exhibit fast um$onst
The Neue Gesellschaft für bildende
Kunst and the work group fast um$onst invite you to the exhibition
fast um$onst in the gallery of the NGBK Oranienstraße 25 in 10999
Berlin-Kreuzberg. fast um$onst combines 32
critical and ironical positions by artists who reflect on the current
social and economical situation.
The red pencil rules in Berlin as in the rest of Germany. Everybody talks
about empty government funds and the necessity of being self-reliant.
Deregulation, rationalization, suspension of staff, unemployment, isolation
and lack of solidarity are the markers of a state which pretends to be
a corporate organization.
The image of the artist as the epitome of the creative, non-alienated
worker becomes the state-licenced and state-supported ideal and realizes
itself in the so-called ICH-AG (ME incorporated)
fast um$onst is an art exhibition for the economic inventory of
some elements of globalized neo-liberalism and about strategies of muddling
through (i.e. self-organized imaginative action) after the New Economy.
We chose artists who talk about the service sector, but decline to accept
its logic and look for an escape out of the perpetual mill of working
for not enough money even if it is just imaginary.
fast um$onst supports critical thought and improvisation in the
fight against the cutbacks in the quality of everyday life. fast um$onst
answers the coercion to be self-reliant with the delight of doing things
yourself. Our main concerns include the democratization of and the participation
in artistic processes.
This claim is realized by open workshops like the ATELIER POPULAIRE, silk
screen printing with Gertrud Fischbacher (March 16 + 17) or the money
song evening with DJ-EVERYBODY and VJ-L'ANGELO DORO on April 2nd, when
everybody who brings his or her records with money-songs can be a DJ.
On the road THE HITCHHIKING BOOKS (March 26), an evening with Kaaren
Beckhof, is devoted to the forgotten cultural skill of hitchhiking. Everybody
can chart their own travel routes on a map in the gallery.
The INSTITUTE FOR PRIMARY ENERGY asks
for contributions for its next congress Financing Strategies on
the Fringes of Possibility, that will take place 2005. (March 21
and April 2)
The Congress Coaching 2004 organized by CAPITAL
TRAINING provides an opportunity to participate in an advanced training
for media artists and get help for professional re-orientation and professionalization.
In January the open contest GOLDREGEN
GELDSEGEN asked the general public to participate in art. Three
winners won a painting made according to their own submission by Astrid
Küver, a well known Berlin artist. Their wishes and aspirations of
wealth and luxury are materialized through the idealized value of an art
The SELBSTBEDIENUNGSZENTRALE (self-service
agency) by Claudia Burbaum, Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser
(opening hours Friday to Sunday 3-6:30 pm) puts a model of a free economy
into practice, which opens up the possibility to exchange things without
the constraint of getting something back or paying for it. It responds
pragmatically to the changing economic conditions and calls on the interaction
of artists and audience.
List of artists:
"Die Trampelbücher" (the
hitchhiking diaries), Kaaren Beckhof; multi-media installation & presentation
"Re:represent" Blank &
"Capital Training Congress Coaching
2004" organized by Ellen Nonnenmacher with Helene von Oldenburg,
Claudia Reiche, Valie Djordjevic, Kerstin Weiberg, Verena Kuni; slide
show & congress
"Eine neue Herausforderung bundesweit" (A new challenge nationwide)
Angélica Chio, Rüdiger Stern;
"L'angelo d'oro", Doro Etzler; video_foto_visuals/videoscratching
"Atelier populaire" with
"Scheinwelten - Tütengeld"
(Illusionary worlds bag money) Tina-Marie Friedrich; paintings
"acts of pointless resistance" Sofia Hultén; video
"Alle Waren Reduziert" (All
goods reduced/Everybody was reduced) Christine Kriegerowski; slide show
"Goldregen - Geldsegen" Astrid
Küver; commissioned paintings
"Money Transfer - où sans argent
tu ne manges pas" Barbara Loreck and guests; performance
"Institur für Primärenergie"
Uli Ertl, Mirjam Junker, Barbara Loreck, Conrad Noack, Rut Waldeyer; info
"The best things in life are free"
Anton Rabe, Inger Schwarz; performance
Claudia Burbaum, Martin Kaltwasser, Folke Köbberling;
interactive installation or - more simply: shop
"busking DX 386" Alexej Shulgin;
"Money-multiplier" Tiger Stangl;
"DJ-Everybody" Betty Stürmer;
party & line-up lists
"Give me more" Claudia Tribin; installation
work group at NGBK:
Haytham el Wardany, Tina-Marie Friedrich, Christine Kriegerowski, Christoph
Tempel, Claudia Tribin
Catalogue with texts by Capital Training,
Haytham el Wardany,
Christine Kriegerowski, Barbara Loreck,
Patricia Rodriguez Rosas, Selbstbedienungszentrale, Christoph Tempel
and Holger Trop