Magdalena Freudenschuss, contributor to Bergen Assembly 2019, is a sociologist, political educator, and trainer for transformative Global Citizenship Education, living in Berlin. Her most recent research project explored the vulnerabilities of activists in the digital era. In 2017, she involuntarily took a crash course in crisis management and coping with state repression.
In her projects with Laressa Dickey (re:assembling emotional labour) and Peter Steudtner (preparing4prison), she uses art and activism to rework these experiences.
Introduction Days, 6.4.2019
preparing4prison (presentation and Q&A, 30’)
preparing4prison(p4p) collects experiences, stories, and best practices of the involuntary assemblies of people imprisoned due to their activism. It combines them with the insights and perspectives of their supporters, their families, and their lawyers. Virtually assembled, p4p offers an easily accessible crisis set that does not prescribe a certain way of coping with this particular kind of crisis, but allows for inspiration and guidance as much as for rejection of the proposed strategies. In the p4p workshops within Bergen Assembly 2019, Magdalena Freudenschuss and Peter Steudtner open the space up to local activists as well as to participating artists, inviting additions to the assembled stories and experiences, and allowing for the individual or collective reassembling of the collection.