Come in, friends, the house is yours! deals with processes of community building and democratic participation. The projects comprises of exhibitions and events at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Badischer Kunstverein as well as a film series at Kinemathek Karlsruhe and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. The exhibitions focus on different methods that convey social identification and participation. That includes participative processes, political election, educational approaches as well as visual and lingual forms of expression that articulate common action. Artistic forms range from drawings, photographs, films, installations and sculptures to events and workshops. The project title refers to a quote of Brazilian playwright and educator Augusto Boal. His experimental theater forms were purposely developed as platforms for political action.
What images, symbols and rhetorics argue for an identification of the individual with social, political, economic or cultural ideas? How does today’s society return to collective language and image memories in order to constitute community? But the primary question is: What kind of activity range results from the examination of visual and lingual borders of current forms of society?
The project is based on the assumption that communities are formed by referring to common images and language. Institutions such as schools, universities, parliaments and cultural organizations play a significant role by teaching normative opinions and ideas. Come in, friends, the house is yours! reflects on the ambivalent function of education and communication and raises awareness for the creation of new productivity within the conflict. According to French philosopher Jacques Rancière, critical questioning of established “Separation of the Sensual” is the only way to enable political action.
The artistic works question the function of educational institutions and the mechanisms of state, social and economic representation. Other works feature possible structures of participation in politics and knowledge or deal with methodological questions on the communication of texts and images. A film series that comprises of re-eduction films ties in with this approach. In post-war Germany, re-education films were a significant part of an image campaign run by the allies that was set up to spread a specific notion of democracy and market economy.
The exhibition is designed as a stage for discussions and controversies. Artistic works are complemented with documental and theoretic contributions and film screenings that deal with questions of social participation regarding education, urban design and political aesthetics. Additionally, activist groups from Stuttgart were invited to use spaces at Künstlerhaus for presentations that pragmatically try out principles of participation.
Come in, friends, the house is yours! is the start-up of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart’s contribution for the European project Neue Auftraggeber (New commissioners). Within the next 18 months, there will be two artistic projects elaborated by social groups.
The exhibition takes place in collaboration with Badischer Kunstverein and Kinemathek Karlsruhe. The film series is curated by Florian Wüst.
Selbst ist der Mensch
Short film with an introduction by Florian Wüst
Thursday, May 14, 7 pm
Die Maschinen denken über Dich nach. Die kybernetischen Träume des Gordon Pask
Talk by Margit Rosen
Tuesday, May 19, 7 pm
Vorträge und Filmprogramm mit Marina Vishmidt und Steve Rushton
Friday, May 22, 7 pm
Talks and film series with Marion von Osten and Barbara Wurm
Monday, May 25, 7 pm
Tuesday, May 26, 7 pm
Jugend von morgen
Short film program with an introduction by Florian Wüst
Thursday, May 28, 7 pm
Kunst und Teilhabe
Conversation with Susanne Jakob and Silke Schwab
Monday, June 8, 7 pm
Urban Surplus. Centralities and Counter-operations
Workshop and talks with Andreas Müller and Miguel Robles-Durán, Host: Stephan Trüby
Friday, June 12, 3 pm
M.O.M.I. und Richheart
Concert and Performance
Saturday, June 20, 7 pm
Supported by LBBW Foundation and the Federal State Baden-Württemberg.