UNDISCIPLINARY LEARNING. REMAPPING THE AESTHETICS OF RESISTANCE

An exhibition curated by Janine Halka, Suza Husse, Julia Lazarus.

with Luis Berríos-Negrón, Ha Za Vu Zu, Naomi Hennig, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Vladan Jeremić & Rena Raedle & Ina Wudtke, Rajkamal Kahlon, Frida Klingberg, Ins A Kromminga & Jannik Franzen, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Julia Lazarus, Achim Lengerer, Method Fund, Gabriel Rossell Santillán, RYBN.ORG, Lerato Shadi, Andreas Wutz.
Scenography by Luis Berríos-Negrón.

From 22.09. till 19.11.2016 at DISTRICT Berlin

Ausstellungsansicht "Undisciplinary Learning - Remapping the Aesthetics of Resistance" Foto: Emma Haugh
View in the exhibition "Undisciplinary Learning - Remapping the Aesthetics of Resistance" Foto: Emma Haugh

In the exhibition collective un_learning and anti-authoritarian knowledge transfers thereby form the basis for the repositioning of The Aesthetics of Resistance and the emancipatory pedagogies the book is based on. Taking up cultural traditions from the self-organization and activism of proletarian associations—like songs, caricatures, newspapers, radio broadcasts and leaflets, subversive reading groups and sports clubs, forms of solidarity greetings, or resistance walks—the artistic contributions bridge historical and contemporary expressions of anti-facism and anti- colonialism. In many of the works solidarity and collaboration, for example between artists and communities of factory workers in Istanbul, of Indonesian migrants in Hong Kong, or of indigenous people in Mexico, become a starting point for new methods of political knowledge and culture production.

A focal point of the exhibition is the deconstruction of language and book as sacred sites of western knowledge through performative forms of cultural memory. Visual pedagogies, the collective (re-) appropriation of erased histories, as well as the interaction with animals, the natural world, and bodies as social archives open up new forms of how we read, conceive of and translate knowledges. 

In collaboration with the artist and architect Luis Berríos-Negrón a spatial ecology emerges that connects his decolonial exploration of greenhouses, constructivist stage design, and open source architecture to host a heterogeneous community. In this flexible scenography binary concepts like subject-object, inside-outside, mind-body, or culture-nature collapse and leave space for alternative forms of knowing and doing.

The exhibition opened with a performance by Ha Za Vu Zu.

The artist collective Ha Za Vu Zu from Istanbul acts at the intersection between experimental music and visual art, between agitprop and the organization of offbeat evenings. Instigating the spontaneous formation of new modes of collaboration, of collective action and experience, their humorous performances and installations offer opportunities to imagine new social orders and alternative modes of political engagement. The costumes and props for the performance between stamp and mars No:7. stem in parts from their ongoing collaboration with the Free Kazova Textile Cooperative that was founded in the aftermath of the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Istanbul. In 2014 the workers of the Kazova factory and their allies occupied the factory under the motto “Jumpers without Masters” and since then participate in the international freedom struggle and in solidarist economy organizations. 

With the performance a Free Kazova Pop-Up Store will be inaugurated in the exhibition offering the possibility to support the cooperative and buy their jumpers and t-shirts.