The social share – #seasongreetings

All the newsletters you received in the last days of 2015 say: visit your local exhibitions!

The purpose of linking the links, commenting on the shows and posting comments on the artworks isn’t just about creating dynamics for art projects, but also at allowing the already existing circuits to have an impact beyond their own circles.

We know - contemporary art daily makes us lazy, but if you are living in a city where many exhibitions happen and there is an agenda that makes a selection out of all of them for you: please use it well.

#theboundaries #between #alocal and #aninternationalartscene

Is this just a question of labeling? Let’s say it isn’t and try to push that image of what Munich looks like: Mysteriously, this city hasn’t achieved yet a link for Munich artists, galleries or projects to grow and be fit for a more visible presence in an international dialogue about art besides what the institutions make, as they are still struggling or can’t quit talking about L.A.

Munich is no different to London, Berlin, Paris. Ultimately how do artists join the market and make a living, and how do they develop a strong identity that functions on the international circuit, and what is the role of art? Is it to entertain or to exchange ideas and knowledge?

To be part of an art scene - which meaning does that kind of compromise awake in this century? What seems to be a loose question appears to repeat itself when working within a city that is only recently going out to find other circuits to be active in.

So if you think about it

We are at a very exciting threshold where we are searching for new thought experiments and imaginaries to open up our potential. What if we have the confidence to assemble an art community, comprising our readers, exhibition visitors and commentators, to show its qualities and potentials, by linking this community with the ever expanding communities worldwide?

That appears to be a difficult point to cross but just isn’t, the resources, technologies, networks and opportunities already exist. So that the participants in the community we are building can be linked with exciting communities and participants, to exchange ideas and discourse. We need a discourse to understand who we are and to realize new ideas within the challenging environment of the new intellectual territories that we identify in the expanding Global network of art communities. We need to establish Munich as a key hub in assembling this discourse, and to grow together with these other collaborative communities or participating cultures grow, through exchanging ideas and stories.

There would be a significant impact for the imagery of a city like Munich, if we changed our habits towards the shows and art practices in Munich. Wouldn’t it?

Time to reconsider what we take for granted and the over familiar - the opening hours, the frame of an opening, the purpose of a show.

Where are young movements supposed to be born, the possibilities of production and an art market for a Munich contemporary art scene, the new collectors of Munich to be found, if the artists are leaving to other cities with the abstract idea, somewhere else should be better?

Are art historians left without options for a better integration beyond their university achievements? Where are the curators, then? To understand this dilemma of the art scene thing there is more than an academic title needed. Structural changes are needed, but at the same time the inventive attitude towards the resources we have and use them to highlight and improve the quality we have here. To ask about the peculiarity of an art scene is to ask for the city to be source of creativity.


So the BieBie Artists’ Studios project in Freimann was a 2015 disaster, the department of cultures seems overwhelmed with the lack of spaces for artists to work within the city, so artists themselves are looking for other spaces to share. Like Murnau.

Munich non-institutional exhibitions seem rather isolated from the rest of the world, in spite of the high-end quality of what they have to offer.

What Reflektor M wants to remind you with their actions is that the more we share, the more the Munich art scene fulfils its potential.

If you are emotionally, strategically or casually bond to the événements that take place in Munich – you’d have noticed that artists, gallerists and curators still struggle with the lack of a bigger frame for an art scene to grow, so the art scene as such turns to be peripheral to the rest of things that happen here.

Thus these événements (in the phenomenological terms of Besnier) that we mention here are the ones to be assisted with attendance: they avoid the causal chain, the one who resists to inscribe to the dutifulness of a bureaucratic way of mediating art - dealing with the idea of the contemporary in Munich to develop into more casual instances, without forgetting the intellectual challenges it has to activate to be taken seriously.

2015 wouldn’t have reached the same intensity without the work of the ones who care of interpersonal exchanges between projects, shows, artists proposal and so on: the Rroom at the Lothringer13 Halle, Stephanie Bender’s blog, Quirin Brunnmeier’s work in the different editorial departments like Gallery Talk, MucBook, but also the collaborations Reflektor M could proudly contribute to: Super+Centercourt Initiative Munich OFF Week, Easy!upstream, Florida’s Psychic Geographies, Collaboration_9 at Maximiliansforum, the Participating Cultures Group on Facebook, M+Projekt, Elvire Bonduelle’s waiting room at Sperling, the activities at the Bayernkaserne…

The more we are, the better.