Online Lecture

ON VIOLENCE #2 Stefano Harney & Fred Moten

Renowned women thinkers give an online lecture under the heading On Violence as part of ADKDW's Decolonial Studies Program (DSP). Afterwards, the lecture will be discussed in a live event in front of an audience at HAU1 and on and later published in book form. It will be moderated by the curators of the series Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz (ADKDW) and Margarita Tsomou (HAU). In order to deepen the content of the lecture series through shared reading and discussion, the ADKDW aditionally invites all interested parties to a Reading Group.

While historical, hegemonic and repressive forms of violence are increasingly becoming the focus of ongoing debates, acts of resistance are more and more frequently being characterised as violent and thereby delegitimised. At what point is it acceptable to use counter-violence against sexist, racist, extractivist or economic forms of violence? In the joint discourse series On Violence the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World, ADKDW) and HAU Hebbel am Ufer are starting an analysis of current forms of expression of violence.

Is the explicit representation of violence in anti-colonial theory and in the critique of racism revictimizing? What form of visibility is hidden in colonial and industrial logistics and in neocolonial and neoliberal structures? In their works, authors Stefano Harney and Fred Moten address questions about forms of violence both implicitly and explicitly. Together, they most recently published The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (Minor Compositions, 2013) and All Incomplete (Minor Compositions, 2021).

08.6.2022: Online lecture at and

15.6.2022: Discussion at HAU1 and via live stream at and