Specters of Communism - Program

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, theatre, 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.

Organized across five chapters:
Scenes for a Revolution (convened by Kerstin Stakemeier)
The Adventures of Will and Intelligence (convened by Raqs Media Collective)
Form, Mastery and Aural Disintegration (convened by Benjamin Piekut)
After all the Failures. Reinventing an Emancipatory Future (convened by Michael Hirsch)
Tableaux Vivants (convened by Münchner Kammerspiele)

Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place at Haus der Kunst

Thursday, 16.11
7 pm  
Welcome by Okwui Enwezor
7:10 pm  
Project Outline
Specters und "100 Jahre Gegenwart"
Dr. Bernd M. Scherer (Haus der Kulturen der Welt)
7:20 pm
Keynote Lecture
"Imagining "Soviet" for the 21st Century?"
Zhiyuan Cui

Friday, 17.11
Revolutionary Senses
Session Introduction by Kerstin Stakemeier
Film Screening
"Es kommt drauf an, sie zu verändern", 1973, Director: Claudia von Alemann, 60 min, German with English Subtitles

Revolutionary Senses
Panel “Subjects of Revolutionary Film - Staging a Recess”
Anke Hennig "A Reading from Salt and Sugar: Cinema's Contribution to Comparative Revolutionary Studies"
Claudia von Alemann "On Questions Pertaining to the Historical and Contemporary Significance of Revolutionary Practices within the Field of Visual Arts and Film"
Sean Bonney "The Chorus Is On Fire"
Moderated by Kerstin Stakemeier

Lunch Time

1:40 pm
The Adventures of Will and Intelligence
Session Introduction by Raqs Media Collective
Performance Series "There are sub-titles, inter-titles and end-titles"
Lantian Xie "Speech acts for two screenings"
Meena Kandasamy "We Will Fight/ We Will Win"

3:10 pm 

3:40 pm
Performance Series "There are sub-titles, inter-titles and end-titles"
Jay Pather "Repetitive Re-enactments of Fright, Sleep and Wakefulness in South Africa"

4:25 pm
5 pm
Scenes for a Revolution
Panel “The Transformation of the Self – Art as Alternative Metabolism”
Igor Chubarov "Nikolai Evreinov's Revolution In Itself"
Sidsel Meineche Hansen "CCCO #1-3"
Johannes Paul Raether "Communeering"
Melanie Gilligan "A Script in Formation: Imagining Communism" 
Moderated by Kerstin Stakemeier

Saturday, 18.11
10:30 am - 20 pm
The Adventures of Will and Intelligence 
Day–long Performance "Caste-pital”
Sajan Mani                                                                                        
11 am                 
Form, Mastery and Aural Disintegration
Session Introduction by Benjamin Piekut
Panel "Revolution’s Decay: Sound in Motion"
Tamara Levitz "Refugees and Revolution"
Hon Lun Yang "The October Revolution and Chinese Musical Development"
Moderated by Benjamin Piekut

12:50 pm 
Lunch Time

2 pm
Form, Mastery and Aural Disintegration
Panel "Music’s Resistance: Revolution in Daily Life"
Benjamin Piekut "Echoes of October, Echoes of May: Listening for Another Future in 1970s London"
Fumi Okiji "'Black and blur': Adorno and the Radicalism of Jazz Syncopation"
4:30 pm

5 pm                                 
Form, Mastery and Aural Disintegration
Artist Talk "Black Celebrations: Sounds and Vision"
Anthony G. Cokes


6:30 pm   
The Adventures of Will and Intelligence
Introduction by Raqs Media Collective
Performance Series "Hypotheses and Loving Contradictions"
Qingmei Yao "Sanzu Ding and its Patterns: Hypotheses on the Origin of the hammer-sickle sign"
Adrian Rifkin "Inventing regret, living with October, loving contradiction"

Sunday, 19.11
11 am
After all the Failures. Reinventing an Emancipatory Future
Session Introduction by Michael Hirsch
Panel "Emancipatory Social Transformation, Commons and Care"
Ulrich Brand "Emanzipation in Zeiten der sozial-ökologischen Krise" 
Detlef Hartmann "Politische Technologie, Ökonomie und soziale Revolution"
Friederike Habermann "Commonistische und feministische Gespenster im revolutionären Jahrhundert: Commons & Care"
Moderated by Michael Hirsch
In German with simultaneous English translation

1:10 pm
Lunch Time

2:30 pm
Tableaux Vivants
Performed Readings by Münchner Kammerspiele "'Gegen wen geht's denn eigentlich?', 100 Jahre Räterepubliken in München" Mit Texten von Oskar Maria Graf, Ernst Toller u.a.
Presented by Nils Kahnwald (Münchner Kammerspiele), Zeynep Bozbay (Münchner Kammerspiele), and Michaela Steiger
Dramaturge: Katinka Deecke

4 pm
4:40 pm
After all the Failures. Reinventing an Emancipatory Future
Panel "Property, Economic Democracy, and Communism"
David Ellerman "Neo-Abolitionism: Towards Abolishing the Institution of Renting Persons"
Raul Zelik "Rethinking Communism - "after Communism"
Moderated by Michael Hirsch

Tuesday, 21. 11
Location: Münchner Kammerspiele, Kammer 1 + 3
4:00 pm  
Tableaux Vivants
Interactive Installation "Reading Table"
Raqs Media Collective

20 Uhr, Kammer 1
The Paradise Papers 
Panel discussion with: Wolfgang Krach (SZ), Nicolas Richter (SZ), Vanessa Wormer (SZ)     


Tickets and prices:
Haus der Kunst 16-19.11.17
Day ticket 7 €
Festival pass 20 €
Münchner Kammerspiele 21.11.17
Kammer 1: Keynote Lecture 9 € / erm. 5 €
Kammer 3: Installation Raqs Media Collective Admission free

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.

The project in Munich is produced in collaboration with the Münchner Kammerspiele.