"We were scattered and at the same time surrounded by totality. Peter Weiss and Harun Farocki." An event by the Harun Farocki Institut (HaFI) with Carles Guerra and Julia Lazarus

October 24, 2016
HaFI: Peter Weiss und Harun Farocki
Guided Tour, Screening and Talk


3:30 to 5:00 pm: A guided tour of real and imaginary places and locations from 
The Aesthetics of Resistance in Red Wedding from and with Julia Lazarus/Undisciplinary Learning 
Meeting point: at the Tanz auf dem Vulkan fountain on Nettelbeckplatz. 

The extended environs of silent green in Wedding plays a significant role as a setting in Peter Weiss’s novel The Aesthetics of Resistance. Not only do the Berlin protagonists featured in volume 1 of the trilogy move between the Oranienburger Vorstadt and Wedding districts, for Weiss Barricades in Wedding, Klaus Neukrantz’s “little agitational book” about the so-called Blood May of 1929 (published in 1931) represents a form of complementary novel to Kafka’s The Castle: “The search and the defensive struggle were two sides of one and the same act of taking up positions.” Julia Lazarus’s guided tour will address this and other aspects of the topography of The Aesthetics of Resistance. 

7:30 to 9:30 pm: Harun Farocki and Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss on Peter Weiss and The Aesthetics of Resistance 

Video interviews with Carles Guerra from 2011 (screening) and a talk with Carles Guerra and Bert Rebhandl (in English) at silent green

In the context of the research conducted for his exhibition 1979, a Monument to Radical Moments at the Virreina Centre de la Imatge in Barcelona, the curator and artist Carles Guerra conducted interviews with Harun Farocki and Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss in 2011 which were recorded on video. Guerra’s exhibition was essentially organised around motifs from The Aesthetics of Resistance. Via Peter Weiss and the problem of the historical memory of acts and gestures of both political and aesthetic radicalism, Farocki and Guerra entered into an intensive dialog, which also continued after Farocki’s death. Together with Antje Ehmann, Guerra curated exhibitions on Harun Farocki in Valencia and Barcelona in 2015 and 2016, which, in 2017, will be followed by a further exhibition at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) within the context of the planned Harun Farocki retrospective in Berlin. 

Monday, October 24
Start: 3.30pm // 7.30pm (Doors: 7pm)
Nettelbeckplatz // Cupola at silent green
The guided tour and the evening event are free of charge.