The round table instituting/fleeing addresses collective practices as forms of resistance against power asymmetries – as activist strategies. It focuses on the entangled dynamics between fleeing and occupying the institution and the role institutional critique plays in these dynamics. We will map out our different collective practices by posing questions, such as: How can we understand the different ways the institution and the collectives are linked? How to create collectives within the institution? How can collectives flee or occupy the institution? Who can flee and where to? How do institutions appropriate and destroy collective structures?
Dr. Friederike Landau (*1989) is a political theorist and urban sociologist. In her dissertation (2015–2017), Friederike dealt with the political organisation and representation practices of freelance Berlin artists and their strategies for making an impact on Berlin’s cultural policy. Using the example of the coalition in the independent scene, Friederike explored how artists in the ‘creative’ city develop collective structures to denounce power imbalances in cultural promotion and become self-empowered protagonists to bring about changes in cultural policy priorities. At the interface between cultural policy, urban development and cultural activist interventions in public space, Friederike explores new forms, protagonists and moments of the political in an allegedly post-political age. Friederike is currently a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt.