Elements for a theory of periphery

#6 – Academy

Thus, in the end, if one thinks utopian [or rather, if one thinks at all], the whole world becomes an academy. Joseph Beuys, 1969

 

Uncertain times

Uncertain times and open thinking | Academy for agile processes is the sixth station in the series Elements for a Theory of Periphery. Theory is developed in an artistic process. This includes indeterminacy, the unpredictable, and improvisation.
The thesis of the entire series is: changes begin at the margins, innovations often on the sidelines. Standing at the edge, outside, looking from different directions, are possibilities to perceive complexity and references and to make them visible. Contemporary art creates open space and holes in the system.

Open thinking

The event explores structures that make it possible to develop ideas across all the usual social barriers. What emerges could not have been developed by any of the participants or specialists alone.
The systems we live in have evolved over millennia and always need new impulses. Dysfunctions such as that of the education system in terms of unequal opportunities, the overburdening of the large bureaucratic apparatuses, the catastrophic environmental pollution, the inequality in the world, the lack of understanding between groups, each convinced of their truths, indicate this. People agree on concepts to deal with the complexity of the world. Concepts help to find one’s way in systems, to classify structures, to understand social expectations and assumptions. However, concepts are self-sustaining. Acting on their basis reinforces structures, which in turn cement the ideas behind them. What is given seems unchangeable. Problems that seem unsolvable initially only mean that solutions other than those envisaged by the respective concept are needed.

Development of an academy

With the Academy for Agile Processes (AAP), we are developing a flexible infrastructure that docks onto existing systems. As a structural extension, it temporarily opens up hierarchy-free space for open-ended creative processes. The academy generates innovation quite by accident – virtually incidentally.

Patronage

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf opens up to the world with Beuys’ Furnace Hole (an original installation in the Kunstahalle Düsseldorf). This work is the patron of the event.

Poster #6/8

A poster with a print run of 300 copies is produced..

Aspects of the AAP

  1. Illustrativeness
    Making complex systems and their changeability visible.
  2. Reliability
    A publicly accessible space with a small, consistent staff:ing offers space at reliable times.
  3. Comprehension
    Physical grasping, sensual understanding, humour, indeterminacy, are unifying elements, while beauty is the goal that creates identification.
  4. Freedom of perspective
    Incomprehensible complexity provides the occasion for a conscious approach to presence, change of perspective, structure, improvisation, freedom from hierarchy and emptiness.
  5. Research
    Problems are taken as creative challenges and as an opportunity to adopt perspectives that seem unusual at first glance, and to involve research fields and their specialists.
  6. Technology
    Solutions of concrete, contemporary, technological implementation are pursued in depth. From this, business development can ensue.
  7. Architecture
    Functionality and beauty of architecture created in the process shall be explored as an indicator of its quality.
  8. Urban development
    The developed architectures, processes and technologies are used in their potential to contribute to a vibrant city.
  9. The role of art in society
    Transformation processes are seen as a collaborative work with multiple authorship.
  10. Building international exchange
    Networking of artists and researchers working with the form of processes.

Guests

Christopher Dell, Adina Bar-On, Jasmin Grande, Gregor Jansen, Martin Kaltwasser, Irene Hohenbüchler, Kathrin Jentjes, Franz Klein-Wiele, Prasanna Oommen, Birgit Planken, Moritz Riesenbeck, Eva Schmidt, Beate Steil, Frauke Röth, Christof Rose, Mira Reeh, Ute Reeh, Jan-Christoph Tonigs and others.