Why and what is gesellschaften ?

gesellschaften currently comprises three discussion series of the Fourth World, which as autonomous plateaus create a discursive landscape between the spheres of philosophy, politics and research: (1) the war machine has been televised, (2) pubilc research and (3) politics. Furthermore, with gesellschaften_extra 2019/20, there is an event program with guests. gesellschaften has its own place in the Vierte Welt in the House of Commons, which is committed to public speaking and thinking.  Discourse with a political-theoretical touch is the order of the day and has increased explosively in recent years. The Vierte Welt also played its part. As the consumption of discursive »formats« increased, so did our skepticism: too often, attitudes to gestures and politics become lifestyle. Under the programmatic name of societies, we want to counter this with forms of public speaking and public thinking that undermine domestication and the containment of criticism. The domesticated, gentrified critique is the discourse. And discourse is the name for the exploitation machines of the economy of semiotic, performative capitalism. With gesellschaften, we do not want to make an offer that serves the mediation, participation, or even integration of whatever. On the contrary: the institutionalized discourse spaces of art, academia, and politics are to be stretched to the margins in order to lay channels, seek openings, make holes, in short: to create transitions and transit spaces. Out of these spaces of transition, we constitute ourselves as - gesellschaftende - political and social subjects who are committed to freedom, equality and solidarity. gesellschaften is not to be read as a noun, but as a verb: As a word!

The individual events take place as monthly series in the Haus House of Commons in the Fourth World and are supplemented outside the series where it seems appropriate. A space of public thought can only emerge if the temporal regime of efficiency and optimization is broken and a new tempora l order can establish itself. That is why the events usually last 4 hours.   

Developed and  maintained by: Dirk Cieslak, Gerko Egert, Lukas Franke, Stefan Hölscher,

Nicolas Siepen and Netta Weiser  

Performance: Marcus Reinhard 

PR and social media: Benedikt Päffgen 

Production management: Therese Koppe  

The House of Commons was designed and realized by the visual artist Olf Kreisel

We would like to thank all those who supported the development of societies in the pilot phase through their active participation.  

Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe  


Contact | Inquiries | Mailing List: gesellschaften@viertewelt.de  


A program of Vierte Welt 2019/20