A multidisciplinary programme on normality and other deviations.
We live in an era of questions. The question of today: in how far do we consider the world we live in to be normal? A world of conflict zones, mass migration and climate trouble, of binary thinking and a reinforced-glass ceiling, of limiting language and alienation, of single households and polyamorous relationships, of micro- and macro-aggressions, polarising speeches, hotheaded fanatics and educational challenges. Everyone has their own idea of what is deemed normal. In defining what is normal, everyone lives, looks, speaks and acts according to a specific frame of reference or a completely unique point of view.
Certain frames of reference are showing cracks, are considered too old fashioned, too narrow, too broad, not flexible enough, or too crazy for words. Some people say: “act normal, would you?” Others cry from the rooftops: “break with established conventions!” Those in between shyly ask: “where do we draw the line?”
We’re inviting artists and thinkers who call the norm into question. What do we consider normal? If the norm is already an endangered species, in what direction are we headed? Have we wound up in a time where we can’t say anything anymore, where we can’t claim anything is abnormal? How do we make space for all the different normals?
Our focus programme Normal Schnormal is an invitation to join us in reflecting and asking questions, such as: what is normal? Am I normal? Do you think X, Y or Z is normal? Let’s cut to the chase!Friday, December 21, 2018