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Jan 13 and 14, 2006
Final Workshop
Lüneburg
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April 29 - June 19, 2005
Exhibition
Be what you want but stay where you are
Rotterdam
» Witte de With
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Feb 24 - April 24, 2005
Exhibition
Elysian Spheres of Action
Vienna
» Secession
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Nov 29, 2004 - Jan 30, 2005
Exhibition
How do we want to be governed? (Figure and Ground)
Miami
» MAC
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Sept 22 - Nov 07, 2004
Exhibition
Com volem ser governats?
Barcelona
» MACBA
Sept 22 Institut Barri Besòs
Oct 10 Palo Alto nau XYZ
Oct 21 Centre Cívic de La Mina
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April 29 - May 20, 2004
Exhibition
Acts upon Acts
Lueneburg
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Jan 30 and 31, 2004
Symposium
In/form Governments!
Lueneburg
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Jan 29 - Feb 12, 2004
Exhibition
The University is a Factory
Lueneburg
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Nov 28 and 29, 2003
Symposium
La construcción del público
Barcelona
» MACBA
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Nov 06 - 13, 2003
Opening Exhibition
Lueneburg
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Conception The Government

How do we want to be governed? - This question was brought up by the late Michel Foucault almost a quarter of a century ago. At around that time the Western welfare-state was showing first signs of erosion, and although nobody could have foreseen it, the Soviet Empire was also on the brink of collapse. If one takes a look at Lorenzetti's frescoes in Siena's town hall, dating from the late middle-ages and depicting the Good and the Bad Government, the question might have an even longer history. A common feature in Foucault's thinking, Lorenzetti's painting, and the actual exhibition is to conceive of government as an indirect use of power. In other words we are less concerned with the spectacular varieties of immediate action such as state-power affecting citizens or non-citizens directly. Rather, and more abstractly, The Government pays attention to actions that act upon other actions (upon the actions of others). The ongoing "war against terror" for instance generates day by day new states of exception. The precarisation of work, to give another example, helps to dismantle people's solidarity. To our deepest regret, government by indirect means works all too well.

But government is much more than just another subject to be taken up by an exhibition; it also provides the exhibition with its particular form. Much like a three-dimensional film, extending itself in time and space, and thereby inserting the spectator in its unfolding, this exhibition builds upon changing constellations of artworks acting upon each other. The aim is to illuminate (and con-template) relationality in its diverse aspects. In geopolitical terms, this might mean to relate areas to each other which like the Basque Country and Jerusalem have nothing in common apart from their failure to overcome a certain political rationality: the inhibition to imagine a shared sovereignty. In terms of aesthetics, relationality takes on another mean-ing: works of diverging methodological and artistic background are shown to communicate with each other through the medium of the exhibition.

Conception
Roger M. Buergel and Ruth Noack, in cooperation with Antke Engel and Jorge Ribalta

and Nina Brodowski, Larissa Buchholz, Miren Etxezzareta, Marlene Heidel, Sonja Parzefall, Sophia Prinz, Joan Roca i Albert, Diethelm Stoller, Polina Stroganova, Wanda Wieczorek and Ulf Wuggenig.

With
Ibon Aranberri (Bilbao), Maja Bajevic (Paris), Archive Tucumán Arde (advised by Graciela Carnevale; in cooperation with Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann), Alice Creischer (Berlin), Danica Dakic (Düsseldorf), filmy by Maya Deren, Ines Doujak (Vienna), Patrick Faigenbaum (Paris), Harun Farocki (Berlin), Peter Friedl, Andrea Geyer (New York), films by Jean-Luc Godard, Dmitry Gutov (Moskau), Sanja Ivekovic (Zagreb), Emily Jacir (Ramallah/New York), Jocelyne Lemaire-Darnaud (Le Pré Saint Gervais), Rainer Oldendorf (Paris), Lisl Ponger (Vienna), Florian Pumhösl (Vienna), Alejandra Riera (Paris), Martha Rosler, Dierk Schmidt (Berlin), Allan Sekula (Los Angeles), Andreas Siekmann (Berlin), Simon Wachsmuth (Berlin), and others.

Website conception, production and support
Wanda Wieczorek


THE GOVERNMENT is sponsored by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Government Foundation), and supported by the Allianz Kulturstiftung (Allianz Foundation) and the Verein fuer Zeitgenoessische Kunst Lueneburg (Association of Contemporary Art, Lueneburg).

THE GOVERNMENT is produced by the Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg in cooperation with Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Wiener Secession (Vienna) and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Rotterdam.

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