What Can Art Do?

Sep 10, 2017 07:00 pm
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Upper Foyer
Price 6 Euro
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How do writers, artists, and scholars react to modern provocations? To what extent can art and culture be the best manifestation of democracy and the most effective means of defending it? Can art truly influence or even »create« reality? Do hard times demand hard-hitting art?
Followed by music set by TM.


PRIYA BASIL [GB/ D] is a novelist and essayist. A co-founder of »Authors for Peace«, she has been engaged in various political initiatives, most recently launching a campaign for a European Public Holiday. She worked with the ilb to conceptualize and curate the »International Congress for Democracy and Freedom«.


CATHERINE BANNER [GB] is an author. In 2016, she published her first novel »The House at the Edge of Night«, which tells the story of the financial crisis from the perspective of an Italian family.

KATHARINA GROSSE [D] is an acclaimed artist and Professor of Painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Her work with spray-painting challenges spatial boundaries and has been exhibited worldwide.

ELNATHAN JOHN [Nigeria] is a lawyer, writer, and satirist. Among other things he explores pastoralism and gender. In 2017 his first novel »Born on a Tuesday« is forthcoming in German.

TAMEKA NORRIS [USA] is a multimedia and performance artist whose work engages with gender, race, and identity issues. She has studied at Yale University School of Art.

ANNIKA REICH [D] is a writer and co-founder of the initiative »WIR MACHEN DAS«, which views migration as a gain for society. In her work, the writer and columnist examines the crisis-laden everyday life of affluent society.

A.L. STEINER [USA] is a multimedia artist, author, teacher, member of the collective »Chicks on Speed«, and co-curator of »Ridykeulous«, which supports the dissemination of queer and feminist art.