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[call for applications] STEIRISCHERHERBST - Herbst Academy 09 / deadline: 31. 07. 2009. / Graz

Steirischer Herbst – Herbst Academy 2009
Graz, Austria / October 2009
The Herbst Academy 2009 consists of 2 workshops for students, artists, theorists and others. Both workshops are in English language.
Workshop 1

A Long Memory of Cocaine

Modernity and the transformations of value and labour

05/10 - 10/10/2009
By: Max Hinderer (D)
With: Jorge Hurtado (BOL) & John Barker (GB)

To us, modernity is not a phenomenon of style, rather it begins with the first colonial conquest, its enrichment and its genocides: Eduardo Galeano’s “Open Veins of Latin America” (1973) describes the structural exploitation of Latin American resources and the productive power of its inhabitants through the colonial centuries to the present day. The exploited silver and gold shipped from the colonies to Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries generated an incredible accumulation of capital here, that took place at the same time as the process of “original accumulation” in England described by Marx, and that may be regarded as the advent of the modern capitalist age. But what silver was to the Habsburg monarchs of Spain, cocaine was to the Thatcher / Reagan era. The history and upheavals of the modern age are reflected particularly clearly, however,

in the un-relation between the natural coca leaf, millenarian crop plant of the Andes regions, and cocaine, a German pharmaceutical product from the late nineteenth century. Yet it is the long memory of cocaine that today links the colonial exploitation of the silver mines with Wall Street and the producers of immaterial labour.

The workshop offers an economy-critical interpretation of the relation of modernity, the un-relation of coca / cocaine and immaterial labour.


On 10/10/2009, the workshop will visit the steirischer herbst „Conference of Elective Affinities“ on the topic of “All the Same” (with Krassimira Kruschkowa, Catherine Malabou, Marcus Steinweg, Bernhard Waldenfels and many more).

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Workshop 2

Stratagames: A Theatre of Operations

12/10 - 17/10/2009
By: Tomislav Medak, Sergej Goran Pristaš & Ivana Ivković / BADco. (HR)
With: Bryan Finoki (USA), Marko Peljhan (SI), Ana Vujanović (RS) & Dmitry Vilensky (RS) 

Those in positions of authority expect artistic acts to be clear and conclusive when engaging the political or the social - to present findings, to mediate where learning fails, to teach lessons, to enlighten the ignorant, to speak out for those who can’t. And yet this ascription of authority, this expectation of clarity, this consolation of conclusiveness leaves us with a very particular understanding of the capacity of art: works of art need to be transparent, spectators emancipated, issues instructed down.

Daunted by this slightly patronising allure, we are setting out to explore dispositions and situations where the work becomes unclear, divisive, antagonized from within; where its unfolding becomes a negotiation between the artist and spectator; where its effect becomes premised upon an equality of their respective capacities. We are interested in how stratagems, strategies and operations can be employed in the work and called upon in the encounter with the work - in order to unsettle its conclusiveness, to bring into play on either side the strategizing reason, to face off the political cunning of the spectator and the creator. We will follow the trajectory of strategizing interventions – strategames, as we call them – through theatrical, artistic, technological, architectural, political practices, drawing upon board games, military concepts, game theories, deus ex machina, illusionist tricks, Ponzi schemes, political hoaxes and the whole wild catalogue of manipulations, machinations, challenges and negotiations that we can think of.


How to apply
Application form is in the attachment.
Deadline for applications is 31/07/2009.
The participation fee is 120 Euro for each workshop.
NB. Each workshop has 5 grants that can be applied for (including lodging & participation fee)!


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