School of Resistance is a symbolic institution of the future. It has now come to the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Drawing on previous projects of the director and theatre-maker Milo Rau, the project examines aesthetic practices of resistance. Activists and artists discuss art as a transformative, reality-creating practice.
In search of strategies of resistance, Milo Rau and the IIPM (International Institute of Political Murder) initiated a globally networked School of Resistance as a livestream debate series in May 2020. As a symbolic institution of the future, it has now come to the Akademie der Künste, Berlin and, drawing on previous projects, examines aesthetic practices of resistance. Activists and artists discuss art as a transformative, reality-creating practice. Milo Rau and the IIPM have been exploring the contradictions of global capitalism for almost 15 years through installations, plays, films, books and political interventions. The interweaving of activism and art leads to an expansion of artistic strategies and at the same time contributes to dissolving the boundaries of the concept of art. How can art react to states of crisis? How can it contribute to strategies of resistance? Six cinematic works by Milo Rau form the starting point for this investigation: The Last Days of the Ceausescus (2009/10), The Moscow Trials (2014), The General Assembly (2017), The Congo Tribunal (2017), Orestes in Mosul (2020) and The New Gospel (2020). In doing so, the School of Resistance at the Akademie der Künste examines the conditions of global art production and the artistic strategies of the IIPM itself.