Institut für Widerstand im Postfordismus | müller***** (Germany)



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The Institut für Widerstand im Postfordismus (»Institute of Resistance in the Post-Fordism Period«), together withthe performance label müller*****, is setting up a mobile branch office at ART IN RESISTANCE in Munich to answer this question. The institute (WiP) analyzes, propagandizes, and predicts the coming 15 years, which are heading unerringly toward the revolution(s). At the Gasteig Cultural Center an experimental ground will be created that counts on the performative activation of the potentials of local resistance: In the mobile tent station visitors can take a research trip into the future of the revolution(s) and formulate individual plans for the coming upheavals. Under the premise »there are futures!« the institute examines the Munich residents' desires for resistance and their precise approaches to realization. Become part of the research! Write history with us. Become part of the revolution(s)!


By and with Vega Damm, Elisa Müller, Michaela Muchina Space concept | props Michaela Muchina, Yvo Wegener Dramaturgy Joshua Wicke, Inga Schaub Production office ehrliche arbeit


Elisa Müller studied acting and theater studies. In 2008 she founded the performance label müller*****; up until now 12 productions have been developed in collaboration with artists and scientists from different professions and in cooperation with, among others, Ballhaus Ost in Berlin; LOFFT.Leipzig; Fleetstreet Theater Hamburg; LICHTHOF Theater in Hamburg; Sophiensæle Berlin; Vierte Welt in Berlin; Freies Kunst Territorium (FKT) in Bochum; and FFT (Forum Freies Theater) in Düsseldorf. The current project for 2014, 2015, and 2016 is FORSCHEN AM WIDERSTAND IM POSTFORDISMUS. WORK IN PROGRESS (»Research on Resistance in the Post-Fordism Period. Work in progress«), a multi-part series of performances and discussions at Vierte Welt in Berlin.Previous productions in 2014 were FORMEN DER TRAUER (»Forms of Mourning«) at Theaterdiscounter in Berlin, and IN FRAGE GESTELLT (»Questioned«), a project with youths at Vierte Welt in Berlin. In July and August 2014 she researched at Theater im Ballsaal Bonn during a one-month residency there EINE FRAGE DES EHRGEFÜHLS – WIDERSTAND IM POSTFORDISMUS (»A Question of the Sense of Honor - Resistance in the Post-Fordism Period«), as part of theater wrede's »flausen+ – young artists in residence.« In addition, since 2013 she has worked regularly as a lecturer at, among other institutions, Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).Since 2011 she has been a member of the board of LAFT – Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin e.V. and a spokeswoman for »Koalition der Freien Szene.«

Vega Damm studied philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and at the University of Freiburg.Thesis project at the University of Freiburg.Founder of the research group »Deleuze-Brainpool.« Short films include TEXTURE OF MY EYES. RECALL AND DESTRUCTION (2013), and 1+1=3.STADTMASCHINEN (»Municipal Machines«) (2012). Lives and work in Berlin. Cooperation with müller***** as a performer and researcher for FORMEN DER TRAUER – EIN FORSCHUNGSLABOR ZWISCHEN KUNST UND WISSENSCHAFT (»Forms of Mourning – A Research Laboratory Between Art and Science«) at the rehearsal laboratory EHRGEFÜHL; and for the series »Research on Resistance in the Post-Fordism Period.«

Michaela Muchina works as a freelance set and costume designer in theater, performance, and film. She studied set and costume design at Berlin Weissensee School of Art, and visual communication at the state Russian Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Recent set and costume designs for, among others, Junges Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf; nGbK Berlin: Theater Konstanz; St. Petersburg Conservatory; Theaterdiscounter; Uferstudios; Vierte Welt; and set and costume design for the short films by Simon J. Paetau OURY JALLOH; POSH; and CRUISING IN HIGH HEELS. Performances in cooperation with Nathalie Fari most recently at, among others, PerformanceFestival Verbo; Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo; Festival International de Teatro, São José do Rio Preto; and the ANGST(FREI) festival at Theater der Altmark, in cooperation with Yvo Centelleo. Video installations in cooperation with Tanja Akhmetgalieva, most recently at MMOMA in Moscow; Krasnoyarsk Museum Center; and Tkachi Gallery in St. Petersburg. Since 2012 a member of müller*****. Since 2013 co-founder of the collective m/e/r, which works in the areas of temporary architecture, exhibition design, and spatial intervention.

Joshua Wicke (b. 1987) studied philosophy and economics, and he works as a freelance dramaturge in theater, new music theater, performance, and video. He most recently supervised works at Sophiensælen Berlin; Hebbel am Ufer; Mozarteum Salzburg; and bat-Studiotheater in Berlin. In addition, he has been collaborating on a continuous basis with the contemporary music label Testklang e.V., and he has been conceiving and conducting workshops and lecture performances (at, among other institutions, Volksbühne Berlin; and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne [KHM]). He currently is studying for his master's degree in dramaturgy at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin. MEMORIES OF A REVOLUTION is Joshua Wicke's first mutual project with müller*****.

Inga Schaub studied cultural mediation and cultural studies in Mönchengladbach, Amsterdam, and Berlin. She received her doctorate from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) with a work on the new visibility of mourning in psychology, philosophy, and photography, and she is currently a research associate at the interdisciplinary laboratory »Bild Wissen Gestaltung« (»Image Knowledge Design«). While working on her thesis she was an associate of the graduate school »Lebensformen Lebenswissen« with a grant from the Study Foundation of the German People. Collaboration with müller***** since 2012 on POLITISCHE SOLO, FORMEN DER TRAUER – EIN TRANSDISZIPLINÄRES FORSCHUNGSLABOR ZWISCHEN WISSENSCHAFT UND KUNST (»Political Solo, Forms of Mourning – an interdisciplinary research laboratory between science and art«); the cultural educational project IN FRAGE GESTELLT (»Questioned«); and the current project on resistance in the post-Fordism period.

The Institute of Resistance in the Post-Fordism Period (WiP) is a consortium of theoreticians, activists, and artists, and it functions as an open platform. It continuously works on the research and propaganda of the coming revolution(s) in 2015-2029.

müller***** has been working in transdisciplinary combinations since 2012 on common formats between performance and discussion that, among other things, pose questions concerning the individual's possible political courses of action and the possibilities of collective experience. Within these projects we work closely with other experts in order to supplement artistic reflections with scientific, theoretical, and activist positions. Our regular cooperation partners are, among others, Vierte Welt in Berlin; Berlin University of the Arts (UdK); Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin); and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.