31 August 2020–31 January 2021

Invididual Production
Didactic play

nGbK (Event space, 1st floor), Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin


Frankfurter Hauptschule


Carl Hegemann, Alexander Koch, Marcus Steinweg, Susanne Winnacker

Project group Frankfurter Hauptschule

Bertolt Brecht’s play »The Decision« was first performed in 1930, followed 46 years later by the première of Heiner Müller’s response »Mauser«. After a similar interval, Frankfurter Hauptschule now responds to the two Lehrstücke with »Maßnahme – Mauser – Motor«. Based on the results of a series of discussions, the repertoire developed by Brecht and Müller is used to explore the question of where we stand today: modernity, post-modernity, acceleration, knowledge society, fake news, contemporary art, I’m a celebrity get me out of here, climate disaster, the end?

Frankfurter Hauptschule (FHS) is a collective that has been exploring the pain thresholds and limits of art in a stress test of public and media space since 2013. With their interventions, the artists, who met at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, probe societal resilience and legal responsibilities.

Round table events
nGbK event space, 1st floor
In these discussion events, a text provided in advance will be explored and further developed. The results will serve as a point of departure for the new work »MOTOR«, 2020.

Monday, 31 August 2020, 18:00 (de)
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Lehrstück and lecture performance
Whereas the ›Lehrstück‹ is a participatory, experimental theatre format from the avant-garde movement of the early 1930s, the lecture performance is a post-dramatic hybrid of science and art that combines methods of delivering a talk with performative elements.
With Susanne Winnacker (Director Schauspielschule Rostock) and Carl Hegemann (dramaturg), Frankfurter Hauptschule will discuss the aesthetic potential resulting from the encounter between these two stage forms.

Thursday, 3 September 2020, 18:00 (de)
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Überstürztes Denken und instinktive Produktion // Hurried thinking and instinctive production
How can I know what I think before I hear what I say?
Hurried thinking, thinking without guardrails, describing the present in art, intuiting the future, art without guardrails, showing rather than thinking, what can go wrong – apart from being totally wrong?
With Alexander Koch (gallerist, KOW Berlin) and Marcus Steinweg (philosopher), Frankfurter Hauptschule will discuss the question: How can theory and art be used to formulate what has not yet been conceptualized, researched, classified, clarified and filed away: the present?

Video work

Due to the measures to contain the pandemic, the Frankfurter Hauptschule implements its project »MOTOR« not as planned as a performance in the exhibition space of the nGbK, but as a video work. This waspublished on 30 December 2020 on the digital channels of the nGbK. ( 30.12.2020-31.01.2021)

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