Artist Organisations International

Initiated by Florian Malzacher, Jonas Staal and Joanna Warsza

“Artist Organisations International (AOI)” explores a current shift from temporary, precarious art projects to long-term structures of engagement built by artists. The economic crisis, the global erosion of civil rights through the so-called “War on Terror” and the massive rise of social movements have demanded new models of structural participation from politically engaged artists. The shift from the working model of the project to that of the organisation no longer reduces artistic engagement to the singular figure of the author but expands its scope and influence – for example by creating new forms of educational and community structures, non-parliamentary groups, liberation movements, unions or even political parties. 

The three-day congress “Artist Organisations International” brings together over twenty organisations, founded by artists, confronting the current crises in politics, economy, education, immigration, and ecology. Lectures and discussions will provide concrete insight into their methods, profiles and goals. While some artists primarily use the concept of an organisation or institution as an artistic form (or perhaps as a metaphor) that serves their artistic vision most properly, for others organisational structures are the necessary means to realise specific political objectives. The invited artist organisations operate as actual organisations – and at the same time they are often works of art themselves or use the possibilities of an artwork by stressing categories such as visual literacy of representation and transformation. They all connect – with different emphasis – symbolic practice and structural effect. “Artist Organisations International” introduces an array of those strategies as modes of resistance, emancipation and (self-)governance. By seeking new alliances “Artist Organisations International” aims to contribute to the strengthening of ties and collaboration between different artist organisations worldwide.  

live-stream of the entire congress will also be broadcast online at For commentary on Twitter, please use the hashtag #AOI.
All events are held in English. 

N.N. / Artists of Rojava (on video)
Mazou Ibrahim Touré & Moussa Ag Assarid / Artist Association of Azawad
Marina Naprushkina / Büro für Antipropaganda 
Dmitry Vilensky / Chto Delat 
Lisa Ito / Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP)
Lorenzo Pezzani / Forensic Architecture
Federico Zukerfeld / Grupo Etcétera
Natascha Sadr Haghighian / Gulf Labor
Sonja Augart, Tatjana Fell, Alice Münch,Ina Wudtke & Inga Zimprich / Haben und Brauchen 
Lada Nakonechna / HudRada & ISTM
Tania Bruguera / Immigrant Movement International (IM) (on the phone)
Renzo Martens / Institute for Human Activities (IHA)
Milo Rau / International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM)
Yael Bartana, Susanne Sachsse & Walter Solon / Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP)
John Jordan / The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination (labofii)
Jan Ritsema / Performing Arts Forum (PAF)
Matthijs de Bruijne / Schoon Genoeg! 
Emily Fahlén & Ahmet Öğüt / The Silent University 
Hannah Rosa Öllinger & Manfred Rainer / WochenKlausur
Fabian Eggers, John Kurtz & André Leipold / Zentrum für Politische Schönheit (ZPS) 

Ekaterina Degot, Charles Esche, Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Maria Hlavajova, Matteo Lucchetti, Margarita Tsomou

Ulf Aminde, Libia Castro, Galit Eilat, Christoph Gurk, Alex Karschnia, Urok Shirhan