Redemption Jokes

Textual Bikini is looking forward to Redemption Jokes at ngbk. Keep an eye out for the accompanying publication, including translations of a few great texts by yours truly.

Opening: 15 September, 19h
as part of the programme of the BERLIN ART WEEK
Oreet Ashery, Amit Epstein, Dolanbay, Liam O’Callaghan, Wilhelm Klotzek, Bjorn Melhus, Falke Pisano, Grit Hachmeister, Studio Spektral, Y0UNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES and others

The two-part project is interested in explicitly critical strategies of humour, their aesthetic grammars and artistic realisations.

Humour is often described as an anarchic state, a temporary crisis for relations of power and interpretation. Its force lies in breaking communication rules and thus making standards perceivable and experienceable.
Critique as a stance, as the art and the will “not to be ruled in this way, not at this cost, not by them” (Foucault), enables moments of suspension.
In the frame of REDEMPTION JOKES, humour and critique are treated as intermediate states demanding aesthetic distancing.
In collaboration with cultural producers, activists and visitors, tactics of joyful resistance, strategies of (self-)ironic ripostes and ecstatic failure are experienced and reinterpreted. Unreadability and ambiguity are arguments against manipulation and for a production of non-knowledge. The projects seeks to explore the connection between humour and critique as a cultural practice, as an anti-disciplinary model of knowledge production.

The start is made by the Bureau for paradoxical relations.

A publication will come out in September 2015, by publishing house nGbK.

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