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WISSEN DER KÜNSTE:
On Decolonial Deferrals
14.11.

Discourse
English

The working group “Decolonial Aesthetics/Practices” of the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Das Wissen der Künste takes up questions of the aesthetic construction of theory, as well as theoretical production of aesthetics in the context of anticolonialism, postcoloniality and decoloniality, and examines decolonial aesthetic strategies in artistic and curatorial productions from the areas of photography, film, theater, contemporary drama, performance, art, sound, video, and fine arts. For the issue #8 of the online publication wissenderkuenste.de, an editorial team composed by members of the group including Juana Awad, Maja Figge, Grit Köppen and Katrin Köppert has curated a collection of academic articles and artistic contributions, which focus on decolonial strategies that engage in aesthetic processes of remembering and archiving: Which forms of engagement with different bodies of knowledge and their aesthetic treatment in contemporary art production enable decolonial deferrals? Which aesthetics of archiving have a decolonializing effect within formations of knowledge? What remains of the colonial archive when the aesthetics of ephemeral objects become part of bodies of knowledge?

Contributors to the issue include Ali Kazimi, Arlette Ndakoze, Su-Ran Sichling and Nikolai Brandes, Grit Köppen, Imayna Caceres, Isabella Schwaderer and Markus Schlaffke, Katharina Pelosi, Matei and Andrea Bellu, Omar A. Chowdhury, Queer Frequency Modulation Collective, Stefanie Fock, Verena Melgarejo-Weinandt and Victoria Nolte.

On Decolonial Deferrals will be a one-night presentation of image, video and sound pieces included in the publication of the same name.


Past Activities

WISSEN DER KÜNSTE Quiet Flows the Stream by Nilanjan Bhattacharya

Event of the series WISSEN DER KÜNSTE of the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg in cooperation with the Volksbühne Berlin.

Two channel video installation view, presentation, discussion

The series WISSEND DER KÜNSTE in collaboration with the Universität der Künste continues with a focus on aesthetics and its applications beyond human abstractions, turning its view to the entanglements between knowledge systems in art, nature and technology.

Nilanjan Bhattacharya has been invited to present his two channel video installation Quiet Flows the Stream, which highlights the legacy of knowledge exchange beyond national borders and the current relevance of traditional medical practices in India. ​

Nilanjan Bhattacharya is a filmmaker, artist and writer from Calcutta, India. For the last fifteen years he has been exploring biodiversity, food cultures and indigenous knowledge systems in India. His works include Johar Welcome To Our World, Ninety Degrees, Rain in The Mirror, Fishing Out of Time, and Quiet Flown the Stream; they were exhibited at Mumbai International Film Festival, Goteberg International Film Festival, European Kunsthalle, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Experimenter Art Gallery and Wellcome Collection Gallery. Nilanjan received the President’s Award of India in 2005 and 2010.

Forschungsmaschine: Verschränkte Verfahren von Kunst und Theorie

This event is part of the discourse series WISSEN DER KÜNSTE

The workshop will address the question of artistic research from the perspective of performance. Like performance practice, thinking is always in the making. How can we relate these two on the level of their activity (rather than on the level of their products)? How do they feed into each other? Can we separate them? How can they transversally travel across and beyond their milieu of production? Following these movements of thought and the movements in space the workshop deals with the production of concepts in movement and the choreographic techniques of thinking.

Xavier Le Roy (Gießen) and Scarlet Yu (Berlin) work as choreographers and have developed several workshop addressing the relation of choreography, performance and thinking, for example in the frame of “Lebensformen” (HKW 2019). Gerko Egert (Gießen) and Maximilian Haas (Berlin) work as scholars in the field of performance studies.

Forschungsmaschine: Verschränkte Verfahren von Kunst und Theorie

This event is part of the discourse series WISSEN DER KÜNSTE

Anmeldung erforderlich über besucherservice@volksbuehne-berlin.de bis zum 17.09.

Ein wichtiger Baustein des 2015 gegründeten Harun Farocki-Instituts ist das Archiv, in dem ein Teilnachlass des Autors, Regisseurs und Künstlers versammelt ist und nach und nach erschlossen wird. Eine Besonderheit der versammelten Materialien ist, dass es sich dabei nicht um die abgeschlossenen Werke (Filme, Fernsehproduktionen, Videoarbeiten) Farockis handelt, sondern um alternative Fassungen, Schnittreste, Recherchematerialien. Was leitet sich aus solchen „Para-Materialien“ her? Inwiefern können sie das Wissen der Bilder (und Töne), das Farocki stets zu aktivieren versucht hat, modifizieren, ergänzen oder konterkarieren? Nach einem kurzen Besuch des Institutsarchivs sollen in der gemeinsamen Lektüre kurzer Texte und der konkreten Befragung exemplarischer Archivalien einige Koordinaten der Archivarbeit als Wissenspraxis erschlossen und künstlerisch umgesetzt werden.

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