26.01.2018 – 27.01.2018 | ACUD Studio, Berlin

Riots: Dissent and Spectres, Control and Ruptures

Lectures, Artist Talks, Screenings and Performance

Ricardo Gomez Angel (CC0 1.0), via unsplash

Ricardo Gomez Angel (CC0 1.0), via unsplash

A certain darkness and negativity remains concealed in the phenomenon of the riot. As a political event and social form, riots have remained a condemned and criminalised structure within progressive and conservative political discourse. How may the revolutionary potential of rioters’ demands be read within the circuits of recent history and contemporary society? And, how are we to understand the transgressive matrices of public rebellion, since riots frequently unfold into larger revolts, insurgencies, and systemic transformation? As a state of exception, riots stand in as proof of failed negotiation, and as that space outside of regulated forms of civic order. As riots shape new modes of dissent, they tend to undermine the central pillars of modern democracy: respect for order and protection of life, property, and capitalist circulation. Hence, all too often there is no recourse to justice in their wake. The symptomatic response of dominant powers can be detected in the naming of the agents of riots – such as 'unruly mob', 'undemocratic crowd', or 'looters'.
As a fear of the masses heightens amid communal divides, this public programme rethinks and reframes riots through a series of conversations, performances, and lm screenings. We will ask how riots inhabit and renegotiate the status quo within global metropoles, while also becoming the testing grounds of militarised urbanism targeting vulnerable and racialised groups. 

Co-Curated by Natasha Ginwala, Gal Kirn and Niloufar Tajeri
Assistant Curator: Krisztina Hunya

ACUD Studio, Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin


Friday, 26 January 2018

6 p.m. 
Natasha Ginwala, Gal Kirn, Niloufar Tajeri

6.15 p.m. 
DemosNoir: Coveting Crowds and Fearing Riots
Lecture by Dilip Gaonkar 

7.15 p.m.
Against Forgetting: Re-enactments and Dis/Assembling of the Multitude
Artist talk with Chandragupta Thenuwara and Ala Younis, moderated by Natasha Ginwala 

8.30 p.m. 
Dead the Ends: Reading the Text of the 2011 Riots
Screening and Talk with Benedict Seymour

9.30 p.m.
by Zena Edwards

Saturday, 27 January 2018

3 p.m. 
Revolts, Resentment, Resignation. Negative Dialectics and Post-Marxist Socialism 
Lecture by Thomas Seibert

4 p.m.
12 Years After the 2005 Revolts in French Banlieues: Decolonial Reflections on the Concept of 'Riots'
Lecture by Dariouche Kechavarzi-Tehrani 

5.30 p.m.
Riots: On Surplus Population / Housing / Monuments 
Lecture by Gal Kirn and Niloufar Tajeri

6.30 p.m.
The Colonial Logic of Grenfell
Lecture by Nadine El-Enany

8 p.m. 
No One Leaves Delilah-A (W)rap on Riots 
ArtistTalk with Vaginal Davis, moderated by Natasha Ginwala

Admission free

ifa Gallery Berlin
Exhibition "Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future"