Art festival in Moabit and the Hansaviertel with exhibitions, open studios, and cultural events
Every day we are assailed with hate speech in the media, fake news, the vilification of dissenters, and so-called emergency reports. Fear, uncertainty, and a dog-eat-dog mentality arise as a result of digital simultaneity and information overload; however, at the same time scepticism and resistance grow, along with critical awareness and new forms of solidarity.
In 2020, we call for courageous engagement with prohibitions, for an acknowledgement and negotiation of ambivalences, and for the freedom of artistic expression, which Ortstermin, with its democratic approach, has always advocated.
How do you artistically counter the media effects, scaremongering and trivialisation, but also nationalist firebrands and their exclusionist rhetoric, that easily take root in times of “general uncertainty”? Art does not need to conform to criteria such as “appropriate” or “unreasonable”, rather it may, and should, cross aesthetic, moralising, and thematic boundaries.
At this point in time, reality has caught up with our theme, which was conceived in 2019, and everyone’s freedom of movement has been limited – temporarily we hope – by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless we are greatly looking forward to, and remain confident in, the successful realisation of Ortstermin 20. (Editor’s note)