global aCtIVISm Symposium

Research Conference: Friday 14-20.30h, Saturday 10-19h
Film Screening ART WAR and Artist Talk: Saturday, 21-23h
/ Activist Summit: Sunday, 10-19h

The major ZKM exhibition global aCtIVISm will be accompanied by a symposium in the ZKM_Lecture Hall from January 24–26, 2014. Thirty participants from all over the world — researchers, artists, and activists — will meet to discuss how the form and sociopolitical significance of civic engagement has evolved in the twenty-first century influenced by contemporary fine arts, communication media tools, and the continually expanding potential and threats of the Internet. Developments in society and media have radically redefined the role of the citizen, who today finds herself as an actor in a “performative democracy.”

The symposium will be divided into two sections: an interdisciplinary conference from January 24–25, and an activist summit on January 26. On the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution on January 25, the Egyptian artist activists Ganzeer and Ammar Abo Bakr will be present for a screening of Marco Wilms’ 2013 documentary ART WAR.


FREITAG (Location: ZKM Lecture Hall)

  • 10:00- 11:00 Registration
  • 11:00- 12:30 Guided Tour
  • 12:30- 14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00- 14:10 Welcome Peter Weibel
  • 14:10- 14:30 Opening Speech: Ugo Mattei (Turin): Commons and Cultural Political Agenda for Europe
  • 14:30- 17:00 Panel I: Activism and the Citizen
  • 14:35- 14:55 Robin Celikates (Amsterdam, Berlin): Civil Disobedience as a Practice of Contestation
  • 15:00- 15:20 Bo Zheng (Hong Kong): Nearby Facts to Trouble the Emperor
  • 15:25- 15:45 Olaf Bertram Nothnagel (New York): Word on the Street: Aspiring to Democracy in NYC
  • 15:50- 16:10 Jackie Sumell (New Orleans): I Wish the Indians Won
  • 16:15- 17:00 Discussion
  • 17:00- 17:30 Coffee Break
  • 17:30- 20:30 Panel II: How to do Activism
  • 17:40- 18:00 Rita Raley (Santa Barbara): Care of the Community
  • 18:05- 18:25 Howard Barrell (Cardiff): Nonviolent force, political space and the uses of the arts and media
  • 18:30- 18:50 Younes Belghazi (Rabat): Cracks in the Wall of the Palace : A Moroccan Spring
  • 18:55- 19:15 Bani Brusadin (Barcelona): The Political Potential of Fiction: Experiments in Communication Guerrilla at The Influencers
  • 19:20- 19:40 Arman & Arash Riahi (Vienna): Everyday Rebellion – The Art of Change
  • 19:45- 20:30 Discussion
  • 20:30- 22:00 Dinner

SAMSTAG (Location: ZKM Cube)

  • 10:00- 12:30 Panel III: Tactical, Social and Global Media
  • 10:05- 10:25 Zixue Tai (Lexington): Finger Power and Smart Mob Politics: Social Activism and Grassroots Collaboration in China
  • 10:30- 10:50 Thameur Mekki (Tunis): Social Media and Music as a Tool for Social and Political Mobilization
  • 10:55- 11:15 Martina Steis (Berlin): Partisan 2.0 - On the Battlefield of Information, Propaganda and Manipulation
  • 11:20- 11:40 Birgitta Jónsdóttir (Reykjavík): Democracy Upgrade: 21st Century Lawmaking
  • 11:45- 12:30 Discussion
  • 12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00- 17:00 Panel IV: Art & Activism
  • 14:05- 14:25 Olivier Krischer (Sydney): Lateral Thinking: The Networked Ecology of Creative Activism in East Asia
  • 14:30- 14:50 Sruti Bala (Amsterdam) & Veronika Zangl (Vienna, Amsterdam): Humor, Art & Activism in the Global Moment
  • 14:55- 15:15 Sotirios Bahtsetzis (Athens, Berlin): Image Wars: For a Novel Distribution of Semiopower
  • 15:20- 15:40 Tatiana Volkova (Moscow): The Art Experience of Recent Protest Movements in Russia
  • 15:45- 16:05 Ragip Zik (Istanbul): Intervention through Art in New Social Movements
  • 16:10- 16:30 Jonas Staal (Rotterdam): Art and the Democratic Experiment
  • 16:30- 17:30 Coffee Break
  • 17:30- 19:00 Open Discussion
  • 19:00- 21:00 Dinner
  • 21:00- 23:00 Filmscreening ART WAR & Artist Talk with Marco Wilms, Ammar Abo Bakr and Ganzeer- ZKM Lecture Hall

SONNTAG (Location: ZKM Cube/ ZKM Balcony/ ZKM Foyer)

  • 10:00-10:05 Introduction: Noah Fischer (New York), Daniel Mützel (Berlin), Joulia Strauss (Berlin)- at ZKM Kubus
  • 10:05- 11:15 Imani Jaqueline Brown (New Orleans), Antonio Calleja López (Madrid), Hadeer Elmahdawy (Cairo), Noah Fischer (New York), MTL (Nitasha Dhillon and Amin Husain, New York)- at ZKM Kubus
  • 11:15-11:30 Break
  • 11:30-12:45 Daniel Mützel (Berlin), Napuli Paul Langa (Berlin), Lucas Oliveira (Sao Paulo), Joulia Strauss (Berlin), Alexander Wolodarskij (Kiev, Erlangen), Artur Żmijewski (Warschau)- at ZKM Kubus
  • 12:45- 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30- 14:30 Assembly: Set Agenda- at ZKM Balcony
  • 14:30- 15:00 Coffee Break
  • 15:00- 16:00 Assembly: Open Agenda- at ZKM Balcony
  • 16:00- 17:30 Break
  • 17:30- 19:00 Assembly: Concrete Steps- at ZKM Foyer


Activism and the Citizen

How to Do Activism

Tactical, Social and Global Media

Art and Activism

Activist Summit



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Robin Celikates

Bo ZhengClose

Bo Zheng

Olaf Bertram-NothnagelClose

Olaf Bertram-Nothnagel

Jackie SumellClose

Jackie Sumell

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Activism and the Citizen

Rita RaleyClose

Rita Raley

Younes BelghaziClose

Younes Belghazi

Arash & Arman T. RiahiClose

Arash & Arman T. Riahi

How to Do ActivismClose

How to Do Activism

Zixue TaiClose

Zixue Tai

Martina SteisClose

Martina Steis

Thameur Mekki & Birgitta JonsdottirClose

Thameur Mekki & Birgitta Jonsdottir

Tactical, Social and Global MediaClose

Tactical, Social and Global Media

Olivier KrischerClose

Olivier Krischer

Emiliano CampagnolaClose

Emiliano Campagnola

Tatiana VolkovaClose

Tatiana Volkova

Ragip ZikClose

Ragip Zik

Jonas StaalClose

Jonas Staal

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Art and Activism