April 10th, 7 pm
Online Live Stream
Gesellschaftsspiele: The Art of Assembly IV
CHOIRS OF PRECARITY AND POWER
With Claudia Bosse (Vienna), Alia Mossallam (Cairo/Berlin) & The Church of Stop Shopping (New York City)
Hosted by Florian Malzacher

Choirs are a very specific form of assembling – from representing “the people” in Greek tragedy via all kinds of religious choirs, political choirs, revolutionary choirs up to the legendary human mic at Occupy Wall Street and the iconic chants at Tahrir Square in 2011. Theatre director Claudia Bosse, art theorist Alia Mossallam, and the activists of The Church of Stop Shopping discuss the potential (and perhaps dangers), the tenderness, the precarity and the power of synchronised singing, chanting, shouting along concrete artistic and activistic practices in Cairo, New York and Vienna.

May 20th Date postponed due to COVID-19 regulations.
New date to be announced soon.
museumsquartier Halle G, Vienna – and online live stream
Gesellschaftsspiele: Art of Assemby V
AGONISTIC GATHERINGS
With Didier Eribon (Paris) & Chantal Mouffe (London)
Hosted by Florian Malzacher

The assemblies of the numerous square occupations during the last decade have often been laboratories of radical forms of democracy, experimenting with non-hierarchical structures and consensus models instead of majority voting. While watching these movements with sympathy, political theorist Chantal Mouffe emphasises also the necessity of dissensus, of an agonistic pluralism in which adversaries openly fight for their hegemonic projects. Philosopher and sociologist Didier Eribon reflects on the conditions and the limits of such mobilisations and insists on the unsurpassable plurality of movements like the gilets jaunes in France, or more recently, the massive strikes and protests against the demolition of the public sector, as well as the demonstrations against racism etc. In the 5th edition of “The Art of Assembly” Eribon and Mouffe discuss how much agonism social movements can bare and how the diversity of democratic demands should be addressed.

Past Editions

April 10th
Online Live Stream
Gesellschaftsspiele: The Art of Assembly IV
CHOIRS OF PRECARITY AND POWER
With Claudia Bosse (Vienna), Alia Mossallam (Cairo/Berlin) & The Church of Stop Shopping (New York City)
Hosted by Florian Malzacher

Choirs are a very specific form of assembling – from representing “the people” in Greek tragedy via all kinds of religious choirs, political choirs, revolutionary choirs up to the legendary human mic at Occupy Wall Street and the iconic chants at Tahrir Square in 2011. Theatre director Claudia Bosse, art theorist Alia Mossallam, and the activists of The Church of Stop Shopping discuss the potential (and perhaps dangers), the tenderness, the precarity and the power of synchronised singing, chanting, shouting along concrete artistic and activistic practices in Cairo, New York and Vienna.

March 20th
Online Live Stream
Gesellschaftsspiele: The Art of Assembly III
ASSEMBLISM
with Jodi Dean (Geneva, NY) and Jonas Staal (Athens/Rotterdam)
Hosted by Florian Malzacher

“Assemblism” is a term used by Dutch artist Jonas Staal to describe the role of art, performance and theater in the performative assembly of mass protests and social movements, which is central to his own artistic work. US-American political theorist Jodi Dean on the other hand emphasizes in her writing that social movements need to be translated into a new communist party if they want to become sustainable. So, what is the potential of art in not only investigating or inventing new forms of assembly but also in contributing to the process of transforming them into sustainable organizational structures? And how do recent political mobilizations – from anti-mask-demonstration up to the storming of Capitol Hill – challenge romanticized notions of assembling precarious bodies in space?

Listen to the podcast episode “ASSEMBLISM”

February 19th
Online Live Stream
Gesellschaftsspiele: The Art of Assembly II
ASSEMBLIES AS BACKBONES OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
With Julia Ramíres-Blanco (Barcelona) & Oliver Ressler (Vienna)
Hosted by Florian Malzacher

The General Assembly has been at the core of many social movements during the last decade: A zone of gathering, of building community, of experimenting with the way democracy can function. A space not only for trying out but living a different kind of decision making. Art historian Julia Ramírez-Blanco just finished a book on the Spanish 15M movement, Oliver Ressler is one of the main documentarists of worldwide social mobilizations since many years. In the second edition of Gesellschaftsspiele – The Art of Assembly they reflect the crucial role of collective decision making for developing political alternatives.

Listen to the podcast episode “ASSEMBLIES AS BACKBONES OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS”


January 23rd
Online Live Stream
Gesellschaftsspiele: The Art of Assembly I
ASSEMBLY AS PREENACTMENT
With Oliver Marchart (Vienna) & Dana Yahalomi (Tel Aviv)
Hosted by Florian Malzacher

„Preenactment“ is a term used by choreographer and artist Dana Yahalomi / Public Movement as well as by political theorist Oliver Marchart to describe the artistic anticipation of political events to come. So, how can political or artistic assemblies become rehearsals or trainings for an unpredictable future?

Listen to the podcast episode “ASSEMBLY AS PREENACTMENT”