NO38 Heilige Idioten, idiotische Heilige

An event series of the Goldstein Galerie in cooperation with the Dommuseum Frankfurt
Gerald Domenig, Novina Göhlsdorf, Kati Kroß, Mikael Ross, Bettina Schmitt, Stefan Scholz und Atelier Goldstein
Goldstein Galerie, Frankfurt am Main

9 October – 3 November 2019

A series of events of the Goldstein Gallerie
in cooperation with the Dommuseum Frankfurt

The pathological sound of the word idiot and the associated excluding and pejorative attributes of modern times are in contradiction to the actual meaning of idiot. He is considered an individual who renounces generally taught knowledge and instead seeks the power of simplicity and imperfection. Idiots irritate the established order and question prevailing principles.

Thus this series also addresses the public perception of people with a so-called impairment in the present, between stigmatization and appropriation, between hatred and fascination.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 8 pm
Gerald Domenig
A slide show by the Frankfurt artist Gerald Domenig

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8 pm
Stefan Scholz
Männer, die auf Säulen sitzen – a conversation about holiness and idiocy
Dr. Stefan Scholz (Rector of St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral Parish) in conversation
with Dr. Bettina Schmitt (Director of the Dommuseum Frankfurt)

10-19 October 2019
Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-18 hrs
Thoughts, images and impulses on the subject of holy idiots, idiotic saints

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 8 pm
Kati Kroß
Freaks as stars – Christoph Schlingensief’s Freakstars 3000
“Constantly abused and forced to act as a handicap.
Kati Kroß (social pedagogue and theatre scholar) reflects on the dilemma of representing disability in art and Schlingensief’s handling of it.
A lecture, film scenes and a conversation with Jakob Hoffmann.

26 October – 3 November 2019
Mikael Ross
The accident and other stories
Opening: Saturday, 26 October, 19.00
Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-18 hrs
Noel loses his mother and comes to Neuerkerode, a village where people with disabilities live. The accident tells how Noel finds new friends and learns to accept the loss – sad, surprising and always very funny.
“Unbelievable is the least of it, because I don’t know any comic of the last ten, oh: twenty years that had less favourable conditions – and from which something similarly great has come out.” (Timur Vermes, The Mirror)
An exhibition by Mikael Ross, with works by Thomas Hoops, Danny Gmerek, Holger Denecke and Christoph Stark Curated by Jakob Hoffmann.

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 8 pm
Novina Göhlsdorf
From ‘profound disruption’ to ‘superpower’? Autism pictures in change
For several decades, autism has become an increasingly important topic – in research, public and popular culture. Current autism debates are often characterized by statements of autistic people. This is another reason why its pathologization is increasingly being questioned. Many do not consider autism to be a disorder, but rather a future-oriented form of existence. Changes in the view of autism are the focus of the lecture – also because these changes provide information about current ideas of the individual and society.
Novina Göhlsdorf is a cultural scientist at the Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin.