Bundesweite Artist Labs & B.A.L.L. 2023

Since July, artists and art professionals have been conducting research in 64 Artist Labs on issues related to the public sphere of the liberal performing arts. At the second Bundesweites Artist Labor der Labore - B.A.L.L. for short - on October 20 and 21, 2023 at Kampnagel in Hamburg, joint research will be taken to the next level: Lab participants will meet artists*, theatergoers* and experts* from all over the republic. Impulse lectures, practical workshops, in-depth talks on stage and in the stream, heated debates in thematic working groups, a show program every evening and party formats will negotiate a wide range of issues: Who is watching? Who is participating? Who is (still) missing? Artistic works that reflect the role of the spectators round off the BA.L.L. program and open up an echo chamber. With: Rimini Protokoll, raumlaborberlin, Simone Aughterloney, Queereeoké and many more.

  • Program

    Find out which panels and workshops you can attend on both days of the event.

  • Registration

    You can register via our online form until 17.10.2023.

  • Practical hints and Access

    All information on accessibility, directions and childcare at a glance.

  • Welcome in German Sign Language

    All important information about the B.A.L.L. in German Sign Language.

64 Bundesweite Artist Labs: Post-pandemic and audiences

As part of its evaluation NEUSTART-KULTUR- funding programs, the Fonds Darstellende Künste initiated a total of 64 Artist Labs this spring based on an open call process, which have been and will be conducted throughout Germany between July 1, 2023 and October 31, 2023.In self-responsible, exchange-based lab formats, artists of all genres and disciplines will address questions of audience acquisition and retention with reference to empirical values before, during and after the pandemic. This artistic evaluation discusses an immensely broad range of topics, negotiating aspects of sustainability, diversity, mobility, and digitality as well as digging deep into specific target groups such as queer and BIPoC communities or genres such as performances for young audiences and theater in public spaces. How must political theater practice be aligned along current social issues? How can postcolonial perspectives be made accessible to children and young people? And what potential for dialogue do the performing arts offer in times of overall social fragmentation?

  • Overview

    Which artists and groups have been commissioned by the Fund with nationwide Artist Labs? An overview of all Labs can be found here.

    Picture shows a group of people sitting at a table talking at the event © Dorothea Tuch
  • Documentation

    What did the individual labs research? What were their questions and what are the results of their labs? The labs will be presenting themselves here shortly.

    A group of people stand lined up around a large work table with documents and colored pieces of paper at the zine workshop. One of them reaches for a sheet. © Dorothea Tuch
  • Magazin

    Various cultural journalists have visited the nationwide Artist Labs and interviewed them about their strategies around the topic of audience. We will soon publish the resulting articles here in the magazine.

    The picture shows four people sitting next to each other on stage. They are discussing with each other as part of a panel discussion. © Dorothea Tuch

An event of the Fonds Darstellende Künste in cooperation with Kampnagel Hamburg and the 64 Nationwide Artist Labs. Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR.

Program: Julian Kamphausen, Uta Lambertz, Susanne Schuster | Set design: Philine Rinnert | Production management: krass & krasser - Franziska Bald, Ann-Kristin Meivers, Luca Sonnen | Technical direction: Andreas Harder | Editing: Elisabeth Wellershaus

Project management: Björn Frers, Steffen Klewar | Project coordination: Anna Kondring | Communication: Anne John, Carolin Meyer

B.A.L.L. Program curation

Board to select the labs