School of No Consequences. Exercises for a New Life
6.11.2020 – 9.5.2021
A project by Friedrich von Borries
What might a life look like that remains as free of consequences as possible – in the ecological sense, but also in the virological sense? Could the absence of consequences become a new regulative ideal, like freedom, justice and equality – impossible to achieve, but worth pursuing? What implications would pursuing it have for the material and immaterial shaping of our everyday life, for the economic and social order, for our beliefs and for the way we behave toward one another? What models can we discover for a life like this, in history and in the present day? All of these are questions posed by School of No Consequences: Exercises for a New Life, an artistic and discursive project by Friedrich von Borries at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G). Von Borries combines collection objects with a self-study room specially created for the exhibition to create a new perspective on “sustainability” and to allow supposedly universal notions of a “right way of living” to be questioned. Here, visitors can experiment for themselves in giving up decisions, washing their hands of it, or practising not doing things. A discursive educational programme in the form of an app and the Scholarship for Doing Nothing complete the project.
The School of No Consequences is sponsored by the Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Gleichstellung und Bezirke der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg (BWFGB), the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU), the Friede Springer Stiftung, the Kursbuch Kulturstiftung and the Leinemann Kunststiftung Nikolassee and is supported by the Hamburg Innovation GmbH. Further partners include the Katholische Akademie Hamburg and the Evangelische Akademie der Nordkirche.
The discursive education programme as an app is a cooperation between the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HFBK) and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) within the framework of the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU).
The App accompanying the exhibition
As part of the exhibition, the app will be launched as a media and content extension of the project. Until the exhibition opens at the MK&G with a self-study room, historical models and the "Scholarship for Doing Nothing" after the end of the lockdown, visitors can now practice life without consequences at home. The free app allows experts to have their say and invites visitors to playfully try things out for themselves with many exercises and tasks.
Image 1: Self-Study Room School of No Consequences, Photo: Maximilian Schwarzmann
Image 2: Self-Study Room School of No Consequencesm Photo: Henning Rogge
Image 3: Self-Study Room School of No Consequencesm Photo: Henning Rogge
Image 4: Display Room School of No Consequences, Photo: Henning Rogge
Image 5: Display Room School of No Consequences, Photo: Henning Rogge
Image 6: App: School of No Consequences, © refrakt