Mapping collectively alternative models of learning: Student protests in West-Berlin in 1988/89 as starting point

Date: Thursday November 21, 2013, 7.00 – 9.30 pm

Location: Museum der Unerhörten Dinge, Crellestrasse 5-6, 10827 Berlin

Guests: Roland Albrecht and Birgit Auf der Lauer

The entrance is free.

It is noticeable that in the course of current discussions among cultural producers in Berlin – maybe too rarely? – previous accomplishments, considerations and practices are recalled and passed on in the form of knowledge.

Since the 1960s the practice of art has increasingly taken as its theme the assignation of meaning and the various modes of representation of art itself. The aim is to test models which are capable or creating anti-hegemonic, discursive spaces for a diverse public. This involves collective and hybrid forms of production, dissemination and distribution, which, as artistic formats, call into question and transgress the conditions and exclusive mechanisms of established, bourgeois cultural institutions. With the benefit of hindsight, Formate des WIR will look at – and back on – Berlin.

In recent years the frequent use of the notions of knowledge production can be seen in almost every activity in the field of art. This hype is seemingly further increasing through intricate social transformations of neoliberal economy, Bologna process in higher education, political changes and globalization in culture. Is in this respect the emergence of notions like half knowledge, negative knowledge, non-knowledge a signal of resistance to leave the last word to educational institutions?

In the field of art, collectives recurrently sought alternative forms of learning and of acquiring knowledge in- and outside of the existing institutional framework.

As a starting point of the evening we will look at the student strikes in 1988/1989 in West-Berlin. From there the audience is invited to map with us the emergence and its conditions of different groups exploring learning as art practice.

The 5th event of Formate des WIR will take place at the Museum der Unerhörten Dinge located in a 20 m2 space, inbetween two buildings in Schöneberg. The evening will start with a warm welcome by Roland Albrecht, director of the museum. After the introductory speech about his institution and its unique collection, Birgit Auf der Lauer, a guest collector of the evening, will present a one legged table and offers research materials that can be used for the mapping.

The evening will be conducted in English and German. Because of limited space please register at:

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Working Group Formate des WIR of the nGbK  – Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (new society for the visual arts): Matthias Einhoff, Heimo Lattner Achim Lengerer, Annette Maechtel, Miya Yoshida

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