How do we want to live – and work – together? With whom, in what contexts? How permeable are the walls of our rehearsal and performance spaces? Which organisations do we create, in which institutions do we join together? And: who is “we”?
Gemeinschaftsgärten (community gardens) took a look – with field trips, talks and working groups – at collaborative, collegial and collective ways of working and organising – in the arts and beyond.
The two-day conference began in a decentralised way. Five excursions led into the neighbourhood to different places in Stuttgart: What everyday practices and competences of community and society building exist from which art can benefit and to which it can perhaps also contribute? The second day broadened the view with reports from various guests on radical approaches: How can cultural organisations, institutions, hierarchies and quality criteria not only be thought of differently, but concretely realised differently? In which and for which neighbourhoods is work done in the independent performing arts and which institutions and forms of organisation would best support this form of artistic work?