regarding freedom ∙ a dance of understanding
pursuit of liberty · persuit of happiness
12 November 2011 - 15 Januar 2012
Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen
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Curator: Ingrid Burgbacher-Krupka
This project presents three aspects:
Current art positions,
scientific disputatio und archives, performance. The three treatments of the subject are interwoven in the context of
Ai Weiwei (Beijing)—>,
Bani Abidi (Karachi/Mumbai)—> ,
Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck & Media Farzin
Alfred Behrens (Berlin),
Nikhil Chopra (Mumbai),
Yona Friedman (Paris),
Alicja Kwade (Berlin),
Marcus Steinweg (Berlin),
Johannes Wald (Berlin/Sindelfingen)—>
Disputatio: Prof. Dr. Lars Feld,
Director, Eucken Institut, Freiburg im Breisgau
Disputatio: Wolfgang Klotz,
Vereinigte Volksbank AG
‚ORDO –>Constitutio in Libertate’,
Freiburg im Breisgau,
with drawings of Leonhard Miksch
(1901 - 1950)
Nikhil Chopra (Mumbai): Gedankenfreiheit,
Interweaving Performance Cultures
(22 hours), 2011
Nikhil Chopra, Performance 2011
Design: Dirk Dassow
Photos: Karl Peter Krenkler,
Konrad Burgbacher,Tarek Musleh,
Karl Peter Krenkler
Kulturfinder Baden-Württemberg —>
regarding freedom ∙ a dance of understanding
The Impulse for Liberty in Art and the Body Politic–
Pursuit of Liberty ∙ Pursuit of Happiness
What is meant is actually the same, the fact that without liberty no Pursuit of Happiness is possible!
The themes for the annual exhibition project of KUNST+PROJEKTE Sindelfingen e.V.
make reference to current concerns. In 2011, the theme is the impulse for liberty, and also prompted to a great extent by the project of the preceding year: … the hybrid fuels … fueling the hybrid – two+ identities allow a strong whole to emerge, not only technologically but also in society.
The impulse for liberty as a driving force, while the early 1960s stand out as the most recent time period of artistic/social developments – as is also shown in the esteem for the artistic movements of that time (Fluxus/performance, Arte povera, Pop Art, Land Art, Minimal and Conceptual Art, etc.) – trends in art of great creative openness with a view to the recipients (art for which Asian art collectors and institutions, surprisingly, are willing to pay high prices today). Has the desire for freedom in our culture today become deferred to strategies of social democratization? (whereby it is no longer social liberty, understood as “recognition” (Hegel), that is of central interest).
We addressed artists of various generations who work internationally. They come forward with individual works – poetic, resistant, with aesthetic power also inspiring political individuals. Their works go across media and cannot be ascribed to any particular style.
The impulse for liberty in art goes hand in hand with the desire for liberty in the economy and society. In our exhibition project liberalis …, we trace the desire for liberty in the body politic and follow socio-political/economic tracks. Since it the body politic (the community as a whole) through which artists move in an emphatically individual manner.
Bani Abidi, The Distance from Here, 2011 - Security Barriers A-L, 2008
On the one hand, the impulse for liberty is invoked as a socio-political force as a result of the challenges posed by technical innovations and globalization, as in the most recent publication by the philosopher Axel Honneth: Das Recht der Freiheit (The Right to Freedom, an analysis of social spheres: close private relationships, the market economy, and the polis (according to Hegel)). On the other, as a central idea of liberalism, it has undergone an impalpably changing assessment with the manifold change in the meaning of the term.
We invited two research institutes that addressed the impulse for liberty scientifically: the Eucken Institut in Freiburgwith its focus on economics/social philosophy, and the Archiv des Liberalismus in Gummersbach with its political/social emphases. The scientists in Freiburg have been developing concepts relating to freedom since the 1930s in resistance to National Socialism, concepts that after the war particularly shaped the constitution and the social market economy of the Federal Republic. The ongoing intellectual striving for the understanding of what constitutes liberty, what threatens it –, it is the openness for the unforeseeable that has shaped the Freiburg School of Ordoliberalism.
The archive in Gummersbach, which is more politically oriented, is significant for our context in the sense of Friedrich August von Hayek: “The task of the social philosopher can only be influence on public opinion, but not the organizing of people to action.”
These thoughts carried forward to the present day: At the opening (and Long Night of the Museums), a prominent resident of Sindelfingen, Wolfgang Klotz (Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of the Vereinigte Volksbank AG) ascended one of the two pulpits that we set up in the entrance hall of the gallery and defended his social/economic policy ideas in a Disputatio (ca. 15 min.). An influential economist, the current Director of the Eucken Institut and Wirtschaftsweiser (advisor to the Federal Government) Prof. Dr. Lars Feld, held the other Disputatio.
The project took place in an art museum, the Gallery of the City of Sindelfingen. Visitors to the gallery could experience how art rubs up against the socio-political/legal/economic forces of the body politic – such as Yona Friedman’s credo: Architecture without Building; Marcus Steinweg’s: Art and Philosophy; Johannes Wald’s sculptural subsistence: Studying the Greeks’ grace …; An unforgettable wellspring: “… because it is beauty through that we arrive at freedom” (Schiller).