2 SOMETHING & SOMETHING NEW - parallels, differences, trends
Discussion on the development of art and art scene in Liverpool and Cologne with artists and art educators from both cities
Like all areas of culture, including the field of art in its social (loading) interpretation in the past twenty years experienced a tremendous change. Both in the creation and in the perception of works of art no longer apply and the claims experience of the past, but the art still had the inexhaustible power for meaning, for the provocation and rebellion. As she sat on the podium of traditional education or with the ideas of the avant-garde of this very podium, and was dragged down into the realm of new, hitherto unimagined out of life and thinking perspectives. The freedom of art has in recent decades led everywhere in western culture to similar forms of creative self-evident of all possibilities. And so, however. Also to an equally obvious arbitrariness in connection of unfettered consumption and experience culture Amidst this general change of art in times of globalization and an all-pervasive media entertainment, but there are still different forms and ways of dealing with the arts in different regions and cities in Europe, depending on cultural traditions, societal trends and local characteristics. Especially the example of Liverpool and Cologne, the similarities and differences in relation to the development of art and the local art scene are clearly visible. The exhibition of works by the Liverpool and Cologne artists, the 28th of September to 21 October 2012 under the theme "Happiness is a warm gun" in the cultural work of BBK Köln eV takes place, occasion, and context is to discuss this issue.
While in Liverpool twenty years ago was not a single commercial gallery and also no free spaces of art, the art has since become a not insignificant factor in urban development. The art has emerged as a visible cultural element of the shadow of football and music culture. In addition to the traditional art from centuries past and the art as a medium for social work and education is the free modern art, not least through the establishment of a large museum in a disused port building in Albert Dock - at the center - as a branch of the Tate Gallery in London Once social perception. Meanwhile, there are several studio houses and some galleries. The free Bluecoat Arts Centre, which is in a central downtown location already emerged in the 1920s in a historic orphanage was expanded elaborately in his exhibition and studio capacity. In addition, there is an extensive range of art with new media in the media center and a FACT Biennale, under which the whole city is a biennial art venue for. Young artists from Liverpool are drawn to this situation is no longer on inevitably to London.

Cologne had to take on the other hand in the last twenty years by the idea goodbye, to be the artistic center of the world or at least Europe. Not even over Germany this status yet, though Cologne on one of the highest artistic landscapes world has. However, the training center for artists in the traditional fine arts in favor of an art school was closed for New Media, so that no longer obvious artistic attract young talent in the fields of painting and sculpture to Cologne. In addition, many artists immigrated in recent years for Berlin. After decades greatest artistic vitality Cologne came in the last two decades in a kind of creative break and warm artistic comfort. It remained oriented towards large-scale projects in showrooms from institutional as well as innovative and invigorating movements in the so-called base. Rather, a high artistic standard, much routine, solid proven forms of art and the importance of art as a social ritual events determine the city's art scene. Unlike 25 years ago Art is not a factor in social unrest, and the stimulation more, but instead is an integral part of the socio-cultural life. With its great museums of old, modern and contemporary art, the more than one hundred galleries, numerous studio houses, its many free exhibition spaces and always emerging private art initiatives Art is an established factor in the cultural life of the city in Cologne noted at a high level. Nevertheless appear the strength and relevance of the arts to have declined in the cultural ensemble almost imperceptibly. While influencing events from the past to the myth of art in Cologne, is missing in the current events in spite of the varied activities and creative momentum bite.
Is this loss of relevance of art is a general phenomenon that is taking place throughout the Western culture, or is it a specific development in Cologne identify? And the art euphoria in Liverpool is just the situation arising out of a Liverpool brief phenomenon? How important was the international art center in Cologne for artists and cultural workers of Liverpool 20 years ago? And what significance Cologne today for her? What role does the view of a city like Liverpool to Cologne artists? A discussion with artists and art educators from Liverpool and Cologne to address these issues. This occurs on a background of more than twenty years of continuous exchange between artists from both cities. In particular, should the Liverpool Cologne initiative "Eight Days A Week" will serve as an example for the development of contemporary art in both cities. Thus, of the free culture initiative in close collaboration with the Liverpool Bluecoat Arts Centre in the past 15 years made more than a hundred exhibitions and other events on its feet.

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30th September 2012, 16 clock

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