Dispossession, Willful Weeds | mumok kino

mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Wien

Museumsplatz 1 (2.30 mi)
Vienna, Austria 1070

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Karrabing Film Collective, aus / from: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland, 2018, © Karrabing Film Collective

“The opposite of dispossession is not possession. It is not accumulation. It is not unforgetting. It is mattering” (Angie Morrill, Eve Tuck, and the Super Futures Haunt Qollective, 2016). This evening presents works that explore the theme of land, with a view not only to people but to the monsters and ghosts that pass through landscapes. These films expand our discussion on contemporary and past struggles over land. In what ways can storytelling contribute to an understanding of and a relationship to land, beyond the frame of reference of ownership?

The program has evolved from the context of the research project Dis/Possession: Post-Participatory Aesthetics and the Pedagogy of Land (co-funded by FWF-PEEK, AR 471) at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien.


▪️ Willful Weeds Choir

▪️ Marta Mateus, Barbs Wastelands (Farpões Baldios), 2017, 25 min
▪️ Brigitta Kuster, Moise Merlin Mabouna, 2006 – 1892 = 114 ans / jahre, 2006, 7 min
▪️ Ezra Wube, Hisab, 2011, 8 min
▪️ Saodat Ismailova, The Haunted, 2017, 23 min
▪️ Sophia al Maria, The Magical State, 2017, 7 min
▪️ Savaş Boyraz, meanwhile, 2013-2014, 11 min
▪️ The Karrabing Film Collective, The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland, 2018, 26 min

Choir performance at mumok


Printed Matter [virtual] Art Book Fair

From 24 to 28 February 2021

26 February, 1 pm EST / 7 pm CET
LAUNCH. Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book
by The Willful Weeds Research Group

Celebrate the first new title of the year in a workshop on itinerant practices of resistance led by the Willful Weeds Research Group. What are the stories we want to tell and retell within life worlds under the threat of extinction? Which stories do we want to listen to, when transnational extractivism, state violence, new forms of war and neofascist politics expand dramatically around the globe? Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book brings together seven site-sensitive engagements with communities fighting dispossession; the book explores tools and activities to restore and reinvent bonds of reciprocity with the land, humans, and non-humans. For the workshop, the Willful Weeds Research Group made a video that documents their working process, and following this screening, they hope to engage in a discussion on art’s possibilities to confront dispossession through itinerant practices of resistance.

With İpek Hamzaoğlu, Berhanu Deribew, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Rojda Tuğrul, Janine Jembere, Sílvia das Fadas, and Anette Baldauf.