Dear participants and guests of Ortstermin 20,
we are pleased to welcome you to the 16th annual Moabit art festival, and look forward to enjoying it together. The abundance of artistic and cultural contributions encourages – in keeping with the topic of bis hierher und nicht weiter . this far and no further – a wideranging, critical examination of current social, political, cultural and ecological developments. bis hierher und nicht weiter . this far and no further is an appeal to rethink, but also a warning not to overstep certain lines that endanger societal peace, ecological balance, and peaceful, tolerant coexistence.
COVID-19 and the resulting restrictions of encounters and fundamental rights, culture and the quality of life, have expanded the subject matter to include existential questions. The temporary forced suspension of usual models of consumption and productivity has amplified awareness of social injustice and the dependence on capitalist production chains. During this time of uncertainty, insurgency, and new alliances, the potential of creative unrest is more relevant than ever. How do artists encounter and engage with individual and societal restrictions? How do they respond to scaremongering and trivialisation, racist and nationalist exclusionary rhetoric, all of which were already on the rise in the mood of general uncertainty before Corona?
Despite all the uncertainty, nearly 200 artists and creatives answered the call to participate. They are opening studios, workshops, and private apartments, presenting curated exhibitions and music performances, and invite you to attend events and discussions whose scope reaches far beyond the festival topic. We are grateful to them all for contributing to Ortstermin in these difficult times, and for allowing the festival’s multi-faceted programme to unfold in 2020 as well.
In the Galerie Nord, the artists of the curated exhibition bis hierher und nicht weiter . this far and no further have already opened a thematic space for the festival since July. Their contributions explore boundaries in physical, social, and political settings, in order to reveal and deconstruct the complexity and interconnectedness of socio-politically relevant processes and their resulting ambivalences. An installation in the space is developed into the Festival hub as a place of encounter for artists and visitors, and a platform for discussions, performances and concerts. To mark the start of the festival, the popular videoscreening In between will project nine artistic short films into the nocturnal urban space of Turmstraße, and on the weekend you have the opportunity to join one of our guided art tours through Moabit. We invite you to experience and enjoy art, communication, and social interaction. Come by, help shape the festival – and enjoy being among others.
Your festival team