18-24 maart 2013

FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects

  • Learning Place, FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellation, Prospects, Berlijn, 18–24 maart 2013, foto: Ernie Buts

Het gehele verloop van FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects is hier beschikbaar.

In de meest uiteenlopende samenstellingen van documenten en vooruitzichten (prospects) bieden kunstwerken, lezingen, debatten, repetities en performances meerdere ontmoetingen met het publiek, om zo de dialoog aan te gaan over de wereldloop van 1989 tot aan het heden – en daar voorbij te denken.

FORMER WEST: Documents, Constellations, Prospects is georganiseerd in vijf deelstromen. Studenten zijn dagelijks betrokken bij de Learning Place – die gerealiseerd is in samenwerking met internationale cultuurinstellingen, universiteiten en kunstacademies en is geïntegreerd in contemporaine onderhandelingen over Art Production, Infrastructure, and Insurgent Cosmopolitanism. Daarnaast bieden de bijdragen onder de overkoepelende titel Dissident Knowledges dynamische interventies in het doorlopende programma, in de vorm van kunstwerken, performances en statements.

Voor meer informatie over FORMER WEST, zie hier.



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 Zhijie, Hito Steyerl, Anton 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.

With contributions by: Köken Ergun, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Louis Moreno, Füsun Türetken with Burak Arikan.

Conceptualized by Irit Rogoff.


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.

With contributions by: Homi K. Bhabha, Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani, Ranjit Hoskote, Nikos Papastergiadis, Rasha Salti, Praneet Soi and Allan deSouza, Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan.

Conceptualized by Ranjit Hoskote.


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 Durham, Daniel Baker, Neil Beloufa, James Benning, Ethel Brooks, Tania 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 Koller, Nicolas Kozakis and Raoul Vaneigem, Li Ran Thomas Locher, Sharon Lockhart, Teresa Margolles, Radhouane El Meddeb, Aernout Mik, Nástio Mosquito, Rabih Mroué, Marion von Osten, Stefan Panhans, Piotr Piotrowski, Rasha Salti, Christoph Schlingensief with Nina Wetzel, Matthias Lilienthal, and Paul Poet, Keiko Sei, Mladen Stilinovic, 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.

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