Autogestion: Self-Organization and Social Transformation

27. Februar 2013 | 18.30 – 20.00 Uhr | Kunstraum

From the 'Right to the City' movement to the 'Transition Towns' network: The role of grass-root self-organization has come back to the front stage of social, political and environmental practices involving activist and artists. Where are the roots of notions like 'autogestion' or 'horizontalidad'? How do self-organized communities search for "paths through utopias"? How do these ideas and practices relate to the field of 'social sculpture'? Which relations do these practices entertain with the global politics of climate change conferences? What roles are artists creating for themselves at the confluence of micro- and macro-politics of (un-)sustainability? Together with Isabelle Frémeaux, Hermann Joseph Hack, John Jordan and Shelley Sacks, we will explore these and a few other related questions – be there.

Moderation: Sacha Kagan

Isabelle Frémeaux

  • senior lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College-University, London until 2011
  • research exploring popular education, storytelling and creative forms of resistance
  • setting up with John Jordan a new commune in Brittany, France: La r.O.n.c.e


John Jordan

  • art activist
  • co-founded the direct action groups Reclaim the Streets and the Clown Army
  • worked as a cinematographer for Naomi Klein‘s The Take
  • co-edited the book “We Are Everywhere: the irresistible rise of global anti-capitalism“ (Verso 2004)
  • co-created the book/film "Pfarde Durch Utopia“ (Nautilus 2012)
  • co-founded the art activism and permaculture collective The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination


Hermann Josef Hack

  • german artist
  • founder of the Global Brainstorming Project (1991)
  • develops social sculpture with a global aspect and attention to the cyberspace dimension
  • World Climate Refugee Camp


Shelley Sacks

  • interdisciplinary artist working internationally in the field of connective practices and social sculpture
  • Director of the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University
  • her works includes more then forty actons, site works, installations and social sculpture projects


Sacha Kagan (Moderation)

  • Research Associate at the Institute of Sociology and Cutural Organization (ISCO)
  • Research Associate for the „Global Classroom“ project (Leuphana University Lüneburg)
  • founded the International level of Cultura21
  • founded the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation (ASSiST)