Claiming Common Spaces

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Claiming Common Spaces V will take place from 9 – 12 February 2023 at Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt am Main on the theme of the future of internationality. The fifth edition focuses on the inter of nations – borders and borderlands – as well as on communities that do not organise themselves along nation-state lines. In performances, panels, concerts and workshops, activist, scientific and artistic approaches explore possibilities of international coexistence beyond nation-state principles.

About Claiming Common Spaces

In June 2018, the Alliance of International Production Houses launched a part-festival, part-working-meeting called “Claiming Common Spaces” designed to link specific aspects of the alliance’s common key themes with different working practices at the venues themselves. At each instalment of the event, the alliance invites artists, researchers and activists to come together and engage in discussions, labs, installations and performances.

The first event in this series was held in June 2018 at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) and titled “Claiming Common Spaces I. Art and Urban Practice”.  It brought together artists, urban researchers and activists to examine aspects of diverse global urban societies in the 21st century and also explored current socio-political developments in urban centres. In May 2019, the alliance organised the second instalment of “Claiming Common Spaces”, this time with the subtitle “Art and Digital Life”. Held in Düsseldorf at the FFT Forum Freies Theatre and at the tanzhaus nrw, the gathering explored the question of how the digital realm can be moulded into a field of joint action for artistic work and its contexts.

The third instalment of the event series, “Claiming Common Spaces III”, which should have taken place in June 2020 at Kampnagel, was postoned. “Claiming Common Spaces III. Welcome to the Pleasurezone” will take place June 3 – 13 2021 at Kampnagel in Hamburg. More information here.

Under the motto “Cool Down”, the fourth edition will focus on our interaction with planet Earth from an artistic perspective. It will take place from 20 – 26 June at PACT Zollverein in Essen and from 1 – 9 July at HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts in Dresden. The programme is online!