Pod Save Austria, a performative installation between radio art and podcast, revives the radio tradition of political invocations of community. The starting point is the observation that sovereignty today appears to be diffusing and is increasingly producing porous nation-states. But the autonomy of the subjects is also caught in dense networks of technicalities and mega-structures that operate in the background. In a series of public talks in this rhetoric that formerly served to represent governments, thinkers, artists and political activists attempt to find partial sovereignties in the face of collapsing worlds.
- Episode 1 DEPENDENCY DECLARATION: 14. May, 18:00
A critique of sovereignty which means: Danger of war, boredom of homogeneity, inhumanity of borders, harassment by police and childishness of prisons. The address explores central aspects of the calamitous history of this modern concept in order to give impulses for a post-sovereign policy. A dependency declaration starts with the irrevocable truth that people need each other—in fact need each other in an intensity that ruins every sovereign phantasm of self-frugality, hierarchy and unity.
Speaker DANIEL LOICK, philosopher and social theoretician, Frankfurt
Respondents ELISABETH HOLZLEITHNER, professor for philosophy of law and gender studies at University of Vienna and CLAUDIA ARADAU, Professor for International Politics am King's College, London
DANIEL LOICK (Frankfurt / Main) is philosopher and social theoretician, interested in a critique of state violence and law. Among others he published Critique of Sovereignty (2012), an Introduction to Anarchism (2017) and Juridismus. Contours of a critical theory of law (2017).
ELISABETH HOLZLEITHNER is Professor of philosophy of law and legal gender studies at University Vienna. Her research is focussed on political philosophy specialized in Human Rights, theories of justice, legals gender and queer studies and law and popular culture.
CLAUDIA ARADAU is Professor of International Politics in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She has published widely on critical security studies and critical International Relations. Her current research focuses is on the transformation of knowledge through anticipatory security practices. Taking her earlier work on 'governing unknowns' into a new direction, it analyses contemporary articulations of security and unknowns, particularly as mediated through data and digital devices. She is Associate Editor of Security Dialogue and a member of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy.
- Episode 2 MACHINATIONS: 15. May, 18:00
A remix of narratives about sovereignty in popular culture, propaganda and mass media by radioee.net.
Set DJ SVRNTY aka FRIEDRICH TIETJEN
Remixologists STEPHANIE SHERMAN, AGUSTINA WOODGATE (radioee.net)
Conversation MARTIN GASTEINER, historian, Vienna, and FRIEDRICH TIETJEN, art and media historian, art radiographer, Leipzig
STEPHANIE SHERMAN art & design producer, co-producer @ radioee.net, an online nomadic multilingual radio station.
AGUSTINA WOODGATE is artist and designer, co-producer @ radioee.net, an online nomadic multilingual radio station.
MARTIN GASTEINER is historian with a focus on media history and digital humanities. He is co-founder of Voices of Cultural Studies and accompanies the project Pod save Austria.
FRIEDRICH TIETJEN is art historian, photo researcher, curator and art radiographer in Leipzig.
- Episode 3 ADRESS TO THE EUROPEAN NATION: 16. May, 18:00
In dependence of the French intellectual Julien Benda, who had imagined a speech to the european nation from within the uprising fascism, Ulrike Guérot adresses european citizens today with an appeal to complement the one market and the one currency by one common european Democracy.
Speaker ULRIKE GUÉROT, is Professor of European Politicy and the Study of Democracy at Danube University Krems.
Respondents IVAN KRASTEV, head of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna and
NICCOLÒ MILANESE, poet, philosopher and a director of „European Alternatives“, Paris
ULRIKE GUÉROT is Professor of European Politicy and the Study of Democracy at Danube University Krems. In 2016 she published Why Europe should be a Republic. A political utopia and 2013, together with writer Robert Menasse the appeal Europe’s Choice.
IVAN KRASTEV is head of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia und Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna. Lastly he provoked broad debates with his book After Europe investigating the intersections of re-nationalisation, migration and Human Rights in Europe.
NICCOLÒ MILANESE is a director of European Alternatives, poet, philosopher und activist in Paris. He advises political and cultural institutions on questions of citizenship and political theory beyond national borders and institutional designs. His book Citizens of Nowhere. How Europe Can Be Saved from Itself is upcoming.
- Episode 4 THE FINANCIAL REGIME 17. May, 18:00
The latest financial crisis led to a state of emergency politics in the grey zone of economy and politics. Expert committees, improvised boards and ‘Troikas’ took over government affairs. Financial markets apply for: Sovereign is, who can change own risks into threats for others.
Speaker JOSEPH VOGL, philosopher, literature and media scientist at Humboldt University Berlin
Respondents ELENA ESPOSITO, Professor for sociology at the universities Bielefeld and
Modena-Reggio Emilia and GERALD NESTLER, artist and financial theoretician
JOSEPH VOGL is Professor of literature-, cultural- and media studies at Humboldt University Berlin. In Kalkül und Leidenschaft (Calculus and passion), The Specter of Capital and Der Souveränitätseffekt (The Sovereignty effect) he published influential books on the history and present of political economy.
ELENA ESPOSITO is Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Bielefeld and Modena-Reggio Emilia. She is doing research on finances, propabilities and a sociology of algorithms.
GERALD NESTLER is artist, theoretician and curator—lastly for the media art festival The Future of Demonstration. Art and Society in a post-digital Age. In 2015 he published The Making of Finance together with philosopher Armen Avanessian.
- Episode 5 POLITICS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE: 18. May, 18:00
Politics of Nature in the Anthropocene can no longer be organised withing the frames of nation states. The much acclaimed citizen of individual countries cannot be its subject, only the heterogeneous community of those who conceive of themselves as inhabitants of a limited and fragile planet. Its matters of concern cannot be claims and liberties but modes of life and economy which bring to account the finiteness and instability of the planetary life system. Which kind of sovereignty needs the planet? What would it mean to be an earthling?
Speaker EVA HORN, professor for literature studies at the University of Vienna
Respondents DIPESH CHAKRABARTY, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, FRED LUKS, researcher, publicist, manager and
head of the Competence Centre for Sustainability at the University of Economy, Vienna and
KATHRIN SOLHDJU, research professor at the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS)
EVA HORN is Professor of New German Literature at University Vienna. After The Secret War: Treason, Espionage, and Modern Fiction on an Hisotry of state secrets and an epistemology of enmity she recently is interested in the anthropocence and the literary time of the climate.
DIPESH CHAKRABARTY Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilisations, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is a leading thinker and author of post-colonial historiographies. Currently he is doing research on the implications of the science of climate change for historical and political thought.
FRED LUKS is heading the Competence Centre of Sustainability at the University of Economy, Vienna. He is researcher, publicist and manager. Lastly he published State of exception. Our present from A to Z.
KATHRIN SOLHDJU is research professor at the Belgian Fonds national de la recherche scientifique, Institute of Sociology and Anthropology at University Mons. Starting with her recent book L´Épreuve du savoir (2015) her research engages in possible ecologies between profane and academic knowledge with a focus on medicine.
- Episode 6 TERROR AND THE STATE OF TERRITORY: 19. May, 18:00
We think of the relation between a state and its territory as fixed, with the world divided up by boundaries that are clear and unmovable. Those state boundaries seemingly mark a clear line between domestic and foreign politics. After World War II the international community tried to fix those boundaries, and outlaw intervention within the territory of a sovereign state. The post-Cold War world has seen a progressive weakening of the links between these ideas - among others the intervention in Kosovo, and then a sequence of interventions following George W. Bush’s declaration of a ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and most recently in Syria. These interventions challenge the sovereignty of states within their boundaries, within their territory, though most are attempts to preserve their territorial status. This talk will provide some historical background, and open up the question of whether the state-territory relation is being challenge more fundamentally by these interventions.
Speaker STUART ELDEN, professor for political theory and geography at the University of Warwick
Respondents GUDRUN HARRER, journalist and Middle East expert and SASKIA STACHOWITSCH, professor for international politics at the University of Vienna
STUART ELDEN is Professor of Political Theory and Geography, Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick (GB). He published the award-winning books Terror and Territory: The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty in 2009 and The Birth of Territory in 2013. His new book Shakespearean Territories is forthcoming in late 2018.
GUDRUN HARRER is leading editor for the daily newspaper ‘Der Standard’, where she headed the Foreign Policy editorial department for years. She studied Arabian and Islamic Culture as well as Political Sciences ant teaches Modern Arabic History at the University of Vienna and at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna.
SASKIA STACHOWITSCH is Professor of International Policy at University Vienna und head of Austrian Institute of International Affairs (oiip). She works on critical security and military studies, feminst and post-colonial theories of International Relations and transnational actors (eg. ‚Frontex’).
- Episode 7 THE HEARTBEAT OF THE NATION: 20. May, 18:00
Recent Nationalism is promising a strong hand of the sovereign at the borders. But what about the distances inside, where daily life is pulsating? Can we organize a space and time of – at least partly – free living together without sovereign power? What makes us gain sufficient distance between one another in order to find own rhythms that can synchronize differently? What mediates amongst heart frequencies, if not the watch being synchronized by the state?
Speaker KAI VAN EIKELS, guest professor at the Institute for Theatre Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum
Respondents SABETH BUCHMANN, professor for art history of Modernity and Post-Modernity at the Academy of Fine Arts and PAUL FEIGELFELD, media scientist and Data & Research Architect at the TBA21-Academy, Vienna
KAI VAN EIKELS is Guest Professor at the Ruhr University Bochum und teaches at the Free University Berlin. In his books he combines philosophy, theatre- and literature studies at the intersections of performance and politics. He regularly publishes on his blog The art of the Collective.
SABETH BUCHMANN is art historian and –critic, Professor of Art History of Modernity and Postmodernity at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. She is editing PoLYpeN, a series on art critique and political theory at b_books Berlin (together with Helmut Draxler, Clemens Krümmel und Susanne Leeb). Lately she published Putting Rehearsals to the Test. Practices of Rehearsal in Fine Arts, Film. Theater, Theory, and Politics within an exhibition and film project in Montréal of the same name (together with Ilse Lafer und Constanze Ruhm).
PAUL FEIGELFELD is media theoretician and actually Data & Research Architect at TBA21-Academy, the research branch of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna. He studies cultural studies and informatics in Berlin and worked as assistant of Friedrich Kittler and Wolfgang Ernst. Until 2016 he co-ordinated the Digital Cultures Research Lab at the Centre for Digital Cultures in Lüneburg.
- Artistic Team
Curator Alexander Martos
Consultation Martin Gasteiner
Composition radioee.net (Content: Stephanie Sherman, Agustina Woodgate Technics: Sebastian Bellver, Hernan Woodgate)
Music Peter Votava
Voice Anna Mendelssohn
Translation Stefan Leiner and Ruth Mauritz
Graphics and Videoanimation Bernhard Poppe, dform
Produktion Wiener Festwochen
Alexander Martos is the director of the artistic-scientific platform “Science Communications Research” in Vienna and was a founding member of the NGO “Researchers without Borders” for highly qualified refugees and asylum seekers. Active as a philosopher and curator, he develops public conversation formats and performative installations situated between the poles of science, art and politics. In 2017, he co-initiated Collegium Irregulare, a fellowship programme for asylum seekers, and presented Museum of Worldlessness at Wiener Festwochen 2017.