23.06.2022 13:15 UHR


On June 23, the documenta Institute in cooperation with the Prince Claus Fund invites you to UK 14. This event will bring together diverse stakeholders in the art ecosystem to reflect on the social value of art and the sustainability of its funding system, and to model a caretaking system for socially-engaged art.

Together with artists, funders, curators and researchers we will try to locate the social value of art and the sustainability of its funding system. The symposium will center around the question: How can we, as collectivities, model a care-taking system for socially-engaged art? With this question, the event builts on insights from the global research initiative and book Forces of Art (Valiz, 2020). Two roundtable conversations and an interactive session based on actual projects will contribute to imagining and adopting actionable alternative funding options, as well as creating better synergies between artists, communities and funders.

In facing new challenges in society, art helps us rethink forms of organizing diverse communities, model new economies, build cooperative movements and sustainability practices, following commons-based principles. However, socially-embedded artistic practices are perceived to speak different languages than „traditional“ civil society. How do these fields work in synergy without instrumentalizing and institutionalizing each other? How can the funding infrastructure best respond to such sociallyembedded artistic practices? And, how can artists employ alternative reporting methods to account for the „social value“ they produce?

After an interactive session, we will gear towards new models of grantmaking based on care-taking. The changing role of funders demands a shift in thinking: care versus or instead of ‘aid’. What does care taking mean from a funder and from a recipient perspective and where do these two meet? Can we understand solidarity as mutual risk-taking and accountability that is no longer the juggling between accountability towards communities and philanthropist, public or private funders in an asymmetric setting? How does this work in an increasingly digitally mediated public space?

Further Information:

Venue: UK14, Kassel - Germany
Untere Karlsstraße 14

Date and time: June 23, 13:15 - 18:15
followed by drinks and bites

Participation: registration required, please send an email to office[at]documenta-institut.de

Prince Claus Fund and documenta Institut
Organizing partners: Casco Art Institute and Hivos

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