IDEE 01239 e.V.
Run by residents and artists on the Prohlis Estate: Sebastian Bellmann, Jens Besser, Sven Borchers, Thilo Fröbel, Adina Huber, Eva Hertzsch, Kristin Hoefler, Bela Kästner-Kubsch, Ken Kästner-Kubsch, Felix Liebig, Erik Niemz, Adam Page, Grit Ruhland, Stefan Schille, Tommy Stärz, Lutz Stein, Manuela Stein, Manuel Siegert, Roald Sorms, Ronny Voß
Public art practice increasingly sees itself as a platform for dialogue within society. Unwilling to wait for the random interaction of a passer-by, some artists are embedding their practice in specifically chosen parts of the community. Collaborations between artists and residents are enabling communities to take part in cultural processes from which they were previously isolated. The art centre IDEE 01239 on the Prohlis highrise estate in Dresden was born of such a collaboration. In 2006, a group of mainly long-term unemployed residents and artists who had met during the „Info Offspring“ public art project "FOR SALE" on the estate founded the IDEE 01239 initiative. They have been running a program of workshops, films, readings, exhibitions and commissions in a former off licence, including collaborations with unemployed young people, a local school, Dresden's "Kunsthaus", the university, F.A.C.T. Liverpool and internationally known guest artists such as Ulf Aminde, Andrea Knobloch and Matthew Houlding.
The residents and artists working at IDEE 01239 see the breaking down of cultural barriers as a democratic responsibility. Although they exercise this form of cultural politics independently, they do find themselves sharing common ground with state programs and their slogans of equality, integration and participation. Perhaps for this reason, IDEE 01239 has benefited from state funding, both local and national, and from invitations as an example of "Best Practice" to various conferences on town planning.
EL: Are you able to organise fees for the unemployed residents involved in projects?
IDEE: Yes, our funding currently enables us to pay everyone involved an approriate fee and we have therefore become an integral part of the local economy.
EL: Do you have any other strategies for funding your projects?
IDEE: We get money from foundations too.
EL: Do you have to pay rent?
IDEE: Yes, about 1000 euro a month!
EL: How many people run IDEE 01239 and how do you make decisions about projects/programming?
IDEE: About 10 people run IDEE and about 20 people are involved in decision making about the various projects they are running within IDEE