Against the background of the age of Anthropocene viewed as the period during which human activity has become the dominant influence of Earth’s climate, geology and environment, the lecture asks for the fundamental human activity of making art in particular circumstances that are influencing the localities where they take place. In a comparative approach, we will analyze how Western art intervenes in a country still determined by its colonial history, the Republic of Congo. With its abundant mineral (and human) resources it is not only the place where “the most decisive economic battles for the share in the area of globalization” (Milo Rau) takes place. At the same time it challenges to ask to which extend every artistic intervention has to take into account that it is part of ongoing process of an accumulation of cultural and financial capital that in the end will be transferred to the Western metropolises and to their entrepreneurs. Questioning the localization and locality of the production, reception and distribution of art in subversive institutional terms we will compare three arts projects located in the Republic of Congo: Milo Rau’s (International Institution of Political Murder) Kongo Tribunal (2017), Renzo Martens’s (Institute of Human Activities) collaboration with the Lusanga International Research Centre for Art and Economic Inequality (2017) and Sven Augustijn’s project Spectres dealing with the circumstances of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba in 1960, the year of the independence of the former Belgian Congo.
Since March 2007, Kati Röttger is professor and chair of the Institute of Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She had completed her doctoral studies at the Freie Universät Berlin, Germany, on Collective Creation in the New Colombian Theatre. After having completed a postdoc at the ‘Graduiertenkolleg’ „Gender-Difference and Literature“ at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany) in 1998, she had been appointed at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (Germany) as Assistant Professor where she wrote a ‘Habilitation’ about ‘Theatre as medium of vision’. Her actual research topics are International Dramaturgy and Technologies of Spectacle.
Alexander Jackob studied theatre studies, film studies and history of art at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz. With Kati Röttger he published 2009 the anthology Theater und Bild. Inszenierungen des Sehens. Since 2007 he is a member of the Amsterdam School Cultural Analysis (ASCA). He finished his PhD at the University of Amsterdam 2012 in philosophy. From 2010 to 2015 he taught aesthetics in theatre and the arts, the relations between theatre and globalization and music theatre at the Institute of Theatre Studies in Amsterdam (UVA). Since 2016 he is teaching theatre history at the Musical Arts - Acadamy of the performing Arts in Mainz. He is researching and publishing on actual and historical media events.