Waking Up from The Nightmare of Participation

Edited by Nina Valerie Kolowratnik & Markus Miessen


Cover design by Liam Gillick.

Wake up from the Nightmare of Participation! This book presents a platform for the development of proactive engagement and aims to fuel an agonistic debate among theorists and practitioners from various fields of knowledge, cultural backgrounds and political positions about the central thesis of Markus Miessen's recent publication The Nightmare of Participation - Crossbench Praxis as a Mode of Criticality.

This book does not look for approval or consensual delibertion, but seeks for an agile examination of a proposed post-consensual (spatial) practice, formulating the necessity to undo the innocence of participation while promoting a conflictual reading of participation as a mode of proactive first person singular engagement: a step towards a state of acting and an individual, propositional practice.

None of the contributions were content-edited; no consensual or editorial constraints were imposed on any of the contributors.

Waking Up from the Nightmare of Participation is the epilogue to Miessen's trilogy on participation.

Cover design by Liam Gillick.

Contributors in order of appearance: Carson Chan, Patricia Reed, Tirdad Zolghadr, Schorsch Kamerun, Akademie c/o, Maria Fusco, Liam Gillick, Mika Hannula, Phillip Zach, Angelique Campens, Suhail Malik, Michael Hirsch, Jan Nauta, Federica Bueti, Dieter Roelstraete, Kristina Lee Podesva, Eyal Danon, Melanie O'Brian, Jeremy Till, Luigi Fassi, Morten Paul, Felix Vogel, Dan Perjovschi, Nina Möntmann, Hu Fang, Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, Helmut Weber), Mark von Schlegell, Adnan Yildiz, Mark Fisher, Eva Tuerks, Magnus Nilsson, Ashkan Sepahvand, Wolfgang Zinggl, Stefan Heidenreich, Can Altay, Julia Moritz, Andrea Phillips, Nikolaus Hirsch, Michel Müller, Cybermohalla Ensemble, Jan Verwoert.