Online Workshop CIVIL SOCIETY – Reflection, Representation & Realization by Andreas Schlaegel

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Photo by courtesy of Andreas Schlaegel during his seminar at BAI, 2019

BAI Online Workshop

Please note that this BAI Online Workshop series is exclusively tailored & available for CCP Fellows within the CrossCulture Program run by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).

Andreas Schlaegel is a critic, curator and artist, based in Berlin. His essays, portraits or criticism has been published by international art magazines, such as Flash Art International (Milano), Frieze d/e (Berlin/London), Billedkunst (Oslo), /100 (Berlin) and in books by institutions such as the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; MUSAC, Leon; Aspen Museum, Colorado; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main; Thyssen Bornemisza Contemporary, Vienna; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf and many others.

His artwork is invested in creating collaborative formats, oscillating between sculpture performance and exhibitions. This includes collaborations with other artists such as »Come early, avoid disappointment« with the artist group Gelitin at TBA21 in Vienna, and the Venice Biennale, 2011, or »The Art of Conversation« with Paolo Chiasera and Matthew Antezzo, at PSM Galllery, Berlin, 2013, or or his art related music projects, including ACO- Art Critics Orchestra, (w. Raimar Stange, Oystein Aasan, Sabine Schmidt, and others), or The B-Men (w. Manfred Peckl, Marc Bijl u. Marcus Sendlinger).

Andreas Schlaegel was an associate curator of the 8. Triennale der Photographie in Hamburg 2022 (art.dir.: Koyo Kouoh) and co-editor of the acompanying critical reader Lucid Knowledge – Fotografie als Währung, zu Aktulaität, Relevanz und Verbreitung von Bildern.

Online Workshop CIVIL SOCIETY – Reflection, Representation & Realization by Andreas Schlaegel

“A contemporary liberal understanding of the idea of civil society usually renders it as a system of needs. It demarcates a realm based on complex relationships that not always are fully distinguishable from each other, family ties and economic systems, private properties and individual rights. These include many contradictory forces and interests, which result in inequalities and conflicts. It is exactly in dealing with these characteristics that define modern civil society: a public sphere based on participation for a common good, public welfare, social care and still values the individual. It’s based on an ongoing and infinite process of democratization, not only a marketplace for the exchange of commodities but a sphere of social labour. It’s a political realm enabling rational social interactions.

Establishing this public sphere is what we expect culture to facilitate, to keep civil society open for change and thereby functional, also by addressing its conflicts. Cultural artifacts can reflect on aspects of conflict and make them accessible, by means of depiction and narration, that make their inner workings transparent and thus nourish and educate a public and individual desire to confront and overcome obstacles. As new challenges arise for this society, a war, a pandemic, the effects of global warming, the importance becomes clear, countering developments leading towards polarization and holding up ideals of reflection, research and enlightenment.

Civil society emerges with the resurrection of the public sphere, when individuals and groups begin to challenge each other and the boundaries of permissible behavior – for example, by speaking out against the regime or demanding a government response to social needs. This is precisely when civil society begins to take shape. But how to take influence, how to form it?
(Text by courtesy of Andreas Schlaegel)

Guest speakers: Wolfgang Kaleck & Rasha Salti

Max. seats: 10 | Language: English

Save the dates in your calendar

The live sessions for this workshop series will be given on Monday June 27, July 04, 18, August 08, 15, 29, September 26, October 03, 31, November 14, 2022, each day 11 am – 1 pm (Berlin time). You will also receive an email reminder for each video conference before it takes place.

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We will use the Zoom Meeting application for the live sessions. You need a stable internet connection. There are two ways to access the live meeting:

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