DARK ENERGY. Feminist Organizing, Working Collectively

Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski/Aida Wilde, poster inspired by the Women's Art Library

DARK ENERGY. Feminist Organizing, Working Collectively explores feminist forms of organization and knowledge production in the cultural sector. It gives center stage to the visual, material and performative characteristics of feminist collaborative practices. It asks how these forms of organization and production are influenced by their general economic setup and what begins to sway politically in this context. Which forms of creative dark matter and knowledge can be practiced, produced, and disseminated when, where, and how?

The exhibition brings together a diverse range of efforts that tackle these questions in different contexts and times. Through the work of the participating artists, archivists, designers, and activists the exhibition provides insights from feminist, queer, decolonizing perspectives into the forces that collide with(in) art institutions and organizations.

Curators: Véronique Boilard, Andrea Haas, Nina Höchtl, Julia Wieger

Opening: Do, 28.03.2019, 19.00 h
Exhibition: 29.03.—25.05.2019
Where: xE – Exhibition Space of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Eschenbachgasse 11, Getreidemarkt, 1010 Vienna
Opening Times: Tuesday –Sunday, 10.00 am – 06.00 pm Saturday: 11.00 am – 03.00 pm, Sunday, Monday and Holidays: closed, no entrance fee

Artists: Felicity Allen; Anti*Colonial Fantasies – Imayna Caceres, Sunanda Mesquita, Sophie Utikal; Chantal DuPont; ff. Feministisches Fundbüro; Martha Fleming und Lyne Lapointe; Vera Frenkel; Anne Golden; Althea Greenan; Minna Henriksson; Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski; Annette Krauss and the shifting team at the Casco Art Institute; lamathilde; Tanya Mars; Diane Poitras; Anne-Marie Proulx; Martha Rosler; Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski; Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken; Vidéographe; Joyce Wieland; Aida Wilde


Presentation: The Letter (2018)

Cathrin-Pichler-Archive, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna/Austria

November 7th, 2018, 5 pm

Presentation: Movements between “Black Annotation” and “Black Reduction” – Artistic Strategies of Working with Archival Material in the frame of  Violence in the Arts, UdK Berlin, 3rd of December, 2018

The concepts of “Black Annotation” and “Black Reduction”, introduced by Christina Sharpe in her book In the Wake. On Blackness and Being (Duke University Press, 2017) offer fruitful paths when trying to think about artistic modes of working with archival material that refuse to play into the spectacle of Black suffering, thereby aiming at working against the prevailing repetition of violent regimes of looking. Drawing on examples of films and visual works that were developed within the ongoing PhD-in-Practice research project The Non-Human. The Believer. The Alien  –  Unsettling Innocence, the aim of the presentation is to highlight how artistic research serves as a mode of actively challenging “strategies of amnesia” (El Tayeb, 2011).

(In English and German / Vortrag auf Englisch, Diskussion auf englischer und deutscher Sprache)

when: 3rd of December, 2018, starting at 6 – 8 pm

where: Medienhaus, Grunewaldstraße 2-5, 10823 Berlin

For complete program, location and latest information click here.