WochenKlausur, Kivalina, Alaska, 2012

Since 1993 and at the invitation of various art institutions, 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 in society. WochenKlausur aims to improve the supporting structure before improving the surface. Art’s big chance lies in its ability to offer the community something that also achieves an effect. The motives for concrete intervention based on art should not be confused with an excess of moralistic fervor. As a potential basis for action, art has political capital at its disposal that should not be underestimated. The use of this potential to manipulate social conditions is a practice of art which is just as valid as the manipulation of traditional materials. The group WochenKlausur takes this function of art and its historic precursors as its point of departure. WochenKlausur sets precise tasks for itself and, in intensive actions that are limited in time, attempts to work out solutions to the problems it has recognized. Widespread interest in the theoretical foundations and practical working methods as well as the concrete results of international projects have encouraged WochenKlausur to continue working towards that end.