Specters of Communism: A Festival on the Revolutionary Century
16.11 – 21.11.17
Claudia von Alemann, Sean Bonney, Ulrich Brand, Igor Chubarov, Anthony Cokes, Raqs Media Collective, David Ellerman, Devin Fore, Melanie Gilligan, Friederike Habermann, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Detlef Hartmann, Michael Hirsch, Meena Kandasamy, Tamara Levitz, Sajan Mani, Fumi Okiji, Jay Pather, Benjamin Piekut, Adrian Rifkin, Kerstin Stakemeier, Lantian Xie, Hon-Lun Yang, Qingmei Yao, Raul Zelik and the Münchner Kammerspiele Ensemble.
On the occasion of the centenary of the October Revolution in Russia and nearly one hundred years after Kurt Eisner declared Bavaria a Free State and a socialist republic at the Mathäser-Bräu in Munich, Haus der Kunst will convene Specters of Communism: A Festival on the Revolutionary Century. This festival will trace the multifaceted, partly contrary and partly astonishingly parallel manifestations of global communism.
Conceived as a sequence of live events, the festival will bring together participants from across the fields of art, philosophy, political theory, theater, performance, art history, film studies, and music in order to unfold the historical legacies of communism as a major feature of 20th and 21st century artistic, intellectual and political thought.
As first part of a trilogy, the exhibition Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965 closed in March 2017. The festival will act as a bridge to the next two parts, Postcolonialism and Postcommunism.
Specters of Communism is organized in five sequences: “After all the Failures – Reinventing an Emancipatory Future” (Michael Hirsch, convenor); “Scenes for a Revolution” (Kerstin Stakemeier, convenor); “The Adventures of Will and Intelligence” (Raqs Media Collective, convenor); “Form, Mastery and Aural Disintegration” (Benjamin Piekut, convenor); and “Tableaux Vivants” (Münchner Kammerspiele, convenor).
This moment of reflection on communist legacies and its multiple manifestations happens at a time which is often believed to be post-ideological. Are politics today merely aiming at an acceleration of global capital circulation? In 1989, Francis Fukuyama had postulated the “end of history”. "Even if you disagree with his theses", says Okwui Enwezor, "it is striking that all efforts of integration policies in Europe during the first two decades of the twenty-first century have failed to prevent the rise of right-wing populist politics, neo-nationalism, Islamist radicalism, anti-immigration movements and the resistance to globalization."
The surge of such movements challenges the ideological resilience of states, elites and markets. In this light, how can the legacies and failures of communism be reappraised? Specters of Communism draws attention to the last hundred years as well as to the relevance and potential of the sociological models exacted by revolutions and communist movements – such as social solidarities, coalition politics, the eradication of social inequality, and collective action.
Specters of Communism – A Festival on the Revolutionary Century is conceived and organized by Haus der Kunst in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, as part of the HKW long-term project “100 Years of Now”, which is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media by resolution of the German Bundestag.
Concept: Okwui Enwezor
Program Curator: Dr. Damian Lentini
Program Organization: Andrea Saul
Research: Tim Roerig
The project in Munich is produced in collaboration with the Münchner Kammerspiele.
Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions will be held in Englisch.
Stretch your view
Stretch your view
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