A Symposium, accompanied with a temporary library,
workshops and performances.

Our current social order is surely reaching a critical period of its time. With the rise of ethno-national parties and fragmentation of European Union, authoritarianism feed on xenophobia generated by 'terrorism'. Dazzled by the hyperreality of overloading information and sensation from media channels, we find ourselves questioning the future of borderless and multi-cultural landscape of Europe.

Is cultural diversity deteriorating or is it a transition of new order? Or is such turbulent time catalysis of artistic and cultural resistance? What does activism mean in such context? Is it a event, a desire, or emotion? Our future is heading toward the unknown. Can we find the possible new vision, structure, model and tool through the act of art?

Supported by Interface Cultures Lab, artists, hackers, cultural producers, educators and students, Poetics of Politics (PoP) is an one day boot camp in artivism. The aim is to interweave the euro-political discourse with multiplex roles, formats and disciplines in terms of art, activism and technology. The program includes symposium, temporary library as research space, workshop and social gathering.

The symposium is composed of practitioners and theorists from a diverse background and insights in arts and politics, imagining clarity, narrative and strategy for the possible future. The library serves as a hub for ideologies while passionate manifestations evolved into workshop and performance.

Conference program

10:00Welcome note by Christa Sommerer and PoP Team

Ubermorgen - Binary Primitivism

We deal with a crisis of intelligence (idiocracy) and the schism between the anglophile world and other parts of the universe. There is no ... more



7 Theses on the possibilities and difficulties of political action in the arts today. 1. Do not mistake action and activism for freedom. Not every action ... more

12:00Reading Room and Workshop intro
12:15-- lunch break --

Maximilian Thoman - The Future of Demonstration

By delivering a short insight into the framework and program of the media art festival The Future of Demonstration and exploring representative ... more


Monika Mokre - How to be a political activist?

Rather recently, I have developed a new vanity: When lecturing, especially in a strictly academic environment, I like to be presented as ... more


Stefanie Wuschitz - Feminist Hackerspaces

Feminist hackerspaces are a global phenomenon, but what does feminist hacking actually mean? Is it an artistic methodology? Does it help to transcend ... more

17:15-- tea break --
17:30Workshop presentation and Panel Discussion

Reading Room

Nowadays, information appears to be easily accessible. However, due to a comprehensive amount of sources and the growing privatization over it’s access, the quality and reliability of many of them is unclear, opening the door for propaganda and ideologies.

The Reading Room is an experimental utopia-place, where a public temporary space for sharing viewpoints and interpretations is created. It’s a curatorship of books, zines and independent publishing all serving as content and inspiration for performative utterances, manifestos and non-hierarchical generation of knowledge.

From discourse to dialogue, from digital to analogue, from reading to copying and self editing; the actions which permeate this dynamic library are all an effort to bring authorship, interaction, performativity out of the screens and into the physical materiality of daily life. Here the notion of time is other: past, present and future coexist in a place; at the same time repository of memory, data, actions and projects to the future. The Reading Room’s aim is to provide space to promote, connect and improve the dialogue between individuals and society, mediated through printed texts, an interactive survey, and a copy machine as instruments of memory and of democratisation of knowledge.


Sam Bunn

Plans in the Sand

A Utopic Exploration of Today using the backroom tools of the shamans to talk about Tomorrow.
Utopia means to critique the present and to propose something other for the future. As artists we can do this with images, and also with words. During this workshop we will prepare a sketch and a text for the sand, to describe some aspect of today that we wish were different, specifically regarding methodologies of mass communication. At the end we will perform the two together, breathing life into them with hands and fingers, a series of open un-open sketches.

Julia Nüßlein &
Gabriela Gordillo


2057: Speculative Climate Fiction

Climate change has reached our backyards, and while scientists present us the facts, writers and artists are increasingly contributing to the debate by translating graphs and numbers into fictional stories, speculating about how our world might change.
In this workshop, we will invite the participants to collaboratively imagine their own climate fiction by using the methodology of conditional design. The group's dynamic will lead the way to unfold shared scenarios. more

Mario Romera


Politics of Mobile

The wireless devices grow in its usage as fast as digital natives born, the communication is being delocalized by terms of the moving nodes of the network, and the information relays every day more in the content uploaded by users. This process is not left unattended by the socio-politic movements which find in this technologies a perfect ally in self-organizing, uncensored communication and coordination in real time along the physical space.
In this workshop we will visit some of the most critical experiences and the technical methods behind those that can be potentially useful to hack and create distributed and autonomous networks. more

Staff and Support

Core Team:
  • WaiWai (Hiu-wai Chan)
  • Thomas Hoch
  • Laura Cassol
Administrative and Production Support:
  • Gertrude Hörlesberger
  • Julia del Rio
  • Antonio Zingaro
  • Gabriela Gordillo
  • Alessio Chierico
Reading Room Collaboration:
  • Marianne Pührerfellner
  • Katharina Mayrhofer

Thank you for coming!