European Ministry of Culture (2015)
During the revolution in Ukraine the main events that were unfolding on Maidan square. The following event forms the inital point of our concern: On the 22nd of February 2014, a group of artists, cultural workers and activists moved several blocks away to reappropriate a building that belonged to the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. On the same evening they occupied the building and on the very next day they established the assembly for culture in Ukraine. In the declaration they stated that they will hold the building until the ministry fulfills a list of their demands. The Assembly's aspirations were not limited only to people or structural change in the Ministry ("Replacement of all the officials!", "Reorganisation!"), it was also questioning very foundations of this institution, its role in culture ("Stop to control culture!") and whether it even should to exist. Almost none of its demands has been fulfilled and this led into the sobering experience of the postrevolutionary status quo in the Ukraine.
Inspired by the emancipatory impulse of the assembly we want to speculatively ask what implications occure out of the foundation of an " European Ministry of Culture " and which role it would play in an different Europe than the current one, in which concepts of solidarity dissapear and which is increasingly becoming a post-democratic system . For this we want to occupy a space and form together with students an assembly - related to the events in Kiev - which which tries to rearticulate answers to three following questions, that go beyond "The unification of a continent through a common currency ":
(2) What could a ministry be?
(3) What could culture be?
in collaboration with:
previous shows / emissions:
Radko-Stöckl-Schule - Melsungen, 17.11.2015
emc.ongoing-project.org - Melsungen, 22.11.2015
emc.ongoing-project.org - Melsungen, 29.11.2015
emc.ongoing-project.org - Melsungen, 06.12.2015
emc.ongoing-project.org - Melsungen, 13.12.2015
emc.ongoing-project.org - Melsungen, 20.12.2015
emc.ongoing-project.org - Melsungen, 03.01.2016
emc.ongoing-project.org - Melsungen, 17.01.2016
emc.ongoing-project.org - Melsungen, 24.01.2016
Radko-Stöckl-Schule - Melsungen, 27.02.2016
Fritzlarerstr. 8 - Melsungen, 27.02.2016
radio emission: ca. 60 minutes
publication about "European Ministry of Culture":
foundation of the 'European Ministry of Culture':
interventions of the 'European Ministry of Culture':
assemblies of the 'European Ministry of Culture':
process 'European Ministry of Culture':
machine 'European Ministry of Culture':
closing event of the 'European Ministry of Culture':
European Ministry of Culture (documentation), 2016 by ongoing project
speakers: Lisa Schwalb, Ferdinand Klüsener, Chris Herzog, Jasmin Jerat, Alma Wellner Bou, Alexander Bauer und Triada Kovalenko
emission #8 from 24.01.2016
statement of the 'European Ministry of Culture',
round table about the new years eve in colonge (organized by Johannes Schwarzbach).
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