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The Parliament of Bodies, How does it feel to be a problem?


 Kassel April 27–29, 2017  

The Parliament of Bodies, the Public Programs of documenta 14, emerged from the experience of the so-called “long summer of migration” in Europe, revealing the simultaneous failure not only of modern representative democratic institutions but also of ethical practices of hospitality. The Parliament was in ruins. The real Parliament was on the streets, constituted by unrepresented and undocumented bodies resisting austerity measures and xenophobic policies.

The planet is going through a process of “counter-reform” that seeks to reinstall white-masculine supremacy and to undo the democratic achievements that the workers’ movements, the anti-colonial, indigenous, ecologist, feminist, sexual liberation, and anti-psychiatric movements have struggled to grant during the last two centuries. In this context, The Parliament of Bodies becomes a site of activism, alliance, and cooperation.

After eight months of activity in Athens, The Parliament of Bodies is gathering for the first time in Kassel calling for an anti-fascist, trans-feminist, and anti-racist coalition. The Parliament of Bodies takes W. E. B. Du Bois’s question “How does it feel to be a problem?” as a possible interpellation directed today at the “99 percent” of the planet, taking into consideration the process that African philosopher Achille Mbembé has called “becoming black of the world.” Whereas the modern colonial and patriarchal regime invented the “worker,” the “domestic woman,” the “black,” the “indigenous,” and the “homosexual,” today new government technologies are inventing new forms of subjection: from the criminalized Muslim to the undocumented migrant, from the precarious worker to the homeless, from the disabled to the sick as consumers of the industries of normalization to the sexualized worker, and the undocumented transsexual.

This performative gathering establishes no hierarchies between radically different knowledge, languages, and practices, between activism and performance, between theory and poetry, between art and politics: collectively, we experiment with the construction of a public space of visibility and enunciation. This is a gathering of those who have become a “problem” for today’s hegemonic discourse: we don’t share identities, we are bound by different forms of oppression, of displacement and dispossession more than by our skin color, our sex, gender, or sexuality. The Parliament of Bodies is not made of identities but of critical processes of disidentification.

(Paul B. Preciado)

iQhiya, The Portrait, 2016, Performance, photo Stathis Mamalakis iQhiya, The Portrait, 2016, Performance, photo Stathis Mamalakis


Thursday April 27, 2017


3 pm  Introduction by Adam Szymczyk and Paul B. Preciado
3:15 pm  Boris Buden, Fascism: A Crime in Search of Perpetrators
4 pm  iQhiya, Fresh off the Boat
4:45 pm  Ulrich Schneider, Facing History and Ourselves: Preserving Memory—Acting Today—Change for the Future
5:30 pm  Chto Delat, Here Me Burning
6 pm  Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Idle Chatter 2nd – Holzwege

7 pm  BREAK

8 pm  Dimitris Kousouris, Old and New Fascisms and Antifascisms
8:45 pm  Lerato Shadi, Dinonyane tse Pedi
9:15 pm  The Apatride Society of the Political Others (Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Nelli Kambouri, Margarita Tsomou), Integrated World Capitalism and the Ithagenia Condition: On Indigenous Knowledge in the European Crisis, Migration and Borders, the Coloniality of Contemporary Capitalism, and Self-Determined Otherness
10 pm  Zoe Mavroudi, The Witch Hunts of Athens: An Experiment for a New Europe
10:45 pm  Raúl de Nieves, La Mosca/The Fly

11:15 pm  BREAK

12:30 am  Adespotes Skiles, The Waltz of the Dirty Streets
1:30 am LOTIC

(Mattin, Unscheduled Interventions)

Friday April 28, 2017


10 am–3 pm  Georgia Sagri, Attempt. Come
3 pm  Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Questions about the Double-Headed Monster That Is Destroying Life on the Planet, and How to Deal with It
3:45 pm  Grada Kilomba, Illusions
4:15 pm  Tatiana Roque, Back to the Closet! A Backlash Against Emerging Political Subjectivities
5 pm  Zülfukar Çetin, Bodily Autonomy of Refuged Sex Workers and the Moralization of the Sex of the Other
5:45 pm  María Galindo, Manifesto and How to Deal with the Feminist Insurrection

7 pm  BREAK

Stavros Stavrides, Emergent Common Spaces: Reinventing the Politics of Sharing
Anna Dević/WHW, From Partisan Exhibitions to Exhibitions of Partisanship
Gigi Argyropoulou, (Im)potential Resistances
Emanuele Braga, Beyond Work and Private Property, the Macao Experience as an Institution of the Commons
Maria Mitsopoulou and Mariza Avgeri, Clercking
Vasyl Cherepanyn, Thinking Under Attack: On the International Principles of Contemporary Antifascism
Olga Lafazani, Subverting the Borders Between Host and Hosted. The Everyday Life in City Plaza Project
Chto Delat (Dmitry Vilensky), To be a Dissident: Screening and Questioning

10:30 pm  BREAK

11:30 pm  Vaginal Davis, No One Leaves Delila
12:15 am  Boris Baltschun and Serge Baghdassarians, Backing Track
12:45 am  The Boy

(Mattin, Unscheduled Interventions)

Saturday April 29, 2017


12 pm  Film screening, Aris ChatzistefanouFascism Inc, 2015, Greece, 73 min.   
 Directed by Aris Chatzistefanou, Greek with English/German subtitles

Aris Chatzistefanou
Ayşe Güleç
Dimitris Kousouris
Thanassis Kampagiannis
Kassel postcolonial (Joshua Kwesi Aikins and Evelyn Wangui)
Forensic Architecture (Stefanos Lividis)
Magda Fyssa
Yannis Nifakos
The Society of Friends of Halit and The Initiative of 6th of April (Lilimor Kuht, Serdar Kazak, and Fritz Laszlo Weber)
Eleftheria Tompatzoglou
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Niovi Zarampouka-Chatzimanou

7 pm  BREAK

8 pm   Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, An Alignment of Contested Bodies and Spaces: On Alterity, Asynchrony, and Heterogeneity
8:45 pm  Alfredo Jaar, It Is difficult
9:45 pm  Cecilia Vicuña, Breaking the Heart of Creation
10:30 pm  Schwabinggrad Ballett & Arrivati, Beyond Welcome

(Mattin, Unscheduled Interventions)


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