with The Aesthetics of Resistance Reading Group, London with The Aesthetics of Resistance Reading Group, London


Sat / Sun, July 12&13, 2014
Sat. 11am – 6pm
Sun. 11am – 3pm
with Karen Mirza and Claudia Firth

The workshop is open for everyone, please write to: info(at) to register in advance
Der Workshop ist offen für alle, Anmeldung bitte an folgende Adresse: info(at)

The 2-day workshop takes place within the current exhibition ‘Die Ästhetik des Widerstands’ at Galerie im Turm. Taking ideas of antifascist pedagogy as a starting point we would like to firstly activate the exhibition, using works in the show to discuss and re-appraise the importance and relevance of Peter Weiss’ text and radical left-wing history and thought, bringing it into the present. Secondly we would like to investigate anti-fascism on a micro-political level, how we deal with the fascist within us both in terms of the parts of us that desire the structures that oppress us and the places in which we might harbour oppressor behaviour ourselves. Using tools from a number of disciplines including Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed we would hope to begin a series of conversations or a process for participants that would go beyond the limited time of the workshop.

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Ausgangspunkt des Workshops ist ein Ansatz antifaschistischer Pädagogik, durch den zunächst die Ausstellung selber aktiviert und betrachtet wird: anhand einzelner Arbeiten in der Ausstellung wird die Aktualität und Relevanz der Ästhetik des Widerstands von Peter Weiss als radikale linke Geschichtsschreibung diskutiert. Im zweiten Teil des Workshops wird es darum gehen Faschismus auf einem mikro-politischen Level zu untersuchen. Dabei werden u.a. Methoden des Theaters der Unterdrückten Augusto Boals als Einstieg genutzt, um eine Konversation mit den Teilnehmer_innen zu beginnen, die auch jenseits der begrenzten Zeitspanne des Workshops fortgesetzt werden kann.

Lecture und Workshop finden in englischer Sprache statt; punktuelle Übersetzungen durch die Organisator_innen bei Bedarf.


Karen Mirza has collaborated with Brad Butler since 1998, and in 2004 formed (, an artist-run space for the production, discussion and dissemination of practices engaged with the moving image, politics, technology and aesthetics.’s role as a cooperative environment is directly related to the centering of Mirza and Butler’s own practice upon collaboration, dialogue and the social. Since 2007 they have pursued a strain of practice entitled The Museum of Non Participation ( Mirza holds a BA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Arts (1995) and MA from the Royal College of Art (1997). She has held several residencies including Gasworks International fellowship, The Global Contemporary ZKM, Germany, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo. Winner of several project grants and awards, Arts Council England, Flamin, British Council, Creative Capital (USA), The Museum of Contemporary Cinema Foundation, Madrid. Nominated for the Transmediale award, Jarman award 2012, her work has been shown extensively including Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, US), VIVO, Vancouver, Serpentine Gallery, London, Tate Modern, London, Arnolfini, Bristol, Galeri NON, Istanbul. Upcoming projects include Random Acts commission for Channel 4, Quand dire, c’est faire, Montreal, Meeting Point: Beyond My Body, Paris, The Museum of non Participation: The Guest of Citation, Performa 13, New York.

Claudia Firth (UK) is an artist and essayist.  She studied Fine Art at Brighton University (BA Hons 1995) and Chelsea College of Art (MA 1997) and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, London (MA 2009). She is currenlty a PhD student at Birkbeck College, University of London writing a short non-linear history of aesthetics and resistance inspired by Peter Weiss’ novel. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including installation and performance A War of Nerves Indeed at (2012) and is a founding member and regular contributor of Nyx, the journal for the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.  She is currently co-writing The Force of Listening, a new publication looking at the role of listening in contemporary conjunctions between art and activism, which will be published as part of the Doormats series by Errant Bodies Press.