Kammer 2

Shadow Munich Security Conference

The truth emerges from the shadow // Conference // February 15 // Free Entrance


A marathon evening of visions, analyses, explantions, performative contributions and discussions, simultaneously and in response to the Munich Security Conference.

Every year in February, Munich transforms into a stage for world politics during the Munich Security Conference (MSC). A stage is given to political leaders to share their visions on security, safety and global order, 800 meters away from the Münchner Kammerspiele. The MSC, a supposedly “neutral” platform, is a forum for debate for some of the most powerful people in the world. Over 4,000 police officers, hundreds of police cars and countless barriers dominate public space for a few days in order for this to happen. Deals are made behind closed doors and hardly any space for public debate or exchange is accommodated.

This spectacle of power demands a counter-proposal. On Saturday the 15th Feb. we will pre-enact an alternative conference: speakers and performers will make a collective plea for interdependency. Together we will imagine what our world could look like if radically different people, with radically different ideas, are in charge of our security.

The “Shadow Munich Security Conference” assembles a group of outspoken progressive speakers, who claim the term “security” and share their visions of a world that is more safe, equal and just. This assembly departs from the idea that we have been discussing isolated crises long enough and have to start looking at how they are interconnected. Only a holistic vision on social and economic processes is able to make change. We will therefore focus on the relations between economic precarity, nationalism, increased surveillance, the climate catastrophe, armed conflict and the violence against refugees.

These times ask for a knowledge-exchange that can operate on a multitude of levels. Therefore, we focus on contributions that not only speak to our minds, but also to our bodies and hearts. Let’s use the theaters to train ourselves in a language that can speak to many people and unites us. Through spoken word, performative contributions, lectures, stories and conversations, we assemble in order to use our imaginations to think the world differently, so that it can become different.

Free entry

Conference in English

WITH Luisa Neubauer, Peng! (Jean Peters), Necati Öziri, Mateja Meded, Bruno Rodríguez, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Nandini Sundar, Younes Saramifar, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Radha D'Souza, Oloruntoyin LaToya Manly-Spain, Beatrice Rukanyanga, Sivan Ben Yishai, Enis Maci, Rabea Niggemeyer, Anissa Boujdaini, Necati Öziri

CURATED by Lara Staal DRAMATURGY Isobel Dryburgh, Martin Valdés-Stauber SPACE Grischa Runge



What are alternative strategies to oppose authoritarianism? What ideas are currently not in the discourse canon of security that should be considered? How can inclusivity and safety be protected? How can we use various forms of knowledge to think differently about “authority” and “power”?

CONTRIBUTORS Sivan Ben Yishai, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Oloruntoyin LaToya Manly-Spain, Nandini Sundar, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah and Radha D'Souza

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What are the many ways in which violence is being legitimized? How is hate and “othering” being nurtured? How to think and move beyond attack and defense? Is information the weapon of our time? Is humane security possible?

CONTRIBUTORS Mateja Meded, Erella Grassiani, Younes Saramifar, Enis Maci, Rabea Niggemeyer and Radha D'Souza

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What are the consequences of a warming earth on how we organize power? How is climate change connected to global capitalism, the so called “refugee crisis” and the rise of nationalism? What are alternative ways in which peoples and environments can be protected against the effects of climate change considering the UN Security Council is examining the need for a green helmet force?

CONTRIBUTORS Luisa Neubauer, Peng! (Jean Peters) Bruno Rodríguez, Beatrice Rukanyanga, Anissa Boujdaini, Necati Öiziri and Radha D'Souza

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