global aCtIVISm (Symposium)
A man in the flower bed raises his right fist as a sign of protest. Behind him, three men with a banner.
Fri, January 24, 2014 – Sat, January 25, 2014, Symposium

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.

Scholars from the fields of political science, sociology, anthropology, jurisprudence, media sciences, computer science and art theory will discuss and exchange ideas with film makers, artists and activists about the role of the citizen in performative democracy.


Friday, Jan 24, 2014, ZKM_Lecture Hall
2 p.m.−2.30 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Peter Weibel (Karlsruhe), Ugo Mattei (Turin)

2.30 p.m.−5 p.m.
Panel I: Activism and the Citizen
Robin Celikates (Amsterdam, Berlin), Bo Zheng (Hong Kong), Olaf Bertram-Nothnagel (New York), Jackie Sumell (New Orleans)

5 p.m.−5.30 p.m.
Coffee Break

5.30 p.m.−8.30 p.m.
Panel II: How to do Activism
Rita Raley (Santa Barbara), Howard Barrell (Cardiff), Younes Belghazi (Rabat), Bani Brusadin (Barcelona), Arman & Arash Riahi (Vienna)

8.30 p.m.−10 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 25, 2014, ZKM_Cube
10 a.m.−12.30 p.m.
Panel III: Social, Tactical, and Global Media
Zixue Tai (Lexington), Thameur Mekki (Tunis), Martina Steis (Berlin), Birgitta Jónsdóttir (Reykjavík)

12.30 p.m.−2 p.m.
Lunch Break

2 p.m.−4.30 p.m.
Panel IV: Art and Activism
Olivier Krischer (Sydney), Sruti Bala (Amsterdam) & Veronika Zangl (Vienna, Amsterdam), Tatiana Volkova (Moscow), Ragip Zik (Istanbul), Jonas Staal (Rotterdam)

4.30 p.m.−5.30 p.m.
Coffee Break

5.30 p.m.−7 p.m. 
Open Discussion

7 p.m.−9 p.m.

9 p.m., ZKM_Cube
ART WAR (2013)
Film Screening and Artist Talk with Marco Wilms, Ammar Abo Bakr and Ganzeer
admission free