On failures, crises, cracks, splits, ruptures…
künstl.- prakt. Unterricht
Kurs Nr.: FK.D.IF
Semester: SS 2021
In September 2019, the 11th Berlin Biennale slowly opened its doors at a small venue in Wedding (Exrotaprint). The intention was to claim for a more sustainable model of international big events by starting a program on an experimental basis, addressed to neighboring community, mainly local public in other words. Then the pandemic hit, and debates on degrowth just intensified, acknowledging a crisis that was already there, surrounding us. Under the title of “The Crack Begins Within”, inspired by Egyptian poet book Iman Mersal on motherhood and its “ghosts” (How to Mend), the epilogue of that Biennale put forward reverse narratives witnessing different kind of healing processes, from self-identity to colonial wounds.
Through weekly meetings over three months, “On failures, crises, cracks, splits and ruptures…” takes a closer look to some of the featured artists, but also adds other historical references, such as the “organic line” of Lygia Clark. Organized as a reading group, the Seminar aims to discuss the many folded aspects of the emergence of the concept of the “crack” with cross-disciplinary approaches – Literature, Art, Architecture, Music, Politics, Anthropology, Geography, Ecology, and Psychoanalysis.
The procedure will consist in reading together key texts and mapping multiple situations of a systemic exhaustion, its predicted fractures or endless ruptures, in order to build up an allegorical glossary of various tropes, which propose to interrogate the incidence of failures in dominant cultural narratives. Each participant is invited to present an ongoing project to the group. Individual and collective practices of care pursued by dissident bodies are especially welcome. How and when do we perceive a change of direction in our life? Why can a “crack” be more productive than the “crisis” in order to provoke transformations of status quo? What are the clashes implicit in ending the world-as-it-is?