Working Utopias

"What do we do when we are acting?" - Workshops as part of the Research Project
"What do we do when we are acting?" - Workshops as part of the Research Project

Working Utopias researches artist‐run organizations in order to examine collaboration under the conditions of highly individualized work. It thereby aims at re‐examining modes of operation and subjectivities of artists with regard to their social rather than individual dimension. Reexamining the ways in which artists organize their work lives also seeks to negotiate the potential of these organizing practices for developing utopian imaginaries based upon solidarity that could become widely adopted by a broader wider audience of cultural workers. The research project is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Research Project

On November 15, 2018, from 19:15 to 21:00, the peformative closing event of the research project will take place in the Blackbox (1.09) on the ZF Campus.

What do we do when we are acting?

Workshops as part of the research project "Working Utopias"

20. & 21. September 2017,
each 10-12 am and 1.30-3.30 pm

To the event

(german description)


Dr. Anke Strauss is an organisation researcher interested in relationships between the art and the business sphere, specifically with regard to differing types of knowing, inter-disciplinary collaboration and changing modes of organizing (alternative) work-lives. Having worked at the Social Science Centre Berlin (WZB) on artistic interventions in organisations, she is currently at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. Together with Christina Ciupke she is working on a project founded by the Volkswagen Foundation on artist-run organizations and the performativity of utopian thinking for (re-)organizing cultural labor.

Christina Ciupke is a performer and choreographer based in Berlin. In her artistic practice she develops projects in collaboration with artists from dance and other disciplines. She maintains ongoing collaborations with composer Boris Hauf, dramaturge Igor Dobricic, visual artist Lars Ø Ramberg, choreographer Nik Haffner and Mart Kangro, researcher Anke Strauß, film-maker Lucy Cash, and light-designer Mehdi Toutain-Lopez. From 2003 to 2004 Christina Ciupke was guest artist at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. In 2013 she received her M.A. in Choreography from the Amsterdam School of the Arts.


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