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New issue of "Freepost": Arts and Politics - a debate

Starting on 18 October 2018, in a new issue of "Freepost", the digital discourse format at, artists will discuss how contemporary art positions itself politically, at the same time preserving itself from (self-)instrumentalization, and how artists can directly reach to the European audience.

The project is a cooperation of the Goethe-Institut and the IGBK.

In two online debates spanning several weeks, three discussion partners exchange ideas on the current social and political role of artists in Europe at Political scientist Geraldine de Bastion moderates the talks.

First debate in October 2018

The first debate between Joseph Young, sound artist, belit sağ, video artist and Via Lewandowsky, visual artist in October 2018 is dedicated to the positioning of artists in the social and political debate in Europe. How political should artists be today? Contemporary art in Europe is socially relevant. But how does it shield itself from political appropriation? 

The second debate in mid-January 2019 deals with existing networks and asks how international collaborations can generate solidarity.

The topic of this "Freepost" issue follows on from the symposium "Fragile Affinities - (re) strengthening international artistic collaboration", organized by the IGBK in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, in November 2017. At the symposium, artists discussed their strategies to confront the many current nationalist movements in Europe and how they react to the dwindling acceptance of the European unification process.

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Illustration: Bernd Struckmeyer

On "Freepost"

"Freepost" is a digital discourse on Artists, publicists and civil society actors exchange ideas with each other and with readers. "Freepost" connects debating participants from different countries and takes place both on and in the social media. Readers can post their views on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #freepost and in reader comments on, name new aspects or ask questions - the moderator brings these into the debate. Thus "Freepost" becomes an international platform, which invites you to leave your own filter-bubble and to open your mind to new ideas. The result is an open, cross-cultural, multilingual correspondence: digitally and completely "postage-free"!

„Fragile Affinities - (re)strengthening international artistic collaboration“

The symposium "Fragile Affinities - (Re) strengthening international artistic collaboration" took place in November 2017 in Berlin under the direction of Andrea Knobloch and Dr. Anke Hervol with over 100 international participants from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Turkey and Great Britain.

This issue of "Freepost" is a cooperation between the Goethe-Institut and the Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK).


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