JUST.Interview_Ula Tornau (Kultflux)

Fate of Kultflux / by Anna Pozniak

…Kultflux for us meant “cultural flux” and a flux is a coming together of two rivers. Since from the beginning we wanted to do it on the flux of two rivers we decided on this name for our space…

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…. I think the main problem was and is that the European capital of culture office encouraged us to apply for an infrastructural fund. Finally, somehow the people we were in touch with said that our project could only fit the part where they were financing solely cultural programs. If we had got at least some money for infrastructure and could afford one person working only on administrative things, everything would have been much easier…

…Maybe we were also doing things very chaotically and if we had had a clearer vision, things could have gone in another direction. You know, the architects always want to build and realize projects and we wanted to make a program. Nobody actually wanted to take care of the place…

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…Department of (urban) development was really eager to support us. On the other hand, the department of household administration was far from these ideological things, so they saw us as an obstacle. Maybe because they perceived us just as some strange object near the river, which left trash after events…

…We didn’t have to pay rent, because we built the house ourselves. We paid for electricity and had quite big debts so we had to pay them out. We didn’t get sponsorship for infrastructure and had to pay for electricity, toilets, cleaning and things that we didn’t plan well. We got into minus…

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…I don’t think that the fate of Kultflux is connected to the temporality of the “cultural capital” project. Although we got not a small part of our money from the “European cultural capital” office, we also got money from other foundations. Even then somehow we were not acknowledging that we were a “European cultural capital” project only…

…I think it needs some huge energy to start it running. It’s not enough to make some projects there. It needs to be a strong group of people who are really dedicated. People come but speak about one project, one evening, or want to rent it for a birthday…

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