SECESSION is an ongoing project designed to re-shape and re-think the European space on the bases of translation, migration and hybridization. The project is conceived as a collective fiction work, written and performed by writers, scholars and artists across different horizons. The essays, articles, and literary texts published here are contributions to the SECESSION project. They are the beginning of an artistic, literary and intellectual archive that will document dissent with the current political order of the European Union.
The starting point of SECESSION is a fiction: a popular movement – a "ghost people" - has overthrown the old European institutions and an assembly of citizens must now draft and adopt a new constitution. As arguments and discussion thunder forth from the body of artists, scholars, and writers, SECESSION will promote a new way of conceiving Europe: beyond criticism, this curatorial as well as political and poetical project draws a line between a failed dream and the hope of building trans-citizenship beyond nations in the 21st century.
As it evolves, SECESSION will travel throughout Europe as a series of performances and exhibitions, each different from the next as new assembly members join the gathering and contribute their voices. The first SECESSION assembly was held on September 23, 2014 in Berlin at the Heimathafen Neukölln. A series of dissident maps and art installations created in conjunction with the event was shown in Autumn 2014 at the Institut français in Berlin under the heading: deconstructing borders for a migrant Europe.
Here on the SECESSION webpage you will find regular updates about the event, including author texts in their original languages and in translation.
In March 2015, the magazine Beton Internationalpresented the project at the Leipzig Book Fair!