Carnivals of Grief and Shrines to Democracy

A Trialogue

19 March 2015, 14:30 - 19:00

Studium Generale of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy
at de Brakke Grond


A trialogue between curator Claire Tancons, artist Florian Göttke and folklorist Jack Santino. 
Curated and hosted by Claire Tancons.

In an analysis of unbridled, uncensored and uncouth behaviors, and representations at the edge of tolerability, the three speakers will break down the dichotomic debate between freedom of speech and multicultural sensibility with this in-depth look at the theatre of the streets. What happens when humor is displaced on the terrain of terror and the popular imagination finds grief in carnivalesque laughter while erecting shrines to democracy? Inspired by Santino's notions of carnivals of grief in relationship to the shrines to Charlie Hebdo in the aftermath of the terror attacks, today's program will also address carnivalesque humor in carnival itself, as recently paraded in the streets of Cologne and Düsseldorf.
Curated and hosted by Claire Tancons 
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