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 was taken to the next level: Lab participants met 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 negotiated 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 opened up an echo chamber. With: Rimini Protokoll, raumlaborberlin, Simone Aughterloney, Queereeoké and many more.

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    The complete program of the two-day event in the overview

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    Willkommen in Deutscher Gebärdensprache

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

B.A.L.L. 2023 Highlights

Video with audio description in German.

On Demand: Friday 20.10.2023

  • Opening

    After the speech "The Theater of Blanks" by Sivan Ben Yishai, Holger Bergmann and Amelie Deuflhard open the B.A.L.L..

    The Labs committee and the curation team will provide insights into the Labs and the program of the two-day event.

  • Publika, Performance und Politik - Neue Zugänge, neue Gemeinschaften?

    Keynote speeches by Tucké Royale, Scottee, Katharina Warda followed by a Q&A moderated by Fabian Lettow and Mirjam Schmuck (kainkollektiv)

On Demand: Saturday, 21.10.2023 from K6

  • Transformationen von Publika und Kulturlandschaft: Kulturpolitisches Labor

    After an opening address by Jürgen Dusel (Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to People with Disabilities), cultural policy representatives from federal, state and local politics will discuss the current situation regarding audience development and funding opportunities in three panels.

  • Class matters: Wie soziale Herkunft beeinflusst, wer ins Theater kommt

    Panel with Rhiannon White (Head of Common Wealth), Nenad Čupić (coach, anti-racism and empowerment trainer) & Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll). Moderation: Vanessa Vu (journalist).

  • Bühnenräume und ihre Publika im Wandel - Situationen, Thesen, Strategien

    1. Panel with: Wagner Carvalho, Anna Wagner, Hendrik Frobel, Janina Benduski (moderation)

    2. Panel with: Matthias Pees, Annemie Vanackere, Viola Hasselberg, Tobi Müller (moderation)

  • Strategien und Positionen gegen rechte Backlashs

    1. Part with: Enrico Casagrande & Daniela Nicoló (Motus), Gin Müller

    2. Part with: Anica Happich, Steffen Klewar, Hamid Mohseni, Marietheres Jesse, Frauke Wetzel, Anne Schneider (moderation)

  • Reflexion und Ausblick

    Lecture by Asal Dardan and "Shield & Shine" campaign by DIE VIELEN

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 conducted throughout Germany between July 1, 2023 and October 31, 2023.In self-responsible, exchange-based lab formats, artists of all genres and disciplines addressed questions of audience acquisition and retention with reference to empirical values before, during and after the pandemic. This artistic evaluation discusseed 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?

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

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    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.

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    Various cultural journalists have visited the nationwide Artist Labs and interviewed them about their strategies around the topic of audience. The articles are published in the magazine.

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