Performative Methods of Continuing

Dr. Bettina Knaup
Performative Methods of Continuing

Online and analog block seminar, English/Deutsch, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Saturday/Sunday, 27./28.11.2021 (analog), 10-18 h, Hardenbergstr. 33, room 201 and 5./6.2.2022 (analog), 10-18 h, Hardenbergstr. 33, room 101/102

Crisis is often understood as an event and rupture which is highly visible and demands sudden response, in political or artistic terms. This seminar will instead look at those long durational developments which do not rapidly accumulate to the level of visibility and urgency of a crisis – but are nevertheless important undercurrents which threaten the livelihood of many. We will examine concepts such as cheap nature (Moore), and slow violence of toxic contamination (Nixon), and speculate on artistic strategies engaging critically with these (territorial, material, long durational) operations. We will especially study performative practices which are grounded in or experiment with „durational aesthetics" (Adrian Heathfield), with a „method of continuing" (Mierle Laderman Ukeles) or prac-tices of „ultrawaiting" (Hélio Oiticia). The seminar will combine the study of theoretical writing and artistic practices with the speculative writing of artistic proposals, in which these examined practices are applied to the students’ own work and research.
The seminar is open to all but is particularly addressed at artists who have already some experience with performative practices.

Requirements for the ungraded Studium Generale credits: Active and regular participation in discussions and activities, presentation of individual/group concepts and projects.

Bettina Knaup (Berlin) works internationally as a curator with a focus on performance and gender. She has curated numerous festivals and exhibitions, including performance platform. body affects (Berlin, 2012, with S. Bake) and the multi-year exhibition and archive project re.act.feminism (Berlin, Barcelona, Tallinn, Zagreb, Gdansk, et al., 2008-2014, with B. Stammer). International teaching and lecturing activities; she has recently completed her PhD "performing (as) waste. sticky care in feminist materialist performance and curation" at the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance (Roehampton University, London). More information on