Responsive Subjects

On the design of collective action

Kateřina Šedá, Nedá se svítit / Die Suppe ist gegessen, 2011-2012, Courtesy of the artist and Arratia Beer

Is it possible to bundle the experience of different artists in a concrete context at one location and make it available to various segments of the public? In the interdisciplinary and participatory project “Responsive Subjects”, the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig presented the working methods used by three young, internationally acclaimed artists. The artist Kateřina Šedá, the (performance art) curator Joanna Warsza and the designer James Langdon took a closer look at the designers of social processes in the local context of Leipzig and jointly developed various performative formats.
The project’s title makes reference to both the interaction of the participants, as well as the links between the artists’ disciplines, methods and subjects. The ideas and formats have been interconnected in order to activate and network various segments of the public, e.g. children and young people. The gallery functioned as a production site and the central presentation venue. The central theme – collective action – facilitated joint learning and working and ideally carried on into everyday life. Another goal was to increase awareness of the significance of contemporary art and what it is capable of achieving. The artists collaborated with students from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, the Leipzig University of Music and Theatre and the Burg Giebichenstein in Halle/Saale. The project has been accompanied by publications, a course book and a theory booklet.

Artistic directors / Curators: Julia Schäfer, Franciska Zólyom
Artists: Kateřina Šedá (CZ), Joanna Warsza (PL), James Langdon (GB)


Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst

Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 9-11

04107 Leipzig (external link, opens in a new window)