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Geert Lovink on Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:48:32 +0200 (CEST)

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September 27th and 28th 2014, Hamburg (D), Kampnagel Theatre



	• Materiality and Decision
	• Timing and Breaks
	• Blockade and Panic
	• Vogue and Voodoo
	• Sound, Systems and Voices
	• Affects and Documents
	• Real Fictions

End of September 2014 artists, activists, researchers and participants from all over Europe and beyond will gather in Hamburg for an assembly of assemblies. Sharing experiences from real-democracy-movements and artistic experimentation they want to explore new ways of coming together: collective insights into the materiality, the timing, the agenda, the desires and the catastrophes of being many. At Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik  geheimagentur and friends will build an assembly hall and a camp to host them. Here, the assembly will become a laboratory of itself: a collective of friends and strangers with many voices and bodies including those of ghosts and things.

Many of us will meet for the first time, but we all have something in common: We witnessed moments of assembling, which made the word ‚democracy’ sound important again.  The square-squattings and neighbourhood-assemblies of the real-democracy-movement may not have brought about the political changes, we hoped for. But they have been the initial for a new art of being many.

Before the public assembly starts about 150 people will meet in groups, to focus on the art of being many from different angles: materiality and decision, timing and breaks, blockades and panic, vogue and voodoo, sound, systems and voices, affects and documents, real fictions. (see the headers on the left for more information) Together they will prepare an assembly for about 400 people, that is going to last for two days from noon to midnight. Then – for the second two days of the conference – the assembly hall will be opened to the public. As an assembly of assemblies the conference is not meant to be a series of individual presentations, acts and keynotes. It is meant to focus on what can be done together. There is no audience, no performers, only those, who will be part of the assembly for these two days.  Just two days. Not the most important days in the history of anything or the breaktrough of a new aesthetics. No. We might just be sad together – thinking about lost battles. We might be very tired. But we will try to have an assembly just the way we like, for two days or for as long as it takes.

THE ART OF BEING MANY is a project by geheimagentur. It is also an experiment in collective curating. It is prepared by a large group of artists, activists and researchers from collectives like Embros Theatre Athen, Enmedio Barcelona, Gängeviertel Hamburg,  LIGNA, Megafonchor, Random People, Mobile Academy, Sweet and Tender, Showcase Beat le Mot, MACAO Milano, Teatro Valle Occupato, La Fundación de los Communes, Grupo de Choque and many others (see – the ever changing and never complete – Map of Assemblies).

in cooperation with: Assemblies and Participation. Urban Publics and Performative Arts. PHD Program, Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik and Institut für Soziologie, Universität Hamburg.

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