“Imaginations ~ Institutions ~ Precarity” – Imaginary school for the future of the (art) institutions, 2-6 December, Giessen, Germany

Autumn School/ Imaginary School project:
Imagination, Institutions, Precarity

2nd of December till 6th of December 2019
ATW, Justus-Liebig University Giessen
@ the Georg Büchner Saal, Bismarkstr. 37, 35390 Gießen

Autumn school/ Imaginary School project is part of the research network on the future of imaginary institutions, which was established by several partners (EEPAP, Lublin, Nomad Dance Academy Ljubljana, Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, BADCo, Zagreb, CollectivA, Cluj, Lokomotiva Skopje) and is supported by the Allianz Stiftung.

The school is developed as a platform, where young artists and students, who are at the end of their studies or just finished can meet other cultural workers and thinkers, who have a strong political and social agenda. How to discuss about the political and cultural needs together, how to practice solidarity, support and inclusion? How to think about the internationalization in the time which is marked by a flow of commodities and neo-liberal globalization? What does it mean to work and study internationally in the time of the art market and its accelerated modes of evaluation? Can we develop new temporal modes of working and thinking and how can we learn from each other?

The aim of the Imaginary School is to enable a free, independent exchange of ideas and experiences, to reinforce a real dialogue and long-term cooperation of performing artists and thinkers in Europe, to reclaim the notion of democracy and to open ways to imagine possible (and impossible) alternatives of being together. It is an answer to the populist, nationalist wave in the Eastern European societies and a space for imagining what seems unimaginable.

Participants: The participants will be, among others, Dragana Alfirević, Miki Braniste, Ana Dubljević, Ida Daniel, Valeria Graziano, Viktorija Ilioska, Goran Injac, Katarzyna Kania, Marta Keil, Joanna Krakowska, Romuald Krężel, Bojana Kunst, Livia Piazza, Iulia Popovici, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Tanja Šljivar, Solidarity for Theatre, Swoosh Lieu, Biljana Tanurovska-Kjulavkovski, Zrinka Užbinec, Rok Vevar, Ana Vujanović.

Following the Open Call for performing art students and young professionals, Filip Jovanovski and Kristina Lelovac from North Macedonia are selected to join the Imaginary School gathering in Giessen, Germany.

Imaginations ~ Institutions ~ Precarity
Imaginary school for the future of the (art) institutions


Monday, 2 December 2019
19.00 – 20.00 Lecture: Ana Vujanović
20.00 – 20.45 Discussion / Bojana Kunst

Tuesday, 3 December 2019
10.15 –12.15 Talk / Presentation of the book
A Live Gathering: Performance and Politics in Contemporary Europe
A. Vujanović, L. A. Piazza (eds.), b_books, Berlin 2019

16.30 – 18.30 Case Study #1: Czarne Szmaty
20.00 – 21.00 Lecture: Valeria Graziano
21.00 – 21.45 Discussion / Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski

Wednesday, 4 December 2019
15.00 – 17.45 Case Study #2: Swoosh Lieu
19.00 – 20.00 Lecture: Livia Piazza
20.00 – 20.45 Discussion / Goran Sergej Pristaš

Thursday, 5 December 2019
19.00 – 20.00 Lecture: Henrike Kohpeiß
20.00 – 20.45 Discussion / Marta Keil

Please note that some seminars and discussions are public and others are closed.
Autum School 2019 Programm
Autumn School 2019 Timetable


The project is realized thanks to the support from Allianz Kulturstiftung.

EEPAP – East European Performing Arts Platform ● Initiated by Culture.pl and jointly organized with the City of Lublin

ATW – Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (JLU)




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