On shaping a future that–we have known for a long time–cannot go on as it has done so far


The shutdown program of the Württembergischer Kunstverein came into being during the suspension of public life caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. With this program we would like to take a new look - online and onsite - at aspects of our exhibitions this year as well as at the structures, tasks and functions of our institution against the background of the pandemic and its highlighting of social imbalances and the vulnerability of life. We do not understand this vulnerability as a shortcoming, but rather as a perspective to think about the existing conditions in a different way. In this sense, the Shutdown Program is designed as a long-term, open and collaborative platform. It is about the joint conception of a future that–we have known for a long time–cannot go on as it has done so far. 

Statement + Discourse/Links
The starting point of the Shutdown Program was a statement formulated by Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler at the beginning of the first radical restriction of public life, which was followed by further comments and texts in the course of the pandemic. It also includes an ever-growing collection of contributions from the Internet that address the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, its current and possible future effects, and its historical contexts from a variety of directions.

Content strands
The programs, consisting of videos, texts, conversations, discussions and much more, are so far oriented towards three content strands: Aspects of vulnerability, concern, and emancipation, as raised by the project Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead; the examination of narratives and the sociopolitical role of opera, as negotiated by Alexander Kluge's exhibition Opera: Temples of Seriousness; and finally, the discussion of the necessity and possibilities of systemic change in society, politics, and institutions in general, and the art world in particular.

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Shutdown program
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