Blurred ngbk

Dreams&Dramas. Law as Literature: Book launch


Cropped ngbk

Mon 29.01.2018 18:30 – 21:30
neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) e.V., Berlin

Book presentation / performative reading / discussion

with Paolo Patelli, Agnieszka Piksa and Jasper J. Verlinden, moderated by Agnieszka Kilian

At the event space of nGbK, 1st floor
The event will be held in English
Entrance: free
“Dreams&Dramas. Law as Literature” is a reader presenting the relationship between law describing and creating reality, including ourselves as persons, participating in communities. On the basis of four narrative axes – person, community, territory and property – the book demonstrates the ways in which these concepts are in relation to and of impact to one another. The collection of materials demonstrates, drawing on various poetics, the ways in which these concepts assume new meanings when interpreted through one another, as in the case of a juxtaposition of citizenship and property delivered by Hirshl and Shachar in their contribution to the publication, “Citizenship as Inherited Property”. Such a mapping of concepts is also akin to cartography, which requires us to review legal categories primarily in the perspective of the function they play owing to the technique of cutting and peculiar framing. First and foremost, the publication encourages us to view law as a phenomenon that is larger than the mere letter of its text: To see law more as a complex arrangement where separating ‘pure law’ and its assistants poses difficulty. The book grew out of a recognition that law cannot be abstracted from the order of living, that it is larger than “the letter of the law” and inextricably connected to its performance. For these reasons, prolegomena selected for the reader include texts and conversations that frequently refer to specific cases depicting the complexity.
For this book launch, we propose a fresh re-reading of a conversation, “When the Facts Reach the Sphere of the Law”. The conversation is featured in the publication and presents a border crossing on the eastern border of the EU in Terespol, Poland. In conversation with Jasper Verlinden, Paolo Patelli and Angieszka Piksa, and in reference to observations contained in the text, we will be interrogating the ways in which the space of the place is co-produced by law and where we are located in such a situation.

Paolo Patelli is an architect and a researcher, currently based in the Netherlands. Through his own practice and collaborative works, he engages critically and by design with space, things and society. He is Associate Reader “Places and Traces” at the Design Academy Eindhoven and a 2017/18 resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He received his PhD in Architectural and Urban Design from Politecnico di Milano in 2015.
Agnieszka Piksa is a visual artist working with illustration, comic books, drawings and design. Her work analyses visual languages in order to expose stereotypes of communication. Exhibitions she has participated in include: ‘It Won’t Be Long Now, Comrades!’, Framer Framed (Amsterdam, 2017); ‘New Illustrations’, Arsenal Gallery (Białystok, 2016); ‘How to (…) Things That Don’t Exist’, 31st São Paulo Biennial (São Paulo, 2014).

Jasper Verlinden is a writer and academic researcher whose interests include queer and transgender studies, critical race and ethnic studies, and the cultural study of law and bureaucracy. He is currently working on his dissertation project under the working title, ‘Administering the Nation: Bureaucratic Governance, Racial Formation, and Multi-Ethnic American Literature in the Era of Assimilation and Exclusion’.

Agnieszka Kilian is an independent curator and researcher with a background in law. In her projects she often reflects upon the question of individual rights in specific economic and political contexts. Exhibitions and art projects she curated and co-curated include: Controlled Image (Mamuta Art and Media Center, Jerusalem, 2010), Jeff Koon’s Gloves (CCA Kronika, Bytom, 2012) among publication edited under the same title, End of Time (Kunsthaus Dresden, 2015), Second Death of George Mallory (Karlin Studio/FUTURA, Prague, 2015), Text and Its Performance (Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, 2016).
About the book:
The book with textual&visual contributions by: Carlos Amorales, Anca Benera+Arnold Estefan, Patrick Bernier, Ernst Bloch, Anna Bottomley & Hilary Lim, Colin Dayan, Kieran Dolin, Costas Douzinas, Marina Gržinić, Debora Hirsch & iaia filiberti, Ran Hirschl & Ayelet Shachar, Valerio Nitrato Izzo, Ivan Jurica, Agnieszka Kilian, franck leibovici & Julien Seroussi, Bruno Latour, Danilo Madič, Kathryn Milun & Geralad Torres, Evgeny Pashukanis, Rupali Patil, Agnieszka Piksa, Alicja Rogalska, Issa G.Shiviji, Kama Sokolnicka, Agata Stajer, Mateusz Stępień, Jasper J. Verlinden, Lee Ann S. Wang.

Edit: Agnieszka Kilian in collaboration with Jaro Varga and Joerg Franzbecker

Published by: nGbK and HIT Gallery
Released: December 2017
ISBN 978-3-938515-67-9
Price: € 12

Available at:

Source: Facebook