Achim Lengerer

Achim Lengerer

FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists

May 1, 2014

Achim Lengerer
Scriptings #40

7 May–25 August 2014

Art Museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne
Kolumbastraße 4
DE-50667 Cologne
Hours: Wednesday–Monday noon–5pm

T +49 (0) 221 933193 0
F +49 (0) 221 933193 33
mail [​at​]


Sonic conversation with Fernand Deligny
Public rehearsals for a soundtrack

To participate in open rehearsals:
Kolumba, Cologne: 14–18 May, 18–22 June, 16–20 July and 13–17 August; noon–5pm daily. Please register at mail [​at​] Visit for more information.

FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, Genk, Belgium: 10–14 September. Please register at info [​at​] Visit for more information.

In his artistic practice, Achim Lengerer explores the various mechanisms and effects of language and text. In addition to performances, installations and publications, his modes of expression also include workshops, performative lectures and public events. He runs Scriptings, a publishing house and exhibition space in Berlin, and is currently working on a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London on the format of the collective rehearsal as an artistic and political model for potential spaces of social negotiation.

Lengerer’s engagement with the French social worker, writer and filmmaker Fernand Deligny (1913–96) forms the starting point for the project, which will be realized in cooperation with Kolumba, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk music studio and FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists (Genk, Belgium). In the 1940s Deligny began working with children as a social worker. From the very beginning, his work was complemented by his writing: “Le moindre geste a une histoire” (The smallest gesture has a story), he wrote in the first sentence of his November 1966 article “Journal d’un éducateur” (Diary of an Educator). In the course of the 1960s, Deligny increasingly withdrew from institutional contexts. Together with a group of young adults he founded a community in the south of France in order to live with children labeled by psychiatrists as “autistic.” In his work as a pedagogue, he aimed not to educate or heal the children entrusted to his care, but rather to enable them to create an environment and an arena for their own unique ways of utilizing space and time. Over the decades, a number of documentary films with accompanying texts were produced (such as Le Moindre Geste, 1962–71, and Ce gamin, là, 1975, directed by Renaud Victor) as well as writings on the cinematographic image (Camérer, 1983, and Ce qui ne se voit pas, 1990). His ideas about film emerge in the way the sound track is employed in Ce gamin, là. Deligny uses the film’s voice-over as a literary narrative voice cautiously placed in a parallel relationship with the filmic image: a sound track which is laid “alongside” the picture track, and which expresses itself in a fragile balance with the children’s not speaking.

Achim Lengerer’s approach to Fernand Deligny’s thinking takes place “inside and outside language.” At Kolumba, an archive will document the work of Deligny and his colleagues: Drawings, cards, magazines, books, texts and the film Ce gamin, là provide insight into their thoughts and actions. Lengerer will explore Deligny’s thinking-in-language in a collective translation workshop focusing on his voice-over texts and other writings, while the emptied-out Tower Room next door will be used as a space for activities “hors langage” (outside language). Public Rehearsals for a Soundtrack will serve as a social-relations laboratory, allowing the artist to experiment with directed and undirected action in line with Deligny’s distinction between the verbs faire (to do) and agir (to act). How can we create spaces for aural, sensual interaction and social action/negotiation that are characterized by divergence as well as attentiveness and consideration, and which express themselves outside hierarchizing language?

At FLACC in Belgium, the project leaves the museum space behind: Tested strategies of action/negotiation will be incorporated into a contemporary sociotherapeutic practice in conjunction with various private and municipal groups in the town of Genk. Will artistic practice be revealed as a naive experiment? Or will there also be applications in social spaces outside the museum for some of the movements discovered? Can they attain the social relevance that social utility entails?

The entire project will be documented in an audio piece, created in collaboration with the WDR in Cologne, and in the publication Scriptings #40, to be produced at FLACC and published in winter 2014.

Public events at Kolumba:

15 May, 6pm
Agir et Faire hors langage/Acting and Doing Outside Language
Achim Lengerer and Barbara von Flüe in conversation with publisher Sandra Alvarez de Toledo (in English, French and German)

17 July, 6pm
Ce qui ne se voit pas/That Which Is Not Seen
Discussion of Deligny’s “cinematographic writings” by Achim Lengerer and Hartwig Zander

14 August, 6pm
Le moindre geste a une histoire/The Smallest Gesture Has a Story
Regina Barunke, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, in conversation with Achim Lengerer

20 August, 8pm
Ce gamin, là, dir. Renaud Victor, 1975
Film screening and performance with Achim Lengerer, Maria Iorio and Raphaël Cuomo
Kino 813 in der BRÜCKE, Hahnenstraße 6, 50667 Cologne

Entretien sonore avec Deligny / Public Rehearsals for a Soundtrack
Radio play, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, WDR

In cooperation with WDR, Cologne. Supported by Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn.

Tours 10am–noon and 5:30–7pm (by prior reservation only). Booking at: T +49 (0) 0221 933193 32 (Monday–Thursday 10–noon and 2–4pm)

Workplace for Visual Artists
André Dumontlaan 2, B-3600 Genk / info [​at​] / T +32 (0) 89 845 223 / F +32 (0) 89 845 224

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