September 8, 2016

Politics of Sharing – On Collective Wisdom

ifa—Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Politics of Sharing. Installation view, ifa-gallery Stuttgart, 2016. Photo: arge lola.

What does sharing mean today, and under which conditions does it take place? What are the spaces and places of community, and how can we maintain and revive them? From which concepts of community and collective knowledge can we learn?

The research and exhibition project by the ifa in cooperation with the Artspace NZ Auckland, New Zealand, brings together artistic and sociological positions from the Pacific region with European perspectives, projecting manifold points of views on the practices of sharing, collaborative modes of production and collective knowledge systems.

Participating artists: Gabriel Rossell-Santillán, Natalie Robertson, Kalisolaite ‘Uhila, Daniel Maier-Reimer, Peter Robinson, Lonnie Hutchinson



Wednesday, September 21, 7pm
LectureMark Terkessidis: “A Theory of Collaboration”
Recent protests have shown citizens’ discontent. Politicians seem to be far removed from everyday life and they seem to be unable to manage a number of large projects like the construction of stations and airports. In contrast, people are more stubborn than ever. Together—in a positive sense—they become collaborators. Social philosopher Mark Terkessidis presents his book Collaboration (Suhrkamp 2015) and drafts a theory of cooperation that begins with the angry individual searching for something. A pluralistic society, Terkessidis argues, can only work when many different voices can be heard and diverse people work together.
In German


Thursday, September 22, 7pm
Special film screening with/for refugees and new citizens
Three short films all take different approaches to the same theme of flight and the search for a new home. After the screening, the filmmakers, refugees and the audience discuss the issues and their experience in an open format.

Zirus (Germany 2014, 14 minutes) by Sebastian Piltan
Filmmaker Sebastian Piltan uses photographs and the memories of his mother to tell the story of his own father, who came to Germany as a refugee from Iran in the 1980s.

Aïssa (France 2014, 8 minutes) by Clement Trehin-Lalanne
This documentary film presents the fate of Aïssa, who was “sold” by her parents from Congo to France and is now living there illegally. French officials assume that she is of age and they have her medically examined so as to make deportation possible.

Nacht. Grenze.Morgen (Turkey/Germany 2013, 30 minutes) by Tuna Kaptan and Felicitas Sonvilla
A report from the margins of Fortress Europe. People smugglers take refugees across the just 13 km short stretch of land border—up to three times per day, as many of the refugees are returned like a ping-pong ball when they are unlucky enough to be apprehended on the other side.

Original versions with subtitles
In cooperation with Wand 5 e.V./Stuttgarter Filmwinter


Tuesday, September 27, 7pm 
Lecture performance: “Said to Contain – an Artistic Economics Research Project”
Neue Dringlichkeit (Bojan Djordjev, Laura Kalauz, Maja Leo, Rada Leu, Christopher Kriese, Lisa Schröter, Miriam Walther Kohn)
90 per cent of all goods that we see around us are transported by container ship. What we do not see is the transportation logistics—most of it on the world’s oceans. The artists wanted to physically experience the dimensions of global flows of trade, and they embarked on a container ship from Hamburg to Buenos Aires. The results of their artistic research into economics are presented and debated in a “Thinking Public Session,” a mix of lecture performance and discussion with the audience, developing an evolving dialogue and search for new ways in global trade. Neue Dringlichkeit is a Zurich-based art and performance collective. In their work they perform a shift between the borders of arts, politics and life. In alternating constellations they develop workshops, interventions, festivals, theatre and research projects.
In German


About ifa (Institute for International Cultural Relations)
The ifa is committed to a peaceful and enriching coexistence of people and cultures worldwide. It promotes artistic and cultural exchange in exhibition, dialogue and conference programmes. As a competence centre for foreign cultural and educational policy, the ifa connects civil societies, cultural practices, art, media and science. It initiates, moderates and documents discussions on international cultural relations. The ifa has a global network and counts on long-term cooperation. It is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Stuttgart.


ifa (Institute for International Cultural Relations) presents Politics of Sharing – On Collective Wisdom

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