Natascha Sadr Haghighian | dOcumenta (14)
Kassel, Germany | 6.6.–17.9.2017

Singing yesterday‘s news again was a live radio programme produced by Natscha Sadr Haghighian and Nicholas Bussmann as part of SAVVY FUNK, a documenta 14 radio station. News from the previous day sung and sung again by various singers – with Aaron Snyder, Chico Mello, Lucile Desamory, Yusuf Ergün, Li Monuko, Zelda Panda, Frieder Butzmann, Fernanda Farah, Margareth Kammerer, Ming Wong, Laura Mello, Rico Repotente, Amen Feizabadi, Övül Durmuşoğlu, Ute Waldhausen; newsroom crew: Maria Karpushina, Daniela Reina Téllez, Stephan Thierbach, Josephine Tiede; production: Natscha Sadr Haghighian and Nicholas Bussmann, 2017.


The Parliament of Bodies, the Public Programs of documenta 14, emerged from the experience of the so-called long summer of migration in Europe, which revealed the simultaneous failure not only of modern representative democratic institutions but also of ethical practices of hospitality. The Parliament was in ruins. The real Parliament was on the streets, constituted by unrepresented and undocumented bodies resisting austerity measures and xenophobic policies.The Parliament of Bodies acts against the individualization of bodies but also against the transformation of bodies into a mass, against the transformation of the public into a marketing target. Against essential origins, reified borders, and identity politics, the Parliament of Bodies proposes to act as a space for cultural activism, inventing new affects and creating synthetic alliances between different world struggles for sovereignty, recognition, and survival. Inspired by micropolitical self-organization, collaborative practices, radical pedagogy, and artistic experiments, the Parliament of Bodies is a critical device to queer both the ruins of democratic intuitions as well as the traditional formats of the exhibition and public programs. It brings together artists, activists, theorists, performers, workers, migrants, et cetera to experiment collectively on a radical transformation of the public sphere and the proliferation of new forms of subjectivity. The Parliament of Bodies is neither a bank nor a collection of data, neither “folk” nor a corporation.