Program & Archive

Current information on events of the Center for Cultural Production and on exhibitions, excursions and other event formats of artsprogram can be found on this page.

Interdependence is central to a radical restructuring of power, Parachute by Carmen Papalia
Interdependence is central to a radical restructuring of power, Parachute by Carmen Papalia


Radical Dreaming - Visions, Imaginations, Abysses

Annual theme of artsprogram and the Center for Cultural Production 2022

12| 03 | 2022 - 10 | 12 | 2022

With contributions by Armen Avanessian, Centre for Plausible Economies (Kathrin Böhm, Kuba Szreder), Maciej Chmara, Maria Hlavajova, Institute of Radical Imagination, Laut Kollektiv, Sophie Mak-Schram, Massimiliano Mollona, Claude Nassar, Zeyno Pekünlü, Vishnu Vardhani Rajan, Dmitry Vilensky, Karen van den Berg, Elisabeth Bronfen, fam__, Anke Henning, Philip Kleinmichel, Felix Krell, Maren Lehmann, Niklas Maak, Susanne Kennedy, Sigrid Ruby, Markus Selg, Esther Schomacher, Jan Söffner, ZU Gaming

The annual theme of the ZU artsprogram and the Centre for Cultural Production in 2022 explores the significance of dreaming and imagination in the unfolding of possible futures, as well as looking back into the history of dreaming and imagining. Exhibitions, workshops and lectures will explore the epistemic function and potential of dreams, phantasms and virtual worlds; what does not yet exist, but could.

Further information on annual theme Radical Dreaming - Visions, Imaginations, Abysses

In the first phase in spring, artists and scientists were invited to explore the cognitive potential of dreams and visions in art and popular culture.

In the installation “Algorithmic Rituals - The Infinite Self”, the first part of a cycle by the artists Susanne Kennedy and Markus Selg, three robots perform a ritual. As moving parts in a machine-like tableaux vivant, they encounter the visitors and themselves. Their movements obey a rhythm that we humans have created but cannot yet interpret

Further information Algorithmic Rituals - The Infinite Self

In the second phase in fall, Weaving Dreams into Realities explores how imagination can be rediscovered as a starting point for joint actions, collective movements, and as catalysts for social and political change today. From September to December 2022, the programme gives spaces to artists, activists, academics and other practitioners which in very different ways set political imagination as the premise of their work and contest the immense material as well as imaginative desolation. The invited practitioners facilitate the creation of affective environments, dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local”, fight for concrete forms of international solidarity, commoning and possibilities of mutual support, and seek to nourish interdependent and community-based economic systems.

The work of Jeanne van Heeswijk, the Institute of Radical Imagination, and the Centre for Plausible Economy develops a workshop program on international solidarity, post-capitalist economies, and new forms of community building that counters prevailing economic and social forms with unexpected, subtle, and poetic practices and models that respond to multiple planetary crises. Student-curated events expand the program.

Further information Weaving Dreams into Realities

Exhibition at the White Box

Interdependence is central to a radical restructuring of power, Parachute by Carmen Papalia

Weaving Dreams into Realities  17 | 09 | 2022 - 10 | 12 | 2022

The interdisciplinary program Weaving Dreams into Realities , taking place at the White Box from 17.09. to 10.12.2022 focuses on the social transformational power of radical imagination and asks under what conditions it can become a catalyst for social and political change.

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