With Didier Eribon and Chantal Mouffe. Hosted by Florian Malzacher

Gesellschaftsspiele: The Art of Assembly VII. as part of Wiener Festwochen

AGONISTIC GATHERINGS

Halle G at Museumsquartier
lectures, discussions, online platform / Talk in German
Wiener Festwochen
{gathering} {radical democracy} {art & politics}

While social movements often alter reality by implementing more radical models of democracy, within the arts theatre in particular has become a democratic arena of collective imagination. It is a forum in which society is played out, performed, re-imagined, or reinvented. But after months of a state of emergency in which any form of physical interaction has become precarious, what sort of future do assemblies and gatherings actually have? The Art of Assembly series brings together protagonists from the arts, politics and theory to speculate on the future of assemblies. In this exceptional edition, philosopher and sociologist Didier Eribon and political scientist Chantal Mouffe are joined by dramaturge Florian Malzacher to discuss how much agonism social movements are in fact able to withstand. Even if the movements of recent years have often been laboratories of non-hierarchical structures and consensus models, Chantal Mouffe stresses the necessity of dissent and agonistic pluralism. Didier Eribon for his part reflects on the conditions and limitations of social mobilisation and insists on the necessary diversity of movements like the gilets jaunes or the anti-racism protests.

© Robin Junicke / Impulse Theater Festival

About The Art of Assembly. Lectures, discussions, online platform

Whether in Tunis, Cairo, Madrid, or Lisbon, in Athens, New York, London, or Istanbul, in post-Fukushima Tokyo, in the midst of Niemeyer’s iconic parliamentary architecture in Brasilia, under the umbrellas of Hong Kong, or on the streets of Minneapolis: social and political movements of recent years have often been characterised by their search for alternative forms of gathering, of arguing and making decisions, of negotiating community and society. The potential of these assemblies lies in more than just the demands they put forward; many of them change reality merely by practicing radical models of democracy.

The arts have also shown a renewed interest in concepts of gathering and creating public spheres in which society is not only mirrored but constantly tried out, performed, tested, reimagined, or even reinvented. There are court hearings on artistic freedom, religion, and censorship; tribunals on exploitation and violence; summits on climate change or cultural policy; parliaments allowing those who are usually silenced to speak... Theatre in particular has become a stage for assemblies on the fine line between art and reality, a democratic arena of radical imagination.

But what is the future this concept of gathering has ahead of it after months in a state of emergency that has thrown pretty much all areas of social life out of step? Gesellschaftsspiele: The Art of Assembly brings together protagonists from various fields of art, politics and theory to speculate on the future of assembly in a time of experiencing that nothing is certain – a time in which every form of physical togetherness has become precarious.

Florian Malzacher is a curator, dramaturg and writer. 2013-2017 he was artistic director of Impulse Theater Festival (Cologne, Dusseldorf and Mulheim/Ruhr), and 2006–2012 co-programmer of the multidisciplinary arts festival steirischer herbst (Graz). He (co-)curated e.g. the 4th and 5th International Summer Academy (Mousonturm Frankfurt, 2002 and 2004), “Dictionary of War” (2006/07), “Truth is concrete” (Graz, 2012), “Artist Organisations International” (HAU Berlin, 2015), “Appropriations” (Ethnological Museum Berlin, 2014), “Sense of Possibility” on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the revolution (St. Petersburg, 2017), “Training for the Future” (Ruhrtriennale 2018/19 with Jonas Staal), “After Supervising the Machinery” (2020). As a dramaturge he worked with artists like Rimini Protokoll (DE), Lola Arias (ARG), Mariano Pensotti (ARG), and Nature Theater of Oklahoma (USA). Florian Malzacher has edited and written numerous essays and books on theatre and performance and on the relationship between art and politics. His latest publications include Gesellschaftsspiele. Politisches Theater heute im Alexander Verlag Berlin. florianmalzacher.tumblr.com

 

The Art of Assembly is based on

Florian Malzacher. Gesellschaftsspiele. Politisches Theater heute. Berlin: Alexander Verlag, 2020.

www.art-of-assembly.net

Pressestimmen

"It matters that as bodies we arrive together in public, that we are assembling in public; we are coming together as bodies in alliance in the street and in the square. […] So this is a politics of the public body, the requirements of the body, its movement and voice. […] We sit and stand and move and speak, as we can, as the popular will, the one that electoral democracy has forgotten and abandoned. But we are here, and remain here, enacting the phrase, “we the people.”"

Judith Butler, Occupy Wall Street, 2011

Credits

With Oliver Marchart, Chantal Mouffe, Sibylle Peters, Julia Ramírez-Blanco, Milo Rau, Oliver Ressler, Dana Yahalomi / Public Movement and others Guests on September 16th  Didier Eribon and Chantal Mouffe Curated by Florian Malzacher

A production by brut – Koproduktionshaus Wien GmbH 

In cooperation with Münchner Kammerspiele and Wiener Festwochen

Dates & Tickets

September 2021

Tue. 14.09.2021, 19:00
€ 7 / Online Livestream here on brut-wien.at

Halle G at Museumsquartier
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna

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