Activist’s Summit, global aCtIVISm exhibition at ZKM, Germany



Co-facilitated  an activist’s summit at ZKM museum along with artist Joulia Strauss and curator Linnea Semmerling

“Almost fifty scholars, artists and activists are scheduled to come together as part of the large-scale exhibition project “global aCtIVISm” at the ZKM, with the purpose of discussing the development and form of the socio-political significance of civil engagement in the 21st century. This development, under the influence of contemporary fine art, communications media as well as the growing possibilities and dangers of the Internet forms the focus of the discussion. But the role of citizens has also radically changed over the course of the development –its new role as actor in a performative democracy likewise forms an aspect of the symposium.

The symposium is divided in two parts − scientific symposium and activist’s summit. Scholars from the fields of political science, sociology, anthropology, jurisprudence, media sciences, computer science and art theory will discuss and exchange ideas in the first two days with film makers, artists and activists about the role of the citizen in performative democracy. The final day of the symposium is given over to the activists summit at the focus of which are the future of activist artists – the artivists – as citizens.”$8725

Supporting Program


    • Thurs−Fri, Jan 16−17, 2014
      Visual Arts Festival Damascus @ ZKM
      Film Screening of recent videos and documentaries from the Middle East
      ZKM_Lecture Hall, each 6 p.m.−11 p.m.
    • Sat, Jan 18, 2014
      All the Worlds that You Word…
      Artist Talk and Lecture with Mounira Al Solh and Lawrence Abu Hamdan
      Moderation: Sara Giannini and Fatos Ustek
      ZKM_Lecture Hall, 2 p.m.−8 p.m.
    • Fri−Sat, Jan 24−25, 2014
      global aCtIVISm Symposium
      ZKM_Lecture Hall, Fri: 2 p.m.−8.30 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m.−7 p.m.

      Sat, Jan 25, 2013: Art War (2013)
      Film Screening with an introduction and discussion with director Marco Wilms
      ZKM_Lecture Hall, 9 p.m.−11 p.m.

    • Wed, Feb 5, 2014: Art in Conflict. Action Groups by Artists
      Panel Discussion with Dietrich Heißenbütel, John Jordan and Elke aus dem Moore
      ZKM in Cooperation with ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations
      ZKM_Lecture Hall, 6 p.m.−8 p.m.
  • Sat, March 29, 2014: Power and Law. Fluid Forms of Protest
    Symposium in Cooperation with Zentrum für angewandte Rechtswissenschaft [Center for Applied Legal Studies] (ZAR) at Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT)
    ZKM_Media Theater, 10 a.m.−6 p.m.