Questions about the unachieved first half of the legislature
On the occasion of the press conference on 17.04.2019 with the Senator for Culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lederer, and the State Secretary for Culture, Dr. Torsten Wöhlert, and for Europe, Gerry Woop, we have put together some urgent questions about the unachieved first half of the Culture Legislature.
- Berlin loses annually about 350 affordable studios. Occasionally, free initiatives succeed in finding reputable private landlords who are willing to lend them on affordable terms. (Source: Atelierbeauftragter und Atelierbüro im Kulturwerk des bbk berlin) However, the refurbishment of the premises often requires investments whose financial scope overburdens the initiatives. In budget 2018/19 € 2,000,000 are earmarked for such investments. Where can we apply for this? To what extent have subsidies been spent in recent years and how much is still available in the current year?
- Artists, social initiatives and small businesses are unable to compete for real estate speculation or high-volume business. Self-managed community-oriented initiatives such as ExRotaprint or Flutgraben e.V. make an important contribution to integrative urban development with their special profile. We consider such concepts of self-managed mixed use to be promising. We suggest that funding structures be developed across departments for such usage concepts. What do you make of it? Are there any beginnings?
- More than one and a half years ago, the cultural administration took over the Prenzlauer Promenade studio (formerly the Academy of Sciences of the GDR) in its “workspace program”. since then it stands at 6000 m2, which are hundreds of studios and workrooms, mostly empty. Why? What has the vacancy cost so far?
- In the threatened cultural center of Uferhallen, unlike the letter of intent of February 2018, the tenants find no place at the table for the future planning of the studio location. On repeated requests (also in your house) the artists have since the last “planning workshop Uferhallen” in the summer of 2018 no information on ongoing negotiations in the background have been received. One does not feel seriously represented in the Uferhallen by the political leaders. Can you give an example in which the Senate for Culture successfully developed cultural location projects involving the tenants / artists involved? What will happen to the Uferhallen?
- The “Arbeitsraumprogram/Workspace Program” should create spaces for the independent art scene in Berlin. However, the cultural administration has unilaterally ended the cooperation with the experts of the coalition of the Freien Szene Berlin. Instead a “Kulturraumbüro/cultural room office” is planned. The workspace program would thus be finally managed by a cultural bureaucracy that understands neither the conditions of artistic production nor of building something. Do you really want to stick to it?
- Participation is explicitly stated in the coalition agreement. Referring to questions 4 and 5: How do you differentiate between participation and pseudo-participation?
- In the promotion programs for all art sectors except the visual arts, artists are able to apply each year. Only in the fine arts there is an arbitrary application block: If an artist applies for a promotion, he is not allowed to apply for the same promotion in the following year. The chances of visual artists are particularly bad to receive a promotion, because compared to the number of competitors compared to other sectors, the competition is much larger. Are artists punished for being many? Does this mean that there is justification for promotion? Will the application block be abolished? When?