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.
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. »»
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. »»
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. »»
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.
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. »»
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. »»
This season, the Academy introduces a new (self-) educational initiative, a reading group,founded with the goal of deepening and intensifying discussion of the themes broached in the Academy’s program. The reading groupmeets once a month always on Tuesdays at7 pm at ACADEMYSPACE, in the hospitable setting of the newly arranged entrance lounge. »»
“Americium”, Erik Blinderman and Lisa Rave’s new exhibition centers on a film of the same name. Taking its title from a man made radioactive element on the periodic table, “Americium” addresses the literal contamination of sacred lands and the spiritual neglect of an American landscape.
Marta Pujades (*1990, Palma de Mallorca) is an artist who habitually has recourse to the image in its photographic form, with a portrait base, as a medium for exploring the identity and roles that human beings take on socially. She currently holds a scholarship by “Michael Horbach Stiftung” Cologne, where she was in residence until early September 2016.
Over the last years, Nairobi has undergone intensified gentrification – a lasting boom rapidly turning the city’s former industrial slums into financial districts. The same period has seen the emergence of a new bicycle subculture. Its open membership and geographical mobility run counter to the fixed ascriptions of ethnic identity which are otherwise all-important in Kenya; but at the same time, it also provides a way to tap into brand experiences of global capitalism, for which subcultures are yet another source of profit. In The Bike Gang, Sam Hopkins and John Kamicha use strategies of collective and collaborative filmmaking to illuminate this bicycle subculture in an intimate portrait of a small group. »»
Refugees are usually in front of the camera, and rarely ever behind it. Interviewed by eager documentarians or put on the spot in talk shows as human-interest informants, they must speak from a certain position or remain silent and invisible. How can we resist this usual ascription of roles? Can technical, journalistic and artistic expertise empower refugees and migrants to speak for themselves beyond the pale of the mass media and its stereotypes? »»
The studio programme of Kölnischer Kunstverein has been launched in 2003 in order to offer young artists the opportunity to work in a studio in the centre of Cologne at only a minimal cost contribution. Ten studios in the building of Kölnischer Kunstverein are awarded or prolonged on an annual basis. »»
Douglas Paulson & Valeria Mogilevich have been in residence at CAT from July – October. On October 22 (5-9pm) they will present and read from their new artist book “Wie man ein Gespräch mit einem Flüchtling beginnt”. The reading will be multilingual and definitely unusual. »»
CAT Cologne invites you to submit a project for a working grant in Cologne, Germany. The project should incorporate the local community and take place for approx. 1-3 months. CAT supports you with a small working grant, accommodation and a publication. The deadline is October 31st for the following year. »»
During the month of October Charlotte Brohmeyer & Geraldine Rosteius are in residence at ZAIK – Zentrum für Austausch und Innovation Köln. The two artists will show the first results of their research in the context of a studio showing on October 21 (8.30pm) at Quartier am Hafen. »»
Mumbai is a city profoundly shaped by constant demographic change. Waves of migration regularly hit the city’s muddy shores, leaving behind memories and mindsets. It is this multilingual city of sprawling slums and real estate onslaughts that Academy member-in-residence and current fellow Madhusree Dutta explores in her film 7 Islands and a Metro, a hard hitting yet lyrical take on the city’s story. »»
Archives are the seat of power for defining historical truth, which, as the saying goes, is one of the first victims of war and civil conflict. Official chronologies provide their one-sided accounts, and propaganda rewrites history, excluding the subjective experiences and objective plight of those lacking access to the means of representation. »»
Made in Köln is a yearly format that allows artists in residence at the Quartier am Hafen to present their work in a professional performance environment in the Orangerie – Theater Im Volksgarten. This year Made in Köln will run from September 27 to 28. »»
In the context of his residency at ZAIK (Zentrum für Austausch und Innovation Köln) Dwayne Holliday presents his reasearch and work in progress “Whittling Dance” on August 27 (8pm) at Quartier am Hafen. »»