Wunder der Prärie is Mannheim's international biennial festival for performance art & networking. Every festival is new and different, reacting to current trends in art and society.
In 2021 the festival is dedicated entirely to the topic of care and care work. Wunder der Prärie: CARE CITY is the first festival that explicitly presents artistic works from different countries on the ethics of cooperation, care and sustainability, supplemented by an extensive education and discourse programme. In doing so, the festival questions the common understanding of art, expands the formal framework and addresses new audiences. Artists such as Olivia Hyunsin Kim, Doris Uhlich or Oblivia are invited to develop ore present new works in cooperation with institutions and care workers. This creates a network between artists, civil society and public institutions in order to initiate a comprehensive discussion on a care ethic for urban society in the 21st century.
The Manifesto for Maintenance Art of 1969 by the now eighty-year-old artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles plays a special role in this, as it is to be rediscovered for today's generation of artists. Artists from different countries are invited to respond to the text and implement their answers with social and artistic actions in their living environment. The festival thus addresses local responsibility on the one hand, while on the other creating an international network. Another cooperation with artists and the Goethe Regional Institute South-East Asia is dedicated to care migration between Asia and Germany. CARE CITY will present a broad selection of contemporary live art in an eleven-day showcase in September and October 2021.
In the run-up to the festival, a series of discussions entitled CARE CITY CENTER will take place, providing insights into the realities of life in the local care economy. Care workers, entrepreneurs, politicians and sociologists are invited to discuss the Care City with the audience.