Frankfurter Kunstverein

Powerlessness, a Situation. Democracia, Revolutie & Polizey

13 Jun - 04 Aug 2013

Vătămanu / Tudor, "Dance of the Earth", 2013
Curator: Holger Kube Ventura
13 June - 4 August 2013

Economic crises, debt crises, floods of refugees, climate change, and terrorism. Every day the media report on crises, catastrophes, and global hazards. Given such media-driven and real threat scenarios there is a diminishing sense of trust in the capacity of governments to act. Political control mechanisms are apparently insufficient, and political alienation is growing. The result is a feeling of powerlessness. The powerlessness of a society can lead to dictatorships and wars. Individual responses range from internal withdraw to political radicalization towards the left or right.
Under the title "Powerlessness, a Situation" the Frankfurter Kunstverein is planning an experimental project consisting of two corresponding exhibitions, "Democracia" and "Revolutie" as well as an accompanying discursive laboratory "Polizey" (in cooperation with the Frankfurt University Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"). A Spanish and a Romanian artist group respectively present their work and through their artistic experiments attempt to find a new way of dealing with current social conditions and problems as alternatives to the feeling of powerlessness.

Tags: Democracia