2021, Thu, Jun 24


With Stefano Harney, Fred Moten, ruangrupa and others

Photo: Kostas Tzimoulis

Photo: Kostas Tzimoulis

What could processes of self-organizing and collective making look like in the current landscape? In what ways might they affect public processes of social improvisation? How might such forms of “instituting” give rise to other forms of institutions? Inviting theoretical as well as practical approaches, this edition of the New Alphabet School studies “instituting” as an incomplete, fugitive and thus continuous process that constantly seeks out ways to interact with evolving strictures of the here and now. In their book Now (2017) the Invisible Committee argues that “in reality what we need are not institutions but forms... Everything that lives is only forms and interactions of forms”. How to begin to study this process, this evolving mutation and redefinition of forms as social improvisation, inseparable from emergent imaginings and imaginaries of a livable life?

The New Alphabet School welcomes authors Fred Moten and Stefano Harney to give a collaborate lecture on “Instituting” and its relation to the Undercommons and to talk about their ongoing work, including their forthcoming book. Farid Rakun, part of the artist collective ruangrupa and Andrea Linnenkohl, member of the artistic team of documenta 15, will deliver a participatory lecture on aspects of “Instituting” given their diverse ongoing collective practice.

With Workshops by Associação das Prostitutas de Minas Gerais – APROSMIG & melke; Berit Fischer; diffrakt, Simon Fleury, Sam Nightingale, Chara Stergiou & Aslı Uludağ and Co-Hab Athens & Constantina Theodorou

Curated by Gigi Argyropoulou and Kostas Tzimoulis in cooperation with Eight/Το Οχτώ, Goethe-Institut Athens and the Minor Universality Project by Saarland University

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Thursday, June 24

7pm EEEST (Athens) / 6pm CEST (Berlin)

7.30pm EEST (Athens) / 6.30pm CEST (Berlin)
by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney

Details coming soon

8.15pm EEST (Athens) / 7.15pm CEST (Berlin)
lumbung: A Study Case on Relations
Lecture by ruangrupa (Farid Rakun and Andrea Linnenkohl)

Can curatorial practice be like a collection of dashed lines connecting different interdependent nodes? How does an artistic and economic model that is rooted in collectivity, communal resource sharing and equal allocation work in practice? And how can this process-led approach look like for one of the most important exhibitions worldwide?
As a non-membership entity, ruangrupa considers itself as a pool of resources that can be shared with others, rather than a tightly-knitted community. To learn from other contexts, places and times, is crucial. As first artists’ collective ever to be appointed for the artistic direction of documenta, ruangrupa considers the opportunity to work on documenta fifteen (Kassel, 2022) as a continuation of its practice’s main trajectory in collective sustainability and governance. They did not create a new proposal for documenta fifteen, instead they invited documenta (back) to join this journey they were already embarking on. ruangrupa’s curatorial strategy centres upon the notion of lumbung, a rice barn that stores the communally-produced common resource for future use. For documenta fifteen, the collective is extending the invitation to join this practice to lumbung members and artists. At the New Alphabet School, their participatory lecture will evolve around questions like: how to sustain the often overlooked artistic and cultural instituting practices and how an organization like documenta could become part of such an ecosystem rather than exhibiting it.

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