The Government

The Government

KIM at Leuphana University

January 26, 2004

The Government
with Roger M. Buergel, Antke Engel and Ruth Noack
30 January - 13 February 2004

Kunstraum der Universitaet Lueneburg
In cooperation with:
MACBA-Museu d`Art Contemporani Barcelona
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Rotterdam
Secession Wien

University is a factory


Thursday, January 29, 2004

8 pm

Halle 25, University Campus

Harun Farocki:

film sequence from “Die Schoepfer der Einkaufswelten” (2001)
Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin:

film sequence from “Tout Va Bien” (1972)
Martha Rosler: Losing: A Conversation with the Parents’ (1977)
Allan Sekula: School is a Factory (1978/ 80)

January 30 until February 12, 2004

opening hours

Thu 4-8 pm and

Fri, Sat, Sun 2-6 pm

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In the 2nd part of The Government we propose that each display, each constellation is, in fact, an action. This lesson is indispensible both in aesthetic and political terms. A short sequence from Tout va bien (1972) by Godard/Gorin is brought into dialogue with an equally short sequence from The creators of the Shopping Malls (2001) by Harun Farocki. Each portrays the supermarket (or hypermarche) as today’s privileged exhibition space and social theatre.

Martha Rosler’s video Losing: A Conversation with the Parents’ (1976) displays an intimate situation as easily saturated with social norms.

As we are made to follow a parents reflection on their daughter’s death from anorexia, we come to realize that their discourse employs the same empty gestures we revel in, while watching TV’s soaps and talk shows.

For the debate about the future of the university-system (Lueneburg University, like so many other German universities, is now on strike), we expect some advice from Allan Sekula’s inquiry School is a Factory (1978/80). There must be a link — call it aesthetic form — between the fordist technologies of education, explored by this piece, and the current crisis affecting the production of post-fordist mentalities.

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Sponsored by:

Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Government Foundation), die Allianz Kulturstiftung (Allianz Foundation) & Verein fuer Zeitgenoessische Kunst Lueneburg (Association of Contemporary Art, Lueneburg)

supported by: FRAC – Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain du Centre, Orleans


Kunstraum der Universitaet Lueneburg

Project office

Scharnhorststr. 1

21335 Lueneburg

Telefon/Phone 04131 – 78 1210

Fax 04131 – 78 1246

Parallel to the exhibition:

Gouvernementalitaet jenseits von Okonomisierung und Verwertungslogik

Opposing a logic of economic utilization in governmentality

A symposium at the University of Lueneburg

30. / 31. Jan. 2004

Concept: Dr. Antke Engel

Organization and preparation:

Antke Engel, Inga Koehler, Sonja Parzefall, Sophia Prinz, Tim Schmalfeldt,

Wanda Wieczorek


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