Mar 5–7, 2020

Symposium »Paradoxes of Progress«

Date: Mar 5, 2020, 18:00 Uhr

Duration: Mar 5–7, 2020

Location: Akademie Schloss Solitude

Avant-Gardes are presumed to be movements which aim at a complete transformation of the artistic, economic and political sphere. In all its manifestations, they propagate a mostly radical departure from the past and its norms. Their special focus lies on the notion of progress and on a renegotiation of what constitutes and represents an emancipated as well as timely art and society. But whose voices initiate and lead this idea of progress? Who should be addressed by this mission? And in what way can these future scenarios, oftentimes conceived in elitist circles, be made tangible, transparent, and understandable? 

The symposium »Paradoxes of Progress,« which has been initiated by a group of young scholars, raises the question to what extent the claim for a progressive transformation of society through art is still defining us today and how global art relates to this demand. Based on scientific analyses of the historical global avant-gardes, a bridge will be built towards contemporary transdisciplinary artistic practices. By using the notion of permeability as a critical means, paradoxes inherent to the concept of progress will be scrutinized: How open are institutions and manifestations of progressive thinking? How can borders, like those between art and life, be mediated in a new way? What kind of media are employed and which groups have access to them? Can separations between social categories such as class, ethnic groups, and gender be reflected or even dissolved?


Thursday, March 5, 2020

6 pm | Welcome & Introduction

7 pm | »Globalising the 20th and 21st-Century Avant-Gardes: Two Readings«
Keynote von Sascha Bru

8 pm | Dinner

9 pm | Sound Performance by Sarvenaz Mostofey

Friday, March 6, 2020

10 am | »Multiplicities of Thinking and Practice in Asian Context«
Franziska Koch, Goutam Ghosh

11.30 am | Coffee Break

12 pm | »Frontiers of Visual Culture«
Ralf Michael Fischer, Manuel Mathieu

1 pm | Lunch Break

2 pm | »Patterns of the Permeable«
Gerd Hurm, Hadja Saran Condé

3 pm | Coffee Break

3.30 pm »Performative Aspects of Avant-Gardes«
Roberto Robalinho, Tania Tipermann, Peter Marx

5 pm | Coffee Break

5.30 pm | »Performances and Interventions«
Voin de Voin, Sarvenaz Mostofey

7 pm | Dinner

8 pm | »Negritude: A Cultural and Political Membrane in West-Africa«
Keynote by Amadou Oury Bâ

9 pm | Film Screening curated by Léa Morin

Saturday, March 7 2020

11 am | »Telepathy Works – Workshop on Collective Consciousness and Movement« with Maayan Danoch

1 pm | Lunch

2 pm »Permeabilities in Futurisms«
Günter Berghaus, Larissa Maria Müller, Thea Santangelo

3.30 pm | Coffee Break

3.45 pm | Performance by Chiara Bugatti followed by a conversation on the ongoing project »Brute Force.« Performed by Matteo Miccini and choreographed by Alessandro Giaquinto. In cooperation with the Stuttgarter Ballett.

4.30 pm | Coffee Break

5 pm | Readings commented by Dorothee Kimmich with Omar al-Jaffal, Farah Barqawi, Dima Hamadeh

5.30 pm | Coffee Break

6 pm | »Elitist Circles versus Avant-Garde Educational Ideas«
Karin Amos, Andrée Gerland, Sebastian Thies

7 pm | Closing Round Table

8 pm | Dinner und Afterparty

With contributions by: Omar al-Jaffal, author and journalist, Baghdad/Iraq; Karin Amos, professor for pedagogy and general pedagogy at the University of Tübingen, Tübingen/Germany; Amadou Oury Bâ, head of the Department for German Cultural Studies at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar, Dakar/Senegal; Farah Barqawi, author, artist and feminist activist, Egypt/Palestine; Günter Berghaus, scholar, author and senior research fellow at the University of Bristol, Bristol/Great Britain; Sascha Bru, head of the Department of Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Leuven, Leuven/Belgium; Chiara Bugatti, visual artist, Stockholm/Sweden; Hadja Saran Condé, graphic designer, Conakry/Guinea; Maayan Danoch, choreographer, dancer, teacher, Germany/Israel; Ralf Michael Fischer, associate professor of art history at the University of Trier and at the University of Tübingen; Andrée Gerland, scholar of German studies at the University of Tübingen; Goutam Ghosh, visual artist, Nabadwip/India; Alessandro Giaquinto, dancer and choreographer at the Stuttgarter Ballett, Stuttgart/Germany; Gerd Hurm, professor of American literature theory at the University Trier, Trier/Germany; Dorothee Kimmich, professor for literary cultural studies and cultural theory at the University of Tübingen; Franziska Koch, scholar at the department Global Art History at the Heidelberg University, Heidelberg/Germany; Peter Marx, professor of theater and media science at the University of Cologne, Cologne/Germany; Manuel Mathieu, visual artist, Haiti/Canada; Matteo Miccini, dancer at the Stuttgarter Ballett, Stuttgart; Léa Morin, curator and independent researcher, Casablanca/Morocco; Sarvenaz Mostofey, sound artist and composer, Tehran/Iran; Larissa Maria Müller, scholar of art history, science of art, German studies, romance studies at the University of Tübingen; Roberto Robalinho, scholar and doctor of communication science at the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil; Thea Santangelo, scholar of romance studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin/ Germany; Sebastian Thies, professor for Ibero-American philology and cultural studies at the University of Tübingen; Tania Tipermann, scholar of art history at the University of Tübingen,; Voin de Voin, performance artist und curator, Sofia/Bulgaria.

The event takes place within the program art, science & business and in cooperation with the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and is funded by the Exzellenzinitiative der Universität Tübingen.

The event will be held in English and Arabic. Admission is free.

Per diem meal allowance incl. lunch, dinner, coffee, and beverages:
20 euros/10 euros for students.

Please register until February 27, 2020 via email to: Lisa Hövelborn,, Tel. + 49 (0)711 99619 482