Rena Rädle and Vladan Jeremić thematize social resistance and the potential of emancipatory politics through trans-disciplinary research and interventions with texts, parole, drawings, videos, and public actions. In her work as an artist and activist cultural producer (such as her work with the publishing collective that produced the feminist artist magazine NEID from 1992 until 2004), Ina Wudtke questions hegemonic discourses and attempts to strengthen counter-perspectives on subjects like identity, work, the city, and living. With the work Worksheets for Tableau Vivants Rädle, Jeremić, and Wudtke take up the radicalized practice of staging tableaux vivants in the communist movement.
The entertainment trend of recreating historic scenes, which originally spread in the aristocracy and bourgeoisie, was overtaken by social democratic workers movements and communist agit-prop troupes at the beginning of the 20th century and invested with a political orientation. In the Weimar Republic the tableau became a form of protest and direct action. On 13 January 1930, for example, communist activists interrupted a meeting of the NSDAP in the Lloyd Hotel in Emden, and performed a tableau on the hall’s stage. Wudtke reenacted an image from this event for Worksheets for Tableau vivants, in which Rädle’s und Jeremić’s drawings suggest tableaux for contemporary political situations.