At the Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledgeyou can book a 30-minute one-to-one dialogue with one of over 60 experts recruitedfrom Riga and abroadoryou can observe and listen to select conversations via headphones on Blackmarket Radio’s seven channels. The experts will put together a lexicon that fragments, mirrors and hallucinates the Repaired, Enhanced and Dead Body– through stories, theories, documentation and myths.
A Blackmarketfor Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledgeis an interdisciplinary research on learning and un-learning where narrative formats of knowledge transfer are tried out and presented. The installation imitates familiar places of knowledge exchange, like the archive or library reading room, and combines them with communication situations such as markets, the stock exchanges, and counselling or social service interviews.
Each Blackmarket presents a different topic, generating an encyclopedia with local and foreign experts. In Riga the theme is on the Repaired, Enhanced and Dead body. One thing is clear: we are constantly rebuilding ourselves. The Riga Blackmarket undertakes an inventory of all the medical and cultural techniques currently being used to optimize our bodies. The experts are drawn from the professional fields of heart surgery, stem cell research, transplantation medicine, oncology, orthopedics, medical ethics and bioethics, and philosophy. On the other hand, experts versed in popular culture, sci-fi, cyborg theories, transhumanism, and robotics will try to answer the question - how many modifications can a body tolerate before we become strangers to ourselves? And last, but not least, the Blackmarket will also provide the opportunity to speak about the dead body, the always already present absence of the dead.
Blackmarket No. 16 in Riga is organised by the Mobile Academy Berlin in collaboration with the New Theatre Institute of Latvia as part of the programme of Riga 2014 - European Capital of Culture.
Mobile Academy Berlin is a project devised by Hannah Hurtzig with changing partners based at HAU, Berlin. Following fifteen Blackmarkets on different topics in Berlin, Warsaw,Istanbul, Hamburg, Graz, Vienna and other cities, this is a long-awaited first Blackmarket in Riga.
Blackmarket in Riga is supported by Riga 2014 and the Riga City Council, EU Programme Culture, European network IMAGINE 2020, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Goethe Institute Riga, Diena & Kultūras Diena, IR, Rīgas Laiks, Satori, EuroAWK.