Claudia Bosse "Die Perser" © Christian Bort

Claudia Bosse ° Assemble in Choirs

Choir is also a gathering of different interests that approach each other over a period of time, negotiating their differences, experiences and understandings.
Sharing, articulating. not always with words, but with actions in a physical articulation in space, space- grasping.
A connection to others, previously unfamiliar, is created.
Society and play at the same time.
and
they do not always have to be themselves, but can explore and invent themselves- as an empowerment of their own imagination and by creating, disturbing, challenging communal situations.
concrete IMAGINATION

The gathering as a chorus, as an SUSPEND or EXPOSITION of oneself with others.
An encounter in a mindful, productive and temporary dependence, as a commitment to one another. The condition for this SUSPEND or EXPOSITION is making one’s own body recognisable.

In this EXAMINATION, attention to different bodies and experiences is part of the practice. A making porous of bodies, listening, breathing, and intimacy with others, who in this case are mostly human.

Jonas Staal – New World Embassy: Rojava © Ernie Buts

Jonas Staal ° Art/Assemblism

Assemblism describes the visual morphologies that emerge from the practice of “performative assembly “in popular mass movements, as termed by Athena Athanasiou and Judith Butler. But to canalize the energies and imaginaries that emerge in assemblies, durational infrastructures are needed to ensure egalitarian forms of social organization, as Jodi Dean has argued in Crowds and Party. What is the role of art in shaping and propagating new life-forms from the squares into a new emancipatory institutionality? This talk will explore the role of alternative parliaments, utopian training camps, experimental biospheres and collective action lawsuits in furthering assemblist imaginary into egalitarian presents and futures.

Oliver Ressler "Take the Square" (2012) Filmstill

Jodi Dean ° Which Side is the Freedom Side?

In the United States, the long March of 2020 came to an end on May 26 when protests against the police murder of George Floyd broke out in Minneapolis, Minnesota, quickly spreading all over the country. Also occurring throughout the summer and fall were rallies “defending blue lives,” anti-mask demonstrations, and protests demanding an end to coronavirus shutdowns. On January 6, 2021 a mob stormed the US Capitol, intent on “stopping the steal” of the presidential election from defeated incumbent Donald Trump. In what way does an analysis oriented toward precarity and bodies in space help us understand the politics of the movements? How might emphases on the assembling of bodies in space require a divisive political supplement, an anchoring in history and fidelity to a truth?

Public Movement "Spring in Warsaw" (2009) © Tomasz Pastenak

Dana Yahalomi ° Body Next to Body. The Practice of Being Together

To assemble is first and foremost a physical act of being present body next to body. Dana Yahalomi elaborates on the sociopolitical potential and the responsibility of the arts and artists to facilitate arenas where people can rehearse the corporal and behavioral knowledge assembly requires. Starting with the historic Operation Stockholm (1961), she unfolds a chronicle of choreographies from a civic perspective.