With the participation of Academy Fellow Jan Sowa.
In this panel discussion, participants offer insight into the first discussions and debates around the central ideas of the Academy’s new long-term research project, Perverse Decolonization. Looking at the rhetoric of today’s right-wing movement, resurgent on a global scale, one often recognizes the uncanny return of rhetorical elements from the context of decolonization, which become arguments of new nationalist agendas insisting upon the right to essentialize their ways into a parallel dimension. Now is the time to look more closely at the background of “perverse decolonization”: at how postcolonial identities reproduce colonial violence, how identity politics deny the political dimension to postcolonial subjects, how “silent” majorities rise against cosmopolitan elites, and how alternative colonial projects export non-Western versions of progress no less brutal than the original European prototype. Can alternative notions like statelessness, “subaltern cosmopolitanism,” global socialist modernity, or dirty universalism lead a way forward out of a deadlocked postcolonial field?
Panel discussion participants: Hans D. Christ (Stuttgart), Cosmin Costinas (Hong Kong), Ekaterina Degot (Moscow/Cologne), Udi Edelman (Holon), David Riff (Berlin), Jan Sowa (Warsaw), and others
This event is part of the research project Perverse Decolonization. Find more information on this project here.
Orhan Esen is a freelance researcher, author and urban political activist. He designs and leads political education journeys and student excursions in the fields of historical and political urbanism in his hometown of Istanbul, which he understands as a political urban planning process. His current research interests are in the genesis and politics of public spaces, supported by the conflict in the symbol bearing Gezipark/Taksimplatz, which culminated in a massive uprising in June 2013. »»
Burçak Konukman is a contemporary artist whose work involves video installations, live performances and site-specific interventions. His approach combines self-reflection, global thought and local action. »»
Alper Canigüz was born and raised in Istanbul. His novels always play out in the crooked alleys of Beyoglu. He sends Alper Kamu, his five-year-old smart aleck master detective out there looking for clues, which is also where the bizarre advertising agency “Secret Agency” of the eponymous book is located. The city is an important character in his stories which winking, takes up the shallowness of Turkish society and its urban development. »»
Seit 1997 ist die türkische Metropole am Bosporus Partnerstadt Kölns. Mit der Einweihung des “Atelier Galata” im gleichnamigen Viertel des Istanbuler Stadtteils Beyoglu eröffnete 2009 das Residenzprogramm für Bildende Künstlerinnen, Künstler, Autorinnen und Autoren Kölns – in einer Zeit, in der Istanbul eine magische Anziehungskraft auf Kunstschaffende und Kreative ausübte.
Heute, fast zehn Jahre später und im 20. Jahr der Städtepartnerschaft Köln-Istanbul befindet sich die Kulturmetropole Istanbul im Ausnahmezustand. »»
Junior and Senior Fellowships from October 2018 to September 2019
Deadline: October 23rd 2017
The Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Cologne is pleased to invite applications for fellowships for the academic year 2018/19. The fellowships are awarded to scholars working within the Humanities (“Geisteswissenschaften”), in the field of portraiture/life imaging and/or biography/life writing. The focus of this year’s call for applications lies on the topic of portraiture. Morphomata especially invites projects from international scholars, with a cross-cultural approach. Fellowships are granted for a period of 6 to 9 months. Fellows must be in residence in Cologne during the fellowship period. The latter must include the months of October through February and/or April through July. »»
Joshua Simon (*1979 in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel) is a director and chief curator at MoBY: Museums of Bat Yam. He authored the book Neomaterialism (Sternberg Press, 2013) and edited the publications United States of Palestine-Israel (Sternberg Press, 2011) and Ruti Sela: For the Record (Archive Books, 2015).
26 10 2017 – 21:00
Lecture, in English
King Georg, Sudermanstraße 2, 50670 Cologne, Entry: 3 €
In his talk, curator and theorist Joshua Simon explores some of the many reasons for the current condition of deadlock in Israel – a situation unique to the regime established since the occupation of the Palestinian territories. At the same time, it highlights and radicalizes several characteristics of contemporary models of sovereignty found all over the world especially since 2001 and the onset of the War on Terror. »»
Renan Laru-an (*1989 in Sultan Kudarat, Philippines) is a researcher, curator, and the founding director of DiscLab/ Research and Criticism, a multidisciplinary platform for critical writing, theory, and research on Filipino contemporary art.
Five years ago, I packed a small bag and thought of taking a long journey on my own. I walked for miles in the land of ALLAH, seeking a certain peace within my soul amongst nature and its’ inhabitants. A day away was all I could manage, and I returned home, feeling weak and melancholy, with no desire to return on this journey anytime soon. »»
Lia Cunha (*1987 in Salvador Bahia, Brazil) develops collaborative projects on integrated arts, investigates the artist’s book in its interdisciplinary possibilities through the label „Duna“, atelier and artist’s publishing house specialized in object books, artists’s books, illustrated books, children’s books and musical publications. She is Interested in „non-places“ as well as the possibilities of the walk as a aesthetic and poetic practice.
Die Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen vergibt jährlich Wohn- und Arbeitsstipendien in den Bereichen Literatur, Komposition und Bildende Kunst. Zusätzlich gibt es die KWW-Stipendien für Projekte an der Schnittstelle von Kunst, Wissenschaft und/oder Wirtschaft. »»
is a multidisciplinary artist, born in 1981 in Tangier.
Simohammed studied Philosophy and Signal Processing in Morocco and later trained in filmmaking at La Femis, Paris.
He founded the yearly Tangiers film festival Cinema Nachia. His work predominantly uses the medium of film, however it also incorporates photography and collage and extends to other art forms such as installation, sound art and performance. At the centre of his work is a reflection on the presentation of the image. »»
Im Rahmen seiner zweimonatigen Residenz, entwickelte Javier Tapia (*1976, Chile) eine begehbare, labyrinthartige Installation in den Räumen von CAT Cologne. Die Installation befasst sich mit der, in Form von mündlich übertragenen Erzählungen, erinnerten und, in Form von gesammelten Bildern und Fotos, bewahrten Geschichte Kölns. Transparente Boards werden zum Träger von collagierten Bildern und Fotos. Diese stehenden und hängenden Wände geben vielfältige Blicke auf potentiell zusammenhängende Bilder frei und bieten Raum für individuelle Assoziationen. Die Willkürlichkeit der Anordung und weitere Möglichkeiten einer der Zuordnung einzelner Fragmente wird dabei unter anderem über die Sichtbarkeit der hinterliegenden Wände und die vielen Perspektivwechsel beim Verändern des Standortes offensichtlich.
Running all year round since 2002, the residency programme is at the heart of PACT Zollverein’s day to day work. Open to professional artists from home and abroad who work in the areas of dance, performance, media arts or music and closely linked to PACT’s two other core strands of activity in presenting work and facilitating research and development, the programme is a key element in PACT Zollverein’s profile as an Artists’ House supporting lively exchange between practice and theory. »»
Envisioning the german ruhr-region as a field for experimentation, laboratory, room for possibility and feasibility, thekunstvereineruhr, a consortium of about 15 art societies and art houses in the ruhr-area, developed the concept for »ruhr.residence«. »»
In diesem kollaborativen Diskussionsformat gemeinsam mit der Temporary Gallery, der Universität Köln und der Akademie der Künste der Welt analysieren wir in gemütlicher Atmosphäre wie Filme, Computerspiele, Videos und Fernsehserien politische Ideen zum Ausdruck bringen und eine antifaschistische Agenda vorantreiben können. »»
Jan Sowa’s talk revisits recent Polish history from the point of view of walter Benjamin’s famous quip that “behind every fascism, there is a failed revolution.” he looks at a history of roughly 35 years, beginning from the early 1980s. the original revolutionary event is the appearance of Solidarność, a worker’s move- ment with a social message and little sympathy for private enterprise, crushed under martial law. Its ideals soon disappeared in the course of so-called communism’s collapse and the oppres- sive neoliberal transformation in the late 1980s and early 1990s. today, it is replaced by popu- lism as a reactionary, post-neoliberal formation. »»
Social theorist and author Jan Sowa holds a PhD in sociology and a habilitation in cultural studies. His research assignments took him to several universities in Poland and abroad, recently to the University warsaw and the University of São Paulo. Sowa is the author and editor of numerous publications, including the volume of essays A Joy Forever: Political Economy of Social Creativity. »»
Author Niq Mhlongo has been called “one of the most high-spirited and irreverent new voices of South Africa’s post-apartheid literary scene.” he is strongly influenced by his hometown of Soweto as he pens his fiction in Soweto, about Soweto and in Soweto dialect. »»
With CÜNEYT CEBENOYAN, BANU CENNETOĞLU, TURGUT ERÇETIN (Fellow), EROL MINTAŞ
This special panel discussion in Oberhausen is organized by the Academy of the Arts of the World together with the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and deals with current alarming rise of authoritarianism in Turkey. »»
The programs brings one Moroccan and one German multidisciplinary artists with a high interest for crosscultural exchange and the desire together to research, work and reflect on individual and collective initiatives, through artistic work and critical discussions. »»