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Economic crises, debt crises, floods of refugees, climate change, and terrorism. Every day the media reports on crises, catastrophes, and global hazards. Given such media-driven and real threat scenarios, there is a diminishing sense of trust in the capacity of governments to act. Political control mechanisms are apparently insufficient, and political alienation is growing. The result is a feeling of powerlessness. The powerlessness of a society can lead to dictatorships and wars. Individual responses range from internal withdrawal to political radicalization towards the left or right.

POWERLESSNESS, A SITUATION is an experimental project consisting of two corresponding exhibitions, DEMOCRACIA and REVOLUTIE as well as an accompanying discursive laboratory POLIZEY (in cooperation with the Frankfurt University Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”). A Spanish and a Romanian artist group respectively presents their work, and through their artistic experiments attempt to find a new way of dealing with current social conditions and problems as alternatives to the feeling of powerlessness.

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany, June 13–August 4, 2013

Markt 44
60311 Frankfurt, Germany

Participating artists: Democracia (ES), Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor (RO)
Curator: Holger Kube Ventura (Germany)

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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