A Summit on Art, Theory, and Civil Society

Open seminars: April 10 – 12, 2018
Summit: April 12 – 15, 2018

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Languages: German, English
Simultaneous translations of the lectures in the dome

In Situ Works

Dan Perjovschi:
In situ drawings on the contributions

Peter Ott:
The in situ video interviews Nach dem Reden (After Talking) will be continually projected in the foyer

Ongoing Contributions

Sylvia Winkler
Diagram "DZZA – FZGI"

Spatial concepts by students from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design
Presentation of designs and prototypes by students from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in the field of architecture and design. Studying under Prof. Marianne Mueller and Prof. p.p. Lisa Ochsenbein they developed furniture concepts, with a focus on performative and participatory work.

Poster exhibition in collaboration with
the State Agency for Civic Education (lpb)
The exhibition shows a selection of prizewinning posters from a competition among secondary-school students from the years 1984–2016, initiated by the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg, dealing with themes like war, exodus, consumption, sustainability, solidarity, and racism.

New Narratives 2: Thinking Economics Differently negotiates—in open seminars and workshops, lectures, discussions, performances, and films—sociopolitical fields of conflict. One such issue is the question of alternatives to a primarily economically shaped concept of growth, and how this might be realized through criteria of a social and cultural nature oriented to the common good.

In her keynote speech Economic Growth and Social Inclusion, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak questions, among other things, the equating of “development” and “state economic growth.” She identifies the accompanying opacity of a political and economic “culture” that, for example, enshrouds the effects of environmental destruction, war, and displacement and that is essentially responsible for inequality and social upheaval.


So as to provide a focus of program content, we invited the political scientists Athena Athanasiou & Elena Tzelepis, the artist and curator Boris Ondreička, the artist Katya Sander, and the author and curator Simon Sheikh, to each conceptualize a one-day topic and to then discuss it with international guests as well as local civil initiatives.

Pursuing the topic of What If We Don’t Make It? —The Economy of Doom, Boris Ondreička brainstorms, together with his guests, utopias and doomsday scenarios in order to speculate about ideas of family, community, and economics in relationship to laws and normative orders.


In Performing ‘Crisis’ as Critique: Acts and Arts of Remapping the Present beyond Economization, Athena Athanasiou & Elena Tzelepis view, with their guests, the limitations of the dominant expressions of the imaginary as engendered in Europe and globally through neoliberal forms of government, while at the same time forms of art/action as democratic participation emerge, opening up new possibilities for thinking and creating publicness.

In Narratives and counter-narratives of predictive modeling, Katya Sander & Simon Sheikh explore, with their guests, how given data is analyzed to predict future behaviours—in short: politics.

The additional open seminars and workshops, filmic and performative contributions, as well as the fourth edition of the Forum Civil Society Initiatives, which since New Narratives 1 has been established at the Kunstgebäude, along with all involved parties—including local and international participants—will address problems related to the counterreading of the seemingly firmly implemented discourses on governance.

All involved individuals are demanding other ways of anchoring in public consciousness new narratives on alternative forms of economics, life, and politics, and ways of applying these narratives both politically and systemically. Thinking economics differently also means thinking growth differently.—If not now, then when?


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A project by
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Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen - Logo
Schauspiel Stuttgart - Logo
Staatl. Akademie Schloß Solitude Stuttgart
Theater Rampe - Logo
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Friedrich Ebert Stiftung - Fritz Erler Forum Baden Württemberg - Logo
Hannah-Arendt Stfitung - Logo


Merz Akademie - Logo
Main supporter
Baden-Württemberg - Logo - Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst
Supported by
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