Leipzig | March 2017

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Participants + Guests

Paweł Chomczyk – Grupa Coincidentia (Solniki / Białystok)

Jonas Klinkenberg – cultural manager / director / Westflügel (Leipzig)

Samira Lehmann – Lehmann und Wenzel / Westflügel (Leipzig)

Dagmara SowaGrupa Coincidentia (Solniki / Białystok)

Michael Vogel – Figurentheater Wilde&Vogel / Westflügel (Leipzig)

Janne Weirup – cultural organizer / director / at.tension Festival / Westflügel (Leipzig)

Stefan Wenzel – Lehmann und Wenzel / Westflügel (Leipzig)

Charlotte Wilde – Figurentheater Wilde&Vogel / Westflügel (Leipzig)


Thilo Neubacher – video artist / photographer / Westflügel (Leipzig)

Matthias Schiffner – dramaturg / press officer / Westflügel (Leipzig)

Emily Zuch – visual artist / Westflügel (Leipzig)

Dana Ersing  integration work / bar manager / Westflügel (Leipzig)

Renate Klett – dramaturg / critic / organizer (Berlin)

Kata Adamek – visual artist & organizer (Leipzig)

Robert Drobniuch – director Teatr Lalki i Aktora “Kubuś” (Kielce)

Claudia Engel – flunker produktionen (Brandenburg)

Bernd Karwen – Polish Institute Leipzig (Leipzig)

Jan Kühling – director / cultural organizer / “Residents//Mieszkańcy” (Poznań)

Matthias Ludwig – flunker produktionen (Brandenburg)

Caren Marusch-Krohn – Department of International Cooperation (Leipzig)

Yvonne Meyer – cultural manager / Projektschrauber (Leipzig)

Pauline Miu  Zielińska – musician / cultural organizer / Amarant Cultural Center (Poznań)

Rebecca Mühlich – dramaturg (Leipzig)

Dr. Jens-Uwe Sprengel – director of the T-Werk Potsdam (Potsdam)

Karolina Trybala – musician / cultural organizer (Leipzig)

Recap: Asking again?!

Which are the reasons to work in the City? Is there anything that makes working in villages or close to nature more attractive? During the talks during the first week of Biotopia different reasons, visions and ideals where explained. In the end, the most important factor is to have an affordable space to rehearse, create, get inspired and have a surrounding that inspires the work and the artists. The decision if this happens in the city or in the woods is highly influenced by the possibilities of acquiring such a space. Of course, some forms of art are more linked to urban spaces while other artists search the natur caused by their direct link of work to the “material”. Utopia?! – A network of different institutions, places and artists that are able to provide affordable spaces in different conditions for different forms of art and the various stages of work, that can be inspired by the changing surroundings.

Recap: Artistic work?!

The second evening of the first week of Biotopia was dealing with questions around artistic work: How does creativity evolve? Where do the subjects of art come from? How does the founding influence the subjects of work? What about hierarchy in artistic processes? What about ensembles vs working solo? – Very different approaches where gathering at the table of Westflügel that night. Freedom is probably the word to sum up the most trains of thought: Working on the subjects that matter for the artists in their connection to the current situations of society. Having control on the modes of hierarchy and ensemble/solo work in the light of the subject and form of work that is planned to evolve. A socio-cultural project might need different forms of hierarchy than a small project done by artists who worked before and a large group might use different processes than a small one. Having the chance to adopt freely to what the “project” itself demands, is a big luxury. Having the possibility to adopt to forms and subjects of founders, in cooperating the ideas from other institutions – but as well having the chance to gather money for projects which are not connected to any themes, is a wish for a lot of different people as well. Just a small glimpse in the wide fields of Biotopia.

Impressions (photocredits: Thilo Neubacher)