Salon für Ästhetische Experimente #15

Words for Struggle: How to Unearth Liberatory Languages Buried by History?

Mon, Oct 14, 2019
7 pm
Free admission
In English
Three hijacked jets on desert airstrip near Amman, Jordan, September 12, 1970, © Johan Grimonprez: “Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y”, film still

Those who were teenagers in the 2000s struggle today to assert themselves as political subjects – but at the same time they’re part of the capitalist system that is reaching its limits. Considering the current resurgence of right-wing populism, it’s time to remember the stories and practices of earlier struggles for freedom in order to counteract fascist tendencies. But revolutionary poetry and resistance songs have been replaced by counter-productive cynicism or ghostly romanticism. Neither of them works in the current crisis. How can revolutionary historiography be rethought? How can past narratives be reactivated today? How can a language be found for the resistance?

With Marwa Arsanios, Övül Durmuşoğlu