Manifest

An Incomplete Guide for Unconditional Theatre UT — So Far (SF).
The only constant is Process and our Credo: Love Play Fight! Add it to each single point.

by Hayat Erdoğan, Tine Milz, Julia Reichert

1. Unconditional Theatre (UT)

or Keep moving.*

 

Unbedingtes Theater ist ein verdichteter Ort des Experiments, Denkens und Ausdrucks.
UT setzt sichtbar und hörbar ästhetische, ethische, soziale und politische Impulse.
UT befragt tradiertes Wissen und Konventionen.
UT setzt neue Narrationen in die Welt.
UT erprobt Potentiale des Als-Ob.
UT sucht neue Formen.
UT ist offen für l‘arrivant (Jacques Derrida).

 

 

Unconditional Theatre is a condensed space of experiment, thought and expression.
UT provides audible and visible aesthetical, ethical, social and political impetuses.
UT questions traditional knowledge and conventions.
UT brings new narrations into the world.
UT challenges the potentials of the as-if.
UT searches new forms.
UT is open for l‘arrivant (Jacques Derrida).

 

* The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it.
Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice.

 

 

All (*) are quotes from Bruce Mau: An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth (1998)

2. Public Declaration

or Dont be cool.*

Leiten heisst sich verpflichten, indem man sich erklärt, indem man sich für etwas ausgibt und hingibt.
Leading is a promise to devote and profess oneself. It is profession, is duty that anchors freedom, is duty to be response-able. Leading is public declaration, is profession of faith, is confession. It is also a performative act.

* Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.

3. Practicing Hospitality

or Laugh.*

Wir sind Gastgeberinnen. Wir glauben an Kosmopolitismus. We treat guests as friends. Wir glauben, dass Gastfreundschaft unbedingt notwendig ist für eine ethische, politische, soziale Kultur des Miteinanders. UT develops new rituals for living together: «forms of interaction and of companionship» (Kwane Anthony Appiah).

*Joy is the engine of growth.

4. Openness for the New

or Love your Experiments as you would love an ugly child. / Stand on someone’s shoulders.*

Das Neue ist nur dann innovativ, wenn wir Veränderung mitgestalten. Das Neue steht auf den Schultern des Alten. Das Neue erinnert sich erfindend nach vorne. Es entwirft sich in die Zukunft und verwandelt Wissen, künstlerischen Ausdruck und Wahrnehmungen.

The New is innovative only if we co-create change. The New stands on the shoulders of the Old. The New (re-)invents while remembering forwards. The New projects itself into the future and transforms knowledge, artistic expression and perceptions.

* You can travel farther carried on the accomplishments of those who came before you. And the view is so much better.

5. __________________.

or Intentionally left blank …*

* Allow space for the ideas you haven’t had yet, and for the ideas of others.

6. No Buzzwords – no Labelling

or Make new words.*

We say No to catchphrases, pigeon-hole thinking and empty commonplaces.
We say No to re-actionisms on short-term trends, topics and terms. Used inflationary, fancy terms become labels and eventually hollow.
We want to turn the attitudes residing in words like engaged, embedded or collaboration into actions: unconditionally, fundamentally and all-embracing.
We are convinced that Zeitgenossenschaft doesn’t necessarily consist of the accumulation of buzz-words & discourses, but of relevance.
Relevance is nothing that you can ultimately define, forever. We want to act on behalf of an agile art. We want to act on behalf of an art that questions and criticizes itself.

* Expand the lexicon. The new conditions demand a new way of thinking. The thinking demands new forms of expression generates new creations.

7. Questions Instead of Answers

or Ask stupid questions.* & Take fieldtrips.**

Wir bekennen uns zur Komplexität der Welt. Wir bekennen uns zu Theater als Ort, an dem Widersprüche möglich und nötig sind. Wir wollen raus aus der Bubble.

* Growth is fueled by desire and innocence. Assess the answer, not the question. Imagine learning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.

** The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic-simulated environment.

8. Time is the Most Precious Resource

or Slow Down.* → Go Deep.**

Living life as a project exploits creativity.
Acceleration of information creates instant thoughts. Wir setzen dieser Dynamik von Selbstverschleiss und Verflachung strukturell etwas entgegen: Slow down.

* Desynchronize from standard time frames and surprising opportunities may present themselves.

** The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.

9. Don’t Eat Your Neighbors

or Collaborate.*

Unbedingtes Theater erprobt Praktiken des Miteinanders und der künstlerischen Ko-Existenz.

We won’t cannibalize our neighbors, wir machen uns verwandt. We believe in dialogue and exchange. We don’t want consensus. We want to cultivate an agonistic principle for democratic co-existence.

* The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.

10. Collaborative Identity – CI

or Drift. Allow yourself to wander aimlessly.*

UT says no to the corporate, the completely normalized and institutionalized.

We deconstruct the concept of identity and we celebrate plural identities: open, fluid, vivid, ever-changing identities as «affinit» (Donna Haraway).

Wir lieben Brüche, Risse und Noise.

We favor interaction between artists and aesthetics, zwischen Stilen und Sujets, zwischen Techniken und Themen.

UT setzt auf Wiedererkennbarkeit durch verknüpfte Vielheiten.

* Work the metaphor

11. Just Do It.*

or If the fear won’t go away, sometimes you’ll have to do it afraid.

UT keeps the wolf from the door. Angst wird benannt, wird Thema, inspiriert oder fordert zur Konfrontation. Angst leitet nicht. Unbedingtes Theater erkennt – wenn überhaupt – die Realität der Bedrohung an, nicht die der Angst.

* Listen carefully. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.

12. Unruhig bleiben

or Allow events to change you.*

« there is nothing stable under heaven.» (James Baldwin). Unbedingtes Theater ist ein Work in Progress. Ist bereit zu lernen und zu verlernen. Es scheut sich nicht einzureissen, was es aufgebaut hat. Unbedingtes Theater bleibt unruhig, «staying with the trouble» (Donna Haraway), reagiert stark aber glättet auch die Wogen und baut Zufluchtsorte wieder auf.

* If you like it, do it again. If you don’t like it, do it again.