Culture in Uncertain Times – An Evening with DIE VIELEN

“Culture in Uncertain Times” is an event series staged by the Kommunale Galerien Berlin working group. The freedom of art and its role in revealing social conflicts are central to the question of how art and culture can take a stand against racism and attacks on democracy.

2019’s edition focusses on DIE VIELEN, a group of over 150 artists and organisations active in the cultural scene—theatres, cultural centres, and art spaces.

A panel discussion with

Moritz Frei, b. 1978 in Frankfurt am Main, has lived in Berlin on and off since 1994. He uses various media in his work including photography, film, objects, text, performance, and painting. Frei often invokes a critical humour or a humorous critique of circumstances in the everyday world and art world.

Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz, b. 1969 in Hamburg, has been the director of Kunsthaus Dresden since 2003. She has developed numerous international contemporary art exhibitions as an art historian and curator. Her work focusses on the relationship between art and the public.

Mathies Rau, b. 1990 in Cottbus, works as a dramaturge at Piccolo Theater Cottbus, and can also be found giving readings at various places in his role as an author. As co-ordinator of the Brandenburg ERKLÄRUNG DER VIELEN, he networks with national art and cultural institutions.

Gerhild Steinbuch, b. 1983 in Mödling (Austria), lives and works as a writer and dramaturge in Berlin, and is also a language arts professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She is a founding member of ‘Nazis & Goldmund,’ an alliance of writers against the European right.

Stephan Trüby, b. 1970 in Stuttgart, is a professor of architectural and cultural theory and director of the Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory) at the University of Stuttgart. In addition to research, he also publishes writings that contribute to political debate.


Stéphane Bauer, b. 1962 in Neuilly-sur-Seine (France), is director of the Department of Culture and History Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. He has curated exhibitions at what is today Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien since 1997 and took over the directorship in 2002. In addition to a long-term teaching position for curatorial practice at the Institute for Art and Context at UdK Berlin, he was a member of ‘Der Rat für die Künste’ Berlin until 2018.

Raul Walch, b. 1980 in Frankfurt am Main, works as an artist creating projects around the world including Abu Dhabi, Paris, Addis Abeba, New York or even Berlin bridge pillars. His work spans a broad complex arc from photography and participatory projects to interventions and social sculpture.