New Narratives 2: Thinking Economics Differently

New Narratives 2: Thinking Economics Differently

Kunstgebäude Stuttgart

Dan Perjovschi, in situ drawings for New Narratives 1, 2017. © Dan Perjovschi. Levin Stadler, graphic design for New Narratives 2, 2018. © Levin Stadler.

March 23, 2018
New Narratives 2: Thinking Economics Differently
A Summit on art, theory, and civil society
April 12–15, 2018
Kunstgebäude Stuttgart
Schlossplatz 2
70173 Stuttgart
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Open seminars: April 10–12, 2018
Summit: April 12–15, 2018


Free admission
Registration and program here.

Livestream here & Facebook
Languages: German, English (Simultaneous translations of the lectures in the dome)

With: Meltem Ahiska, ANON (Joseph Giacona, Alexandra Mason, Karim Samuels), Athena Athanasiou, Diann Bauer, Z. Blace, Natalia Brizuela, ccSPORT, Emmanuel Didier, Katja Diefenbach, Peter Haury, Maria Hlavajova, Tomislav Knaffl & Peter Streiff, M Lamar, Isabell Lorey,
Suhail Malik, Wolfgang Mayer, Jasmina Metwaly, Boris Ondreička, Peter Ott, Dan Perjovschi, David Quigley, Emily Rosamond, Katya Sander, Thomas Seibert, Simon Sheikh, Daya Sieber, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Ülkü Süngün, Elena Tzelepis, Sylvia Winkler, a.o.


New Narratives 2: Thinking Economics Differently negotiates—in open seminars and workshops, lectures, discussions, performances, and films—sociopolitical fields of conflict.

One such issue is the question of alternatives to a primarily economically shaped concept of growth, and how this might be realized through criteria of a social and cultural nature oriented to the common good.

In her keynote speech “Economic Growth and Social Inclusion,” Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak questions, among other things, the equating of “development” and “state economic growth.” She identifies the accompanying lack of transparency of a political and economic “culture” that, for example, enshrouds the effects of environmental destruction, war, and displacement and that is essentially responsible for inequality and social upheaval.

So as to provide a focus of program content, we invited the political scientists Athena Athanasiou & Elena Tzelepis, the artist and curator Boris Ondreička, the artist Katya Sander together with the author and curator Simon Sheikh, to each conceptualize a one-day topic and to then discuss it with international guests as well as local civil initiatives.

Pursuing the topic of “What If We Don’t Make It?—The Economy of Doom,” Boris Ondreička brainstorms, together with his guests, utopias and doomsday scenarios in order to speculate about ideas of family, community, and economics in relationship to laws and normative orders.

In “Performing ‘Crisis’ as Critique: Acts and Arts of Remapping the Present beyond Economization,” Athena Athanasiou & Elena Tzelepis view, with their guests, the limitations of the dominant expressions of the imaginary as engendered in Europe and globally through neoliberal forms of government, while at the same time forms of art/action as democratic participation emerge, opening up new possibilities for thinking and creating publicness.

In “Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Predictive Modeling,” Katya Sander & Simon Sheikh explore, with their guests, how given data is analyzed to predict future behaviors—in short: politics.

The additional open seminars and workshops, filmic and performative contributions, as well as the fourth edition of the Forum Civil Society Initiatives, which since New Narratives 1 has been established at the Kunstgebäude, along with all involved parties—including local and international participants—will address problems related to the counterreading of the seemingly firmly implemented discourses on governance.

All involved individuals are demanding other ways of anchoring in public consciousness new narratives on alternative forms of economics, life, and politics, and ways of applying these narratives both politically and systemically. Thinking economics differently also means thinking growth differently. If not now, then when?


A project by: Württembergischer Kunstverein & Akademie Schloss Solitude, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Schauspiel Stuttgart, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Theater Rampe
In cooperation with: Die AnStifter, Fritz-Erler-Forum Baden-Württemberg, Hannah-Arendt-Institut Stuttgart, Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg, Merz Akademie Stuttgart

Main supporter: Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
Supported by: Bürgerstiftung Stuttgart, Kulturamt Stuttgart

Curator, Project director: Christine Peters
In cooperation with: Barbara Bader, Marie Bues, Hans D. Christ, Klaus Dörr, Iris Dressler, Martina Grohmann, Jan Hein, Jean-Baptiste Joly, Elke aus dem Moore, Katrin Spira

Press and public relations: Birgit Gebhard, Maximilian Lehner
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