«Reconstructions,» the title chosen for the wintersemester, is not meant in a technical sense – the kunstraum will stay as it is for now. Instead, at kunstraum lakeside we will be inquiring in to major and minor issues involving political changes in social structures. Prompting our investigations are the ongoing revolutions of the Arab Spring, but also the latent upheavals at the center of Europe, which provide a prime opportunity for a closer examination of the concept of democracy. How is democracy lived out today? What kind of potential does revolutionary peace bring? What do the local people here in Carinthia mean when they speak of democracy? According to the sociologist Axel Honneth, the «pathology» of modern society lies in the fact that our Western institutions falter when trying to practice their enlightenment mission, or end up acting against their original intentions. … >>