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the foundation of a neo-solidary company


33 years of Neoliberalism: Happy Birthday, Fuck Off!

COOP 3000 collects and produces new solidarities far beyond the horizon of our neo-liberal present. In the CORNUCOPIA, at SUPPERTHEORYPARTIES & at the MAIN ASSEMBLY.

The neo-solidary company works with resources that are older than the hip “sharing economy” and more promising than market-based competitive models. Over a period of 9 months, together with URBANE KÜNSTE RUHR (URBAN ARTS RUHR), COOP 3000 will engage diverse public spheres in various formats. The entire Ruhr area becomes the operating range of the company. Being a region marked by historical working-class culture, migrant patchwork communities and economic upheaval, the region is the ideal venue for subverting the outdated principles of neoliberalism into absurdity. All visitors & participants, together with invited artists & experts will become shareholders of the new company over the course of this year.

To this end, matthaei & konsorten cooperate with local communities, networks and milieus, as well as with artists and theorists from Europe, who have developed their working methods in the economic turbulence of their home countries & now bring their strategies with them to the Ruhr area.




Oktober 016 Festival Favoriten 016 Dortmund


April – Juni 017 Witten, Dortmund, Duisburg, Bochum


Juli 2017 Bochum

# Level 1 Dortmund : The Cornucopia

In the ballroom of the old welfare state, the collective sale of pay envelopes leads up to the ladies’ choice, speeches on society’s gone riches alternate with dance performances of new solidarity, while Bitcoins rain on the floor and all guests become shareholders of a utopian promise. The song of praise for the old solidarity of the Ruhr area blends with the practical diversity of the newly arrived. Trained personnel help to create appropriate dress styles, while live music ensnares the dancers. If you don’t remember your steps exactly, you will receive a crash course from the experts of the local dance school.

# Level 2 Witten Duisburg Dortmund Bochum : The Suppertheoryparties

Discourse sharing & radical local actionism, suction cups en masse & guerrilla radio. Pragmatic conversation formats in which the ideas & knowledge of all those present are remixed. Maybe they’ll come up with pimped home recipes, maybe they’ll make cottage cheese. Or deep-freeze rations for other times.

From April to June COOP 3000 organizes four SUPPERTHEORIEPARTIES, at extraordinary locations & in exchange with various communities in the Ruhr area. Looking into a theme of neo-solidarity, we invite local & foreign experts to share their knowledge & experiences with all guests in an open round & to try out new combinations together.

# Level 3 Bochum – The Shareholders’ Meeting

4 days of neo-solidarity with lectures, workshops, filming, cooking + party. Hundreds of people from the Ruhr area have jointly prepared a new „Corporation“ in recent months. In a playful model, shareholders & consultants, artists & academics, local solidarity experts & visitors explore ideas & practices for new forms of living together over 4 days: What comes after money? Among others with Dirk Messner, cooperation expert of the German Institute for Development Policy. Núria Güell (ES) Artist. The Vacuum Cleaner (GB) aka James Lead, artist. Friederike Habermann, economist and inventor of the „Ecommony“. Phil Collins (GB/D), media artist with his film „Tomorrow Is Always Too Long“. The authors of the film „The Opposite of Grey“. Anna Echterhölter, cultural scientist at Humboldt University of Berlin & many more…

TEAM 2016/17

Amanda Bailey, Felix Bouché, Helene Ewert, Andrea Schulz & Christoph Engelhard, Josefine Habermehl, Liselotte Herms, Julia Hülsken, Lina Jung, Julia Knies, Florian Krauß, Jörg Lukas Matthaei, Marco Peise, Judith Nika Pfeifer, Anja Plonka, Carsten Pütz, Dorothea Ronneburg, Kai van Nuffel, Peter Wardemann.

Ein Projekt von matthaei & konsorten mit Urbane Künste Ruhr und FAVORITEN 2016