CuMMA Study Trip: Bergen Assembly 2016

The study trip in collaboration with Bergen Assembly was realised as part of a course “Transnational Practices and Policies.”

Bergen Assembly
 is a perennial model for artistic production and research that is structured around public events taking place in the city of Bergen every three years. Originating from the “Bergen Biennial Conference” in 2009 and its critical thinking around the biennial format. In 2016 Bergen Assembly presents three dis- tinct propositions, expanded and developed in different temporal registers by the artistic directors: Tarek Atoui, freethought, and PRAXES. On the excursion we will analyse, problematise and engage with discourses, questions and programs of Bergen Assembly – with a focus on the freethought project on infrastructure. As part of this we will be hosted by the Partisan Café, Bergen.

The Partisan Café is an educational/ performative/artistic practice as a coffee house in the Museum of Burning Questions – a Para-Museum realised in collaboration with the artist Isa Rosenberger – and one performative platform of the freethought infrastructure project. Located in the occupied historic fire station of Bergen the Partisan Café is a shared space and a contact zone. A quote from the Partisan cafe (Post-)Manifesto: “As educators and café workers we think about radical hospitality. As guests of the resident firefighters we think about reciprocities and commonalities. It borrows its name directly from “the Partisan coffee house” – a space for gatherings, conversation and debate in London Soho in the late 1950s, organised by the New Left. The use of the name is not nostalgic but an actualisation: With burning questions of today, we relate to it and appropriate it. The Partisan café is related to a choice: partisan instead of participant. As “participation” has become a main engine of neoliberal transformation, formulating and taking up dissident stances is necessary. Rather than interacting within prescribed situations, we choose to build situated knowledges and actions.”