Achim Lengerer

Proben zu Peter Weiss \ The Trotsky Rehearsals. Achim Lengerer. Foto: Emma Haugh
The Peter Weiss Rehearsals - The Trotsky Rehearsals
Proben zu Peter Weiss \ The Trotsky Rehearsals. Achim Lengerer. Foto: Emma Haugh
Photo: Emma Haugh

Achim Lengerer’s artistic practice deals with the political effects and operations of language and text. His long-term project The Peter Weiss Rehearsals \ The Trotsky Rehearsals is based on research about Weiss’ theater work Trotsky in Exile (1970). Practically forgotten today, this work led to literary-political debates within different segments of the left in both parts of Germany. Weiss began to write The Aesthetics of Resistance in reaction to this. Since 2013, Lengerer has used this material for ”public reading rehearsals,“ a collective, performative practice of approaching fragments and politics that refer to the leftist reading groups of The Aesthetics of Resistance. Christian Geisslers’ text—written for radio broadcast in 1981—is proposed for reading and discussion both in the installation as well as Lengerer’s performance on 2 October (Undisciplinary Learning: City … Über die Pflugstraße … in cooperation with HAU in the framework of the festival The Aesthetics of Resistance: Peter Weiss 100, for further information see related pamphlet). At the beginning of the 1980s Geissler had been in epistolary exchange with imprisoned RAF-members in Stammheim discussing The Aesthetics of Resistance, especially the Spain episodes, in relation to the situation of the RAF at the time.