Symposium: What System Actually?

15:30 - 20:30


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Symposium of the Kunsthochschule Kassel in collaboration with Station of Commons

Full programme & stream:


The two-day symposium entitled “What System Actually” refers to the German term “System-relevant”, in reference to the essential workers “necessary” to keep “the system” running during the ongoing pandemic. Paradoxically, the pandemic has amplified the very exploitative conditions of neo-liberal capitalism, exposing the precariousness of many of the system’s “relevant” workers. Through this symposium we would like to interrogate “the system” through thoughtful conversations about the potential to move beyond notions of competition & exploitation.

Aiming to imagine alternatives and share strategies about how to make this happen, we will take a close look at questions regarding art and activism; the democratisation of democracy; precarity, labour and migration; the structures of cultural institutions and their involvement with the private sector; the commoning of institutions and digital commoning practices; the decentering of western exhibition histories and the actual relevance of art in societies.

The symposium will take place on Zoom, which is a private and commercial communication tool officially provided by the University of Kassel – and will be available as a video- and audiostream on Station of Commons, an online platform investigating the possibilities of reappropriating technology within public space. This broadcasting alternative opens the symposium up to a wider audience and poses the question: What system actually?

With artistic and discursive contributions by:
Yin Aiwen, Angela Anderson, Freja Bäckman, Nanne Buurman, Matthijs de Bruijne, Sonia D‘Alto, Katalin Erdődi, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Valentina Desideri, Juan Gomez, Lorenzo Graf, Ayşe Güleç, Carina Herring, Iman Issa, Ksenia Kaverina, Annette Maechtel, Jumana Manna, Oliver Marchart, Amilcar Packer, Agnieszka Polska, Gregoire Rousseau, Nora Sternfeld, David von der Stein, Julia Stolba, Olaf Val, Cecilia Vallejos, Lorena Vicini, WHW (Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović)

Programme in pdf.

Kunsthochschule Kassel & documenta studies.

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