Art as Research?

Performing Institutions

The ‘Performing Institutions’ series of workshop discussions takes the changes to our community caused by the globalisation of public spheres as an opportunity to examine and question the institutions of community. The issues of institution-shaping strategies, institutions in transition, their inherent tendency towards overstepping and relationships between institutions, the public sphere and society are all investigated, with case studies subjected to interdisciplinary analysis. In addition, the institution-critical discourse which has taken place in the fine arts in particular since the 1960s is firmly anchored in the theatre as both an institution and art form. Which institutions serve which public interest? Which essential steps towards contemporisation can be used to pursue which objectives? Which tangible, alternative concepts for the establishment of community or elements thereof are conceivable? Spread across three evenings and the ‘The Performance’ project, ‘Performing Institutions #4’ discussed a simple yet complex question: what should we do? In view of steadily disintegrating community structures, it is community institutions that are under particular scrutiny in this regard. Selected institutions from the fields of theatre, politics and society were therefore examined and potential contemporisation strategies discussed. Participants included artists and academics alike. The event’s host and scene-setter was the performance project ‘The Performance’, the current focus of which is the contemporisation of theatrical presentation formats.  The ‘Performing Institutions’ series of events – the fourth edition of which took place within the framework of ‘The Performance’ (31.10., 1.-2.11.2013, Sophiensaele Berlin) – was organised by the RG Art as Research? of the Junge Akademie. It was initiated by Melanie Mohren and Bernhard Herbordt and co-ordinated by Juliane Beck.

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