The Department Handlungspotential is a thought expe¬≠ri¬≠ment that loo¬≠ks into fai¬≠rer forms of future co-exis¬≠tence and pos¬≠si¬≠ble and necessa¬≠ry com¬≠pon¬≠ents of social¬≠ly com¬≠mit¬≠ted action from a queer per¬≠spec¬≠ti¬≠ve. How can estab¬≠lis¬≠hed ways of life be modi¬≠fied or rethought? Which values and lines of action are rele¬≠vant? Department Handlungspotential repre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ve and artist Franziska Goralski invi¬≠tes par¬≠ti¬≠ci¬≠pa¬≠ti¬≠on in the search for pos¬≠si¬≠ble ans¬≠wers and explo¬≠ring new spaces.
A poten¬≠ti¬≠al for action (Handlungspotential) is the poten¬≠ti¬≠al that enab¬≠les an action. Everything starts with an idea, but it takes an impul¬≠se to start an action. Potential for action is the affec¬≠ti¬≠ve space that exists just befo¬≠re an action begins.
At the moment, the Department Handlungspotential focu¬≠ses on shaping and deve¬≠lo¬≠ping a lear¬≠ning envi¬≠ron¬≠ment and prac¬≠ti¬≠ces that are based on nota¬≠ti¬≠ons of queer com¬≠mo¬≠ning. It faci¬≠li¬≠ta¬≠tes (un-)learning opportunities.
Commoning is the collec¬≠ti¬≠ve and need-ori¬≠en¬≠ted main¬≠ten¬≠an¬≠ce, pro¬≠duc¬≠tion, cul¬≠ti¬≠va¬≠ti¬≠on, and/or usa¬≠ge of natu¬≠ral resour¬≠ces like air, water, or land, but also of cul¬≠tu¬≠ral resour¬≠ces like know¬≠ledge, time, or code. The Department Handlungspotential extends the dis¬≠cour¬≠se on com¬≠mons to inclu¬≠de queer per¬≠spec¬≠ti¬≠ves. By loo¬≠king into queer com¬≠mo¬≠ning, the Department seeks to rese¬≠arch our socie¬≠ty, our envi¬≠ron¬≠ment, and so-cal¬≠led norms on a struc¬≠tu¬≠ral level.
The Department Handlungspotential‚Äôs tem¬≠pora¬≠ry field office at D21 Artspace Leipzig wel¬≠co¬≠mes all kinds of exchan¬≠ge. Drop by and dive into figu¬≠res of thought! You might encoun¬≠ter an excep¬≠ti¬≠on from the sta¬≠te of things ‚Äď or even an excep¬≠tio¬≠nal state.
The Department Handlungspotential, foun¬≠ded by Fransiska Goralski (FG) in 2016, crea¬≠tes cross-media works and par¬≠ti¬≠ci¬≠pa¬≠to¬≠ry set¬≠tings through pro¬≠cess-ori¬≠en¬≠ted and social¬≠ly com¬≠mit¬≠ted artis¬≠tic prac¬≠ti¬≠ces. FG‚Äôs trans¬≠di¬≠sci¬≠pli¬≠na¬≠ry works are rese¬≠arch-based and con¬≠cept-dri¬≠ven. They look into dif¬≠fe¬≠rent men¬≠tal frame¬≠works and ques¬≠ti¬≠on nor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠ve cate¬≠go¬≠ries and power struc¬≠tures. Franziska Goralski joins up with Anna Erdman to form die Blaue Distanz. Their artis¬≠tic col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on focu¬≠ses on queer ways of living, (digi¬≠tal) femi¬≠nist per¬≠spec¬≠ti¬≠ves, the pos¬≠si¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty of low-hier¬≠ar¬≠chy spaces and the visi¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty of under¬≠re¬≠pre¬≠sen¬≠ted decisions.
FG cur¬≠r¬≠ent¬≠ly lives and works in Dresden and Amsterdam. FG holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Dresden University of Fine Arts and gra¬≠dua¬≠ted from the tem¬≠pora¬≠ry pro¬≠gram¬≠me The Commoners‚Äô Society at the Sandberg Institut in Amsterdam.