Forces of Art - Exploring new models of care taking for the funding ecosystem

On June 23, the documenta Institute in cooperation with the Prince Claus Fund invites you to UK 14. This event will bring together diverse stakeholders in the art ecosystem to reflect on the social value of art and the sustainability of its funding system, and to model a caretaking system for socially-engaged art.

Together with artists, funders, curators and researchers we will try to locate the social value of art and the sustainability of its funding system. The symposium will center around the question: How can we, as collectivities, model a care-taking system for socially-engaged art? With this question, the event builts on insights from the global research initiative and book Forces of Art (Valiz, 2020).


Two roundtable conversations and an interactive session based on actual projects will contribute to imagining and adopting actionable alternative funding options, as well as creating better synergies between artists, communities and funders.


In facing new challenges in society, art helps us rethink forms of organizing diverse communities, model new economies, build cooperative movements and sustainability practices, following commons-based principles. However, socially-embedded artistic practices are perceived to speak different languages than „traditional“ civil society. How do these fields work in synergy without instrumentalizing and institutionalizing each other? How can the funding infrastructure best respond to such sociallyembedded artistic practices? And, how can artists employ alternative reporting methods to account for the „social value“ they produce?


After an interactive session, we will gear towards new models of grantmaking based on care-taking. The changing role of funders demands a shift in thinking: care versus or instead of ‘aid’. What does care taking mean from a funder and from a recipient perspective and where do these two meet? Can we understand solidarity as mutual risk-taking and accountability that is no longer the juggling between accountability towards communities and philanthropist, public or private funders in an asymmetric setting? How does this work in an increasingly digitally mediated public space?



With impulses from:


Caroline Woolard

artist and director of Research at Open Collective Foundation

Njoki Ngumi

filmmaker and learning strategist at The Nest Collective

Adama Sanneh

co-founder and CEO of the Moleskine foundation

Gertrude Flentge

member of the Artistic Team of documenta fifteen

Fernando Garcia Dory

INLAND (lumbung member of documenta fifteen)

Peter Kirkhoff Eriksen

senior project leader at the Bikuben Foundation

Aiwen Yin and Binna Choi

design theorist and curator, co-initiators of Commons.Art



Mi You, documenta Institut

Arthur Steiner, Hivos

Lauren Agosta, independent consultant


Venue: UK14, Untere Karlsstraße 14, 34117 Kassel, Germany

Date and time: June 23, 13:15 - 18:15, followed by drinks and bites


Participation: registration required, please send an email to:

Organizers: Prince Claus Fund and documenta Institut

Organizing partners: Casco Art Institute and Hivos