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The crisis of expertise
20.11. | 11:00 - 19:00
Akademietheater im Prinzregententheater
Entrance € 5,00 (box office)
entrance only on the hour

Expertise do not function because the spoken or written sentences an expertise contains are true or are actually correct, but rather because there is the association they appear to be true and coherent. In order to guarantee this, an expertise needs a form, a shape, an aesthetic. In this respect, the crisis of expertise is also an aesthetic crisis.


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11:00 Time
Armin Nassehi
Expertentum – die Ästhetik der Krise
+Short Teaser
Expertise do not function because the spoken or written sentences an expertise contains are true or are actually correct, but rather because there is the association they appear to be true and coherent. In order to guarantee this, an expertise needs a form, a shape, an aesthetic. In this respect, the crisis of expertise is also an aesthetic crisis.


Armin Nassehi (b. 1960) has been a professor of sociology at the LMU Munich since 1998. Fields: sociology of culture, political sociology, sociology of knowledge.

12:00 Time
Stefan Kaegi with Sidigullah Fadai
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After his active participation in the resistance movement against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Sidigullah Fadai fled to Munich, where he was a representative of the Afghan Mujahideen in Germany. In August 2001, he organized a conference on Afghanistan in Munich, which was attended by representatives of all of the Afghan parties involved in the conflict. Shortly thereafter (9/11), several of his guests were interned in Guantanamo, and others became part of the Afghan government under the leadership of Hamid Karsai. Today, Fadai is not only an imam in the Afghan community in Munich, he also performed two years ago in Stefan Kaegi's SECURITY CONFERENCE in Münchner Kammerspiele. He argued there – in disagreement with most of the Western experts – that one should negotiate with the Taliban. Today the tide has turned and even the United States thinks the way Fadai did at that time. How does one recognize experts? How long is the half-life of their knowledge? And what are they doing in theater? Kaegi and Fadai show and discuss videos from Afghanistan and a pirated copy of the Security Conference at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof.


The Swiss director Stefan Kaegi (b. 1972) produces in various forms documentary theater pieces, radio plays, and productions in municipal spaces. Together with Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel Kaegi works under the label Rimini Protokoll, which was awarded the European award "New Realities in Theatre" in 2008, and the Silver Lion for Theater at the Biennale in Venice in 2011. Kaegi has also been working with the Argentine author and director Lola Arias since 2006, for example, on the piece SOKO SÃO PAULO ("Special Task Force São Paolo"), which was performed at the SPIELART festival in 2007.

13:00 Time
Janez Janša
NAME Readymade
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In NAME READYMADE, the act of changing a name is presented, which was done by three Slovenian artists in 2007: They officially – with all the necessary documents and stamps – changed their name to the name of the then Slovenian minister president Janez Janša (in office from 2004 - 2008). Since that time, all of the works by the three artists alias Janez Janšas, as well as their personal and public affairs – in other words, their entire lives – were done and performed under this name: An obstacle course consisting of various theater stages, the results of changing one's identity, and the intimate and legal consequences.


The theater director Janez Janša (b. 1964) studied sociology and is considered to be one of the most subversive theatermakers in Slovenia. Janša publishes theoretical writings and monographs on contemporary theater and dance forms. He has been the director of MASKA since 1999, a non-profit institution that supports creative international and transdisciplinary art forms in post-Socialist Slovenia.

14:00 Time
Monika Gintersdorfer with Skelly
Les illetrés
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Using Côte d'Ivoire as an example, the Ivoirian singer Skelly and the director Monika Gintersdorfer examine how a society forms anew after it has gone through a phase of violent confrontations involving the office of president. The International Court of Justice in The Hague plans to investigate the course of these events in the near future. Contradiction and reclamation is a domain of the Ivoirians – strong in rhetoric, shameless in assertions, it will be difficult to pin down the guilty parties, who are in every political camp. A test for the International Court of Justice, which can easily become the idiot when it is confronted by the Ivorian politicians' strategies of disarray and strategies to protect their interests.


Monika Gintersdorfer studied cultural studies and has been working since 2005 under the label Gintersdorfer/Klaßen with the visual artist Knut Klaßen, the actor and dancer Franck Edmond Yao, and the Coupé Décalé singer Francis Parfait Taregue. The pieces, which ignore the borders between rehearsal and actual performance and repetitive actions, mix elements of theater, dance and visual art; they establish connections to the venues where they perform, and are based on a performative system of translation.

15:00 Time
Günter Küppers
Neues aus der Küche – von der experimentellen Vernunft der Küche
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The collapse of the Soviet empire, the insolvency of Lehman Brothers, and the atomic catastrophe in Fukushima are events that no one reckoned with, all of which were possible in principle but were extremely improbable. Such a development is characteristic of complex systems, in which chaos and order are inseparably interconnected. The lecture begins with demonstrations of simple experiments and computer simulations that show the interaction of chaos and order. At the conclusion of the lecture, the possibilities of dealing with the complexes will be illustrated. To do this, we will go virtually into a kitchen and see how chefs have developed more and more precise equipment to master the complexity.


Günter Küppers studied mathematics and physics, and he taught and conducted research at the University of Bielefeld and the University of Vienna. He was the managing director and a member of the Board of Directors of the interdisciplinary Institute of Science and Technology Studies at Bielefeld University for over three decades. His work focuses on the creation of chaos and order in nature and society, the dynamics of innovation networks, and the importance of computer simulations to solve complex problems. For several years now, he has been working as a corporate consultant and giving lectures on the subject "complexity" at various academies focusing on the future and in leadership programs. In addition, Günter Küppers is an amateur chef who has won several international awards.

16:00 Time
Toshiki Okada
The change that happened to me and Japan’s society
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"I love crises. Not as a human being, but as an artist. Crises give artists chances to change their ways of thinking, their points of view, the patterns their creations have and even themselves. I've faced crises in March this year. I mean, of course, the earthquake and the subsequent catastrophe. Although I was almost not devastated from them directly, they changed me a lot. I would like to refer to two examples here. First example: I, my wife and children moved from the Tokyo area to the western island in Japan where I was born and have lived. Second example: My attitude toward making theatre and posing questions to the audience was very changed. These changes caused by the crises excited me and made me feel the urge to connect what I create with our society. The necessity of things that are art in Japanese society seems to turn out to be more obvious than before. I think we Japanese might not have been sure why art was necessary for us. But now, we are. At least it's the time we can be."


The Japanese author and director Toshiki Okada founded his company chelfitsch (a malapropism of the word "selfish") in 1997. Okada's works are characterized by their distinctive visual and choreographic approaches.


17:00 Time
Kenichi Mishima
Tragikomödie der Expertokratie
+Short Teaser
Experts who are masters at discussing crises are able to obscure and gloss over many things, they can reveal and expose many things, but also obscure many things through their exposure. They often speak under a secretive mandate about a structure that is difficult to name. Their professional ethics can also have an intimate relationship to "structural and legal criminality" (Kenichi Mishima).


Kenichi Mishima (b. 1942) studied German, philosophy, comparative cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Tokyo. From 1990 to 2004, he was a professor of comparative cultural studies and social philosophy at the University of Osaka. He has been a professor of social philosophy at the Keizai University in Tokyo since 2004. From 1970 to 1972, he studied under a DAAD scholarship at the University of Tübingen, and from 1978 to 1980 he was a fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, and during the academic year 1994/95 he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study.

18:00 Time
Shuddhabrata Sengupta
Theatre in the Archive
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In THEATRE IN THE ARCHIVE, Shuddhabrata Sengupta from Raqs Media Collective discusses how the theater group deals in their work with the transmission of archival research to the theater stage. What happens when an image becomes a performer? How do facts play with fiction when theater enters an archive? These are some of the questions that Sengupta – especially in regards to the current collaboration between Raqs and the director Zuleikha Chaudhari, a native of Delhi, on SEEN AT SECUNDRABAGH – will presented for discussion.


The Raqs Media Collective, whose members are Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, is a group of artists from New Delhi active in the areas of installation, video, photography, text and image collages, online and offline media art, and performance. They combine contemporary practical experience in art with historical-philosophical research and theory. They had exhibitions at Documenta 11, and at the biennales in Venice, Istanbul, São Paulo, Taipei, and Sydney. In 2000, they were among the co-founders of the Sarai Initiative at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi.

+Production and realization
production: SPIELART Festival München in cooperation with Allianz-Kulturstiftung, Institute for sociology LMU München (chair of Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi), Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding in cooperation with FestivalLAB. Kindly supported by Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München. FestivalLAB is kindly supported by the European Commission.