Workshop. Carnival Workshop. May 16 – 20. 2011

CARNIVAL WORKSHOP at Walls and Space:

What role has Carnival played through history? What has its political function been? Does Carnival culture contain revolutionary aspects?

What does it mean today and where do we find its historical traces in our own time?

These questions, approached from a variety of different angles will be investigated in the week of the Carnival workshop.

This workshop is open to all Academy students.

If you have questions or want to participate write to

Monday 16th May

10.00-11.00 Carnival Workshop introduction to the week

11.00-16.30 (lunch 12-13.00) Presentation and discussion with Jan Lundquist from the Bachtin Society

Jan Lundquist’s writings

Notes on Bakhtin

The logic of laughter: a semiosis

The nine elements of laughter

Other theories of laughter – a brief survey

History: The Rise and Fall of Laughter

Carnival – an example

Manifestations of Laughter: The Aesthetic of Transgression

The Grotesque Body in Modern Art

Madonna: Express Yourself

Traces of Laughter in everyday life – three examples

Tuesday 17th May

10-12.00. Politics and poetics of transgression, Peter Stallybrass- reading group and breakfast. If the weather is nice we’ll go outside.

12.00-13.00 lunch

13.00-15.00. Mette Borg from the theater school:Carnival, Theater and the Mask: From the Dionysian rituals in the ancient times to the grotesque features at the Sun Kings court.

Wednesday18th May


Aks Katzeff presents his thesis:

Carnival against Capitalism about the carnivalesque strategies in activism and politics.

key words: Mikhail Bakhtin, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Hakim Bey, David Graeber. alter-globalization protests, Clande-stine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, Tute Bianche, Radical Cheerleaders, the purposeful use of carnivalesque forms as a tactical weapon in a political struggle…..


Visiting Orlovsmuseet to see the exhibition on the danish navy’s struggle against pirates trough history and read aloud from Hakim Bey’s Pirate Utopias/TAZ.

Thursday 19th May

10.00-15.00 (12.00-13.00 Lunch) Carnival games with actress Katrine Jensenius.

With our bodies in the center we’ll investigate in how to turn things upside down.

18.00 Eventually dinner and movie – Macunaíma -Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, 1969

Friday 20th May

10.00- 16.00 project: Evaluation and future action

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