Absolute Democracy (Gespräch)



Session 1: Forms of democracy: Activism, art and cultural production
Hosted by Carlos Motta (USA/CO)
With Mariam Ghani (USA), Jennifer González (USA), Miguel López (PE), Nikolay Oleinikov / Chto Delat (RUS), Manuela Bojadzijev (D) & Dont Rhine (USA) & Janna Graham (GB) / Ultra-red (GB/USA)
Session 2: Thinking politics freed from the state
Hosted by Oliver Ressler (A)
With Nicoline van Harskamp (NL), John Jordan (GB) and Isabelle Fremeaux (F), Sofía Olascoaga (MEX), Marco Scotini (I)

Camp: Black Cube

Truth is concrete

The idea of an “absolute democracy“ suggests the need for the redistribution of wealth and power and the radical transformation of systems of rule. It denounces the effects of capitalism and in that way challenges normative understandings of class, race, gender and sexuality. “Absolute Democracy“ convenes an international group of cultural producers to discuss the construction of a plural, heterogeneous, inclusive and “absolute“ democracy. The conference is composed of two sessions: “Forms of Democracy: Activism, Art and Cultural Production“, which features presentations by artists and theoreticians that question past and existing forms of democratic participation, revise historical accounts and interpret forms of artistic production and documentation; and “Thinking Politics Freed From the State“, a session devoted to presentations that imagine new democratic models independent from the State and that envision new understandings of governability and of self-determination.

“Absolute democracy” is related to the exhibition with the same name at gallery as part of steirischer herbst 2012.

Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Carlos Motta
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Mariam Ghani
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Jennifer González
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Miguel López
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Nikolay Oleynikov
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Chto Delat
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Manuela Bojadzijev
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Dont Rhine
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Janna Graham
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Ultra-red
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Oliver Ressler
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Nicoline van Harskamp
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: John Jordan
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Isabelle Fremeaux
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Sofía Olascoaga
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Marco Scotini