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herbst Academy 2008
Strategies for avoiding misfortune

Three workshops for students, artists, theorists and others

Where political philosophy, neurology and aesthetic theory astonishingly all insist on dismissing conscious, controlled action and causal action as naive, more and more people are nevertheless demanding the right to the working hypothesis that, by acting, we can, if not find happiness, then at least develop strategies for avoiding misfortune. Our rescue attempt oscillates between pragmatism and utopia, and the modesty of the formulation does not imply making do, but rather the pragmatic will not to be held back by fundamental disputes concerning a far, far distant future. So what new scenarios of social reality can we conceive? How can we change our environment, even if we cannot really know whether it will be for the better? What is the goal, what is the vision?
Strategies for avoiding misfortune, that is a cautious metaphor for the consciously sceptical belief in the possibilities of action. Action between image and deed, post-ironic but not unironic, active but not activistic. A Kantian duty without the protestant seriousness, pathos as an everyday reality. Such strategies focus on a productive attitude that does not abandon the power of a utopia but nevertheless bears aspects of feasibility in mind. There is an action between pragmatism and utopia that shapes our everyday life, that creates public spheres and sometimes saves the world a bit.
The search for and questioning of possible strategies for avoiding misfortune is the connection between the events of herbst Aacademy 2008. In this context three workshops for twenty young, international artists and theorists will form a kind of backbone of the festival and follow in terms of their focus these underlying thoughts.

Workshop I (06/10 - 11/10/2008)   Places still available!
Why we don’t do what we really want to do.
But are nevertheless actors
By Gesa Ziemer (CH/D)
With Tony Chakar (RL), Scott Lash (GB), geheimagentur / Club der Autonomen Astronauten (Fundus Theater) (D) & Claus Pias (A/D)
Co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Workshop II (13/10 – 18/10/2008)   Places still available!
How do we articulate spaces for action?
By Paz Rojo (E) & Manuela Zechner (GB/A)
With Ludotek (E), Judith Revel (F ) & Judith Schwentner (A)

Workshop III (20/10 – 25/10/2008)   Fully booked!
Record of downfall
Writing as political act
By Edith Draxl (A)
With Helgard Haug (Rimini Protokoll) (D), Ulrich Peltzer (D), René Pollesch (D), Uwe Schutte (D) & Stefanie Wenner (D)
Co-produced by steirischer herbst & uniT Graz

The workshops are limited to approx. 15 persons and the organisers will select the participants. Registrants may participate in more than one of the events. The spoken language will be English in the workshops I & II and German in workshop III.

Deadline for applications is 04/08/2008.
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A further workshop within steirischer herbst festival 2008:

DIY: Do It Yourself! (04/10 – 06/10/2008)
Hands-on three-day workshop for building “DIY” sound generators
With Gert-Jan Prins (NL) & Winfried Ritsch (A)
steirischer herbst in co-operation with Medienkunstlabor Graz

Information for all workshops:

steirischer herbst / Bea Dermond
t +43 664 24 500 89

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