During the Opening Days of HKW’s new long-term project The New Alphabet in January 2019, HKW sets up a space for gathering, discussion, and workshops from January 9 to 13, 2019—a unique (Un-)Learning Place.
Departing from the assumption that the present is characterized by a crisis of the established epistemic-political order, the (Un-)Learning Place seeks out strategies to navigate through the inherent classification and ordering systems of archives, libraries, museums, institutional architectures, and digital networks and offers approaches to situating, negotiating, or “(un-)learning” research in artistic, site-specific, poetic, or bodily practices. Together with eight independent curatorial, activist, or artistic collectives, the (Un-)Learning Place offers its 80 international participants the opportunity to investigate new strategies for interdisciplinary research and potential crossdisciplinary collaborations in five tracks: The Untranslatability of Translation; (Un-)Archiving; Against the Digital; Molecular Bodies; Spaces of Theory. On Sunday the campus ends with a public open plenum and a performance by knowbotiq.
With ASSET Production Studio, diffrakt – centre for theoretical periphery, Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V., knowbotiq, Raumlabor Berlin, Tactical Technology Collective, Telekommunisten, Gigi Argyropoulou (researcher and curator), Gilly Karjevsky (curator), Nicoline van Harskamp (artist), participants of the (Un-)Learning Place and many guests
(Un-)Learning Place curated by Boris Buden and Olga von Schubert
Scenography: Raumlabor Berlin
1.30 pm–3 pm
Public Open Plenum (Un-)Learning Place
On Sunday, participants of the five day curriculum open up their plenum to the public to provide insights and further discuss the questions they pursued during the week: What should be unlearned and what could institutions of un-learning look like? Specifically, what should The New Alphabet School (2019–2021) at HKW look like in order to facilitate the activist, artistic and research practices of its participants? What should be the relation between active contributors and the general public? The plenum will be chaired by the participants of the (Un-)Learning Place.
3 pm–4 pm
manYdancing the molecular ornaments
knowbotiq (artists’ collective), Claudia de Serpa Soares (dancer), Nicolas Buzzi (musician, composer), Lamin Fofana (artist and DJ)
Collective, participative dance performance
In a present in which algorithmic control mechanisms and biotechnologies fragment and molecularize the body, this performance invites audience members to temporarily link up with “undisciplined” collective bodies and corporeal landscapes by means of portable body prostheses and rhythmic sound patterns.