1st workshop / PACT Zollverein, Essen: January 24th to 31st 2010

2nd workshop / CENTQUATRE, Paris: March 29th to April 4th 2010
Public presentations: Saturday April 3rd, 1pm - 7pm, free
Portes ouvertes : Samedi 3 avril, 13h - 19h, gratuit >>

3rd workshop / ¨cˇu'm„a*, Istanbul: October 3rd to 10th
Public presentations: Saturday October 9


description of process

4 + ever= group of 5

On the first day the workshop participants of „Agora 2010/Feldstärke International“ were confronted with the task of forming groups in which they would like to work. Apparently all of us did not involve in the group finding process, because of a reject to the situation of having to chose people that you want to work with and others that you do not want to work with after getting to know everybody on the same day. In the end the five of us turned out to be the only ones not being already organised. Therefore we were put into one group and started to think about how to deal with the situation of being a group that arbitrarily chose itself/was chosen. We decided to act as if we were friends that know each other for a long time and are spending their holidays together in 2010's cultural capital of Europe: Essen. We wanted to focus on things that are normally considered unimportant in the process of art making because they lack the seriousness of the prospect of producing art.

We proceeded by faking a day of vacation in the area of Zollverein on the next day. We collected a number of activities that friends could do on vacation and enacted them in a strict schedule. In our presentation on the same day we showed this material in photo slide shows, video streams and exhibited how we planned the day. In the end we invited the other workshop participants to come outside with us to spend some time at a fire that we had been constructing in the day. Faking enthusiasm turned out to be great fun.

We decided to explore our topic more, because we observed that our experiences of the day before were nice but stayed on a very pictorial level that did not so much transport different aspects of friendship and the relation between what is considered working and what is not considered working. We decided to go on a shopping tour to the city center of Essen. After the very productive first day the second one – that we wanted to spent in a passive fashion – turned out to be rather boring. We keep on exploring our topic by doing further activities on the next days: we inscene a party in a hotel room in the next morning, play silly games, become depressed and discuss topics like group dynamics, functionality. work, procuct and fun. On purpose we act not goal-oriented but rather go for small aims/ideas that show up. From the outside this might seem as if we do not spent the research time that is offered to us in Essen productively, but just act as irresponsible young people.

On the day before the final presentation the context is responding to our activities by naming them not being „art“. We are asked what we did in the week and if it really was not more than just having fun. We are asked if we digged deeper into our topic or if we just stayed on the surface of things. We are a bit confused about this critic coming from a representative of the context that we are working in. We ask ourselves if we had communicated a too negative attitude towards the whole project wondering about why the pressure to production is not regarded as an effect of the art founding structures that both sides, the context and the participants, have to deal with, but enacted as professional opinion. Why are we asked to present something which could easily be considered as art by following a number of set rules. It became apparent to us that by having to enact our faked friendship in activities in which you try to have fun, our topic changed because this approach directly opened up the question of what is considered only „fun“ and spending your time in an unjustified relaxed fashion and what is a serious approach towards „art making“. At the same time this question about the economical structures that we are working in already refers back to our starting point of how to structure coming together, how to come to a common point that works. We decide to try to justify our activities by explaining them, quickly write a manifesto and try to make our process transparent. At the same time we plan what to show on the next day.

English mistakes are accidentally!

Group #1: The Beast 2 - échantillon

the beast 2 - échantillon #6 from Piotr Petrovich on Vimeo.

uploaded by Peter

Manifesto (4+ever= group of 5)


( Group of 5 ) aka

( 4+ever= group of 5 )

  • We don't eat, we work while eating!

  • We are not serious in doing our work but we are serious in our fun!

  • Our fun is hard work!

  • We are aware of “professional attitude” as a regime, and we are working on it!

  • We are not politically incorrect!

  • We are good friends that don't know each other!

  • Being critical is excessive!

  • We are honest in faking!

  • We don't care if we look fake or honest!

  • We are already a product that produces other products!

Or/ We are a product that produces itself over and over again but in different meanings and constellations!

  • As long as our gestures and actions are captured to make certain means, let's do meaningless actions!

  • Who smiles first in the staring game, loses!

Note: This manifestation was written in the context of AGORA 2010/ Feldstärke International in Pact-zollverein, Essen, Germany. It represents some of our political positions in relation to work and its mechanism, production, product and related matters of working groups. 

Group #1: The View - échantillon #5

The View - échantillon #5 from Piotr Petrovich on Vimeo.

posted by Peter

Group #1: The Beast - échantillon #4

The Beast - échantillon #4 from Piotr Petrovich on Vimeo.

by Peter

Group #1: facescanns

uploaded by Peter


group 9

shooting the shoe thing (échantillon #1)

camera by peter
piano by simon
skateboards by eva and uri
hands by berkay


4plusEver=5 Makingof

4plusEver = 5 - Makingof from Dilek Altan.
We formed a group of five and spent the evening and the next day as best friends. Many thanks to all the people that took the pictures on our vacation trip. Nadine - we love you!

Sebastian > A**hole
Enad > Liar
Maya &
Dilek > Spies/Spice
Ivan > D***head

Gruppe #1 - Monday 25.01.2010



Wednesday's research (Group 4 boys)

Two elevators
Arthur, Damiaan, Fuat, Nicolas

Tuesday's presentation (Group 4)

23 laptops making noise
Arthur, Damiaan, Fuat, Nicolas, Tuna



If anyone is interested to read about collaborations, here is an interesting text from Florian Schneider: Collaboration: The Dark Site of the Multitude, it also connects to Stephan's topic about the dark side. It seems like the right place to ask - What is the dark side of AGORA 2010 / Feldstaerke instrenational? - Enjoy, Uri.

Pecha Kucha

1 image x 44 students x 2 minutes = Pecha Kucha

Instructions received by all participants by email:

"Pecha Kucha Afternoon
To get to know each other we would like to give all participants the chance to introduce themselves on Monday afternoon with a small kind of presentation. You provide one picture which you regard as especially representative for your artistic work / working field / working interest . You'll send it to us for a powerpoint presentation which will be shown on Monday afternoon. Every one of you will have two minutes to present his or her picture and thoughts about it to the group.
So the �Pecha Kucha Afternoon� is just about presenting two minutes to introduce yourself and your own perspective on a current topic.
You can find more information about the original pecha kucha on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecha_Kucha
Please send your picture as a jpg file (no more than 4 MB) by 15.01.2010 latest to the following address: ingo.kaulbars@tanzplan-essen-2010.de"


by courtney

24.01.2010 - 1st day @ pact

1st day @ pact


4 + ever = group of 5

we started today

By Enad

YES or NO (sunday 24 jan)

Yes : 79 %
No : 21 %

day1//speed date

by atif.

is it real life?


Experience on Day 2

Sometimes I wonder if I'm in the right place at the right time - this is not one of those times. I am so grateful to have been accepted as a participant of the FELDSTARKE Program. The feeling I got today from the moment I hopped, or wobble - whatever you call moving when you've been on a plane, four in fact, for twenty hours - and got on the train from the Dusseldorf airport was pure success and confidence. A dream of mine has/is coming true: To travel the world as an artist and work with talented individuals - searching for something greater - from different cultures, lifestyles, and disciplines. We began the day by splitting into groups. I traveled to Dortmund with other participants to look at the Union Brewery. The train ride there was nice and beautiful. Peter and Eva were our guides informing us about the history of the area and the building itself. peter also informed me about this history of his family and how he came to live in Dortmund.

With not much time, we walked through this area to Kunstlerhaus Dortmund. There we viewed photography of selected students and residents. I enjoyed the works of Tamara Lorenz specifically her book of photography called so oder so, Kathi Shroder, Agata Madejska, Angela Kovacs, and Ariette Grotkamp. After we walked around the building we spend about thirty minutes upstairs eating lunch before we had to leave for the train and tram back to PACT. Later this day we also presented our Pecha Kucha evening, where we discussed who we are and what we are interested in as people and artists. It is possible to have many unique and talented individuals in one room. After this presentation we were to decide who we wanted to work with in a group this week - not an easy task. I wish we had more than one week here to work with people, but maybe this is a good thing. You pick your group and focus all day and work until the end of the week. I'm so excited for what is to come. -Toussaint












Simon BOUISSON • www.photosim.fr





Eda GECIKMEZ www.edagecikmez.com




Chang-Wen HSU



Amandine MARIA • www.amandinemaria.over-blog.com




Dorothea NOLD



Tuna PASE • www.myspace.com/outoftunefortuna

Ellen REID

Paula ROSOLEN • www.arde-dance.de



Sebastian SCHULZ


Nicolas SORDELLO • www.sordello.net





Damiaan VEENS



Yu-Hsuan WIE