhaps this is an opportunity for the European film industry, but also for Europe as a whole: to establish a new form of communication about films. Carlo Chatrian(17 Sep 20)
If we are honest, the question of what costs what is no longer an issue. [...] The thing that is really depressing the population at the moment is that we have these limitations when it comes to social contacts. Olaf Zimmermann(26 Oct 20)
If we assume that more and more rich people want to buy social status, charisma, and appreciation with art, there are no sales worries for the art markets, rather supply problems. Christian Herchenröder(17 Dec 20)
It is true that the event industry as a whole needs urgent help, survival aid. The distress is enormous. Tom Koperek(22 Jun 20)
Then, however, Hesse, as the federal pioneer, opened up before all the other states again at once. Announced on Friday it was fact on Monday. Nobody could get up that fast. Theatres are tankers, complex, interlinked systems. Manuel Brug(20 May 20)
That is strange. I was just at the ticket office, and people don't want to give their tickets back at all, they prefer to see the schedule for December already. They push it into the theater, and yet I think there is a weaning effect in the long run. Christian Stückl(02 Nov 20)
The infection rate that we now see going up has nothing to do with civilized events like concerts, cabaret, theater and that drives the artists crazy! Volkmar Halbleib(28 Sep 20)
The combination of streaming services and pandemic actually presents a unique danger situation. Netflix's stock price skyrocketed while movie theatres are on artificial respiration. Andreas Busche(28 Dec 20)
It's interesting that we keep an eye on the theatre repertoire business when we all have time for completely different artistic activities and formats. Nicolas Stemann(29 Jan 21)
The aids that have been applied are all very unfortunate because they mostly do not apply at all to the professional model of freelance actors, freelance artists. Jochen Schölch(29 Dec 20)
So much creative energy has been pent up everywhere during the pandemic, and now it's time to put it to good use! Gerald Mertens(02 Feb 21)
The frustration and with freelancers also the fear are nevertheless understandable. But culture needs better ideas about itself. Better arguments for what it is there for. And for what it is not. Culture, for example, is not there for everyone. Tobi Müller(29 Oct 20)
Rather, the bitter impression that the significance of culture is so low, despite your lip service in recent months, that the first solution to the rising number of infections seems to be: »Is this art? Then let's get rid of it!« GMD- und Chefdirigent*innenkonferenz(02 Nov 20)
The Leipzig Book Fair will be all the more sorely missed this year as a forum and a place of self-exploration for an industry whose identity crisis is becoming increasingly apparent. Helmut Böttiger(29 Jan 21)
If we high-frequency culture users were a political party, we would fail at the five per cent hurdle in every election. Peter Grabowski(01 Feb 21)
We are an important part of the economic cycle: we pay an unbelievable amount during the year to art shippers, art fairs, construction teams, to the Artists' Social Welfare Fund.... Rupert Pfab, Galerist(28 Apr 20)
A final climax, a bright final chord - and then? No cheering. No bravos. Only dead silence after a sensationally good concert, a strong plea for New Music and an appeal for more music in lonely times. And I am close to tears. Rattle still quietly says "Bless you. Thank you so much." - and releases you into silence. Jens Lehmann(13 Mar 20)
We think all the time, what can we actually do to positively influence the situation and that is frighteningly little. Farin Urlaub, Die Ärzte(23 Oct 20)
What is actually needed in parallel is an instrument for short-time work for the artists. Heike Herold(04 Jul 20)
What is needed are the open spaces of art that make exchange and reflection possible - including on how Corona is changing our society. Barbara Mundel(22 Oct 20)
And then I worry about all my colleagues and friends who work as freelancers. Nobody knows what should happen to them when concerts simply no longer take place. Geoffry Wharton(12 Mar 20)
Give back culture to the Bavarian people! Unfortunately, State Premier Söder and Minister of Culture and Science Sibler react completely ignorantly and arrogantly. Dr. Axel Schertel(07 Jul 20)
I would like to see a more relaxed view on the risks of life. After all, we don't take away the driving license of every second driver because he is a potential cause of accidents. Matthias Goerne(13 Sep 20)
Being profitable would be the wrong expression. But in fact, we're getting there. We receive support from the Hamburg Department of Culture and therefore we keep afloat. Corny Littmann(13 Aug 20)
It is painful to have to witness this unequal treatment and, despite requests and pleas, not to be heard by the appropriate corridors of power. Anne-Sophie Mutter(20 Oct 20)
The film industry in Austria stands for an economic output of approximately 1.4 billion. We are now running for our economic life and for this survival a state default liability related to Corona is essential. Oliver Auspitz(16 May 20)
[...] first the business life and then we can take care of sports and culture. I find that such a purely populist statement, which is after all said by a prime minister who is one of the leading figures in the management of the Corona crisis. That does pull the plug. Ulrich Khuon(07 Sep 20)
I lose a lot of my potential audience. And as someone who doesn't have a regular readership, that's not the best thing. Jasmin Schreiber(06 Apr 20)
Will the ticket inspectors measure the temperature of visitors in the future? Jörg Häntzschel(19 May 20)
The protection of life is - in the truest sense of the word - not a killer argument to legitimise arbitrary, limitless restrictions on other freedoms. Christian Hillgruber(09 Dec 20)
While permanent employees would receive short-time work compensation, the loss of earnings of artists would be "completely negated". In many cases, at least. Karin Finkenzeller(14 Jun 20)
There won't be any viewers crowding into a sold-out house close to each other and glowing with joy, and that's not because of the quality of the program. Nicolas Stemann(11 May 20)
It is incomprehensible to us why it is possible to keep DIY stores, car showrooms and other stores open, but museums, which have the same or more generous areas for corona-friendly public traffic, are closed. Deutsche Museumsdirektoren(01 Nov 20)
I had actually written another book. When the virus came, he snuck in there relatively quickly. Then I thought, what does he want here. He wanted to get in there. Lola Randl(28 Aug 20)
These freelance photographers, along with many other freelancers, are probably the poorest pigs in the corona crisis. Yes, there is a lot to photograph. But the commissions are missing. Steffen Grimberg(07 May 20)
We are also there to hold up the mirror to society and to initiate discussions. But if everyone has to eke out a living with side jobs, there can be no more social criticism in the future. Petra Tobies(08 Aug 20)
[...] perhaps that will be the essence of after-pandemic criticism. More personal, more to the point, more empathetic, more open and less formulaic. Philip Kennicott(29 Nov 20)
The current chapter of the Leipzig Trade Fair: For now, a vaccination center is moving into the halls. The hope remains: There will be good times again. Martin Hoferick(29 Jan 21)
Art dealers must hope that [...] they will not already be suffering the cathartic side effects of the pandemic. This would not only be an economic damage, but also a cultural damage. Museums do not have the monopoly on the basic supply of art. Marcus Woeller(19 Apr 20)
Now everyone is surprised that the great cheers about the reopened museums are missing. Many visitors are still sceptical. Many museums had hoped for completely different numbers than they can now present. Wolfgang Ullrich(14 Jul 20)
On the other hand, the Book Fair is a place of lived freedom of opinion and publication. This is also an important pillar of the Frankfurt Book Fair and this pillar will be there. Alexander Skipis(08 Sep 20)
Instead of giving up the current season under political constraint or in anticipatory obedience, the task is to finally pull the strings again. Marco Frei, Christian Wildhagen(01 May 20)
I think it is also simply too rigid how culture is treated. Gunter Gebauer(24 Oct 20)
It was difficult to get a view, to see or to read corona-distant, even non-corona topics, but with the first easings this is slowly changing again. But now Corona literature snapshots? Gerrit Bartels(06 May 20)
The fact that critical contemporary art of all things leaves a lousy carbon footprint is deeply absurd. A new museum culture could slow down the carousel, if only because in future either the works travel or the viewers do. Not both. Catrin Lorch(05 Jul 20)
Artists, especially those who are not permanently employed, have to improvise permanently, have to do things they are not qualified for, they all almost become entrepreneurs as independent artists. Julian Nida-Rümelin(18 Oct 20)
Perhaps the cultural shutdown also comprises some good points, in so far as one can learn to appreciate Benjamin's “unique appearance of a distance as close as it may be”. Unlike kitchen art an aura cannot be simulated by definition »simply at home«. Richard Kämmerlings(27 Apr 20)
As soon as it becomes the rule to override fundamental constitutional rights at will with every new challenge, democracy is damaged. Dieter Hallervorden(09 Nov 20)
We had a certainty that concerts would take place, that trips could be made, that tours would take place [...]. All that is really really shaken, shattered, you could say. Marie König(15 Feb 21)
If I find the measures inconsistent, arbitrary and not effective enough, however, how will the rioters and haters in the web feel? Dorothea Marcus(31 Oct 20)
For freelance musicians, the federal government has made it much easier to apply for basic social care, also known as 'Hartz IV'. But many find it humiliating to go to the job center. Eva Blaskewitz(02 Jun 20)
Creative industries will lose an estimated 2.7 million jobs and more than $150 billion in sales of goods and services, amounting to nearly a third of creative-industry jobs and almost 10% of annual sales. Richard Florida & Michael Seman(11 Aug 20)
So far there is not a single proven infection in a theater [...]. In this respect, this is not at all a place that is suitable to meet the rising incidence value. Marc Grandmontagne(15 Oct 20)
It would be ironic if TV streaming services were to make lockdown millions while the very source of our acting, producing, writing and directing talent pool was allowed to die. Sam Mendes(05 Jun 20)
Is it inconceivable to put artists in a position to bridge the next eight, nine, maybe even twelve months without slipping into total depression because of unintentional and undeserved misery? Anne-Sophie Mutter [u.a.](19 Apr 20)
In doing so, it is time to give the small, local events as the ecological garden prior to intensive agriculture, [...] the individual artist prior to the culture industry employee the focus and empathy they have long lost. Karl-Werner Joerg(26 Dec 20)
There is much debate about why this disease now? What logic is behind it, what morality? Towards the end of your book and after reading Albert Camus' »The Plague«, Matteo comes to the conclusion that there is no morality that can be drawn from such epidemics. Christoph Leibold(19 Jul 20)
Absurd. There is no meadow, no pub, no shop, no subway and no cabinet as far apart as the Philharmonie. Egbert Tholl(25 Jun 20)
Despite the arts sector being the first and worst hit sector, and likely the last to recover, the budget fails to provide a roadmap for the sector based on bold, strategic vision and long-term recovery. Leya Reid(08 Oct 20)
We are already in our fourth month. There is no longer any hope for the goodwill of the real estate industry. Lutz Leichsenring(20 Jul 20)
Our work stands for diversity and freedom of opinion, for knowledge and pluralism, for emotional, intellectual and cultural exchange, innovation in thinking and the intellectual creation of new - and sometimes better - worlds. Netzwerk Autorenrechte(05 Jun 20)
The Corona virus crisis revealed clearly that very many artists are not safeguarded and that it is more than ever necessary for artists to be able to insure themselves against unemployment, for example. Caroline Richards(17 Jun 20)
It is the very own task of the management of a state theater to guarantee the operation of the play in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Angela Dorn(26 Sep 20)
In Austria, the cultural nation, the following obviously applies: politicians and cultural bureaucracies are waiting for suggestions, organizers are waiting for guidelines. One could despair of this sluggishness if there weren't folk musicians, church musicians and counterexamples. Hedwig Kainberger(02 Jun 20)
In music, the audience is part of the communication. Clapping, reacting, empathizing is a crucial part of a live experience. It is very difficult to reproduce this digitally via livestream. Dr. Pop(08 May 20)
We were closed with restaurants and bars, but they’ve been open for a while, and it’s actually safer to be in a theater because you keep your mask on. Catherine Russell(26 Oct 20)
The criteria for evaluating art in the digital world are missing. Just because something is done digitally doesn't mean it is the hot shit. Anika Meier(02 Jun 20)
If we want to survive this crisis reasonably in the cultural sector, then there must be additional subsidies for a specific culture fund. Olaf Zimmermann(25 May 20)
It is about raising awareness that the artistic values ??that are created are more than aesthetics. They are basically life-sustaining spaces of reflection and scope for society as a whole. Ulrich Khuon(19 Apr 20)
This creative industry most recently achieved a value added of 253 billion euros, accounting for 4.4 percent of the EU's gross domestic product. In short, it ranks as "a European heavyweight. Stefan Weiss(26 Jan 21)
Singing in closed rooms is prohibited, period. Maria Ossowski(29 Jun 20)
At the moment there are mainly panic reactions. I don't see any issues negotiated yet. Cornelia Fiedler(22 May 20)
But if the theaters are really interested in acting as the social laboratory as which they like to see themselves, then they could use the pandemic stop as a pause for reflection to negotiate their own future. Björn Bicker(20 Jul 20)
The plans for the next season had to be completely revised and reorganized in the last weeks. But we have succeeded [...] in developing new visions for this coming, extraordinary season. Oliver Reese(19 Jul 20)
When we show up, nobody is seeing us. When we don't show up,we won't be missed. Maren Kroymann(14 May 20)
That's the perversion of the whole story. We are not a swimming center. It's not like we can close in one day and on December 1st we open again and the audience is back. Louwrens Langevoort(29 Oct 20)
Events of the ten signing Houses of Literature were attended by around 70,000 visitors last year with around 1,400 dates with approximately 3,000 contributors. Die zehn Häuser der Literatur(11 May 20)
What would have to happen? You now have the opportunity to rattle a few cages. Jörg Biesler(02 Aug 20)
There is no protection for workers in the United States, which is why there are mass layoffs in the art world, in galleries and museums. Vincenzo de Bellis(03 Jun 20)
If so many who work in the private and publicly funded art business can currently survive only with aid packages, something is wrong with the entire system. Something has to change radically here. Iris Dressler(23 May 20)
"United We Stream" won't help us to rescue the clubs. Just for Berlin, 10 million per month are needed for personnel, rent, leasing contracts, etc. to save the venues. Lutz Leichsenring(28 May 20)
There will also be a new appreciation for how precious each seat is. Because then there are fewer houses in the country that play, fewer performances, fewer places. Theater tickets will be the hot shit in Berlin! Oliver Reese(23 May 20)
There is a concern that there will be less opportunity to give presents because of fewer celebrations. However, confidence is based on the fact that customers more often choose cheap gift books than expensive skis in times of crisis. Michael Wurmitzer(09 Nov 20)
The true state religion in this country is to have permanent positions. This explains the Corona special regulations and billions in aid. In the case of the self-employed, the state acts as if they themselves are to blame for the lack of orders. Sascha Lobo(09 Dec 20)
The real and the beautiful is often created under precarious conditions. So far, hardly anyone has been interested in this. This should make the audience and the press blush of embarrassment.. Gero Schließ(30 May 20)
It's a curious situation we have right now. For example, if I live as an artist in Hamburg, then I'm lucky. If I live a few kilometres away in Lower Saxony, then I've had bad luck. Olaf Zimmermann(12 Jun 20)
Nobody is completely submerged, swimming against the current is exhausting, but sometimes clever thoughts go through your head. Sabine Seifert(29 Jul 20)
This is a different mode, but also a chance to present art in a completely different and contemporary way to art aficionados. Wolfgang Ullrich(17 Mar 20)
This year is a complete write-off, and if it continues like this, then at least for me I can no longer work as a freelance writer, if no money comes in through book sales and readings, then I have no income. Michael Stavarič(25 Sep 20)
As far as gross value concerned, we have added value that is only surpassed by the automotive industry. We have more than the chemical industry, we have more than the financial service providers. In 2018, we generated in our sector more than 100 billion euros in gross value added. Noam Zur(29 May 20)
Everything that is fun and innovative will then disappear. Or it will be bought up by big companies and streamlined until all events look the same. Julia Gudzent(21 Sep 20)
What really worries me is that in public discourse, especially in the leading media, [...] very, very little art and culture has appeared. That means both the question: How are you? How do you work? And also: How do you, dear artists, think about this situation? What is your contribution? Stephan Behrmann(02 Oct 20)
You may call it kitschy or embarrassingly pathetic: But the soul of many people needs some solace in the pre-Christmas season. Solace with music, with concerts, with theaters, with musicals, with art. Culture helps to survive the most emotionally challenging time of the year. Maria Ossowski(26 Nov 20)
I could imagine that Frankfurt would do well to think about it right now: How can this trade fair be changed? I think it would be a mistake to simply assume that you can carry on as usual. Elisabeth Ruge(13 Oct 20)
And so films are shot all over the republic, with sometimes quite different restrictions ranging from very strict to rather lax. And also with double standards: On the set, we pay attention to distances. After the shooting is over, we meet in the beer garden without masks. Jörg Seewald(16 Jul 20)
Never has the book, never has literature been so valuable, so important, as a place of escape, as a retreat, as a source of new, different thoughts - and for a long time the symptoms of economic crisis have not been as threatening as in 2020. Gerrit Bartels(08 Oct 20)
On top of all that, the Arts Council’s funding requirements now place “relevance” over “excellence” as the highest goal of British theater. Helen Lewis(12 May 20)
They only know entrepreneurs with employees and obviously do not know at all how we work and what we need after we have been banned from the profession. Nadine M.(07 Jun 20)
The Corona crisis remains the great art obstacle to classical music. In the USA everything lies idle until January. In Paris, everything is falling apart anyway. In Germany a kind of classical allotment garden is blooming. Manuel Brug(20 Jun 20)
We don't know yet how long the Corona period will last. If older actors are systematically not cast, this could result in age discrimination. Heinrich Schafmeister(17 Jun 20)
I am not given enough thought about the economic consequences of these step-by-step decisions. The entire sector is insecure, paralyzed, there is no basic timetable for what is possible under what conditions and when. Julius Frack(15 May 20)
Nevertheless, culture is indispensable, and therein lies its paradox: it is always both a total luxury product and an elementary medium in which a community agrees on what it considers important or unimportant Dirk Peitz(05 Jun 20)
We don't let autumn take us away. Books are more important than ever. Joe Lendle(12 May 20)
The past few years have already seen pushback against the art world’s gross socio-economic inequities [...]. Even before Covid, it was high time for a reset. Jane Kallir(22 Jun 20)
I would just like to see that the contribution that we make to the containment of Covid-19 is not rendered moot by keeping, say, the ski resorts open. Nicolas Stemann(22 Dec 20)
Wouldn't the time be right for a special solidarity payment for the wealthiest in this probably harsh autumn and an impending full lockdown? Herbert Grönemeyer(04 Nov 20)
You can fly in a full plane, travel in a bus, but people don't trust us to follow the rules and instead people celebrate in the park. Erik Kühn(02 Oct 20)
While some are looking for the vaccine and others are discussing whether it is actually a good thing, we at least provide in theatre a vaccine against mental incrustation and aberration. Nicolas Stemann(25 May 20)
During the Frankfurt Book Fair, there is always such a rapid rise in the level of debates in German media - and this is another reason why the silence this week is so spooky. Felix Stephan(17 Oct 20)
To shape better policies, national and subnational governments need more and better evidence on the economic and social impact of cultural and creative sectors. OECD(07 Sep 20)
Not hugging, not touching, moving at least one and a half metres away from the neighbour - for people who consciously communicate with their bodies every day, this is a maximum penalty. Dorion Weickmann(12 May 20)
Has the fear of the virus, in the words of Erich Fromm, long since mutated into a »fear of freedom«? René Schlott(08 Feb 21)
The balance sheet is of course devastating. After almost six months of lockdown, three months of really bad business, we have a 70 percent drop in sales. Christine Berg(20 Dec 20)
At the moment my job here in the theater is to actually take care of the inner life. Not mine, but that of the many staff members, because it feels very different than in March, when we were in a phase of the emerging spring [...]. Karin Beier(29 Sep 20)
The Chancellor and the heads of state are obviously interested in making it really bang loudly so that even the last one understands that the summer with its freedoms is over. The theaters are only one of several pawn sacrifices. Georg Kasch(28 Oct 20)
Artists give away their work for free on the net. This reinforces the impression that this is a hobby. They like to do it and everybody is allowed to participate. Helmut Mauró(02 May 20)
In houses like Baden-Baden and the Berlin Philharmonic, the air conditioning is just as good, and the economic hardship is just as great. If airplanes are allowed to be packed, then so are the concert halls. This requires equal treatment. Reinhard J. Brembeck(22 May 20)
[...] Wednesday's package of federal and state resolutions, on the other hand, pushes culture into the annex, which lists the closure orders still in force, between "restaurants, bars, clubs" and "prostitution facilities", between beer and brothels. Andreas Kilb(18 Apr 20)
We need to enter into resistance. We are going to invade churches, shopping malls, auction houses... and we will put on shows! Samuel Churin(15 Dec 20)
A logistical adventure is currently taking place in the rehearsal rooms: routing people with masks to the rooms, then let them play without masks, but with the distances that they must not exceed. Michael Schmitz-Aufterbeck(31 May 20)
It’s hard not to feel abandoned by American society as an arts worker. Georgina Pazcoguin(23 Sep 20)
Galleries such as Pace, Gagosian (which furloughed its part-time staffers in April), and David Zwirner (which laid off nearly 40 employees this month) all took in between $2 million and $5 million. (07 Jul 20)
With little funding, a lot could be done in the freelance sector - but there is a catch: This would officially recognize that there is a two-tier system in classical music. Frederik Hanssen(16 Nov 20)
Why do we need the cinema? [...] It is about experiencing the increasingly rare protected offline space. Somewhere we have to come back to ourselves, be unreachable and relocate ourselves in our bodies, in the presence of aliveness. Edgar Reitz(04 Jun 20)
When I hear this relentlessly rigorous Karl Lauterbach, I would like to recommend Juli Zeh's novel »Corpus Delicti« and a little grain of the author's sense of freedom. Arno Orzessek(25 May 20)
For everything that is not subsidized in the field of classical music, the prospects look extremely dismal at the moment. Karsten Witt(08 May 20)
However, when the going gets tough, people pretend that self-employment was above all self-realisation and nobody could expect society to take responsibility for it now. Jagoda Marinic(12 Jun 20)
How can the art world react to the fact that the institutions are so geared towards tourism and large exhibitions. Daniel Birnbaum(30 Apr 20)
The pandemic has not only negatively impacted the creative sector in Africa, but it has also exposed its shortcomings. Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse(28 Dec 20)
The Minister for Culture and Science in NRW has warned that culture must be careful not to always demand a special treatment. The scene should not >move too far out of the social consensus,< she said. What on earth is the offense of the scene? Max Moor(08 Nov 20)
Theaters, opera houses and concert halls have been proven not to be places of infection. Their excessive restriction therefore does not contribute to the containment of the occurrence of infection, and is therefore disproportionate. Deutscher Bühnenverein(27 Oct 20)
I surmise that this time, if it ever comes to an end, if we can overcome this pandemic, we will all emerge traumatized. I don't think it's something you can simply terminate. Lars Eidinger(18 Nov 20)
The bottom line is that "Neustart Kultur" [Restart Culture] is nevertheless only a small program, a drop in the ocean, on which especially private artists are threatened with thirst. Anne Sailer(24 Aug 20)
Nobody has to come up with investigations anymore, really. Or do they after all? Exactly with this? With the investigation of what happens and what remains when a community experiences a collective heartbreak, a general disaster? Simone Buchholz(28 Oct 20)
Artists and cultural institutions have no lobby and had to serve as "soft targets" for measures that politicians had not dared to implement elsewhere. Nicolas Freund(05 Jul 20)
When I look at how solo artists are doing: There are many of them who have no income and have to live with short-term support again and again [...], then I think we should perhaps use this break to think a little bit about the future. Amelie Deuflhard(05 Nov 20)
This almost sounds like a self-abandonment of classical book culture. Corona doesn't seem to be the only virus the industry is suffering from. If in the end a virus called anxiety causes even greater damage, that would be fatal. Paul Jandl(17 Jul 20)
Well. Does culture suddenly no longer have to explain that it is not a luxury that you only have to worry about once survival is assured? Kolja Reichert(25 Apr 20)
I just think things out: I have looked at the plans from the WHO, from the Federal Government. Then I researched everywhere and made a story out of it, and now that story is about to become reality. Klaus-Peter Wolf(06 Mar 20)
I think that even if the shields were to be released in the fall and the audience would willingly think them away, that would not be possible. I see what I see. With masks it would be funny, you hardly see the actor, you don't really hear him. Jan Bosse(26 May 20)
Recently, Jens Spahn also warned against events. He meant private celebrations, but he said: events. After that our advance ticket sales collapsed because people thought it was too dangerous to go to the theatre. Wiebke Eymess(23 Sep 20)
Already in the almost six weeks of the current closure time between March 11 and April 19, the Residenz Theatre will lose revenues of an estimated 650,000 euros. Tobi Müller(08 Apr 20)
In the Corona crisis we experience a strange recourse to images. But pictures do not help us to understand the situation from a distance, neither in Bergamo nor in New York. Daniel Kehlmann(06 May 20)
Many people no longer want to accept the situation. If it continues, the consequences for human coexistence and social peace will be almost incalculable. Alexander Skipis(23 Feb 21)
Grönemeyer considers cultural workers to be civil servants of a public enterprise on behalf of the nation's services for the public. Rainer Hank(15 Nov 20)
I know famous accompanying musicians, who usually stand with the biggest German stars on the biggest stages of our country, who are now sitting at the supermarket checkout. Heinz Rudolf Kunze(17 Sep 20)
Of course I would like us to [...] sing again soon. But I also know that when we sing, when we speak, aerosol clouds are created. And I think it's important that this is now being scientifically investigated. Kerstin Rosenfeldt(03 Jul 20)
Both, we have lost many jobs. So we had an idea: There's an issue out there, we have time, we're off now. Thomas Victor(23 May 20)
Now that the Book Fair has been subjected to this ordeal, it is clear what this unique, crazy, sensory event has always been: always too crowded, always too loud, always too expensive, always a risk. But at the same time, it is also a fascinating place to negotiate spirit and goods [...]. Sandra Kegel(04 Jul 20)
Nevertheless, artists should not be allowed to commit themselves to the role of the poor creative in the quiet closet. You should occasionally make it clear to your audience that good art is a scarce good that costs something. Elke Buhr(08 Apr 20)
We want to write a manifesto to the president, all of us, thousands of Marseillians, to make it clear that there is no reason at all to sacrifice culture in this situation. Benoît Payan(30 Jan 21)
The digital life, an aid in times of distress, will not be able to replace our need for a home. Not satisfying our thirst for shelter. Carmen-Francesca Banciu(20 Nov 20)
In 2020, we still had the income from 2019, in which Corona played no role at all. But that means that in 2021 we will have the full loss of the German Performing Rights Society (GEMA) payment, because in 2020 only a fraction of the concerts were performed. Christiane Albiez(03 Feb 21)
The play that our stages have to play right now is called: »Struggle for survival« – not only of artists, but of an enlightened and open society [...]. Axel Brüggemann(27 Oct 20)
It's hard to remember a time when culture in this country was considered so dangerous that it had to be locked away and banned from public space. Roman Bucheli(30 Dec 20)
Art is like air. When it's there and it's good, we don't perceive it. If it were gone, we would notice it. Stephanie Lexer(31 May 20)
Our cultural life was not in the best condition even before the pandemic [...]. I fear that their long-term consequences are not yet clear to us in the least. The great [...] event culture will rise again. But what will become of all the more specific initiatives, venues, artists, less mainstream? Andreas Staier(04 Nov 20)
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
of currently 188 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
Diese Normalität darf nicht zurückkehren . Am Sinn für tatsächliche Relevanz herrscht im Kulturbetrieb erschreckender Mangel This normality must not return . There is a frightening lack of a sense of actual relevance in the culture industry
With a persistently high incidence value, Yilmaz Dziewior, the director of the Museum Ludwig, expressed the assumption in a mid-January interview on Deutschlandfunk that the museums will reopen in mid-February. In his commentary, Peter Grabowski takes this statement as an opportunity to reflect on the overconfidence of cultural workers in Germany. Democracy is not in danger just because the public is not allowed into museums and theatres. These are leisure facilities. Central social issues have long since ceased to be negotiated in a leading role in cultural institutions . Social media and the mass media play a much more central role in discourse here. Therefore, Grabowski calls on cultural practitioners to leave their ivory tower, acknowledge the reality of the pandemic and think about how cultural institutions can regain more relevance in society.Read MoreRead Less
So gefährlich war die Kunst noch selten . Aber der Kultur-Shutdown trifft uns alle Art has rarely been so dangerous . But the culture shutdown affects us all
by Roman Bucheli (30 Dec 2020) Original source: NZZ
Culture is currently banned from public space. This not only puts the livelihoods of cultural workers at risk, but is also a drastic experience for the community. The community lacks a place in which to experiment, formulate dissent, or test out ideas. Unlike in politics, the aim is not to assert one's own position, but to stimulate a discourse that forms a critical public sphere and thus drives the development of society. If it allows the individual to see the world with different eyes and to face the demands of everyday life more equanimously, an important task of culture is the humanization of society. Although art can also be enjoyed in isolation, it requires public space in order to help shape it. Karl Jaspers defined the public sphere as a prerequisite for truth, since the individual can only face up to debate in the public sphere. His disciple Hannah Arendt even spoke of the »venture of the public sphere«, since humanity can never be won in solitude. It takes public space to build a network of thoughts and relationships that encounter ideas from others and are considered before an audience. This is how a many-voiced conversation emerges. We are currently experiencing in online meetings that this is not possible in virtual space. The individual can cope with the absence of this analog exchange for a while, but society will break down in the long run. Read MoreRead Less
Kulturzeit extra: Theater im Lockdown Kulturzeit extra: Theatres during lockdown
by Vivian Pekovic (Moderation) (18 Nov 2020) Original source: Kulturzeit
The German TV program Kulturzeit focusses in this issue on the situation of the theaters during lockdown. The first contribution inspects the situation at the Volksbühne in Berlin. There, the project »Spielplanänderung« (Change of play program) aimed to bring back to the stage unjustly forgotten plays by important authors. But now the theatre is not only fighting for the authors, but also for not being forgotten as institution. The actors not only play, but also discuss the role of the theater. What bothers them about the political discussion is the disrespectful tone, because they all agree that the theater offers an important outlet for society. It is the place for a discourse on topics that are discussed by a broad audience. They consider it a luxury to be allowed to rehearse, yet the current situation costs a lot of energy - especially since for many actors who do not have a permanent contract with a theater, the income breaks off. The demand that the theaters be allowed to reopen soon is not only demanded by cultural workers, but also by the Senator for Culture in Berlin, Klaus Lederer.
The theater critic and author Simon Strauß developed the program for the ›Change of program‹. He points out that it is currently dangerous to over-adapt as theater and to play down one's own status. Subsidies and the standing of the theater as a psychological and humane institution could be lost.
An important experience for the actor Lars Eidinger was not being allowed to play for seven months. During this time he realized that for him, working on stage is the creative center of his work. For him, the central characteristic of theater is immediacy, which no other medium can achieve. However, he sees the theater not as a moral institution, but rather as a free space in which one does not have to distinguish between good and evil.
However, there are also voices that demand that theater professionals use the crisis to reflect on their own position. Simon Strauß is one of these voices. He would like to see the creative people emerge from the crisis with a new form of consciousness. For the theaters this means, among other things, revising play programs, making them more diverse. But new formats must be developed on stage. He sees streaming only as a substitute, a consolation for the time until the houses can play again. For him theaters make an important contribution to the psychological edification of people with their immediacy, with their way of raising questions. This has to be defended self-confidently against politics, especially in view of upcoming budget cuts. Theater - as Strauß puts it - is more than systemically relevant, it is »decisive«.
In addition to the theaters, however, other cultural institutions are also threatened by the crisis. Although it is still allowed to perform in Switzerland, many institutions survive mainly because of their parallel cafe and bar operation. The few spectators who are admitted to a performance make it almost impossible to work economically.
One of the few cultural institutions that are allowed to open in Germany are the galleries. They enable the artists at least not to be completely forgotten - after all, they not only suffer from the threat to their existence, but also from not being allowed to show their works. Nevertheless, it is also difficult for galleries to assert themselves on the market at the moment, because new groups of buyers cannot be addressed at present. So the question here is also how art and culture can be valued and rewarded as an essential good for society in the future.
Planning reliability is what cultural institutions need most urgently at the moment. The employees at many institutions continue to work, but the feeling of producing into a void is a great burden for many. Amelie Deuflhard, artistic director of the 'Kampnagel' theatre in Hamburg, does not want to follow the suggestion of the artistic director of the Schaubühne, Thomas Ostermeier. Just in solidarity with the free theaters, the houses must continue to be played in, even if the situation is uncertain. Nevertheless, she would also like planning reliability, bec ause if a closure beyond November was already determined now, then the houses could consider alternative concepts for their spaces and use the closure for conceptual considerations. Although Deuflhard believes that many theaters in Germany are on the right track, she nevertheless warns that the theater in the present time still appeals to the educated middle classes. Developing new concepts here, also leaving the traditional spaces, addressing target groups and working on the diversification of the theater are some of the tasks that could be tackled. She even goes to that lenghts in times of crisis as to suggest other meaningful tasks for the theater staff - reading aloud in nursing homes, helping out at the health department.
Of course, the state-subsidized institutions in the present are much more likely to allow a positive view of the future than privately run institutions and solo self-employed persons. The precarious employments of the freelancers are also on Deuflhard's imaginary to-do list for crisis closure. Here, however, politics would also have to get involved and consider how to provide rescue for this group to help them survive such a crisis. Here, an unconditional basic income or a solidarity fund are just two ways of stabilizing the sector so that it does not collapse again if a new crisis occurs. It should also be borne in mind that bureaucracy can be reduced as much as possible.
Finally, she points out that all international cooperation is currently frozen. This means that not only an important form of cultural exchange is missing, in many countries there is also no support for artists during the crisis.Read MoreRead Less
Kultur in Krisenzeiten: Mit Vernunft! Culture in times of crisis: With reason!
by Axel Brüggemann (27 Oct 2020) Original source: SWR 2
Where is the trust in current cultural policy? Axel Brüggemann focuses on this question in his commentary on the situation of the theatres in Germany. Despite various series of events accompanied by scientists, in which no infection with corona could be proven, the theaters and other cultural organizers are currently the victims of the political wobble. They can no longer see any sense in the regulations: With only 50 visitors left, as the current corona regulation in Bavaria stipulates when the incidence value of 100 infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants is exce eded, even a highly subsidized house is facing ruin. After some artistic directors had already resisted the closure of their houses during the spring with little success, a final rebellion of cultural workers seems to be taking place. That is dangerous. On the one hand, the cultural workers will look for other platforms, which may also be made available by corona deniers. On the other hand, the stages are important places for democratic discourse and fact-based debate. They are thought leaders, experimental fields and innovative institutions. If they can only play the play »Struggle for Survival«, then not only do they no longer fulfil their function, but they also fight on behalf of our open and enlightened society.
And if it should become unavoidable to close the theaters, Brüggemann demands that they be given another platform for discourse. Free streaming not only lacks the appreciation of artistic work, but is also not the right format for discussion in an open-minded society.
Große Säle, wenig Plätze: Lohnt sich das ganze Theater? . Corona-Schutzbedingungen Large halls, few seats: Is the whole theater worth it? . Corona protection conditions
by Marc Grandmontagne, Anne Schneider, Karin Fischer (05 Sep 2020) Original source: Deutschlandfunk
The format "Streitkultur" at the German radio station Deutschlandfunk juxtaposes two opposing positions, which are represented in the dialogue. The aim is to give listeners the opportunity to examine a complex topic from different angles and then form their own opinions. The question of the current situation of the theaters in Germany offered little potential for debate for the two guests of the program - Anne Schneider, managing director of the Federal Association of the Free Performing Arts, theater director and festival organizer, and Marc Grandmontagne, man aging director of the German Stage Association (Deutscher Bühnenverein). Both agreed that the German theaters need to close ranks at the moment in order to jointly point out their situation and maintain public support.
The discussion thus offered insights into the current situation at the theaters. The demand of the Bühnenverein to allow the cast to follow the chessboard pattern in the theaters, since the danger of infection is demonstrably very low at cultural events with fixed seats, was also presented, as was the plight of the privately run houses. The funds to be distributed within the framework of the Neustart Kultur program will mainly benefit the non-publicly run institutions - however, many program areas have not yet been advertised, since the allocation of funds and the budgetary review of their use still have to be clarified.
Marc Grandmontagne pointed out that one should not be mistaken about the fact that Corona has hardly created any new problems, but rather acts as a catalyst that has brought to light the precarious conditions in many theaters and venues. The situation will not become any easier in the coming years when the public budgets are empty. Nevertheless, one must not forget that culture is a central task of the state. Public institutions such as day-care centers, swimming pools or municipal theaters must not be played off against each other because they are all important for society, its development and cohesion. In addition, no budget can be consolidated at the expense of culture. Rather, the potential that these facilities offer should be used and even unusual approaches should be pursued to shape the future.Read MoreRead Less
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.
Cultural trips are more than luxury? Historically, art has long been reserved only for the ruling classes. If one follows the thesis formulated by the writer John Berger in his essay "Ways of Seeing", the consideration of art is not only a democratic act, but also a place of confrontation with the past precisely because of the detachement of the ruling caste. The change of perspective in the present makes art at the same time an ideal place for the negotiation of social discourses. Therefore, one should not recklessly give up the privilege of participating in a rt events, just because it is a little more difficult to reach exhibition cities at the moment.Read MoreRead Less
The Frankfurt Book Fair is not only an important economic factor for the industry, it is also a historical institution, as it can look back on an intellectual tradition and five hundred years of history. In the current crisis, the fair management, together with the Börsenverein, has decided to hold the fair this year, but to distribute many events throughout the city. Now it has become known that the city of Frankfurt wants to expand the trade fair concept for 2021 to include music and gaming. The outcry in the book industry is huge. It is to be hoped that the book fair concept will survive this crisis as well.Read MoreRead Less
Event- und Konzertveranstalter in Not . Aktion „Night of Light“ Event and concert organizer in distress . Campaign: „Night of Light“
by Tom Koperek, Stephan Karkowsky (22 Jun 2020) Original source: Deutschlandfunk
On the evening of 22 June 2020 concert halls, theatres and live clubs are taking part throughout Germany: Their buildings illuminated in red did draw attention to the problems of the event industry at the "Night of Light". Since the event industry is a very heterogeneous branch of industry with over 150 subsections, it is difficult to make them visible in the political discourse.
A subtle vision welcomes visitors on the front page of facing arts: an animation of
black and white artist portraits that have a questioning, challenging or just curious eye on the visitors. In the
foreground changing quotes from the commented collection of articles »Quo vadis ars?«
are sliding. These short highlights give an overview of the current discussion about
the arts in times of Corona. The names of the cited persons link to the respective
text in the review collection. Facing arts documents the diversity of the cultural
landscape and at the same time opens up a discourse space reflecting the importance
of the arts in the present.
Facing Arts - «Fear Eats the Soul»
Closed concert halls, theaters, museums, literary houses, libraries and cinemas are not only
an expression of a society in a state of emergency, but also a sign of a crisis that is particularly
hard on the creative industry. For artists, the closure of all public and private cultural institutions
does not only mean a ban on work, which for most people goes hand in hand with an immense drop in sales.
At the same time, the prescribed social distancing also means that personal exchange and interaction,
as they are not only important for musicians, actors, writers and acrobats with colleagues, and
the public, but also at the same time the development of new project ideas and thus the acquisition
of new orders for the coming months is hardly possible. It is the crisis after the crisis that has l
left many cultural professionals in a state of shock. With reference to Rainer Werner Fassbinder's
film Angst essen Seele auf [engl. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul], the chairman of the German Cultural Council
has found a fitting picture for the current situation. The aim of facing arts is to counteract this rigidity,
Artists showing their face – 25 times per second
In facing arts, the many hard-to-understand faces of creative artists in Germany and beyond condense.
The projection thus creates a new form of publicity at a time when Article 8 of the German constitution
is largely overridden and public demonstrations are not possible. Artists gather here virtually, not only
to draw attention to their situation, but also to demonstrate their right to practice freely. In this
way, the public also becomes aware of how large the anonymous number of solo soloists
in the cultural sector actually is. 188,332 active artists are registered in Germany's Artists' Social Welfare Fund (KSK) alone.
Quo vadis ars? – »cultural« memory of the crisis
But speed does not only play a role in the facial animation, but also in public discourse.
Who remembers at the beginning of June 2020 how the situation of the artists was assessed in March.
What forecasts were made and which artistic genres are currently being given special consideration
in the discussion, in other words, who is supported by the media and thus receives a voice and who
does not? The commented collection of contributions "Quo vadis ars?" is intended to trace the
development of the discussion. The question raised again and again about the function of art
and culture in society can thus be answered.
In the quotations on the front page of facing arts, individual actors have their say.
The short statements are taken from the collection of articles. Each time the page is
called up, nine portraits and five quotations are called up at random. The animation
with the black-and-white portraits in the background of the page is meant to arouse
curiosity about the project facing arts and at the same time to make people think
about the individual fates of the artists in the face animation collective.
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