Artist Organisations International

Solidarity & Unionising

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Margarita Tsomou

Margarita Tsomou is a writer and performer from Greece, based in Berlin. Tsomou writes and performs on political intervention, sex-positive feminism, capitalism, media criticism and subversion.

Grupo Etcétera

Represented by Federico Zukerfeld & Loreto Garín

Formed in 1997 in Buenos Aires, Grupo Etcétera is composed of visual artists, poets, puppeteers and actors who share the intention of bringing art to the site of immediate social conflict and of bringing this conflict into arenas of cultural production, including the media and art institutions. In 2005 Grupo Etcétera co-founded the movement International Errorist, which considers the notion of error as a fundamental human condition of the capitalist world that eschews mistakes and failures.

Institute for Human Activities (IHA)

Represented by Renzo Martens

In 2012, the Institute for Human Activities began “A Gentrification Program” on a former Unilever plantation in Congo. The IHA asserts that even when art critically engages with global inequalities, it most often brings beauty, jobs and opportunity to the places where such art is exhibited, discussed and sold, creating a gap with the zone of intervention of critical art. The IHA turns art’s potential for gentrification into a progressive and effective tool.

Schoon Genoeg!

Represented by Matthijs de Bruijne

Schoon Genoeg! [(Clean) Enough!] is the campaign of cleaners in the Netherlands that started in 2009 for better wages, working conditions, and social recognition. As part of this campaign the union organised the cleaners’ strike of 2010, which was the longest strike in the Netherlands since 1933 as well as the recent strikes in 2012 and  in 2014. Other elements of the Cleaners Union’s actions included a temporary Afvalmuseum (Trash Museum) in Utrecht's Central Station as well the  campaign to improve domestic workers rights and the ratification of ILO Convention 189 in the Netherlands.


Represented by Hannah Rosa Öllinger & Manfred Rainer

Since 1993 the artist group WochenKlausur develops concrete proposals aimed at small, but nevertheless effective improvements to socio-political deficiencies. Proceeding even further and invariably translating these proposals into action, artistic creativity is no longer seen as a formal act but as an intervention into society. So far, 38 projects have been realised all around the world – from Alaska to Japan.

Haben und Brauchen

Represented by Ina Wudtke & Inga Zimprich et al.

Haben und Brauchen [To Have and To Need] is an informal platform for discussion and action founded in 2011. It advocates the recognition and preservation of a self-organised artistic practice that has grown out of the specific historical conditions in Berlin. Haben und Brauchen’s manifesto goes beyond individual artists' interests and makes connections to debates around the commons, precarious economy, urban development and housing policy as well as the shifting notions of labour in contemporary society.


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    Sun 11.1.2015, 12:00 / HAU1


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The Glowing Room

Text by Hendrik Otremba.

An Introduction to “Collectivize Facebook”

By Jonas Staal

“Collectivize Facebook” is a lawsuit aimed to turn Facebook into public property, initiated by artist Jonas Staal and lawyer Jan Fermon. Read here Staal’s introduction to the project.

“Manifestos for Queer Futures”

Video Documentation

As part of the festival “The Present Is Not Enough – Performing Queer Histories and Futures”, HAU initiated an open call for artists based in Berlin, who were invited to submit proposals for their Manifestos for Queer Futures.