A Workshop: Discussions, Film Screenings, Performances
With its new central topic, “Chronicles of Work,” Akademie Schloss Solitude initiates a comprehensive interdisciplinary discussion regarding the consequences of the change in work organization within contemporary societies. The workshop “Chronicles of Work 1. Work without Qualities” introduces the topic with the goal of addressing legal professionals, sociologists, economists, philosophers, anthropologists, and artists of all disciplines. During the three-day program, a series of roundtable discussions and presentations will interweave various notions of work processes, work conditions, and work mutations in the context of artistic practices and procedures, as well as, in the fields of economics and law.
Egon Ammann, publisher, Berlin
Olaf Bach*, economist, Zurich
Manuel Boutet*, sociologist, Paris
Halton Cheadle, jurist, Cape Town
Bojana Cvejic, dramaturg and performer, Brussels
Tacita Dean, artist, Berlin
Corinne Diserens, curator, Berlin/Brussels
Patricia Falguières, art historian, Paris
Leontxo García, sports journalist and chess commentator, Madrid
Bernardo Gouthier-Macedo, economist, São Paulo
Tamar Guimarães*, artist, Copenhagen
Louisa Hutton, architect, Berlin
Xavier Le Roy, dancer and choreographer, Berlin
Stefano Mirti, designer, Milan
Mariko Nagai*, writer, Tokyo
Berno Odo Polze, music curator and dramaturg, Brussels
Jalal Toufic, writer and video artist, Berlin/Beirut
Christophe Wavelet*, performer and curator, Paris
*current or future fellows of Akademie Schloss Solitude
It is indeed the mark of all laboring that it leaves nothing behind, that the result of its effort is almost as quickly consumed as the effort is spent. And yet this effort, despite its futility, is born of a great urgency and motivated by a more powerful drive than anything else, because life itself depends upon it.
The chief defect of all hitherto existing materialism (that of Feuerbach included) is that the thing, reality, sensuousness,
is conceived only in the form of the object or of contemplation, but not as sensuous human activity, practice, not subjectively. Hence, in contradistinction to materialism, the active side was developed abstractly by idealism - which, of course, does not know real, sensuous activity as such. Feuerbach wants sensuous objects, really distinct from the thought objects, but he does not conceive
human activity itself as objective activity.
The arrow of time is broken: in an economy under constant restructuring that is based on the short-term and hates routine, definite trajectories no longer exist. People miss stable human relations and long-term objectives.
Only an interruption in the flow of temporality can change subjectivity, which can in turn be reoriented. At that moment a new process begins, a constitutive process out of which a different form of subjectivity arises. We have to consider the instruments at our disposal to create these partial interruptions in temporality. It’s
essential that we break out of the market’s temporality.
... The question is to give a voice to the body - the body that is usually asked to keep quiet, or not to use another language than this of the gestures prescribed by the tradition of ballet.
Lygia Clark constantly questions the stable identities of the author, of the object and of the spectator of the aesthetic equation, and defines the radical nature of the work by its potential to bring the capacity of transforming the consciousness of its recipient.
The conference fee, catering included, is 50 euros/ 30 euros (students). The number of participants is limited to 50.
Please register by November 14, 2011:
Karoline Weber, +49 (0)71199619134, email@example.com
*Photo credit: “La Pantinoise,” produced in a French tobacco factory, during an occupation by the workers (1982-1983). The package was offered along with a support voucher. The picture is taken from the catalog “Trente-neuf objets de grève présentés par Jean-Luc Moulène.” © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011