SOS (SOFT SOLIDARITY) ASSEMBLY
The assembly brings together creative local collectives, new and old neighborhoods, temporary groups and allies, virtually and physically.
Ana Alonso | Eli Cortinas, Marwa Arsanios, Jérémy Geeraert, Saraya Gomis, Ayşe Güleç, Gerhild Komander, Yasin El Hajj Saleh, Klaus Lederer, Ewa Majewska, María do Mar Castro Varela, Marina Naprushkina, Johannes Paul Raether and many more.
Curated by Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu, Solvej Helweg Ovesen, Kathrin Pohlmann as part of the two-year exhibition program "Soft Solidarity" of Galerie Wedding (2019-20)
With an Instagram Live Talk by Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu on 5th October 2020, 7 PM: "Draft for a Consistent Mutation"
Speakers, organizations and initiatives are invited to present their work and their vision and ideas of solidarity. This serves as a starting point to reflect on how the current crisis can be used as an opportunity to think about new forms of cultural work, networking, ecology and civil and political commitment, among other things, and to help shape the respective social structures and ways of life.
The Idea behind the SoS (Soft Solidarity) – Assembly
The planned meeting of local artists, thinkers and activist groups in the Betonhalle of the silent green Kulturquartier in Wedding bundles an ongoing process-oriented exchange of ideas, thoughts and values of solidarity, which we consider urgent. Within the framework of SoS (Soft Solidarity), the assembly forms a social and discursive platform as the conclusion of the eponymous two-year exhibition program "Soft Solidarity" at Galerie Wedding (2019-20).
Three Theme Clusters: "Revealing Weaknesses / Degrowth", "New Alliances / New Solidarities" and "Intimacy / Body / Spaces
The assembly starts on November 12th and is divided into three thematic clusters featuring keynotes, panels and artistic statements. It kicks off with the thematic complex "Revealing Weaknesses / Degrowth": Degrowth or post-growth is understood to be an economic and social system that aims at the well-being of all and the preservation of the ecological foundations of life. This requires a fundamental change within our lived-in world and a comprehensive cultural change of values. Which ambitions can replace previous dogmas of expansion and growth?
The second day focuses on "New Alliances / New Solidarities": Artists and cultural practitioners working collectively will come together to discuss the changing and emerging need for collaborative organization and possibly form new alliances. Which structural insights from the microcosm of the district of Wedding are applicable to the macrocosm of a European society? Which notions of diversity and integration need to be deconstructed in order to recompose them - and how can we continue to count on each other in the future, taking the meeting as a starting point?
Finally, the third thematic focus "Intimacy / Body / Spaces" raises new questions about the integrity and protection of bodies. What consequences and insights can be drawn from the global pandemic-related "social / physical distancing" practices in relation to health aspects? Featuring among others, Ayşe Güleç, anti-racist activist and cultural worker and Saraya Gomis, anti-discrimination expert and Co-Chairperson at EachOneTeachOne e.V., the program aims to grasp and raise awareness for the concept of the body in its political public sphere and its neglected protective measures.
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Press Inquiries: Wayra Schübel | ++49 17624854560
SoS (Soft Solidarity) – Assembly is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Fonds für Spartenoffene Förderung Berlin.
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