Raupenimmersattism – SAVVY Contemporary Berlin
Berlin non-profit art space SAVVY Contemporary has moved to a new location at Reinickendorfer Straße 17 in Berlin-Wedding. The re-opening is marked by the exhibition "Raupenimmersattism. The Affluent Society as Consumed Society or The Myth of Endless Production and Consumption."
The project RAUPENIMMERSATTISM grapples with what affluence, growth and degrowth have meant, mean, and will mean to societies, problematising the myth of endless consumption and our cultures of affluence, in particular within the context of Berlin and Germany. The curators look at the paradoxes of a space like Germany and other “strong economies”, whose strength more often than not relies on the weakness of others. Since the inception of the project – one year ago – what they wanted to understand is the sudden possibility of volatile change, the violence embedded in the structures we inhabit so precariously, and the possibilities or impossibilities of a sustainable future.
Having moved into a new space – a former casino – that further pushes the curators to reflect on precarity, reckoning with the fact that we are often chips in a larger system of gambling, the first project in their new home interrogates the potentiality of the risks and realities of having to be tricksters, surviving as such. To confront the endless consumption of our societies and the affluence many hold at the expense of others’ poverty, a collective exhibition is composed as a result of ten months of research, grapplings, and reasonings together. The show unfolds as a choral questioning to challenge structural inequalities and stand alongside positions of vulnerability.