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Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben

What would a life look like that – in the ecological, but also in the virological sense – remains as inconsequential as possible? Could a lack of consequences become a new regulative ideal, such as freedom, justice and equality, unattainable but still desirable? What would be the effects of such a striving on the material and immaterial organization of our everyday life, on the economic and social order, on our faith and the way we treat each other? And what models can be found for such a life in the present and in history?

These are the questions posed by the "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben", an artistic-discursive project by Friedrich von Borries. At the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G), artefacts from the depot, interventions in the existing collection and a "self-learning room" set up especially for the exhibition are linked in such a way that a new perspective on "sustainability" is created and supposedly universally valid ideas of "real life" are questioned.

Within the framework of the "Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben", three "Scholarships for Doing Nothing" are also being advertised:

The submissions can be seen from November 6, 2020 to May 9, 2021 at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G). The jury’s decision will be announced at the beginning of the exhibition.

A jury consisting of the following members will decide on the award of the scholarships:

  • Armen Avanessian (HFBK Hamburg)
  • Tulga Beyerle (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg MK&G)
  • Friedrich von Borries (HFBK Hamburg)
  • Eva-Dorothee Leinemann (Leinemann-Kunststiftung Nicolasse

Amount of the scholarshop: each 1.600 €

Deadline for applications: 15 September 2020

You will find the application documents here

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