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23.6.2016 | Akademie der Künste (Pariser Platz), Berlin

DISCREET Insecurity Counseling

With Armen Avanessian/Alexander Martos and accomplices

Conspiracy theories are a mode of both thinking and acting. Where they take hold, imagination is threatened. Instead of distinguishing “true” from “false” conspiracies DISCREET takes a closer look at the epistemology of conspiracy theories that can be described as over-coherent and self-immunizing (since they anticipate their counter-arguments). But how to constrain loud gestures of denunciation while amplifying voices promoting smaller speculative tactics and improbable moves within the scope of the possible, instead of taking the eerie and somehow sublime bait of affirming an outsized enemy? During the Insecurity Counseling individual strategies will be discussed for keeping our thinking open—whether political, philosophical, technical, or strategic.

With the support of Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb, Bundeskanzleramt der Republik Österreich – Kunstsektion, and Rudolf Augstein Stiftung