KMG.Wien formed in March 2022 as there was availability of and at the same time need for space. Space to move, space to grow, space to stay and to be. Space to practice without submerging into capitalist consumption and neoliberal self-perfection.
Most locations in Vienna have a high barrier of entrance, for students and for trainers. We try to remove that barrier by providing courses without a fixed price or price recommendation for the participants and access for trainers unconditional of their experience, practice and background as long as they keep our basis of operation.
We are a very dynamic group of 3 – 15 trainers meeting every month to discuss the workings of the studio.
We encourage responsibility, transparency and honesty and require engagement in the group of trainers. We try to organize the studio on a basis of consensual decisions.
We try to put effort into keeping the hierarchies in the organization as flat as possible although we try to balance or efforts and have that only as a secondary goal.
Our financial model is very experimental. All the donations are collected into a pile and at the end of the month the running costs for the studio are taken off. The rest is shared equally with all the trainers according to the amount of classes they were teaching.
This encourages to teach a class even for few participants and to focus on the quality of the teaching instead on how to get many and most probably well paying participants to the class.
Our trainers do not teach in the studio to earn money but have either regular jobs on the side, are in the process of education or else.
We also try to cover the maintenance costs by providing the space for individual use on a donation basis.