Green light – Shared Learning Full Program
March – June 2016 | TBA21–Augarten, Vienna

Opening Panel: Olafur Eliasson – Green light | An artistic workshop Green light – Shared learning TBA21, Vienna, 2016
Photo: Sandro E. E. Zanzinger | TBA21

International and local speakers, with various topics of expertise in artistic and institutional practice or critical theory explore the socio- and geo-political as well as cultural aspects of migration. Key questions are the states of transition, globally and within the societies of arrival, the formation of new communities, and how art and its institutions’ such as the Green light project can reflect and perform agency in regard to these contemporary challenges.
With Shuddhabrata Sengupta / Raqs Media Collective, Mária Hlavajová, Mary Kreutzer, Leila Hadj Abdou, Ahmet Ögüt.

Shuddhabrata Sengupta / Raqs Media Collective
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Introducing Raqs’ Methodologies: How to Think with Agility in a Turbulent World

Raqs Media Collective: The Surface of Each Day Is a Different Planet (India, 2009, 38 min.)  
“Reflecting upon the ways in which ethnicity and ‘type’ have been characterized, animated elements resemble scientific instruments, such as those once used to measure the human skull in an attempt to determine levels of intelligence or those used to extract biometric data from today’s passports. Photographs of institutionalized individuals by Francis Galton, a 19th-century anthropologist interested in the synthesis of human typologies, are layered into video footage capturing the movement of people from place to place. Intentionally open-ended and anti-documentary, the work examines how collectivity and anonymity have been represented over time and how, in the present, the conditions of post-colonialism and globalization contribute to an ongoing crisis of identity and entitlement (Raqs Media Collective).

Mary Kreutzer & Leila Hadj Abdou
Forced to leave and here to stay
Friday, April 29, 2016

6 pm
The ongoing increased influx of international migrants and asylum seekers to Europe has been widely perceived as one of the biggest challenges the continent is facing today. The European response has revealed various misconceptions about the reasons people flee and the challenges faced once arrived in Europe. This presentation focuses on the situation of refugees in Syria, Iraq and Turkey and explores the reasons, why people move to Europe comprehensively. Kreutzer and Abdou are further concerned with the question what happens after the point of arrival and navigation in the new environments in Austria.
Mary Kreutzer leads Missing Link, the department for integration and community work (Asylum and Integration) of Caritas Vienna since 2009. She is a political scientist and has published on anti-Semitism, women's rights, development politics, migration and refugees. She is chairwoman of the League of Emancipatory Development Cooperation (LeEZA), which organizes projects for women in Iraq, Turkey and Syria and editor of magazine liga from the Austrian League of Human Rights. Since 2009 she teaches a course on migration at the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn.
Leila Hadj Abdou is a project manager in the project Commit, a buddy program for unaccompanied minor refugees run by the Caritas Vienna (
She is a specialist in international migration politics and the governance of ethno-cultural diversity. Prior to joining Caritas, Leila was a Research Fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield (UK). Leila also held positions at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. and the University of Vienna. She was a visiting researcher at the University College Dublin, the CNRS in Paris, and the Institute for Higher Studies in Vienna. She holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Ahmet Ögüt
Sunday, May 8, 2016

5 pm

Ahmet Ögüt and the Green light participants discuss some of the outcomes of their two-day research on alternative models of learning and teaching and educational potentialities in the context of The Silent University, a long-term project initiated by the artist. The Silent University is an autonomous solidarity based knowledge exchange platform by refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants who have had a professional life and academic training in their home countries, but are unable to use their skills in their novel environments due to a variety of reasons related to their status. It provides a platform for knowledge transfer, circumventing in some cases the bureaucratic legal structures, which limit the possibilities of intellectual exchange.
Ahmet Ögüt was born in 1981 in Silvan, Diyarbakir in Turkey and lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. His work more generally addresses complex topics, such as war, social customs and political agency, in many cases using humor. The works can materialize through installations, performative or participatory interventions and actions. 

Mária Hlavajová
How To Be Together Otherwise 
Friday, May 13, 2016

6 pm

In her lecture, Maria Hlavajova will probe into art as a space for imagining, negotiating, and inhabiting the forms of “being together otherwise.” Driven by a deep concern about the contemporary condition, “being together otherwise” proposes assemblages of socially-just relations and modeling an alternative that is simultaneously social and ecological. This involves working in spite of the heritage of Western modernity, including its variant manifested through the extant infrastructure of art—museums, art academies, art market—deeply implicated in its colonial, imperialist, capitalist legacies. The notions of “former West,” “survival well,” “human-inhuman-posthuman,” and “instituting otherwise”—which she explored through her practice-driven research at the intersection of art, science, and activism—will be inquired into while presenting concrete propositions stemming from the projects FORMER WEST (2008–2016), Future Vocabularies (2014–ongoing), and New World Academy (2013–ongoing). 
Maria Hlavajova is the founder and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht since 2000, and artistic director of FORMER WEST (2008–16). In 2011, she organized the Roma Pavilion within the framework of the Venice Biennale, and in 2007 she curated the three-part project Citizens and Subjects, the Dutch contribution to the 52nd Venice Biennale. In 2000 she co-curated Manifesta 3, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, titled Borderline Syndrome: Energies of Defence in Ljubljana. She also edits and contributes to numerous critical readers and catalogs. Together with Kathrin Rhomberg, she has founded the tranzit network.
These discursive or artistic seminars unravel a variety of perspectives on migration, citizenship, statelessness, arrival, memory and the multiple thresholds of belonging. Tackling specifically the intersection between art practice and experimental institutional formats, the seminars foster active participation and discussion uncovering missing knowledge and hidden aspects of the present socio-political climate as well as personal narratives. Participation is limited to Green light participants. If you wish to participate, please register at
With Ahmet Ögüt (The Silent University) and Displaced and History(ies) of Migration.
The Silent University-Orientation Module
Saturday and Sunday, May 7–8, 2016
12–5 pm
The Silent University, initiated by artist Ahmet Ögüt, is an autonomous solidarity based knowledge exchange platform by refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants who have had a professional life and academic training in their home countries, but are unable to use their skills in their current environments due to their (legal and other) status. The Silent University aims to address and reactivate the knowledge of the participants and attempt to make systemic failure apparent. Its aim is to challenge the idea of silence as a passive state, and explore its powerful potential through performance, writing, and group reflection.

Through the Silent University-Orientation Module taking place at TBA21–Augarten, the predominately young individuals and minors participating in Green light – Shared Learning, address their educational conditions and limitations and become active fellows and contributors of a steadily shaping and expanding network of The Silent University. Researching alternative learning facilities and initiatives that can be used as tools to navigate and to initiate an elaboration of potential educational models for their own future in Austria, the young individuals create a space of agency within the restrictive legal fabrication in Europe.

Ongoing, weekly

Displaced is composed of Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning and Institute for Art at Technical University, Vienna. Once per week throughout Green light – Shared Learning architecture students will work with young refugees (PROSA students) in 1:1 teams. This direct physical overlap/interaction occurring in the spaces of education such as university and contemporary exhibition reveals and questions (invisible) barriers: Refugees involved in the production of Green light lamps, young asylum seekers from PROSA, students, teachers, visitors, members of TBA21 form a heterogeneous community by chance, united in the project-related and process-oriented doing, communicating, negotiating, and learning from each other.

History(ies) of Migration
Ongoing, weekly
History(ies) of Migration is composed of faculty of the Department of Social Design of University of Applied Arts. The project organizes reading and debate (in the sense of edification) groups, which put together persons of 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations of immigrants and refugees. They are considered as “Experts of Mobile Stories“. History(ies) of Migration is multi-language envirnonment of experience transfer and translation.
April  7, 2016, 12 noon – 12 midnight
15 Acts of Participation

15 Acts of Participation is a public gathering partially celebrating, partially sharing, Olafur Eliasson’s Green light – An artistic workshop. Hosted at TBA21–Augarten, this event pulls together speakers, artists, thinkers, and performers in a diverse program that lasts from noon until midnight. Olafur Eliasson and Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza are joined by Atif Akin, Gina Brandlmayr, Damian Christinger, Alexander Ehrmann, Paul Feigelfeld, Rasmus Nielsen/SUPERFLEX, Sandra Noeth, Ben Paine, Johannes Porsch, Andreas Roepstorff, Zavoloka, Daniela Zyman, members of Studio Olafur Eliasson, and the Green light participants in creating a day of events that mirrors the dynamic flows and components inherent to the Green light project itself.
In addition to the public seminars, artists are invited to choreograph research-based, process-orientated interventions with participants on site at TBA21–Augarten. These intimate, procedural works unfold over several days and are based on the belief in transformative potential of collective and embodied artistic production. Participation is limited to Green light participants. If you wish to participate, please register at
With Johannes Porsch, Tarek Atoui, Mario Garcia Torres, David Rych and Shuddhabrata Sengupta / Raqs Media Collective.
Johannes Porsch
What Acts Upon Us When We Are Acting
Ongoing, weekly, Fridays. Public is welcome

What Acts Upon Us When We Are Acting? is theatre without theatre: We (the participants) are not acting within the theatre or on a stage, playing characters and roles within the unfolding of a given plot, but we are acting outside and around the theatre. Without the guidance of a story we are working with the means at hand, the given situation and circumstances: we are engaging in an action that displaces and expands theatrical action into life and interrupts the familiarity of the everyday.

Johannes Porsch is an artist, curator and architect, living and working in Vienna. He teaches at The University of Applied Arts.  His work generally looks at narratives and the processes of mediation, between text, image, language and space.
Shuddhabrata Sengupta / Raqs Media Collective
Memory and Mobility: On What it Means to Get up and Go
March 14—15, 2016

Everyone who leaves a neighborhood, village, a city, a country carries the place they have left behind with them into the world. Memory becomes home when you are homeless. In this workshop on memory and mobility, the participants of the Green light project will interact with the Raqs Media Collective’s work with memory, mobility and the migration of dreams, ideas, stories and concepts. Participants will work with paper, with found objects, with images, sound, music, conversation and language to create portable worlds carried aloft by translation.

The Raqs Media Collective was founded in 1992 in New Delhi by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta and enjoys playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They make contemporary art, have made films, curated exhibitions, edited books, staged events, collaborated with architects, computer programmers, writers, and theatre directors and have founded processes that have left deep impacts on contemporary culture in India.
David Rych
Border Act
April 12–13, 2016

In Border Act participants are prepared for dealings with the authorities in the fictional context of improvised theatre. Among other things, it is about visualizing processes that generally take place behind closed doors and therefore remain hidden from the public eye. Where the staging goes hand in hand with a protagonist's personal position and story and thus explores real circumstances, it opens up new space for critical questioning of the present world, investigating existing conditions in politics, media and the public.

Austrian artist David Rych lives and works in Berlin. A continuing theme in his work is the construction and representation of identity. His projects, videos and films engage with matters of cultural, social and political transformation as a background of aesthetic decisions. In frequent collaboration with other artists, his practice explores different approaches through documentary film and the compilation of moving image archives, for the most part dealing with production of knowledge in relation to collective identities, personal and official narratives of history, and their visual representations.

Mario García Torres
April 16 – 17, 2016

Following Green light, Mario García Torres’ exhibition at TBA21–Augarten is opening in June 2016. Proposing to remove, detach and hybridize his works from their original contexts, he plans to offer them as a collection of narratives and artistic experiments open for re-inscriptions of “tales of arrival” by engaging interested Green light participants. The works are exploring notions of testimony and the importance of translating. This gesture is intended to open up new possible readings, thus allowing for speculation on the possibilities of reinvention and transcendence. The concept is signposted loosely by two narrative moments; the arrival and the return.

Tarek Atoui
April 22–23, 2016

Tarek Atoui is a Lebanese artist, composer, and musician trained in electro-acoustic music and sound art. Preferring a collective approach in performance, composition, and improvisation, Atoui will work with the Green light participants to gather a variety of recordings – of instruments, speech, chants, the city, or else – in this two-day workshop, to compose a collective acoustic experience. Exploring the construction of community, spatial compositions, and the diversity of listening abilities, this joint archive elaborates changes that take place through acoustic encounters, listening together, and conversations about music. The workshop will be followed by a public presentation on Sunday, April 24. 
Born in 1980 in Beirut, Tarek Atoui lives in Paris and studied contemporary and electronic music in Reims. Recent performances have taken place at the ZKM (2016), dOCUMENTA13 (2012), New Museum, New York (2010), the Sharjah Biennial (2009), amongst others. 
Initiatives are workshops by non-governmental organizations which offer support and tools to help refugees navigate through some of the challenges of the political, legal and value systems Some of the meetings and workshops offer information for refugees and visitors on issues of migration, identity, cultural differences and kinships, neighborhood, and forms of living together.

Hands on offers young refugees that are not in education, employment or training access to professional structures. Hands On looks for voluntaries who introduce the young people to their professions, experiences, and contacts.

Established in 2012, PROSA facilities access to education and training possibilities for young refugees. In addition to these offers that are fundamental for planning futures within novel environments, PROSA is involved in different projects that discuss institutional racism and mechanism of social exclusion. 
Daniela Zyman, Boris Ondreicka, Franziska Sophie Wildförster