Dampfzentrale Bern and the University of Bern Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (Switzerland) > Call for contributions Herbstlabor / aus.zeit

 Herbstlabor explores the broad and vague meaning of the term «time out», whilst taking into account how closely intertwined it is with the neo-liberal basic structure of the current economic and social system. On the one hand, taking a time out fits in well with our high-performance and self-optimisation society, in which «unproductive» breaks are deemed less desirable and taking a short break should lead to everyday life being more efficient. While on the other hand, a self empowerment (illusion) can arise while taking a time out. Since the individual trapped in everyday life can – so the promise – enjoy a relaxing, albeit limited, break and step «out of time» for a moment.

The issue of «time out» is to be illuminated in a variety of artistic and/or scientific contexts as part of Herbstlabor. The focus is firmly on the close links to religion, (gendered) bodies as well as resistant practices and appropriations, and is tailored towards the following questions:

 - What sort of relationship exists between religion and time out in view of the often religious themes and practices?

-  Which significance does the body have within the context of time out and related offerings such as yoga and tea? What does time out actually mean for different (gendered) bodies? And which natural time outs does the body take in the form of illnesses, for instance, in order to demonstrate its independence?

-  To what extent does the concept of time out expose itself to the potential for criticism and for infiltration, the queering of neo-liberal system conformity?

Herbstlabor, organised by Dampfzentrale Bern in cooperation with the University of Bern Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, is open to interested individuals and groups who are dedicated to artistic and scientific approaches and practices with the predetermined aim of merging them in their works on the aforesaid themes and questions. Herbstlabor is process-oriented but not intended to lead to specific results; although any resulting projects/initiatives may be presented later on at Dampfzentrale Bern.

 When and where? 20 and 21 September 2019 at Dampfzentrale Bern, Marzilistrasse 47, CH-3005 Bern

Deadline: 27 June 2019

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