Art has never been self-sufficient. But today, more than in the past, it sees itself as a social force in the center of affairs. Its awareness of problems thus no longer concerns only the aesthetic; rather, it is directed at our present in general. In the discussion series "Art and the Present," we want to investigate this shift. The economy plays just as important a role as politics and ecology. We ask what contemporary art has to say to us in these areas today. What does it do, what does it want, and what does it lead us to there? And what does all this mean for art in general?