Undisciplinary Learning – Remapping The Aesthetics of Resistance
An art project manifesting in SPACE, CITY, KOWLEDGES and DOCUMENTS
Curated by Janine Halka, Suza Husse, Julia Lazarus
with Luis Berríos-Negrón, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro & Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat (Squat Monument), Julie Carvalho & Roland Lauth & Sebastien Stolarczyk, Exit Deutschland e.V., Alicia Frankovich, Ha Za Vu Zu, Naomi Hennig, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Vladan Jeremić & Rena Raedle & Ina Wudtke, Rajkamal Kahlon, Frida Klingberg, Ins A Kromminga & Jannik Franzen, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Julia Lazarus, Achim Lengerer, Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e.V., Method Fund, Gabriel Rossell Santillán, RYBN.ORG, Lerato Shadi, Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes – Bund der Antifaschistinnen und Antifaschisten, Andreas Wutz a.o.
What would an aesthetic education of the present be? Which forms of un_learning does the art of the 21st century propose? How do we live and create knowledge? Where do we find it? Whose knowledge, whose aesthetics, whose present, whose we?
Undisciplinary Learning takes the novel The Aesthetics of Resistance by Peter Weiss (1916–1982) as an impetus to question current knowledge politics at the intersection of artistic, political, and pedagogical practices. In the book, the political interpretation of art and the collective acquisition of knowledge form the foundation for the development of resistant subjectivities, collectivization, and the mobilization against oppression and exploitation. Self-education as a form of emancipation not only comprises the crux of Weiss’ trilogy, but its densely woven textual surface seems to anticipate other, collective forms of reading and therein acts of listening to and dis-/agreeing with one another.
Adopting an intersectional perspective on its historical expansion, on its urban resonances in Berlin and current fields of insurgency, Undisciplinary Learning suggests expanded readings and critical relocations of The Aesthetics of Resistance. In the exhibition, urban interventions, encounters and conversations, education is probed as a mode of political imagination that recognizes heterogeneous forms of knowledge and integrates the body, the city, relationships, and the environment as spaces of un_learning. Undisciplinary Learning maps artistic approaches that enact self-empowering pedagogies – especially from feminist, queer, leftist and decolonializing contexts – to radically question hegemonic cultures of knowledge.
From 8 September until 19 November 2016 Undisciplinary Learning takes place in the four program formations SPACE, CITY, KNOWLEDGES and DOCUMENTS. For the whole program click here.
In trying to become “objective”, Western culture made “objects” of things and people when it distanced itself from them, thereby losing “touch” with them.
In the two-part exhibition, artistic practices of collective unlearning and anti-authoritarian knowledge transfers form the basis for the transtemporal and transgeographic repositioning of The Aesthetics of Resistance. Designed as a spatial ecology that expresses a heterogeneous community and different forms of knowledge, Undisciplinary Learning: Space accommodates a flexible scenography for emancipatory practices, stories, and socialities. As a programmatic overture in the neighboring spaces of the group exhibition, the performative archive Trümmerberg Kilimanjaro by Nathalie Angue-zomo Mba Bikoro and Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat (Squat Monument) interweaves the urban traces of colonial cultural and migration contexts of Tempelhof—where District is located—with the voices of protagonists from anticolonial and anti-racist resistance.
8 September 2016
Artistic Reconsiderations on Decolonizing Archives in Tempelhof-Schöneberg
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat (Squat Monument)
18 h Exhibition opening, 19 h Artist talk
Luis Berríos-Negrón, Ha Za Vu Zu, Naomi Hennig, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Vladan Jeremić & Rena Raedle & Ina Wudtke, Frida Klingberg, Ins A Kromminga & Jannik Franzen, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Julia Lazarus, Achim Lengerer, Method Fund, Gabriel Rossell Santillán, RYBN.ORG, Lerato Shadi, Andreas Wutz; Scenography: Luis Berríos-Negrón.
19 h Opening, 20 h Performance between stamp and mars No:7. if the world doesn’t rock us, we rock the world by Ha Za Vu Zu
Tempelhof, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg
Think of ephemera as trace, the remains, the things that are left, hanging around in the air like a rumor.
José Esteban Muñoz
Undisciplinary Learning: City connects original locations from the book, which are characterized by transformations, traces of political conflicts, or ephemeral encounters, with current emancipatory topographies. The site-specific performances, conversations, and interventions that the artists develop in conversation with contemporary political initiatives, in solidarity with past protest movements, or in anticipation of coming associations will thus become temporary marks on the map of Berlin.
KIOSK CULTURE DECOLONIAL ARCHIVES TOUR
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat (Squat Monument)
13–19 h, Performative archive at different places
Meeting point 13 h: Sarotti Café, Mehringdamm 57*
… ÜBER DIE PFLUGSTRASSE
Exit Deutschland e.V., Alicia Frankovich, Achim Lengerer
14–17h Conversations and performances within the frame work of Die Ästhetik des Widerstands. Peter Weiss 100, a festival of HAU Hebbel am Ufer (28.9.– 8.10.2016)
Meeting point 14 h: Pflugstraße 7*
3 October –19 November
SAUNA FÜR ARBEITSLOSE
3 October, 18–21 h Opening
4 October –19 November Installation in the Sauna
SAUNABAD, Rykestraße 10
Mo–Sa 15–24 h, So 12–24 h, Tickets: 8 Euro*
… IN DER GARTENKOLONIE
Naomi Hennig, Lerato Shadi, Hans Coppi Jr. Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes – Bund der Antifaschistinnen und Antifaschisten
14–17 h Conversations and performances within the framework of Die Ästhetik des Widerstands. Peter Weiss 100, a festival of HAU Hebbel am Ufer (28.9.– 8.10.2016)
Meeting point 14 h: Schwerbelastungskörper, General-Pape-Straße 34a*
EINE ARBEITERIN WIRD SCHRIFTSTELLERIN. MASCH, AGITPROP, MARGARETE STEFFIN.
Vladan Jeremić, Rena Raedle, Ina Wudtke
19 h Reading
Place: Karl-Liebknecht-Haus, Kleine Alexanderstraße 28*
Calling something knowledge can be a political act, even a radical one.
In its description of the self-determined acquisition of knowledge, The Aesthetics of Resistance relates to the proletarian workers’ education of the early 20th Century. At the same time, it describes the institutional epicenters of western education and science— schools, research institutions, and museums —more specifically their radical emancipatory continuation or reclassification as liberal havens for the political development of the (male) protagonists. Undisciplinary Learning: Knowledges artistically and discursively activates the legacy and continuing fields of social conflict animated by the Institute for Sexology founded by Magnus Hirschfeld, the school island Scharfenberg with its concept of progressive education, the Marxist evening schools (MASCH), and the Pergamon Museum.
5, 6 September, 27 October
METAZOALEIN: AUS ZUNGEN, MUSKELN UND OBERSCHENKELN ZUSAMMENGESETZT.
RAYE, MAXA, JARI: CONSTITUIDO DE LENGUAS MUSLOS Y MANOS.
A SELECTION OF READINGS FROM THE XX CANON „EL RINCON DE LAS SEMILLAS“ LIBRARY (TAUPURIE).
Gabriel Rossell Santillán
each 17–20.30 h Performative workshop in German (5 September), and English (6 September) and Spanish (27 October)*
„INSTITUT FÜR SEXUALWISSENSCHAFT“
TURN ONS FOR ILLEGAL BODIES, ACTING OUT PAST LIVES OF QUEER.
Julie Carvalho, Roland Lauth, Sebastien Stolarczyk, Magnus Hirschfeld Gesellschaft e.V. Berlin
11–17 h Workshop in English*
19 h Showing and Dancing
12 & 13 November
SORRY BUT HERE IT’S A MESS … EMPOWERMENT
Symposium and launch of the Undisciplinary Learning: Documents publication*
* For information and registration please visit our website www.new.district-berlin.com.
I would like to consider our current bodies and gestures as legitimate archives of the present and of the past within it.
DOCUMENTS are an expansive ongoing online archive and a publication that accumulates leaflets, essays, images and documents from project participants and invited authors over the course of Undisciplinary Learning.
Upcoming 2017: Publication Undisciplinary Learning DOCUMENTS
With kind support from Senatskanzlei von Berlin – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.
Trümmerberg Kilimanjaro is supported by Dezentrale Kulturarbeit Tempelhof-Schöneberg. Undisciplinary Learning: STADT is a programme in cooperation with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, SAUNABAD Rykestraße, Museen Tempelhof-Schöneberg, die Linke. Supporters and sponsors: AfB, U-Ton. Media partner: Jungle World.