IWF Mördertreff

One Night Group Show – opening 28/11/2014, 19.00

at Spor Klübü, Freienwalder Straße 31, Wedding Berlin!

Øyvind participates with a watercolour from the Seeing Double project: Flair Bartender, 2014.

Watercolour, 56x76cm, 2014

Watercolour, 56x76cm, 2014


Boris Abel, Sonja Alhäuser, Amt für Apokalyptische Aufklärung, Heike Kati Barath, Sheila Barcik, BEWEGUNG NURR, Roland Boden, Sascha Boldt, Heike Bollig, Manuel Bonik, Lutz Braun, Saskia Breitenreicher, Conni Brintzinger, Matthew Burbidge, Sonja Burbidge, Alexander Callsen, Till Cremer, Swen Daemen, Lizza May David, Die Philosophischen Bauern, Nataly Dietz, Ursula Döbereiner, Jürgen Drescher, Maria Ducasse, Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout, Ethno-Maieutik & Reduce Ltd., Frederik Foert, Tom Früchtl, Robert Gfader, Zoe Giabouldaki, Lukas Glinkowski, Mariola Groener, Armin Häberle, Stephanie Hanna, Andrea Hartinger, Tina Isabella Hild, Hervé Humbert, Jeroen Jacobs, Jakob Jensen, Uwe Jonas, Alexander Laudenberg, Cédric Le Corf, Peter Jap Lim, Sven Kalden, Manfred Kirschner, Silke Koch, Ulrike Kuschel, Simone Lanzenstiel, Christine Lemke, Sabine Linse, Martin Löhr, Jens Christian Madsen, Matthias Mayer, Stefanie Mayer, Zoë Claire Miller, Alexander Minor, Oliver Möst, NEOZOON, Hester Oerlemans, Kirsten Palz, Wolfgang Plöger, Maria-Leena Räihälä, Øyvind Renberg, Kirstin Rogge, Adrian Schiesser, Mira Schnedler, Ann Schomburg, Stefanie von Schroeter, Michael Schultze, Veronika Schumacher, Marike Schuurman, Olivia W. Seiling, Daniel Seiple, Eva Seufert, Heiko Sievers, Heidi Sill, Alexander Skorobogatov, Johanna Smiatek, Erik Smith, Elisabeth Sonneck, Max Sudhues, Gabriele Stellbaum, Sarah Strassmann, Vassiliea Stylianidou, Maki Takano, Thea Timm, Alessandro Vitali, Gabriela Volanti, Gabriel Vormstein, Linda Weiss, Annette Weisser, Maja Weyermann, Sibylle Zeh, Gloria Zein, Michaela Zimmer

End of September in 1988 members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank meet at the International Congress Center (ICC) in West Berlin for their annual meeting. Under the slogan “IMF and World Bank organize the poverty of nations” also some 150 leftist organizations meet in the Berlin Technical University (TU) for a counter congress. The event is centrally against capitalism itself and against its “living devastating effects”. It calls for a comprehensive debt cancellation (the Latin American foreign debt is $ 420 billion) and beyond as compensation for “colonial and neo-colonial exploitation” reparations and compensation payments.

Never before the two organizations the IMF and World Bank were so controversial. For some they are the villains in the world economy, for others the global economic sanity. Fear is about the largest international conference ever staged in Germany. “We prevent the Congress” formulated the Autonomous “everything is possible, everything is necessary.” For months they get prepared before the reception of the bankers. Colourful is the mixture of those who are on the move with arguments and appeals against the IMF and World Bank: Churches and Young Socialists, Greens and alternative environmentalist, Catholic Rural Youth and “Buko” (Federal Congress developmental action groups), an umbrella organization of many Third World initiatives.

So many made their way to West Berlin and suddenly appeared in the middle of protests and demonstrations, articulating violently “IWF Mödertreff”. And then had to sprint away from water cannons and counter actions of the police. What is left of these protests, this political attitude that not politically active and unorganized “Tourism protesters” turned-on in order to represent a supposedly common cause? What mobilizes people today? Why is not more emerged of this one thing, this anti-imperialist mass mobilization?

List of past group exhibitions with related information on the sources of the quotes:

2005 “Very Sporty Jack” – from Jim Jarmusch’s movie “Down by law”

2006 “U can’t touch this” – song from MC Hammer

2007 “Sllörrrrr wip wop wop – from Charles Bukowski’s book “Fuck Machine”

2008 “Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler” – Joseph Beuys

2009 “Nelson Mandela must fe free” – Free Mandela-Campaign

2010 “Stranded in The Future” – Song from Kim Fowley

2012 “Cocaine – blows my brain..“ – from the 80ies scene