Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System – Donella Meadows (1999)

Reflect on the text on the blog. Do you see connections with the previous readings, your analyses, and also your ideas? In which way(s) do you think they relate to each other. Along with your personal response, also open the discussion as a group work regarding the relations, and try to initiate a discussion, to your work, and to other groups’ works.

find the text here:https://donellameadows.org/archives/leverage-points-places-to-intervene-in-a-system/

Sweat (Haus der Kunst)

Curated by Anna Schneider, Raphael Fonseca
Curatorial assistance: Elena Setzer

“Sweat” is traversed by unique poetics of pleasure and polyphony that counter politics of enmity and exclusion through the creation of sensual acts of self-determination and the materialization of stories that have hitherto been silenced and rendered invisible.

The artists make use of dynamic media such as dance, film, and video that attest to ephemeral civil choreographies and activate collaborative and archival processes, building on communities and their cultures. Through practices of non-hierarchical recycling, collaging, and sampling of collective and personal imagery, they postulate worlds as vital assemblages of multiple cultural influences and temporalities, disrupting biased mainstream narratives and representations.
Excerpt from the exhibition concept: https://hausderkunst.de/ausstellungen/sweat

Please visit the exhibition and engage with the artistic positions presented there. Then choose one of the positions and briefly explain on the blog why you think it is inspiring for your work this semester and what you can take away from it. This can be a technique, an approach, an ‘aha’ experience, etc.

Your contribution on the blog should be no less than 250 words.

Parteiisches Design – Jesko Fezer (2018)

Please respond to the text in the form of a blog-post. Don’t give a summary of the reading itself as all of us will read it. Instead, understand it as an invitation to think of the topic in discussion, respond to it! What thoughts or feelings does it evoke? Do you agree with the ideas put forward in the text, do you disagree? What is your opinion? What comes to your mind?
Before posting a new comment please notice the comments your fellow students made before you. Read them, take them into consideration, try to relate to the opinions expressed therein with your own contribution.

Post your responses in German or English.
Submission date – November 16 2021
Please feel free to contribute multiple times, the total number of words should be approximately 250.

Designing in Dark Times: An Arendtian Lexicon

Please respond to the considerations on the readings, especially those that you find more interesting. The book is structured as a lexicon. Please read at least 5 sections, We suggest: ‘Action, Activism, Common Good, Common Interests, Courage, Creativity Democracy, Equality, Fabrication, Human Rights, Imagination, Power, Public, Stories, Technology, Togetherness’. Try to find relations between the texts and between your personal points. The form of a blog-post on emergencymunich.wordpress.com. For the students who are taking our course from last year, please focus on the items that you did not read/comment on before.

Don’t give a summary of the reading itself as all of us will read the paper. Instead, understand the paper as an invitation to think of the topic in discussion, respond to it! What thoughts or feelings does it evoke? Do you agree with the ideas put forward in the text, do you disagree? What is your opinion? What comes to your mind? The total number of words should arount 250. Before posting a new comment, please notice the comments your fellow students made before you. Read them, take them into consideration, try to relate to the opinions expressed therein with your own contribution. Post your responses in German or English. Submission date for responses Nov 9, 2021.

Staying with the trouble – Donna Haraway

Haraway, D. J. (2016). Staying with the trouble: Making kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press; Introduction.

Please respond to the text in the form of a blog-post. Don’t give a summary of the reading itself as all of us will read it. Instead, understand it as an invitation to think of the topic in discussion, respond to it! What thoughts or feelings does it evoke? Do you agree with the ideas put forward in the text, do you disagree? What is your opinion? What comes to your mind?
Before posting a new comment please notice the comments your fellow students made before you. Read them, take them into consideration, try to relate to the opinions expressed therein with your own contribution.

Feel free to further investigate Donna Haraway.

A wonderful introduction to her thinking is the film «Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival» by Fabrizio Terranova: https://earthlysurvival.org/

Post your responses in German or English.
Submission date – November 01 2021
Please feel free to contribute multiple times, the total number of words should be approximately 250.

Deep Adaptation – A map for navigating climate tragedy, Jem Bendell

Please respond to the considerations of Jem Bendell in the form of a blog-post. Don’t give a summary of the reading itself as all of us will read the paper. Instead, understand the paper as an invitation to think of the topic in discussion, respond to it! What thoughts or feelings does it evoke? Do you agree with the ideas put forward in the text, do you disagree? What is your opinion? What comes to your mind?
Before posting a new comment please notice the comments your fellow students made before you. Read them, take them into consideration, try to relate to the opinions expressed therein with your own contribution.
Post your responses in German or English.
Submission date – October 25th 2021
Please feel free to contribute more than twice, the total number of words should be approximately 250.