Gesellschaftsspiele: The Art of Assembly VIII

With Judith Butler (Berkeley) & Max Haiven (Ontario)
Hosted by Florian Malzacher

 Livestream
 Livestream

About ten years ago the series of square occupations all over the world begun – after Tunis, Cairo, Athens, Madrid the wave swept over to New York. Mid-September 2011 the fist protest begun in the midst of Lower Manhattan’s bank towers: Occupy Wall Street became a symbol of resistance against financial capitalism and big corporations. And it’s assemblies set examples for a different way of discussing and decision making that influences activists all over the word but also resonated in theatre and art.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the occupation of Zucchotti Square the 8th edition of The Art of Assembly takes a close look at its legacy: Philosopher Judith Butler, author of the probably most influential book on assemblies in recent years, revisits (via Zoom) her famous speech at OWS where she pointed out the performative dimension of this assembly of bodies. Writer and activist Max Haiven summons the ghosts of Occupy and looks back – in the the spirit of the late anthropologist and OWS key figure David Graeber – at a haunted decade.

“Gesellschaftsspiele. The Art of Assembly” is a series of lectures and conversations on the potential of assemblies in activism, art and politics hosted by Florian Malzacher. Former and future guests include Judith Butler, Jodie Dean, Radha D`Souza, Didier Eribon, Max Haiven, Oliver Marchart, Alia Mossallam, Chantal Mouffe, Sibylle Peters, Milo Rau, Oliver Ressler, Jonas Staal & Dana Yahalomi.

In cooperation with Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

The Art of Assembly – Gesellschaftsspiele, a series by Florian Malzacher and brut Wien, in cooperation with Münchner Kammerspiele, Wiener Festwochen andVolksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz