Paradoxes of Progress – Global Permeabilities and Transformations of Avant-Garde Thinking and Practice

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March 5, 2020 to March 7, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Communication, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Intellectual History

Avant-Gardes are presumed to be movements which aim at a complete transformation of the artistic, economic and political sphere. In all its manifestations, they propagate a mostly radical departure from the past and its norms. Their special focus lies on the notion of progress and on a renegotiation of what constitutes and represents an emancipated as well as timely art and society. But whose voices initiate and lead this idea of progress? Who should be addressed by this mission? And in what way can these future scenarios, oftentimes conceived in elitist circles, be made tangible, transparent, and understandable? 

The symposium »Paradoxes of Progress,« which has been initiated by a group of young scholars, raises the question
to what extent the claim for a progressive transformation of society through art is still defining us today and how global art relates to this demand. Based on scientific analyses of the historical global avant-gardes, a bridge will be built towards contemporary transdisciplinary artistic practices. By using the notion of permeability as a critical means, paradoxes inherent to the concept of progress will be scrutinized: How open are institutions and manifestations of progressive thinking? How can borders, like those between art and life, be mediated in a new way? What kind of media are employed and which groups have access to them? Can separations between social categories such as class, ethnic groups, and gender be reflected or even dissolved?






Thursday, March 5, 2020


6.00 pm         Welcome & Introduction

7.00 pm         »Globalising the 20th and 21st-Century Avant-Gardes: Two Readings« 

Keynote von Sascha Bru

8.00 pm         Dinner

9.00 pm         Sound Performance by Sarvenaz Mostofey


Friday, March 6, 2020


10.00 am       »Multiplicities of Thinking and Practice in Asian Context«

Franziska Koch, Goutam Ghosh

11.30 am       Coffee Break

12.00 pm       »Frontiers of Visual Culture«

Ralf Michael Fischer, Manuel Mathieu

1.00 pm         Lunch Break

2.00 pm         »Patterns of the Permeable«

Gerd Hurm, Hadja Saran Condé

3.00 pm         Coffee Break

3.30 pm         »Performative Aspects of Avant-Gardes«

Roberto Robalinho, Tania Tipermann, Peter Marx

5.00 pm         Coffee Break

5.30 pm         »Performances and Interventions«

Voin de Voin, Sarvenaz Mostofey

7.00 pm         Dinner

8.00 pm         »Negritude: A Cultural and Political Membrane in West-Africa«

Keynote by Amadou Oury Bâ

9.00 pm         Film Screening curated by Léa Morin


Saturday, March 7 2020


11.00 am       »Telepathy Works – Workshop on Collective Consciousness and Movement« 

with Maayan Danoch

1.00 pm         Lunch

2.00 pm         »Permeabilities in Futurisms«

Günter Berghaus, Larissa Maria Müller, Thea Santangelo

3.30 pm         Coffee Break

3.45 pm         Performance by Chiara Bugatti followed by a conversation on the ongoing project »Brute Force.« Performed by Matteo Miccini

and choreographed by Alessandro Giaquinto. In cooperation with the Stuttgarter Ballett

4.30 pm         Coffee Break

5.00 pm         Readings commented by Dorothee Kimmich with Omar al-Jaffal, Farah Barqawi, Dima Hamadeh

5.30 pm         Coffee Break

6.00 pm         »Elitist Circles versus Avant-Garde Educational Ideas«

Karin Amos, Andrée Gerland, Sebastian Thies

7.00 pm         Closing Round Table

8.00 pm         Dinner und Afterparty


The event will be held in English and Arabic. Admission is free.

Per diem meal allowance incl. lunch, dinner, coffee, and beverages:
20 euros/10 euros for students.

Please register until February 27, 2020 via email to: Lisa Hövelborn,, Tel. 
+ 49 (0)711 99619 482

Contact Info: 

Akademie Schloss Solitude
Lisa Hövelborn
Phone + 49 (0)711 99619 482
Solitude 3, 
70197 Stuttgart