Workshops WIENWOCHE 2013
In a series of workshops pupils discuss the idea and meaning of democracy with intermediaries, artists and activists. The results of this discussion culminate in the production of zines.
In the run-up to WIENWOCHE, pupils from various educational institutions have been engaged, in a series of workshops, with questions on the democratic promise of participation. What is co-determination? What is involvement? What is for all and what is solidarity? What social values and norms accompany the democratic concept?
At the same time, the teenagers met the challenge of considering omissions in the democratic "system", as well as discrepancies between democratic principles and the real constitution of politics, together with participants from WIENWOCHE (WahlweXel jetzt!, Let's Create One, Two, Many Beggar Representatives, Auditory Tours and Rapattack). In so doing the young people focused on themes such as exclusion, prohibition and racism. The results of this discussion will culminate in zines and be distributed in the course of WIENWOCHE.
"In so far as the teenagers discussed their sometimes astonishing and courageous, sometimes impressive and sometimes also not at all democratic conclusions, they became actors, allies or also opponents", is how trafo.K describes the working process. "When power structures are discussed and de-constructed, the result is not only emancipation, but also uncertainty. This is because particularly with emancipatory demands the entanglements between personal needs and social rules become visible."
Confronted by this inconsistency the pupils developed countless "ResitanceDesiringMachines" in the form of collages made of found footage, definitions, questions and pictorial stories. These tell stories, from different perspectives, about structural borders, statutory exclusions and social inequalities.
trafo.K thanks all pupils from the Brigittenau grammar school, the Anton-Krieger-Gasse grammar school, BORG 3 and the JAW Technical Centre who participated and played a decisive role in the workshop processes.