The Radical Teaching Workshop: Feminist Practices of Writing and Mapping

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September 23rd and 24th, 2022

More information here.

With: Wiki Riot Squad (Hannah Schmedes, Eva Königshofen, Lena Wassermeier), topsoil (Sofia Villena Araya, Deniz Kirkali and Amelie Wedel), From Where I Stand (Oona Lochner and Isabel Mehl) and Karolin Meunier.

During the two days we want to explore and test different forms of collective learning. The three workshops will focus on feminist practices of writing as ways of experimental knowledge production. There is a growing desire for many to leave traditional teaching institutions and their outdated formats of knowledge transmission in order to collectively share knowledge in a collective way. What other practices and techniques are available? How can we create new places to practice other ways of teaching and learning? Based on these questions, the three workshops are dedicated to different forms of feminist knowledge production. They not only draw on the long tradition of feminist practices of empowerment and consciousness raising, but also use speculative and artistic formats to realize a different kind of learning.

Concept: Gerko Egert

At Vierte Welt In coperation with nocturne – Plattform for experimental Knowledge Production

Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.


Vierte Welt

Kottbusser Tor im Zentrum Kreuzberg | Adalbertstr. 96 | Galerie 1.OG | 10999 Berlin
U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor | Linie U1 | U8 | U12 |  Ausgang Adalbertstraße


Friday, Sep. 23rd, 2022

13:00 – 17:00 How to Edit in Not-So-Open Sources: Wikipedia Workshop with @wiki_riot_squad

Saturday, Sep. 24th, 2022

 11:00 – 13:00 Workshop with topsoil (Sofia Villena Araya, Deniz Kirkali and Amelie Wedel)

You can join this event also via Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 874 4205 8743)

14:00 – 16:30 Wissen in Klammern. Ein Schreibworkshop mit From Where I Stand (Oona Lochner and Isabel Mehl)

17:00 – 18:00 Discussion (Host: Karolin Meunier)


Friday, Sep. 23rd, 2022

13:00 – 17:00

How to Edit in Not-So-Open Sources: Wikipedia Workshop with @wiki_riot_squad 

(Hannah Schmedes, Eva Königshofen, Lena Wassermeier)

 With the foundation of Wikipedia over 20 years ago, all the knowledge in the world was supposed to be collected in a space accessible to everyone. However, „open source“ is not as open as intended. Who feels entitled to process and upload their knowledge as supposedly ‘neutral’ knowledge? The encyclopedists of the present are no longer called Diderot or d’Alembert but “geiserich75” or “hyperrolf”. Yet, up to today the world’s largest encyclopedic internet platform is white and male-dominated.

 Together we will look for loopholes and productive rule violations in Wikipedia and give you insights into structural problems of Wikipedia and, above all, tools to become active editors yourself.

 Please bring a laptop or other device for writing online.

Saturday, Sep. 24th, 2022

11:00 – 13:00

Mapping Encounters, Worksop with topsoil

(Sofia Villena Araya, Deniz Kirkali and Amelie Wedel)

You can join this event also via Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting

(Meeting ID: 874 4205 8743)

“Mapping Encounters” draws from one of the techniques which have proven central to our way of working as a collective: maps. Through maps, we think together and document our collaborative processes; we try to discern the different layers and conceptual densities while visualizing the diverse ways in which our thinking and sensibilities play out. 

For this hybrid workshop, we will offer that technique in order to share and reflect on the expectations, bodily sensations, questions, and thoughts that affect the collective configuration of learning spaces. We will work in small groups and build up layers of mapping the encounter of the workshop itself in dialogue with past (and possible future) learning experiences. 

topsoil is a transnational curatorial and research collective formed by Sofia Villena Araya, Deniz Kirkali and Amelie Wedel in 2017 in London. Based in San Jose, Istanbul and Berlin, together we seek to bring into conversation our various contextual and disciplinary perspectives by threading a notion of learning through friendship. Through prolonged conversation, we ask how to work and think with each other, prioritizing care and sensibility to what drives our research and practice. We initiate long-term collaborative research projects with thinkers and practitioners to collect methods and tools that help us move towards a shared ground while being attentive to specificities. 

The workshop will be in English.

Online participation possible.

14:00 – 16:30

Bracketing Knowledge. A workshop with From Where I Stand

(Oona Lochner and Isabel Mehl)

Which knowledge matters – and why? This feminist question converges philosophical, questions with those of writing and everyday living. With its offensive contextualization of knowledge, feminist writing comes into conflict with a still powerful claim to objectivity in the sciences and the long tradition of backgrounding certain forms of knowledge by bracketing it. Pointing to one’s own entanglement with the object of knowledge (see Haraway et al.) draws attention to the situation of writing in all its social, bodily, and affective dimensions: Am I sitting in an office or at an improvised desk in my bedroom? Is a crying baby knocking on the door? What is my gaze interested in? What noise form do I hear in the background? What experiences and whose knowledge accompany me at my table?

Which knowledge matters is a negotiation that is not only theoretical, but is a battle fought in every text. Literally bracketing something can become a gesture of indeterminacy. It delays any judgment and gives one’s writing time to allow the different moments of knowledge to come into contact with each other, to sit back and wait for a (provisional) outcome.

With writing exercises and experiments, we want to investigate our writing, its conditions and omissions. Together we look at hierarchies of knowledge and rehearse our ability to work with ambivalences, disagreements, and the provisional.

The workshop will be in German and/or English.

Unfortunately, online participation is not possible.

17:00 – 18:00 


(Host: Karolin Meunier)

Learning to Experiment: Pedagogies across Art, Activism, and Academia (online video)

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Together with Julia Bee I introduce the platform nocturne we co-founded last year. Nocturne is a hub for connecting techniques of teaching and learning in the arts, activism and academia, working at the intersection of different forms of research and education. At nocturne we experiment with alternative pedagogies and the format of the workshops in and beyond traditional teaching. Nocturne combines a pragmatistic philosophical thinking of speculation with practice: a thinking through practices. In this presentation we will focus on some of the techniques presented in our first publication Learning Experiments, Exchanging
Techniques. A Speculative Handbook

The presentation was part of the international conference “The Workshop – Investigations Into an Artistic Political Format” (March 26-28, 2021)

More information here.

Workshop Operation | Performance

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11th-12th February, 2021 (Thursday/Friday)  

organized by Gerko Egert, Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen

The workshop will take place online.
Please register by sending an email to: You will receive a link to the Webex meeting before the workshop.

The workshop addresses the relation of two concepts: Operation and Performance. Performance made its advance into theory mainly from the analysis of human action, be it in ritual, speech-acts, theater or everyday performances, esp. the performance of gender. The concept of operation has its appearance mostly in system-oriented approaches such as cybernetics and management theory. By discussing the two concepts together, the workshop asks, how the analysis of performance can profit from the concept of operation and how the analysis of operations changes, when addressing it through the lens of performance theory. The aim of the workshop is to discuss the political dimension of operation and performance by bringing the concept of operations in the field of performance studies and its engagement with gender and postcolonial theories, with questions of bodies and movement, with art and its relations to politics. How do politics operate in performance and how are the operations of performance political? 

The concept of operation offers new perspectives on algorithms, affect, sense perception, logistics, mechanics, choreography, and many more to the analysis of performance. How do operational politics function in activities of capital, labor, care, education, family-living? What operators are at work in performative politics and how can one (counter-)use them (e.g., hormones as operators of gender performance (Preciado); architecture as operator of every-day living; fabulation as operator of shared collectivity)? What are the operational modes of oppression, and what are the ones of resistance? What modes of operational politics are at work in theater, performance-art, dance and other art forms?


Thursday, February 11th, 2021

14:30 – 15:00 Gerko Egert: Introduction
15:00 – 16:00 Valeria Graziano/Giulia Palladini: Against a logic of scarcity: reverse strike, striking in and operations of militant abundance  
16:15 – 17:15 Georg Döcker: “Struggle for life.” On operations and practice (working title)
17:30 – 18:30 Valentina Desideri: Performance ♾ Operation

Friday, Februrary 12th, 2021

15:00 – 16:00 Dennis Pohl: Simultaneous Governing: Speech and Textuality in the European Council
16:15 – 17:15 Julia Bee: Film as Operation: The politics of filming together
17:30 – 18:30 Erik Bordeleau: “Like a Tropical Storm”: Exfoliating the operations of value

Book Presenation and Workshop: „How to Experiment? Radical Pedagogies in Art, Academia and Activism“

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Thursday, November, 19th 2020, 8:00 – 11:00 pm

The event will take place online (link)
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The presentation and discussion will be in English!

The relation of artistic, academic and activist practices are at the heart of the Public Research Series since its beginning. In our November session we will look at the techniques at work in all three of these fields. With a special focus on the question of teaching/sharing/collaborating we want to ask, how knowledge is collectively produced and shared. Over the last decades, many new forms of radical education emerged that sidelined established institutions  like, schools, universities or art institutions. What can we learn from these practices? And how can we learn to learn differently?

The session will be an open discussion of sharing experiences, techniques and ideas of how to learn and share knowledge differently. 

At the beginning Gerko Egert will introduces the session by presenting a collection of techniques for experimenting from the university, the arts and political activism published in Experimente lernen, Techniken tauschen, edited by Julia Bee and Gerko Egert (in German). The book can be accessed online here:

New Platform, New Publication

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Design and Photos: Ricarda Löser

Together with Julia Bee I founded the platform Nocturne. The platform offers a space for experimental thinking and learning and will be home to multiple events and publications.

Together with the platform we launched out first book: Experimente lernen, Techniken tauschen. Ein spekulatives Handbuch. The book collects multiple techniques for learning and sharing from academia, the arts and political activism. Its online and open access. Check it out!

New Text in ARCH+

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My article „Migration, Kontrolle und Choreomacht“ [Migration, Control and Choreopower] is now published in the recent issue of ARCH+ (in German)

I am proud to be part of this great issue on Europe’s infrastructures of externalization and infrastructural racism edited by Dennis Pohl and the ARCH+ team!

It is the first text from my current (nearly finished) book project „Choreopower. On the politics of movement“. I hope the English text will be finished and published soon!

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I startet a new Blog:
I will post shorter texts dealing with various aspects of my current research interests. The first entries will deal with practices and concepts of investigative research (or: research as detective work)

Check it out! (it is in German only…)

Cancelled: Einladung und Call for Papers: HOT TOPIC [don’t stop] eileen myles

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Achtung: Die Veranstaltung fällt leider aufgrund der gegenwärtigen Umstände aus! Wir hoffen, sie zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt nachzuholen.

Bis dahin als Online-Ersatz: Eileen Myles ließt Wolf (als Teil der House Party #2, The Poetry Project

Hier die Einladung und der Call for Papers zu einer Lesung und Workshop mit und zu Eileen Myles. Schickt uns eure Ideen und kommt vorbei! Wir freuen uns auf euch!

‚Long-form poetry‘ – in diesem Begriff kommt zusammen, was sonst getrennt voneinander steht und sich jeglicher Gattungszuordnung entzieht, sich que(e)r stellt gegen jeden Versuch der Klassifikation. Changierend zwischen Lyrik und Prosa, Fiktion und (Auto-)Biografie, mal Gedicht, mal Dialog, ist diese lange Form nur schwer zu greifen und zu übersetzen. Jene ‚Genrefication‘ ist es auch, die Myles dazu verleitet, „dazwischen“ zu schreiben. So wie ihre Texte Hybride sind, die sich einer Zuordnung entziehen, treten auch Myles Figuren auf die Bühne: divers, non-binär, flüchtig. Auf allen Ebenen eine Absage an Fremdzuschreibung. Ein Entzug von Be-Schreibbarkeit und Be-Stimmbarkeit. Dafür aber Aufforderung zur Partizipation, zur Performance dieser Texte, einem Sich-einschreiben und Fortschreiben. 

Diese Art des Umgehens mit Text wollen wir praktisch wie theoretisch im Zuge eines Workshops, der die Abendveranstaltung rahmt, nachgehen. Hierbei schlagen wir vor, Lesen und Schreiben nicht als zwei zu trennende Praktiken zu begreifen, sondern von einem Lesen-Schreiben auszugehen, das sowohl ethisch, epistemologisch als auch ontologisch zu fassen ist. Verstanden als Performance und eben nicht als stumme Praxis, als Nachvollzug, skizzieren wir Lesen-Schreiben als verstreute widerständige Praxis, als weltend und ko-kreativ. Weiter als queere, wilde Praktik: de-domestizierend, de-kulturalisierend, weder dem domos noch dem nomos unterworfen. Vielmehr diesen entgegengeworfen, wobei im Vollzug zwangsläufig die Opposition, meint damit auch Differenz, affimiert wird und die Idee einer Synthese entschieden durchgestrichen wird. Lesen-Schreiben ist aktive Partizipation bei der Intervention, damit Ermächtigung wie Möglichkeit die Festschreibung weiter zu zer-schreiben. 

In der gemeinsamen Lektüre von Eileen Myles longer und shorter poetry wollen wir gemeinsam an dieser ‚unexpected practice‘ weiterschreiben. Eingefaltet in die zu leistende Theoriearbeit sind aktuell (wieder) virulente Fragen nach dem Verhältnis zwischen Privatem und Sozialem/Öffentlichem, die sich nicht zuletzt über die Verhandlung der 1.Person Singular in Myles Texten einschreiben. »Chelsea Girls« als exemplarisch für das lesend, was Eileen Myles als ‚social poetic intervention‘ fasst, fragen wir, wo und wie das „Ich“ in Gegenwartsliteraturen zurückkehrt, wie es sich (lesend-)schreibend im Prozess als solches konstituiert. An die Stelle des allgemeingültigen „man“ tritt die Erfahrung des unbestimmten und unbestimmbaren „Ichs“. Nicht ‚history‘ wird geschrieben, sondern ‚her_story‘. Dabei liegt die Betonung auf dem gap, einer Leerstelle, die Platz hält für die Ausnahme von der Regel, für alle, die sonst keine Stimme verliehen bekommen, nur selten eine Rolle spielen. Durch die vorherrschenden Klassenstrukturen als auch durch sexistische und rassistische Festschreibungen geformt, setzt sich das ‚Ich‘ zu diesen Strukturen immer schreibend ins Verhältnis, mit diesen auseinander und zueinander. Es schreibt gegen etwas an, zerreibt sich an den Normen und Konventionen, ein fortlaufender Prozess, an dessen vermeintlichem Ende eine Geschichts-schreibung steht, zu der man bzw. Nicht-Mann sich erst ermächtigen muss.


Workshop, Performance und Diskussion

Panel I: theory
21.04.2020 / 13-17Uhr_Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Performance/Lesung mit Eileen Myles
21.04.2020 / 19Uhr_ACC Galerie Weimar

Panel II: reading-writing
22.04.2020 / 10-13Uhr_Bauhaus Universität, Weimar

Anmeldung zum Workshop bis 10.04.2020

Erwünscht sind kurze Inputtexte, Lektüren von Eileen Myles Texten oder Papiere zu anschlussfähigen Themen und Fragestellungen (500-800Worte), die als Grundlage einer gemeinsamen Diskussion ebenfalls bis zum 10.04. einzureichen sind. Die Teilnahme am Workshop ist nicht an die Einreichung und Vorstellung eines Inputs gebunden. 

Organisation: Linda Keck, Gerko Egert & Max Walther

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Workshop: Ecology of Techniques II: Formats

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January 25-26, 2020

Instite for Applied Theater Studies, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

In the workshop we address the question of format from a performance and media-theory perspective. How do a different notion of techniques/practices as it became popular in the recent years also call for different formats on the level of presentation as much as on the level of production. And how can we use concepts of format/formation stemming from media theory to rethink the processes of performance art and its techniques/practices?


Saturday, January 25th, 10 am – 4 pm

Elisa Linseisen: „Thinking, Searching, Experimenting in Formats“ (Universität Paderborn)
Reading: Alexander Galloway and Jason LaRivière: Compression in Philosophy

Lucie Tuma: “Ecologies of Attention” (ZhdK Zürich)
Reading: Vilém Flusser: VAMPYROTEUTHIS INFERNALIS (from p.16 [„the class cephalopoda“] until p.26 and from p.32 [„what is immediately …“] until p.53 [„worlds apart“])

Sunday, January 26th, 10 am – 4 pm

Anne Schuh: „Practice and Practice Sharings in Dance“ (FU Berlin)
Reading: Noha Ramadan: Why Practice?

 Stefan Hölscher and Kai van Eikels “Formatting Togetherness” (Universität Bochum)
Reading: Laurent Berlant: Cruel Optimism (Chapter One)

The workshop is public and free to join. Please contact me for the readings (gerkomail[at]