Ashkan Sepahvand

thxxx 4 ur corporation!

29.05. [11h Uhr]

This performance-lecture will draw upon work-in-progress material from the seminar “My Body as Archive of Everyday Alienation,” held during Summer Semester 2018 in the Department of Art and Design at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. This collective exploration proposes the body as an archive of materials and concepts that have been ceaselessly put to work. The presentation will bring together the thoughts, sketches, personal experiences, and poetic experiments that inform the seminar’s inquiries, considering how the alienating forces of capitalist labor-power structure (artistic) language and perception on, around, and through the body. How to account for weakness, failure, inability, and pain? What joys and sadnesses can result from the composition of bodies? How to practice an art of distances and proximities between bodies? Is all the recent talk of embodiment a smoke screen for the incorporation of (corporate) self-control? What does it mean to transition? Is it possible to un-become body?


Ashkan Sepahvand is an artistic researcher. His performative discourse practice engages with how knowledge-forms are sensorially translated and experienced, taking shape as publications, installations, exhibitions, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Previously, he has worked as a research fellow at the Schwules Museum* and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Since 2013 he co-organizes the technosexual reading circle, an informal platform for self-organized study. His work and writings have been exhibited at dOCUMENTA (13), Sharjah Biennials X and 13, Gwangju Biennale 11, and ICA London, amongst others. He is currently a Guest Lecturer at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. He lives and works in Berlin.