the emancipatory
potential of
cultural practice

TEH Meeting 81
WUK, Vienna

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Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus (WUK) and Trans Europe Halles (TEH) are pleased to welcome you to four inspiring days in Vienna.

The conference It’s (about) politics. Performing the emancipatory potential of cultural practice on 6 to 8 May 2016 is an in-depth exploration of what it means for cultural organisations to be political. The conference is an open invitation to debate and reflect upon the importance of art and culture in a political present characterised by the dynamics of inequality. In four thematic routes – including more than 30 workshops, lectures, talks, and exchanges of experiences – the conference will address a variety of issues, from contemporary political theory to practice-oriented inputs, along with different approaches to networking and building alliances.

Members and associates of Trans Europe Halles will meet on 5 May 2016 for the TEH Members day including the General Assembly and news about the projects TEH is working on.

We look forward to seeing you all!

It’s (about) politics

Performing the emancipatory potential of cultural practice

There is widespread unease about a loss of democracy, globalisation and the power of markets, about inequality, eroding solidarity, and ever-expanding job and living insecurity. This unease affects us – a political response and action are called for.

The conference 
It's (about) politics
 at WUK offers room for debate and reflection upon the emancipatory potential and impact of cultural practice. It’s (about) politics investigates what it means to be “political”: What does it mean for each and every one of us? How do we act? How can we act – as individuals, as collectives, as institutions?



In the documentation area you can find about the conference: a film, texts, workshop material, audio recordings and radio reports as well as photos and a conference bibliography.

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WUK Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus

Your host

Constructed in the 19th century as a locomotive factory, the WUK building was peacefully seized by activists who struggled for an autonomous cultural centre in 1981. This take-over was inspired and driven by the ideas and claims of the 70s for the realisation of an understanding of culture encompassing all areas of life.