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Crowdfunding to finance repression and bailout costs for the police eviction of “B6112” at Berlin’s Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Crowdfunding to finance repression and bailout costs for the police eviction of “B6112” at Berlin’s Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Funding period
2/10/23 - 5/30/23
Realisation
as soon as possible
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Minimum amount (Start level): 611,200 €

Das Geld wird ausschließlich für Repressionskosten einer polizeilichen Räumung der Volksbühne verwendet oder gespendet. Staub zu Glitzer behält keinen Euro.

City
Berlin
Category
Theater
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What is this project all about?

We, Staub zu Glitzer, a queer-feminist artist collective, have been working since September 2017 within our trans medial production, “B6112” in and around Berlin’s Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. “B6112” is a collective artwork that aims to radically democratize and open up the theater.

After the failed negotiations regarding the implementation of our demands with the current artistic director, we felt compelled to prepare a renewed occupation of the Volksbühne last fall.

On September 16, 2022, we were informed by a newspaper article that the current artistic director of the Volksbühne, René Pollesch, had “warned the staff with an internal communication against a renewed occupation of the theater.” In this case, he announced an “immediate eviction by the police”. He had already “notified the cultural administration and the police” and asked for increased attention: “the outer doors should be closed and conspicuous activities reported.”

In other words, Pollesch has decided to play the role of a reactionary artistic director – an interesting twist. Power corrupts, apparently, because in 2017 he was still one of the squatters himself. For us and many others, the cooperation with the police is a clear transgression of boundaries. We also interpret the announcement of a police eviction as a stage direction within our transmedial production.

Good art costs money. A police eviction is undoubtedly “state of the art”.

In order to make this radical but brilliant dramaturgical shift by cult director René Pollesch possible, we are forced to recalculate our production budget. Due to the repression costs that will arise because of the arranged police evacuation, we are dependent on support. As a result of the large number of artistic participants, experience shows that the repression and bailout fund will represent a significant item in our budgeting.

According to investigations of the responsible department for “Violence and State Protection”, the police eviction of the Volksbühne on 28.09.2017, ordered by the former artistic director Chris Dercon after only 6 days, resulted in a fine of 40 daily salaries of 15,- Euro per participant. A fine based on daily salary means, the larger the income, the higher the fine.

This year, due to the political developments in our society as a whole, we expect a significantly larger number of participants and thus higher repressive measures.

Therefore we calculate 611, 200 Euro for the time being and ask for donations.

With the announced police evacuation, financial burdens are not the only cost to arise. The physical, psychological and social integrity of the participants is also put at risk. However, this damage cannot be quantified in monetary terms.

With your donation you oppose the criminalization of political art and commit yourself to the radical democratization and opening of cultural institutions, and the Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg-Platz in particular.

The Commonization of this particular left theater is an absolute necessity due to the multiple crises of our time, including the current theater crisis. Instead of an artistic directorship, we demand radical transformation: a solidary self-organized community, transparent democratic negotiation processes, and the overcoming of bourgeois exclusivity. Anti-racism, queer-feminism and anti capitalism must no longer be abused as tokens, but must be consistently translated into organizational structures. This is the only way, artistic autonomy and new modes of relations can grow.

Disclaimer: We are a non-violent collective that makes political art with peaceful means. For many years we have always worked with awareness and security structures. In building a Volksbühne of the Commons, we reject violence. We reject misanthropy of any kind – ableism, racism, anti semitism, sexism, classism or ageism, both structural and explicit, as well as vandalism. They are not tolerated in our work structures and can lead to exclusion.

What is the project goal and who is the project for?

Our goals are the queer-feminist Commonization of the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and the decriminalization of emancipatory engagement. We consider the Commonization of cultural institutions as an urgent necessity within the socio-ecological transformation of society as a whole. Our crowdfunding addresses all people who oppose racism, sexism and capitalist relations of exploitation as well as related police violence. At the same time, the democratization and opening of cultural institutions and the decriminalization of civic engagement are supported.

Why would you support this project?

With your donation, you are opposing the criminalization of political art and are committed to the radical democratization and opening of cultural institutions in general and the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in particular.

Furthermore, donors receive a Squat-Chain Coin, which was designed by supporters, as a .jpg file. Each coin is a work of art and stands for solidarity.

How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?

The money will be used completely and traceably for arising repression costs (fines, court costs, lawyers’ costs). If this is not necessary, the amount will either be given to the new Volksbühne organizational structure and administered collectively or donated to initiatives that work against police violence. Staub zu Glitzer itself will not keep any money.

Who are the people behind the project?

The transmedial production “B6112” at Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxenburg-Platz created by Staub zu Glitzer, a queer-feminist artist collective, started on September 22, 2017, and aims to the Commoning of the named theater under the premises of anti-racism, queer feminism, and anti capitalism. An end to this production is currently not foreseeable. Since 2017, a focal point within the intersection of art and politics in urban space within self-organized alliance structures was made. In 2018/19 they accompanied the 4-month occupation of the former youth recreational ship “Freibeuter” at Rummelsburger Bucht in Berlin. They organized the alternative Volksbühne summit “Vorsicht Glitzer***” in July 2019 and intervened in December 2019 together with the residents of Liebig34 and the support of Donna Haraway at Deutsches Theater Berlin. In January 2020, they organized the press conference for the “Kein-Haus-Weniger” campaign at Berliner Ensemble and worked with RZB to develop a supporter list of international celebrity cultural practitioners. Shortly thereafter, they organized the “Kein-Haus-Weniger-Gala” for the preservation of radical left-wing free spaces at Festsaal Kreuzberg. In 2020, Staub zu Glitzer initiated the alliance and protests against the right-wing, anti-Corona demos at the beginning of the pandemic. In August 2020, they co-organized an alliance of residents, about 100 local tradespeople and six theaters against a neo-Nazi meeting place in Berlin-Charlottenburg. In October 2020, a large rally of the new neighborhood alliance against the same Nazi meeting place followed. In the #Metoo complaint proceedings against the interim artistic director of the Volksbühne, Klaus Dörr, they advised and accompanied affected persons for many months. The proceedings led to Klaus Dörr’s resignation. In October 2021, the collective brought the strike of the Berlin hospital movement to the Volksbühne and accompanied a delegation of hospital employees to the Vienna Schauspielhaus for the “Streikbereit” movement. Staub zu Glitzer is represented in the group “Neues Theater (AT)” which worked in an Artist Lab funded by “Fonds Darstellende Künste” in 2022. It aimed to elaborate the “Cyclical Model – Theater as a self-learning self-organization”. In May 2022, they initiated the “Kongress der Sorge” at HAU-Hebbel am Ufer together with Luise Meier and a Lehrstück based on Reiner Steinweg’s method at Literaturforum im Brechthaus, together with Kevin Rittberger and Luise Meier. Staub zu Glitzer is a member of the “Alliance Health instead of Profits” and the “Alliance Together Against Homelessness”. In January 2023, they co organized the 5th annual vigil against homelessness in front of the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall) with the Alliance.

Disclaimer: We are a non-violent collective that makes political art with peaceful means. For many years we have been working strictly with awareness and security structures. In building a Volksbühne of the Commons, we reject any violence. We reject misanthropy of any kind - Ableism, racism, antisemitism, sexism or ageism structurally or explicitly and vandalism. They are not tolerated in our work structures and can lead to exclusion.

Staub zu Glitzer

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