Responsive Subjects

The design of Collective Actions / Designing Collective Actions

21 Sep 2013 - 05 Jan 2014

Völkerschlachtdenkmal Leipzig: Joanna Warsza, Alexandra Pirici
With contributions by James Langdon, Kateřina Šedá, Joanna Warsza, with the participation of Ulf Aminde, Pablo Helguera, Alexandra Pirici, GFZK FOR YOU: Franziska Adler, Alexandra Friedrich, Kristin Meyer, Lena Seik, and others
Curated by Julia Schäfer and Franciska Zólyom

“Responsive Subjects” is about communication, exchange and self-empowerment. In this project, with its interdisciplinary, process-oriented and participatory approach, three young internationally acclaimed cultural protagonists present their work in Leipzig for the first time. Kateřina Šedá, James Langdon and Joanna Warsza focus their attention on the creation of social processes in site-specific projects. During the process of the realisation of “Responsive Subjects”, the institution becomes a production facility and a space for negotiation, where architecture, fine arts, design, performance and mediation are interrelated.

The title “Responsive Subjects” relates to both the interaction of the participants and the complex references between the disciplines, the methods used and the themes addressed. What effect do changes in the environment have on self-perception and the perception of others, on social behaviour and communication? In what way are spatial and cognitive structures dependent on one another? Some of the questions relate back to previous projects in which the participants have been involved, and some of these are integrated into in the current process. Šedá sketches out a topography of self-empowered action, Langdon creates discursive learning spaces; Warsza, on the other hand, focuses her attention on the relationship between culture, institution and publicity. From the perspective of various disciplines, they develop projects that are carried out with the help of local and international participants and documented in a three-part publication – instructions, course book and theory booklet.

Tags: Ulf Aminde, Pablo Helguera, James Langdon, Alexandra Pirici, Julia Schäfer, Katerina Sedá, Joanna Warsza, Franciska Zólyom