The Imaginary Republic acts as a contributing partner to Room for Improved Futures, a two year exhibition program based in Aarhus. The project is initiated by rum46 – curated and organized by curator Agnieszka Wolodzko and visual artist Grete Aagaard in collaboration with the art projects and platforms Trade Test Site, Sigrids Stue, Imaginary Republic and CCS Centre for Contemporary Art Kiev. In Room for Improved Futures we invite a diverse group of practitioners, artists, writers and theorists who will address issues on democracy, urbanity, participation, community and hidden economies. The project is organized in 4 public programs each divided in 3 sessions which will include artists’ talks and presentations, exhibitions, lectures, texts and workshops.
Tag Team Studios, Bergen
September 9, 2016 – 19:00h
(Kotretsos, Guerra, Heier, LaBelle)
September 22, 2016 – 19:00h
(Frichot, Lewandowska, Sala-manca group, Skou)
September 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
12:00 – 17:00h
In conjunction with the Partisan Café event program, The Bergen Assembly:
Marianne Heier / September 8th – 17:00h
Marysia Lewandowska, Lise Skou / September 23rd – 17:00h
Diego Rotman, Brandon LaBelle / September 24th – 17:00h
The Imaginary Republic looks at questions of public life and civic culture in today’s global environment, and considers how ongoing economic, social and political unrest has led to an intensification of grass-roots initiatives, artistic activism, alternative instituting and forms of commoning.
As a network of related participants, the project develops through shared methods and modes of experimental pedagogy, critical togetherness, public and creative instituting, and looks to identify through their expressions possibilities for political imagining. The political imagination is posited as a tool for problematizing and negotiating contemporary crises, enabling an understanding of public assembly as being founded upon intensely creative and psychic labors that equally contain secret desires, generative noises, breaks in identity and community, and assemblages of deviant knowledge.
In his book, Disagreement, Jacques Rancière identifies two sides to the governmental, what he calls “the political” and “the police”. As he states, often what we imagine as “the political” is only a mode of policing. Such a dichotomous view, while providing an important perspective, may overlook the more nuanced, in-between articulations found in grass-roots movements, civic cultures, radical dreaming, unlikely friendships and acts of (non)work, the daily rituals and encounters between neighbors and strangers, as well as the deep poetics of relating to what is not yet, through which agency and collective actions find their future footing.
The exhibition at Tag Team Studios, divided into two editions, brings together works, propositions, and documents that consider relations between individual determination and social and institutional structures. Questions of art and economy, biopolitics and vacancy, transience, piracy and infrastructures of the poor are brought forward as critical and creative arenas of struggle.
The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Partisan Café, and includes three evening events with participating artists.
See more info: http://bergenassembly.no/en/freethought/the-partisan-cafe/
Organized with support from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.
The sun has gone down! The night is upon us! The time of drunkeness and fantasy, the time of wolves and of dreamers! The hour of the encounter!
Shall we play dead? Shall we run? Shall we find the exit? Shall we continue to dream?
To the Imaginaries – of the foreclosed and the hopeful, the dreamy-eyed and the tenacious – we gather here alongside the mountains and the sea, to make a claim onto the future horizon of a possible resistance. A possible construction.
To vote for each other.
Shall we honor the fallen? Shall we storm the gates? Shall we capture the flag? Shall we wait?
Pause Hesitate Occupy
Gather Exchange Plot and Plan
Shall we scratch the surface, or dig deep? Shall we create another territory?
Shall we hold hands? To carry the weight… Together
Shall we turn the other way? Shall we strike? Shall we refuse to pay the rent? Shall we build an underground culture, secret?
To the Imaginaries – of the enstated and the stateless, the papered and the paperless – let us announce with trembling heart the making of spaces of hope.