Post-Peace

February 25, 2017 – May 7, 2017
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PROGRAM
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Friday, February 24, 2017, 7 p.m.
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Adress of welcome
Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ (Directors of the Württembergische Kunstverein)
Introduction
Katia Krupennikova (curator)
Performances
I Must Seek Refugee Again
A.S.I. group (Ehsan Fardjadniya)

following
Party / DJ

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 - Sunday, February 26, 2017
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How I learned to Start Worrying: Symptoms of Post-Peace
Tour, lectures, panels and performances with
Hans D. Christ, Anna Dasovic, Iris Dressler, Ehsan Fardjadniya / Edyta Jarzab, Alevtina Kakhidze, Yazan Khalili, Jaha Koo, Katia Krupennikova, belit sag, Anika Schwarzlose, Ece Tamelkuran, Aleksei Taruts and others

On the opening weekend of Post-Peace, a two-day conference will be hosted for international artists and theorists. Titled How I Learned to Start Worrying: Symptoms of Post-Peace, it will first contextualize and reflect on “Post-Peace” as a concept. Moreover, the conference will embark on a detailed analysis of the phenomena of censorship, self-censorship, precarious working conditions, neoliberal structures, and lack of transparency in the art world—along with the pertinent forms of resistance. In addition to the case of the Post-Peace exhibition in Istanbul, as well as the special situation in Turkey, other examples of censorship will be discussed, along with basic censorship mechanisms.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017
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2.00 P.M. 
TOUR through the exhibition with the artists and the curator

4.00 P.M.
INTRODUCTION to the conference

Katia Krupennikova (curator, Amsterdam), Iris Dressler and Hans D. Christ (directors of Württembergischer Kunstverein)

4.15 P.M. 
Alevtina Kakhidze (artist, Muzychi)
About the Wars, Colorado Beatles, Chicken and Slugs
PERFORMANCE in format of a welcome speech

The performance is based on the recent war conflicts between the Ukraine and Russia – knit with Second World War stories. The speech is rather a fiction created without deep knowledge about the complexity of backgrounds and mentioned contexts. Language: English in free translation into German.

4.30 P.M.
This is not censorship, and please keep silence
CONVERSATION about the censorship of Post-Peace by Akbank Sanat, Istanbul and The Beast and/is the Sovereign by MACBA, Barcelona.

belit sag (artist, Amsterdam) / Katia Krupennikova / Hans D. Christ / Iris Dressler
following: discussion

Open and subtle censorship in the art world is on the rise, even in democratic societies—often these acts of censorship are kept secret and pass off discretely behind the scenes. However, if a case is made public, it often turns out that those who had been censored are accused of being the aggressors themselves, as they supposedly were only interested in producing a scandal. At the same time, quite a few protagonists in the art world appear to have internalized censorship as a sometimes unavoidable means to an end. The discussion will be focused on two case studies: Post-Peace censored by Akbank Sanat, Istanbul and The Beast and/is the Sovereign censored by MACBA, Barcelona.

6.10 P.M.
Ece Tamelkuran
(writer, Istanbul)
Singular Passages In The Age Of Collective Evil
TALK

What is rational in the age of “there-is-no-war-but-millions-of-casulties”? Does sense and therefore art belong to singularity? Does art belong to the only peaceful space, the market? Then here we are singular, market situated and constantly in-between in the post-peace era where bombs are exploding and babies dying around the space of art. Yes the “prophet of doom is wiping every smile” and we are like Antigone in Brecht’s version, carrying our doors on our backs, for singular passages that end up in several singularities but never a collective. Indecisive, hesitant singulars we are, never sure if we have to burry our dead brothers or put their photos out there for them to live forever.

7.00 P.M.
Jaha Koo
(artist, Amsterdam)
Lolling and Rolling
PERFORMANCE

Following: conversation with Hans D. Christ on South Korea’s role in context of Post-Peace.

Lolling and Rolling penetrates Korean’s tragic social phenomenon related to English education. In South Korea, there was a big controversy concerning children’s tongue surgery for better English pronunciation of “R” sound known as a lingual frenectomy. A fictional story, video and sound work contextualizes not only contemporary issues but also historical events related to colonialism and imperialism.
Language: English

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sunday, February 26, 2017
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12.00 P.M. 

ARTIST TALKS

Yazan Khalili (artist, Ramallah)
Freedom of Censorship

Khalili explores power structures that influence freedom of speech and the paradox that artists have to deal with when speaking politically to power or about it: a double challenge of avoiding both censorship and freedom of speech.

Anna Dasovic
(artist, Amsterdam)
When People Are Exhibited to Disappear 

Questions surrounding the representation of the Holocaust have been crucial in understanding the history of suffering and its depiction. One might argue that the Holocaust has defined representation in modern and contemporary society as such. Anna Dasovic will lay out images from various sources in order to consider how politics, media and society deal with the depiction of people as a suffering subjects today. Is this not where barbarism truly constitutes itself: in a Western political imagination that created the conditions in which some of us are entitled to look at how the ‘Other’ is disappearing?

belit sag
 (artist, Amsterdam)
Do Fictive Images Have Tangible Consequences? 

belit will explore informally, associatively the politics, violence and aesthetics of images, what they mean to us and how they affect us, our lives and realities. We'll look at a wide array of images from Hollywood movies to ISIS videos, from 60s Turkish films to TV series, from youtube clips to news photographs, from an assassination in an art gallery to …

1.40 P.M.
How to affect the system that affects us? 
FINAL DISCUSSION WITH

Sven Augustijnen, Ella de Búrca, Anna Dasovic, Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler, Ehsan Fardjadniya, Alevtina Kakhidze, Yazan Khalili, Jaha Koo, Katia Krupennikova, Lyubov Matyunina, Pinar Ögrenci, Dorian de Rijk, belit sag, Alexei Taruts, Ece Tamelkuran, Anika Schwarzlose, Radek Szlaga and others

The discussion will embark on a detailed analysis of the phenomena of precarious working conditions, neoliberal structures, and lack of transparency in the art world — along with the pertinent forms of resistance. Everyone is invited to participate.

3.00 P.m.
Edyta Jarzab
(artist, Warschau)
More Bark, More Bite
SOUND PERFORMANCE, 15 Min.

Edyta Jarzab will tell a short story of a female voice modulation, in public space/speech context. Trying to explore the sounding of a peaceful street demonstration, sounding of a consensus.

3.30 P.M.
A.S.I. group
(Ehsan Fardjajniya, artist, Amsterdam)
Ammunition Boxing
PERFORMATIVE TALK
Venue: Schlossplatz and Stuttgart Mainstation

The performance talk is based on Soapboxing outdoor speech practice that originated in London in the decades immediately preceding World War I. Soapboxing talks manifested the right for everyone to speak politically, gathering incidental audience on the streets. Starting at Schlossplaz  with quatrains by 11th century Persian poet Baba Tahir and reading of The Schuman Declaration (from 9 May, 1950), Ammunition boxing will round up with The Laments of the Anonymous Stateless Immigrants — the story of ‘Costumer’s Control’ , a post-artistic anti-fascist performance by Ehsan Fardjadniya at Stuttgart train station.

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