Art and Post-Capitalism: Art and Economies Open Seminars

Documenta Institut invites everyone interested to take part in the Art and Post Capitalism seminars, where we will discuss and compare historical and contemporary perspectives on artistic speculation as a means of political transformation.

We will engage in dialogues with artists who situate themselves within the field of political and speculative art practices and with theoreticians who examine such situatedness. We explore how emerging technologies associated with current financial systems—such as forecasting, scenario planning, and other speculative infrastructures – could be utilized towards more progressive goals.

We will investigate the potential of speculative knowledge to interrogate emergent technologies, challenge established paradigms and encourage public participation and critical dialogue. Furthermore we will examine what role speculative, artistic thinking and methodologies can play as part of this process.


This seminar is open to the students as well as to the members of the public.

30 October 10:00-15:00 Lantian Xie. Mass Dispersal Exponentiality
20 November 10:00-15:00 Theo Reeves-Evison. Speculative Infrastructures of Climate Change
11 December 10:00-15:00 Dave Beech. Rethinking the Economics of Artistic Labour
29 January 10:00-15:00 Suhail Malik. Economies in Speculative Time

Place: Fridericianum, Rotunde
Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel

The seminars are moderated by Andreas Niegl and Yulia Gromova
To obtain credits as a student of Uni Kassel / Kunsthochschule Kassel, join the seminar "Speculative Knowledge and Infrastructures" on e-campus / Uni Kassel portal.

*All seminars are held in English.