Digital / Institutional Dramaturgies - Exercising Contamination (gLV) 

Praxisfeld DR: Cultural Performance & Performancetheorie
Praxisfeld TP, BN, RE: Wahlmodul

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Nummer und TypMTH-MTH-PM-03.20F.003 / Moduldurchführung
ModulPraxisfeld 03 ECTS 
VeranstalterDepartement Darstellende Künste und Film
LeitungMaria Rössler, Nienke Scholts
Anzahl Teilnehmende3 - 12
ECTS3 Credits
VoraussetzungenMA Theater
ZielgruppenMA DR / offen für MA TP, BN, RE

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Lernziele / Kompetenzen
  • Aneignung theoretischer Konzepte für das Arbeitsfeld der institutionellen Dramaturgie (z.B. Dramaturgie als „working on actions“, Kollaboration als ‚Kontamination', Spannungsfeld Schutz und Offenheit, Politken des Zuhörens)
  • Vertiefung des dramaturgischen (Selbst-)Verständnissen - v.a. im Hinblick auf kollaboratives Arbeiten und das Arbeiten in Kunstinstitutionen
  • Analyse kommunikativer und sozialer Prozesse im Spannungsfeld zwischen künstlerischer und institutioneller Arbeit
  • Reflexion institutioneller Aufgaben zwischen Öffentlichkeit und künstlerischer Praxis
  • selbstbewusste Anwendung struktureller Kritik
  • Erarbeitung eigener Ansätze und Haltungen für ein faires Zusammenarbeiten
  • Übung in der Organisation von Aufmerksamkeit, Wissen und Interpretationsmachts projects of public art institutions and foundations in Germany.
InhalteThis workshop responds to challenges of dramaturgy as practiced within and in relation to (art) institutions. Institutional dramaturgy is here conceived of as the work on institutional actions - be it in theatres, universities, hospitals or other social institutions. The workshop relates to the conference’s central figure of thought, the obscene, by focussing on dramaturgy as a set of ‘off-stage practices’, that seek to complexify hidden structural and ideological processes within, and often at the backside of, the organisational operation.
Institutional structures shelter and stabilise social relations, while also creating exclusive environments. Their practitioners need to ask: What are we protecting? How much stability is required in order to be able to provide support? Can we risk to lose some control?
European performing arts institutions have long been invested in the production of strong critical political and social interventions through the artistic contents presented on their various stages. It’s only recently however, that they have (hesitantly) started to attend to the many ‘blind spots’ of working realities within the performing arts field (such as unpaid labour, sexism, the reproduction of white privilege, etcetera).
Informed by experiences of working dramaturgically with(in) institutions, the workshop will make room for a shared reflection on institutional realities, necessities and (conflicting) desires, and consider a shift in institutional attitudes, based on a politics of listening and collaboration as mutual contamination. Can we perform reparative work and intervene in self-involved institutional attitudes that fail to support and that produce toxic atmospheres?
Can we enable institutions to open their pores; to be changed by the encounters they habitually host and by experiences from “out there”?
With the help of selected thinkers and example cases, we will look at questions and possibleprinciples of institutional dramaturgy. Through an exercise of generous listening and opening-up, we want to identify different lacks and desires experienced inside and outside institutions. The workshop will offer reflection on why and under what conditions it might be healthy to invite contamination, how institutional dramaturgies can perform such daring intervention, and what kind of attitudes are important for it.
Bibliographie / LiteraturBojana Kunst, “The Institution between Precarization and Participation”, in: Performance Research 20/4 (2015), 12-13.
  • Sara Ahmed, On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (Durham and London: Duke University Press 2012).
  • Lucia Farinati & Claudia Firth, The Force of Listening (Berlin: Errant Bodies Press, 2017).
  • Anna L. Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Princeton University Press, 2015).
Reader folgt im Vorfeld der Lehrveranstaltung
TermineKW17 / 20.04. - 24.04.2020
Dauer10.30 - 13.30 (Seminar)
14.30 - 18.30 (Selbststudium)
Bewertungsformbestanden / nicht bestanden
BemerkungMaria Rössler,
Freelance dramaturg. BA in Theatre and Media Studies (Berlin/Dublin), MA International Dramaturgy (Amsterdam/Ghent). Worked for theatre collectives, art festivals and conferences as well aKonstantina Georgelou, Efrosini Protopapa & Danae Theodoridou, Dramaturgy at Work: Working on Actions in Performance (Amsterdam: Antennae/Valiz 2016).

Nienke Scholts,
BA/MA Theatre Studies (Utrecht/Berlin).
Practioner in dramaturgy. Worked for several (international) performance artists. Dramaturge of Veem House for Performance, developing discursive programs (2014-2018). Researcher at THIRD! a support structure of DAS Research / AHK, pursuing a practice-based PhD into alternative practices of organising performing arts. Curator/editor of publication series Words for the Future. Program Coordinator of ARIAS - platform for interdisciplinary research. Founder/member of Platform-Scenography. Chair board Walden collective.
Publishes irregularly, among which: Dramaturges that Do Not Work for a Work in ‘Dramaturgy at Work’ (by K. Georgelou et all, 2017).
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