Werleitz Biennale 2004
Within the context of the 6th Werkleitz Biennale's debates on 'Knowledge as Common Property', the Werkleitz Gesellschaft will organise the 5-day Halle School of Common Property from 27 August to 31 August directly preceding the festival. It is conceived as a central discursive and practice-oriented part of the Biennale structure, in which the participants and organisers of the festival will be present and give presentations.
The Halle School addresses a national and international audience. The individual workshops will be held by international cultural producers and artist groups working within the frame of informal (that is deliberately alternative, self-organised, non-institutional) knowledge production. Some first results of the workshops will be presented at the 6th Werkleitz Biennale.
For the series of workshops and seminars of the Halle School of Common Property following artists, producers and groups have been invited:
Craig Baldwin, US
Critical Studies, Sweden
Mute Magazine, international
School of Missing Studies/SMS, international
Université Tangente, France
CRITICAL STUDIES (Sweden):
MANYFACTURE is initiated by the participants of the Critical Studies Program, which is organised as a collaboration between Malmö Art Academy and Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art.
The challenge met by the participants of the workshop, coming from theoretical, artistic and curatorial backgrounds in arts and related fields, is to combine, within the frame of the workshop, the different interests in and interpretations of the broad field of associations connected to 'knowledge as common property'.
The group's approach during the workshop is to build an open structure, flexible enough that it could grow in any direction. Thus, we encourage the participants to contribute individually and collectively, with ideas overlapping and debates happening in an ongoing process of questioning and reciprocal exchange.
The workshop encompasses art as knowledge production, discussing various ways in which art can interact with or reflect upon its surroundings, be they abstract or concrete, political, social or aesthetic.
Along with this proposal we want to pose questions opening up the term 'knowledge production' as well as questioning it's relation to existing structures, like around copyrights, file sharing, mediation ect.
Manyfacture: Kristina Ask, Dorothee Albrecht, Christina Werner & Christine Wolfe
Foucault, Michel: Of Other Spaces
de Certeau, Michel: From the Practice of Everyday Life, included in a number of anthologies such as The Visual Culture Reader, ed. Nicholas Mirzoeff, New York: Routledge 1998.
Maharaj, Sarat: In Other's Words, interviewed by Daniel Birnbaum, Artforum, Feb. 2002
Holmes, Brian: Liar's Poker, Springerin, 1/03: Picture Politics, main section
Arendt, Hanna. The Human Condition, Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1958, page 50-58. (optional p. 58-78)
Kluitenberg, Eric: Frequently asked Questions About the Public Domain, Sarai Reader 2001, p.17 _ 23.
Flaxman Lodge, London 2004
Kristina Ask, Jakob Jakobsen & Karoline Larsen
A week of research, screenings, discussion and production on the back drop of the AU, Artists Union, in England (1971-1974), the UKK, Young Artworkers in Denmark.