[resource-net] difference between City Tax adn Hauptstadtkultorfonds?

cdelutz at artlaboratory-berlin.org cdelutz at artlaboratory-berlin.org
Mon Sep 19 13:01:50 CEST 2016

The last HKF results seemed to imply they were 'giving smaller spaces/projects' over to the City Tax.
There's a an interesting paradox to what you say which uncovers a (the?) main problem with the funding problem her (and elsewhere)
The bigger and more hierarchical an institution gets, the less innovative it tends to become. The more it plays along with cultural politics, relationships, 'quid pro quo' the less chances it is willing to take, in short the more conservative it becomes.
As smaller institutions there is a limit to the 'attention capital' we can get. The more time we do this or playing cultural politics, the less time we have for programming. 

So either we play the game (and our quality suffers, or we can compromise by doing something more conservative) or we need to find funding outside of the Berlin city atm
Or maybe Berlin is just the wrong city for what we are trying to do? Or maybe we have to find a way to make it the right city? But competing with larger institutions (like KW) for attention capital seems to me to either be a Sisyphean task (which takes time away from programming) or we need to find an easier (noisier?) way to short circuit this very neo-liberal sounding concept of 'attention capital'

another note: strangely, despite the Berlin startup hype, the only digitalisation I've seen in the 'art world has been about archives and PR. In general work in digital media, and especially work which examines and critiques the digital have received limited funding from the city (if a bit more from the 'Bund'). In the visual arts at least, art is still supposed to adhere to the aesthetic/conceptual rules of the 1960s and 1970s. Otherwise it is funded marginally if at all...
Chris Christian de Lutz 
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hi all,

some thoughts on Tatiana's and Christian's recent messages coming from
someone not from "the scene" (but from performative arts):

- what City Tax funding is meant for still seems to be quite unclear
and there are ongoing fights about it. Koalition der Freien Szene has
fought hard for City Tax money going to free arts and is still doing
so, while the city's interest is foremost in stuffing holes left by
other funding programs. generally i doubt single projects will have
much of a chance there atm. but:

- what is being funded always also has to do with what is being
applied for. applications generate presence of demand, so while it is
tedious work, sending a lot of applications to all the different
funding institutions is basically a good idea. unless they are really
crappy and sloppy (the applications, that is ^^).

- getting HKF money will need some attention capital, since funding is
usually given to a larger degree for what you have already done than
for what you are planning to do. but in the last years there has been
a tendency to go smaller and more risky in HKF funding decisions, too,
so by all means apply. collaborations might be helpful.

- returning to Koalition der Freien Szene's lobbying work though: In
order to be successful with letters and protests and demands, you will
need to invest a lot of energy and into some kind of group/scene
labeling and identity. the other arts fields and larger institutions
will be syphoning off even more ideas and practices (and practitioners)
from the digital arts field in the upcoming years, and being able to
represent your interests in some kind of body in the field of culture
politics might help your situation a lot. be present in applications
for existing funding, be present in culture politics discourses by
demanding more and dedicated money. "digitalization" is a big thing
for the city and and the more established arts atm, that is something
you should be able to make use of because there is still time to
influence new and upcoming funding instruments. having a voice in the
Koalition is of importance - unfortunately they do their stuff mostly
in German.

sorry if all this was no news for you.

best, arne.

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