The symposium, organized by IGBK and the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), took place on December 2 and 3, 2015, at KW Institute for Contemporary Art and at the ifa Gallery in Berlin.

Both days about 120 participants followed the lectures and panel discussions. Within the context of the agendas on Foreign Cultural Policy of the German Federal Government (the Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as the Foreign Ministry), but also taking into account positions of artists involved in exchange programmes, the following questions were discussed:

  • What is meant by ‘intercultural exchange‘ and which expectations are associated with it – from a European and non-European perspective?
  • How is the political aim to support ’intercultural exchange‘ concretely organized? Which political expectations towards artists are expressed through funding guidelines and selection criteria?
  • What understanding of art and artists becomes visible, is perpetuated or newly drafted?
  • What are on the other hand artists‘ expectations as regards the agendas and programmes that arise from them?
  • How do artists translate the wish for ’intercultural exchange‘ into self-initiated projects and cooperation? Which issues do they tackle?

We warmly thank all contributors and our guests for the inspiring lectures and the lively exchange!

Find the complete programme here(in German).


Video with excerpts of some speeches

(Production and Video editing Dorothee Albrecht)

Further Documentation


inEXCHANGE and the IGBK are supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Kulturstiftung der Länder. inEXCHANGE is a project by the Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) and the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).


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