Tanzkongress 2016 - Zeitgenoss*in sein – Being Contemporary

The past years have seen an increased discussion on the political in the performing arts, not least since the Belgian political scientist Chantal Mouffe wrote about a new type of artist-activist, the so-called artivist. According to Mouffe, the actions of the artivists dissolve the fixed distinction between art and politics, and interventions in public space replace distanced critique.

the lab seeks to critically examine this proposition. To this end, internationally operating, politically active artists will present their approaches based on their own documented actions and discuss questions related to the political in art. The art-activist John Jordan (labofii) meets the artist Rima Najdi, and the dramaturge Ivana Ivković meets choreographer Andrea Božić. Hosted by Jan Deck.

Research lab


Andrea Božić (HR/NL) choreographer
Jan Deck (DE) director, dramaturge, curator 
Ivana Ivković (RS) dramaturge
John Jordan (UK) art-activist
Rima Najdi (LB/DE) artist