January 2019
HKW Berlin

The present is characterized by a crisis of the established epistemic-political order. Outdated categories and terms no longer function. Representational logics fail to grasp the complexity of contemporary phenomena and increasingly global societies, whose change is accelerated by digital infrastructures. In this situation, it is necessary to unlearn established modes of referring to the world and to rethink methods of constructing, situating, and criticizing reality. What should be unlearned and what could institutions of un-learning look like? And what role does critical discourse play in rethinking existing disciplines and practices? Can we create a form of alternative, self-organized academy that is based on situated practices and that is open to everybody?

More information on the event and videos of the talks on hkw.de:
With ASSET Production Studio, diffrakt – centre for theoretical periphery, Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V., knowbotiq, Raumlabor Berlin, Tactical Technology Collective, Telekommunisten, Gigi Argyropoulou, Gilly Karjevsky, Nicoline van Harskamp, participants of the (Un-)Learning Place and many guests.


Deep within the world. Thinking, writing and caring with Hannah Arendt
Simone Stimm, Carla Dietmair, Maxime Le Calvé

The later work of Hannah Arendt provides us a link between thinking and care for the world – how we as human beings can establish a state of mind devoid of clichés and repetitions in order to achieve thoughtfulness, the essence of what we call thinking. It brings up the fundamental concern of coherence between the way we care for ourselves and the way we treat the world. Care is to be practiced – in thought and in writing. Thinking also shows a way of life which makes space for scholarship, artistic activities and political action. Writing with care in the company of Hannah Arendt activates contemporary mottos such as Donna Haraway’s “staying with the trouble”. Writing can become an essential practice for a life of the critical mind, radical and compassionate. read more

The Crisis of Epistemology and New Institutions of Learning
Felix Stalder

In his essay, first published in the program booklet “The New Alphabet – Opening Days” in January 2019, the media and cultural theorist Felix Stalder investigates the historic alignments of what he calls the “crisis of the epistemic-political order”. What happens, if our era of complexity does not allow for a desinterested, intersubjective position? How do we organize the ever increasing complexities of our times? Stalder’s essay argues for a multiplicity of views and heuristics, which seeks to recombine science, politics and affects.

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Das poröse Nicht-Klassenzimmer im Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Tyna Fritschy

Lehr- und Lernformate ziehen zunehmend in die Institutionen der zeitgenössischen Kunst ein. Im dreijährigen Projekt Das Neue Alphabet erprobt auch das Haus der Kulturen der Welt Schulformate. Die Autorin Tyna Fritschy folgt in ihrem Essay den Interventionen und Reflexionen des (Un-)Learning Place, der vom 9. bis 13. Januar 2019 am HKW Berlin stattfand, um die (Un-)Möglichkeiten des porösen Nicht-Klassenzimmers und neuer Alphabete schlaglichtartig abzutasten.

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Ludwig Leo, Laborschule Bielefeld (draft, detail), 1971 | Ludwig-Leo-Archiv, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Nr. 5 Bl. 10.