Saturday, 15.6.2019

The Parliament of Bodies
Conceived by Paul B. Preciado and Viktor Neumann

A 12 hour long night programme from 7pm to 7am
Belgin, Rasmus Meyers allé 3, 5015 Bergen
Admission free, in English

The Parliament of Bodies (PoB) was initiated by Paul B. Preciado as part of documenta 14. Viktor Neumann subsequently joined the project. Moving from Athens and Kassel to other contexts, it has since transformed itself into an apatride institution-in-becoming, which has no constitution. It is a place for cultural activism and a critical device for collectively imagining and constructing other ways of producing, reproducing and governing knowledge and life, visibility and affect.

For the Bergen Assembly 2019, the Parliament of Bodies will introduce already established Open Form Societies while also creating new ones specific to local contexts, agents, and collectives. Inspired by the open form methodology of architect Oskar Hansen and modelled on the endeavours of the countercultural anti-slavery bonds of the late 18th century, the Open Form Societies aim to work as self-learning, self-organised counter-publics that generate their own activities and set their own critical agenda. The aim of the PoB is to create a large anti-fascist, anti-racist and trans-feminist network of action within art institutions and across disciplines.

As a part of PoB, the Impossible Parliaments take their inspiration from the limits of the hegemonic idea of political action as based on a strong, virile, healthy political subject. They question the model of the assembly as a series of acts of communication between equals destined to achieve consensus. Within the context of the Bergen Assembly 2019, the Impossible Parliaments explore political and aesthetic practices that go beyond the form of the assembly and contest the traditional frameworks of the exhibition and the public programme as well as the public gathering of free, equal, and able subjects. Taking as their starting point the work of artist Lorenza Böttner, these Impossible Parliaments explore somato-political dissidence, calling into question normative distinctions between sickness and health, and focusing on specific knowledges and practices of those historically considered ‘sick’ and ‘deficient’.