Impulse Theater Festival 2013-2017

Edited by Florian Malzacher, Dominik Müller, Felizitas Stilleke
With contributions by Ulf Aminde, Boris Buden, Gesine Danckwart, Ekaterina Degot, deufert&plischke, Thomas Edlinger, Christine Gaigg, Monika Gintersdorfer, Alexander Karschnia, Richard Lowdon, Oliver Marchart, Markus & Markus, Antanas Mockus, Monster Truck, Chantal Mouffe, Rabih Mroué, Boris Nikitin, Ahmet Öğüt, Alexandra Pirici, Milo Rau, Mårten Spångberg, Marcus Steinweg, Theater im Bahnhof, Margarita Tsomou, Julian Warner & Oliver Zahn, Stefanie Wenner u. a.

Alexander Verlag Berlin, 2017
In German and partly English
84 pages, 10 €

Aktion, Aktivismus in eigener Sache, Alienation Effect, Anti-T.I.N.A., Art / Culture, Artivism, Bet, Bühne, Care, Choreografie, Collaboration, Curating, Dauer, Dialog, Double Agent, Doubt, Dramaturgie, Election, Encounter, English, Errors of Institutional Pedagogy, Extreme Mitte, Formation, Future, Gastfreundschaft, Geschäftsbedingungen, Globale Einsatztruppe, Grundeinkommen, Grundlagen, Hochdeutsch, Illusion, Instant Krise, Institution, Jihadology, Kantine, Kategorien, Körper teilen, Kritik, Left-Wing Populism, Liebe, Masse, Minstrelsy, Musik, Mythos:Logos, Naive Blind Faith, Neo-vernacularization, Partisan_in statt Partizipation, Play, Play(back), Politische Kunst, Postspektakuläres Theater, Pre-enactment, #Reaktion, Schöffengericht, Spectators, Subart, Theorie, Timing, Zoo, Zuschauer*in.

The Silent University
Towards a Transversal Pedagogy

Edited by Florian Malzacher, Ahmet Öğüt, Pelin Tan
With contributions by Florian Malzacher, María do Mar Castro Varela, Chantal Mouffe, Ahmet Öğüt, Rubia Salgado, Pelin Tan & the Silent Universities in Amman, Athens, Hamburg, London, Mülheim/Ruhr & Stockholm

Sternberg Press, 2016
In English & German
124 pages, 18 €

The Silent University, initiated by artist Ahmet Öğüt in 2012, is an autonomous platform for academics who cannot share their knowledge because of their status of residence, unrecognized degrees or their access to academia is blocked for other reasons. It is a solidary school by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who contribute to the program as lecturers, consultants and researchers.
The Silent University proposes a new institution outside of the restrictions of existing universities, migration laws and the other bureaucratic or juridical obstacles many migrants face. At the same time it mimics the idea of exiting universities, using their representational logics by developing alternative structures of pedagogy beyond border politics, race/ethnicity and normative education.
This first comprehensive publication about the Silent University introduces the initiative and contextualizes it in the wider framework of both radical pedagogy and socially engaged art projects. In addition, all current branches of the Silent University – in Amman, Athens, Hamburg, Mülheim/Ruhr, London, and Stockholm – describe their very different achievements as well as their struggles and failures.

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Yael Bartana. Two Minutes of Standstill
A Collective Performance by Yael Bartana

Edited by Florian Malzacher and Stefanie Wenner
With contributions by Yael Bartana, Christina von Braun, Boris Buden, Galit Eilat, Florian Malzacher, Ihab Saloul, Stefanie Wenner

Sternberg Press, 2014
In English language
82 pages, €20.00

Inspired by the Israeli memorial day Yom HaShoah, the holiday that commemorates victims and resistance fighters of the Holocaust, Yael Bartana’s Two Minutes of Standstill took place on June 28, 2013, at 11 a.m., as part of the Impulse Theater Biennale in the city of Cologne. A symbolic interruption of everyday life, Two Minutes of Standstill was a political act, a social sculpture, and a collective performance.
 Historically, the act of a silent standstill is a way to commemorate the dead. Bartana’s artwork, however, also calls for a reflection on the present. During the preparation for the performance a range of reactions occurred that were both positive and critical. What does the specific way this history is told in Germany tell us about the country today? And why did Bartana’s performance provoke such strong reactions?
This catalogue is a documentation of Two Minutes of Standstill, revealing the ideas behind the work and the process that led to its realization. The book includes several essays that discuss possible interpretations and consequences of the artwork, questioning the role of history and commemoration in Germany today.

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