1. Congress

            Documents, Constellations, Prospects

            18–24 March 2013

            Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (DE)

            1. About
            2. Contributions
            3. Contributors
            4. Currents
            5. Images
            6. Program
            7. Texts
        1. Art Production
          The gap that has traditionally existed between artistic and non-artistic labor is increasingly narrowing, with artistic labor becoming more representative of society’s functioning as a whole. As the Internet has become the main worksite for art production and thus has become controllable in ways it never was before, this current raises new questions concerning the political dimensions of art and the role of the artist in contemporary society.

          With contributions by: Franco Berardi Bifo, Alice Escher, Boaz Levin, Stefan Träger, Till Wittwer, Marina Naprushkina, Office for Anti-Propaganda, Qiu ZhijieHito SteyerlAnton Vidokle

          Conceptualized by Boris Groys

          When we in the West, or in the industrialized, technologized societies, congratulate ourselves on having a well-functioning infrastructure, we forget the degree to which these have become protocols that bind and confine us in their demand to be conserved and resisted. In recognition of the need to think far beyond the models of organizational structures needed for the operation of a society or institution, this current offers a starting point from which to develop new pathways to understand infrastructure.

          Insurgent Cosmopolitanism
          Our comprehension of the polity has long been centered on the assumption of a consensual political contract between citizen and state. Recent insurgent upheavals, however, have unmasked this consensus as fiction, retrieving the ideal of cosmopolitanism as an active and critical strategy that sets itself against the grain of national(ist) restrictions. This current explores the continuing presence of a revolutionary hope of achieving solidarity through identifying points of affinity, shared criticality, and common affirmation. 

          Conceptualized by Ranjit Hoskote

          Dissident Knowledges
          Defying conventional fictions and their established doctrines and institutions requires tapping into knowledges that offer new archives from which to read our contemporary moment. Often kept hidden in the cracks of our attention economy, this current uncovers and formulates knowledges that, by being at once embedded and excluded, have the power to both resist the known and propose new imaginaries of how things could be otherwise. 

          With contributions by: Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie DurhamDaniel Baker, Neil Beloufa, James Benning, Ethel BrooksTania Bruguera, Chen Chieh-jen, Chto Delat?/What is to be done?, Phil Collins, Josef Dabernig, Ekaterina Degot, Manthia Diawara, Marlene Dumas, Marcus Geiger, Nida Ghouse, IRWIN, Hassan Kahn, Július KollerNicolas Kozakis and Raoul Vaneigem, Li Ran Thomas Locher, Sharon Lockhart, Teresa Margolles, Radhouane El Meddeb, Aernout MikNástio Mosquito, Rabih MrouéMarion von OstenStefan PanhansPiotr Piotrowski, Rasha SaltiChristoph Schlingensief with Nina Wetzel, Matthias Lilienthal, and Paul Poet, Keiko SeiMladen Stilinović, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, and Tom Trevatt, Ultra-red

          FORMER WEST Berlin Public Editorial Meeting moderated by Simon Sheikh
          Prospective Statements moderated by Boris Buden

          Conceptualized by Maria Hlavajova and Kathrin Rhomberg

          Learning Place
          During a week-long educational performance around 150 students from institutes around the world engage on topics such as the commodification of knowledge, critique of creativity, and functioning of edu-industries in today’s cognitive capitalism. Learning Place sets out to strip the dominant educational practice of its self-evident normality and so foster its critique and necessary transformation. 

          With contributions by: Bini AdamczakUte Meta Bauer, Beatrice von Bismarck, Arianna BoveTania BrugueraJulie BurchardiChen Chieh-jen, Chto Delat?/What is to be done?, Keti Chukhrov, Katja Diefenbach, Helmut Draxler, Köken Ergun, Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani, Tom Holert, Antonia Josten, Gal KirnAdi KeterBrigitta Kuster, Maurizio Lazzarato, Dieter LesageLi RanMaria LindIsabell LoreyEsther LuKatja MayerAngela Melitopoulos, Andrea MilatStefan Nowotny, Ahmet Oğüt, Alexei Penzin, Ozren Pupovac, Tihana Pupovac, Gerald Raunig, David RiffTheo RöhleKatya Sander, Ashkan Sepahvand, Simon SheikhJudith Siegmund, Société Réaliste: Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy, Jon SolomonFelix StalderMladen StilinovićZoran Terzić, Oxana Timofeeva, Samo Tomšič, Tom Trevatt, Füsun Türetken, Ina Wudtke, Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan

          Conceptualized by Boris Buden