im/unter dem augarten
das mobiliar der demokratie: rohrpost, urne, notruf.
Strange Adventures #5, February 1951, cover by Bob Oksner and Bernard Sachs
‘Art is not a mirror to hold up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.’ (Brecht)
Of course, it’s a provocation: after hundreds of years of fighting for the autonomy of art, after decades of learning that the main quality of art is its ambiguity, after years of repeating that art is about asking questions and not about giving answers, suddenly there is a persistent call for art that is useful, for direct engagement, for artistic activism, for interventions into the political realities of our societies and economies.