Redemption Jokes at NGBK Berlin
In the frame of REDEMPTION JOKES, humour and critique are treated as intermediate states demanding aesthetic distancing.
The two-part project is interested in explicitly critical strategies of humour, their aesthetic grammars and artistic realisations.
Humour is often described as an anarchic state, a temporary crisis for relations of power and interpretation. Its force lies in breaking communication rules and thus making standards perceivable and experienceable. Critique as a stance, as the art and the will “not to be ruled in this way, not at this cost, not by them” (Foucault), enables moments of suspension.
In the frame of REDEMPTION JOKES, humour and critique are treated as intermediate states demanding aesthetic distancing. In collaboration with cultural producers, activists and visitors, tactics of joyful resistance, strategies of (self-)ironic ripostes and ecstatic failure are experienced and reinterpreted. Unreadability and ambiguity are arguments against manipulation and for a production of non-knowledge. The projects seeks to explore the connection between humour and critique as a cultural practice, as an anti-disciplinary model of knowledge production.