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The Art of Not Being Governed Like That

November 28, – January 9,

An exhibition by
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

In conjunction with
Re-Designing the East. Political Design in Asia und Europe / In Charge. The Role of Political Designers in Transformation

Idea und conception
Hans D. Christ, Yvonne P. Doderer, Iris Dressler, Stephan Köperl,

With contributions by
NOH Suntag, Daniel García Andújar, Dan Perjovschi and others
The exhibition The Art of Not Being Governed Like That, refering in its title to Michel Foucualt, is an independent project while simultaneously comprising part of the exhibition Re-Designing the East: Political Design in Asia and Europe.

The section ties in with the current controversy surrounding the urban development and transport project Stuttgart 21 and heightens reflection thereupon against the background of economic, political, social, and cultural processes of transformation that have been developing in recent decades. In includes contributions by: NOH Suntag, Daniel García Andújar, Dan Perjovschi and others

City Focus
The city in particular is a space where the powers of definition and agency densify and become intertwined: Who governs the city based upon which fundaments and in which ways? To whom does the city belong? Who has a right to the city? Who has a say in future developments within a city, and who implements in which way? Which promises of modernization tied to these concepts of the future? And which representations are used to convey these concepts? The project The Art of Not Being Governed Like That segmentally sheds light on the backdrop of Stuttgart 21 in the following thematic areas:

New forms of governing along the horizon of neoliberalism, new governance

Urban upgrading, urban development as investment, new public management

New forms of protest, communities, networks

Information design, freedom of information laws, visual conveyance

Interests, entanglements, asserting undue advantages,

Saturday, November 27, 2010, 7 pm

Curator's and 's tours
Sunday, November 28, 2010, 1 pm

An artist who uses irony and presentation strategies that employ new communication technologies to question the democratic and equalitarian promises of these media and criticise the desire for control lying behind their apparent transparency. Based on the confirmation that new information and communication technologies are transforming our everyday life, Daniel G. Andújar created a fiction (Technologies To The People, 1996) designed to make us increase our awareness of the reality around us and of the deception in promises of free choice that are converted, irremissibly, into new forms of control and inequality. A long-time member of i rational.org (international reference point for art on the web) and founder of Technologies To The People , he is the creator of numerous projects on the Internet such as art-net-dortmund, e-barcelona.org, e-valencia.org, e-seoul.org, e-wac.org, e-sevilla.org, Materiales de artista, etc. He has directed numerous workshops for artists and social collectives in different countries.

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