CLASS LANGUAGES

DEBATE, PERFORMANCE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 2017, 2 - 6 pm

2 pm: INTRODUCTION with EVA BIRKENSTOCK, JENNY NACHTIGALL, KERSTIN STAKEMEIER (German) 2.30 pm: PERFORMING PROFANITY AND OTHER VULGARITIES, presentation / reading, SARAH M. HARRISON (English)

„'cause it's like
it's normally not, it's like
oh like...
I felt embarrassed 'cause when I was
five like...“

Juxtaposing several different examples of verbatim, Sarah M. Harrison will consider informal spoken language for their function as performative gestures of inclusion and exclusion, especially as it relates to the use of ‘profane’, ‘offensive’ and ‘vulgar’ expression and their „classed“ codings.

Sarah M. Harrison is a writer and artist originally from Sydney, Australia. She authored the novella All The Things published by Arcadia Missa, the poetry collection Channels of Elimination (Publishing Puppies) and numerous other writings. She is a co-creator of surrealist sitcom Charisma, that will premiere across multiple platforms in December 2017. Sarah has shown, read and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, HAU Berlin, Sandy Brown, LACA (LA) and Lisa Cooley (NYC) a.o.

15.30 pm: CONCEPT OF CLASS, Lecture, FRANK ENGSTER (German)

In his lecture on the „Concept of Class“ Frank Engster will reconstruct the mutative history of this concept and its political applications. Developed as a verbal medium of the emancipation of a social group that had only come into existence as a result of capitalist production, the affirmative identification of class and the critical account of its necessary abolition soon began to deviate from one another. It is these conflicts between the orthodoxies and heterodoxies within the concept of class which Engster in his lecture will trace into our present.

Frank Engster is the author Das Geld als Maß, Mittel und Methode. Das Rechnen mit der Identität der Zeit (2014) and published widely on the nexus of measure, money and time as well as on the intersection of epistemological and social critique. 2011-2012 he was a junior fellow at the Postwachstumskolleg of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, and subsequently a research associate at Helle Panke e.V. – Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Berlin as well as project coordinator of the Institut Solidarische Moderne e.V. and Marx200.org.

17 pm: AFTER THE ICE, THE DELUGE, Performance LINDA STUPART (English)

In their performance, part of their exhibition contribution, Linda Stupart will engage with the queering of scientific language, the burden of objects/image as proof and the relation between bodies and horror/abjection through the intersection of two divergent subjects: Morgellon's syndrome and the melting polar ice caps.

Linda Stupart (*Cape Town) is an artist, writer and educator based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include A Dead Writer Exists in Words and Language is a Type of Virus at Arcadia Missa, London (2016), where Stupart also launched their debut novella, Virus (2016). Stupart’s work has been shown/performed at Matt’s Gallery, The Showroom, a.m. gallery, the ICA and Guest Projects in London. See also: www.lindastupart.net

The events are part of CLASS LANGUAGES – Exhibition, Magazine, Debate on view November 11th 2017 - January 28th 2018 at Kunstverein fuer die Rheinlande und Westfalen, opening, Friday, November 10th 2017, 7.30 pm.