This blog is part of a project by Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen und Helmut Weber) in Cooperation with the Kunstraum Lüneburg at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and the Leuphana Arts Program.

New areas of Research

After more research and two seminars with students and faculty in December 2012, the focus of our project shifted from models of autogestion or self-management derived from Henri Lefebvre, and from the ways in which communities are “filling in the weak points” of the social fabric through self-management as the state has pulled back and created a new “precariate”, or a level of people living in new forms of precarity and forms of resistance. This aspect of the  project had a site-specific aspect that broadened out from Lüneburg to Hamburg and to the historical and present-day anti-nuclear protests in Gorleben, Brokdorf, and Wendland. Would it be possible to find forms of autogestion in anti-gentrification movements and in the anti-nuclear actions? From this starting point, our research has moved to the tactics, militant and otherwise, of anti-nuclear protests and the visual language of protests.
This visual language also considers the press photographs of the protests (and police actions) in Wendland (with the brief establishment of the Free Republic of Wendland) and the mass protests at Brokdorf. Alongside this history of protest and militancy, Lüneburg, and Leuphana Universität, has a military history which has an obscured and hidden spatial and architectural language. In contrast to the visibility of the tactics of anti-nuclear militancy, how can the “invisibility” of the military history of the campus be represented? And how has the spatiality of the military been obscured, hidden, and camouflaged?
From this new perspective we have identified research points that we hope to incorporate into our project for Kunstraum and in the seminars at Leuphana in early June 2013. See on the right ->