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sharing/learning: Methods of the Collective in Art, Research and Activism

source: Jenny Baese

Artistic-Academic Symposium of the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg “Das Wissen der Künste”, Berlin University of the Arts

June 28/29, 2019
at / in cooperation with District * School Without Center
Bessemerstraße 2-14
12103 Berlin

Symposium languages are German and English
No registration required. On-site registration for the workshops.

How and what do we learn when acting together? What shared concerns or living conditions assemble this “we”? By which practices are connections of solidarity strengthened and by which are boundaries of the common kept open? The artistic-academic symposium sharing/learning will question and test various ways of acting together by addressing the specific conditions, means, and experiences of artistic, scientific, and activist methods of the collective. 

The symposium itself is understood as an assembly to discuss, sound out, and try various practices. It is an offer to participate and at the same time explore what emerges in this setting. In this way, the performativity and the intentions of collective practices come into focus: How and for what reasons do people gather, speak, listen to, play, map, cook, question, touch, sing, etc.? What knowledge is thus generated, what potential unfolds? 

In a format weaving together discussion and practice through workshops, roundtables, and participatory actions over two days, our intention is to create a space that opens up the possibility of reassembling various collective methods, and of sharing these with each other and learning from one another. 


Friday 28.06.2019

10.00 arrival and registration 
10.30 welcome and introduction 
Barbara Gronau + concept team

11.00 round table (in German and English)

assembling / disseminating

Elif Çiğdem Artan
(sociologist, museologist, curator)
Ulrike Bergermann (media theorist)
Serhat Karakayali (sociologist)

12.30 lunch 

14.00 workshops

Kollektive Zeit(en)reise - eine Probe mit den Theaterlingen
with Anika Lachnitt (theatre theorist, Aktivist) / AWOTheaterlinge (in German)
Please wear comfortable clothes

Reinventing the Political Compass: How to increase digital self-awareness in the age of Social Media with Francesca Del Bono (designer, curator), Noel David Nicolaus (researcher, curator), Tommaso Cappelletti (designer, videomaker) / ClusterduckCollective (in English)

cooking, playing, sharingwith Pêdra Costa (performance artist, urban anthropologist) (in English)

17.00 coffee break

17.30 round table (in English)

instituting / fleeing

Suza Husse
(curator, researcher, writer) and Andrea Caroline Keppler (curator) / District * School Without Center
Friederike Landau (urban sociologist, political theorist)
Ferdiansyah Thajib (researcher, community educator) / District * School Without Center + KUNCI

19:00 eating, playing, sharing with Pêdra Costa (performance artist, urban anthropologist) (in English)

21:00 end

Saturday 29.06.2019

10.30 arrival and registration 

11.00 round table (in English)

commoning / communing

Erden Kosova
(artist) / Apartment Project
Ulrike Hamann
(sociologist, postcolonial theorist, urban activist) / Kotti & Co
Zuzana Tabačková
(architect, urban planner) and Zuzana Révészová (cultural sociologist)/ Spolka Collective

12.30 lunch 

14.00 workshops

The Practice of Resistance
with Grupo Oito (dance collective) (in English)
Please wear comfortable clothes

Das Politische und das Gestische mit Irina Kaldrack (Medienwissenschaftlerin) und Timo Herbst (Künstler) (in German)

Spaces of Collectivitywith Spolka Collective (architects, urbanists and sociologists) (in English)

17.00 coffee break

17.30 Club of Im_Possibilities mit Nuray Demir (Künstlerin, Kuratorin) / District * School Without Center (in German)

19.00 end

District * School Without Center
Bessemerstraße 2-14
12103 Berlin

By foot: S-Bahn station Südkreuz, exit Tempelhof on the east side. Pass the underpass, walk past IKEA and cross the parking lots. Enter the grounds of Malzfabrik with its four distinctive chimneys.
By bus: S-Bahn Südkreuz, exit westbound, take bus number 106 (direction Schöneberg / Lindenhof) to Eresburgstraße. The bus runs every 20 minutes.

Questions? j.awad_

Concept + organisation: Juana Awad, Julian Bauer, Maja Figge, Elsa Guily, Irina Raskin, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt 
Support: Silvia Bahl, Patrick Becker, Christina Deloglu-Kahlert, Annika Haas, Maximilian Haas, Sarah Hampel, Sebastian Köthe, Wilma Lukatsch, Jayrôme C. Robinet, Fritz Schlüter, Xin Wang, Renate Wöhrer 
Moderation: Juana Awad, Silvia Bahl, Julian Bauer,
Maja Figge, Elsa Guily, Sebastian Köthe, Wilma Lukatsch, Irina Raskin, Fritz Schlüter, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Renate Wöhrer 
Design: Jenny Baese
District * School Without Center Team: Konstantina Athinaiou, Liane Aviram, Nuray Demir, Johanna Ekenhorst, Naomi Hennig, Suza Husse, Andrea Caroline Keppler, Ferdi Thajib, Anneli Schütz

With the support of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and Präsidium der Universität der Künste Berlin.

source: Fritz Schlüter
source: Verena Melgarejo Weinandt
source: Verena Melgarejo Weinandt
source: Verena Melgarejo Weinandt
source: Verena Melgarejo Weinandt
source: Verena Melgarejo Weinandt
source: Verena Melgarejo Weinandt
source: Fritz Schlüter
source: Fritz Schlüter
source: Maximilian Haas
source: Maximilian Haas
source: Maximilian Haas