What ist he significance and scope of political interventions based on artistic principles? What can we learn from past, existing and newly founded political parties? From the German Greens party, co-founded by Joseph Beuys, say, or from Christoph Schlingensief’s CHANCE 2000? From Die Piraten (The Pirates), the Bergpartei (The Mountain Party), or Die Urbane, the hip-hop party founded in 2017?
In the lead-up to the federal election prominent representatives of some of Germany’s smaller political parties meet to perform and discuss the possibilities and realities of political parties and party formations, referenda, citizen initiatives and other forms of direct democracy. Their discussion is accompanied by the question of how much potential there is to be found in Joseph Beuys’s concept of a »sculptural democracy«.
The participants include Raphael Moussa Hillebrand, Fabian »SirQlate« Blume and Yvonne (Ocran) Müller from Die Urbane. Eine HipHop Partei (Antikolonial & Machtkritisch), Lukas Beckmann, co-founder of the German Greens party, the artist Johannes Stüttgen, Claudine Nierth, Chair of the association Mehr Demokratie e.V. and Jan Theiler alias Pastor Leumund, founder of the Bergpartei.
please note: according to the current corona protection ordinance in nrw, proof of convalescence, complete vaccination or negative test result (not older than 24h) must be presented upon admission
27 aug , 7 – 9 pm
performance and talk: die urbane. eine hiphop partei (Antikolonial & Machtkritisch)
With Raphael Moussa Hillebrand and Fabian »SirQlate« Blume
Hong Kong-born Raphael Moussa Hillebrand and East Berlin-born Fabian »SirQlate« Blume talk about their reasons for founding Die Urbane. A HipHip Party (Antikolonial&Machtkritisch) in 2017. In a performative exchange with the audience, they offer an insight into their understanding of democracy, the shortcomings they see in the current political landscape, which interests they consider to be underrepresented, the goals they have set for themselves, and the role they envision for art and subcultures.
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28 aug 2021, 2–2:30 pm
parliament: When Art Meets Realpolitik: Thinking about Joseph Beuys
with Lukas Beckmann, Johannes Stüttgen and Claudine Nierth; chair: Eugen Blume and Catherine Nichols
Lukas Beckmann, co-founder of the German Greens party, the artist Johannes Stüttgen and Claudine Nierth, chair of Mehr Demokratie e.V. discuss Joseph Beuys’s attempt to make his theory of social sculpture the basis of a new realpolitik: from his founding of the German Student Party to his nonpartisan candidacy for the Aktionsgemeinschaft Unabhängiger Deutscher, a party associated with both right-wing nationalist and ecological goals, to his involvement and ultimate failure to achieve his goals with the Greens.
28 aug 2021, 4–7pm
performance: Pastor leumund – Reizwortmeditation und Diskurs-Disko
parliament: Art, Politics and Political Parties in the Year 2021
with Fabian »SirQlate« Blume and Yvonne (Ocran) Müller, Pastor Leumund, Lukas Beckmann, Johannes Stüttgen and Claudine Nierth; chair: Eugen Blume and Catherine Nichols
Fifty-four parties and electoral groups have been approved for the imminent federal election on September 26, and forty-seven are currently running. Of the forty-seven, forty are small parties. It is well known that smaller parties can influence politics by bringing innovative ideas and other voices into the field. But how else do they contribute to strengthening democracy? Are small parties the most effective means of increasing political participation? And what do they have to do with art?