About us · 60 words

Berliner Gazette (BG) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan team of journalists, researchers, artists, and coders. Since 1999 we have been publishing berlinergazette.de under a Creative Commons License with more than 1,500 contributors. In dialogue with our international network we create annual projects, exploring the issues at hand not only in the form of text series but also conferences and books.

Workshop processes, “Friendly Fire” conference, 2017

About us · 350 words

The Berliner Gazette (BG) has been published online since 1999. The experimental platform thrives on dialog with offline formats, and on exchange with grassroots movements and research initiatives. In the course of this, the conventional boundary between editorial office and audience is dissolved.

Beyond the usual boundaries…
Our focus is on topics, not news, and since 2002 we have placed a special emphasis on annual themes. Here we work with people who are raising their voices, with distinguished scientists and artists, and with readers of all ages, in German and English. Together, we examine systems of power, domination, and exploitation, especially the consequences of capitalism and the various crises, inequalities, and injustices it has caused in society as a whole.

…doing Feuilleton together
We make the knowledge of struggle and cooperation in solidarity accessible to the general public. In doing so, we focus on what is relevant in the long term. What blossoms online in the Feuilleton continues offline: We organize conferences, exhibitions, and seminars in the spirit of a comprehensive cultural and political education. Our projects are realized with cooperation partners. These can be schools, cultural institutions or informal networks. We understand the respective venue as an extended editorial headquarters. From there, ideas and content flow back into our internet newspaper. Sometimes even into our books.

In this way, we continue to expand the boundaries of publishing. What emerges is creative commons. Consequently, we release all the content of our networked newspaper for public reuse under a Creative Commons license. Our team, spread across several cities, works on the Internet newspaper on a volunteer basis. Since we do not make any money from the content and (online) publishing in general, we are testing models of funding for projects such as conferences and exhibitions.

Performance, “More World” conference, 2019

Our projects include “Black Box East” (2021), “Silent Works” (2020), “More World” (2019), and “Signals” (2017). Our books include “Invisible Hand(s)” (2020) and “A Field Guide to the Snowden Files” (2017). On behalf of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, we curated the international conference “As Darkness Falls” (2014).