with kjubh (Cologne), Galerie B2 (Leipzig), and Station Urbaner Kulturen, part of ngbk (Berlin)
1 September 2022, 7 p.m.

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Language: German
Duration: approx. 2 hours

An open conversation on alternative organisational structures, resource issues and power relations.
with kjubh (Cologne), Galerie B2 (Leipzig), and Station Urbaner Kulturen, part of ngbk (Berlin).

Asking the question "Can leadership work without fixed hierarchies?", Temporary Gallery invites three art spaces to a conversation about collective organisational structure, questions of resources and power relations, with the aim of elaborating concrete courses of action, methods and challenges for collective leadership in and of art spaces. The focus will also be on the romanticisation of collectives, which will be contrasted with everyday working life between precariousness, voluntary work and pressure to perform.

Not least through Documenta 15, collectives have struck at the heart of the art world and have been touted as a turning point in recent months to years. At the same time, sharing work in most cases still means sharing financial resources, which can lead to self-exploitation in already precarious and overburdened structures. The three invited art spaces - kjubh (Cologne), Galerie B2 (Leipzig), and Station Urbaner Kulturen, part of ngbk (Berlin) - move between politically motivated self-organisation, professionalisation and grassroots democratic ideals. These micro-institutions have been working collectively for years. We want to ask them about basic strategies and spaces for action: what role does consensus play in decision-making processes, who talks to whom and for whom? How is everyday life organised, who has which role and when? The talk will be moderated by Aneta Rostkowska and Paulina Seyfried from the Temporary Gallery.

The panel is part of the project "and only the birds fly first class...", which invites reflection on the structures of the art system and possible responses to them. The aim is to go beyond the usual critique of the mechanisms of the art system and present progressive ideas and solutions. The title of the project comes from the song "Mr. Nichols" by Coldcut and Saul Williams, which very aptly describes the emotional state of despair, disorientation and the need to turn around in order to achieve a world where "only the birds fly first class", i.e. a world without inequalities.

We would be very pleased to receive concrete questions from people who are interested. Email to: by 28.8.2022.

Camilo Pachon. Summer seminar “Towards Perma-cultural Institutions. Exercises in collective thinking” organized by Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, in collaboration with the CCA Temporary Gallery.