Achim Lengerer at Kolumba and FLACC

Lengerer Entretien sonore avec Fernand

7 May–25 August 2014
Kolumba, Cologne, DE


Entretien sonore avec Fernand Deligny
Public rehearsals for a soundtrack


Kolumba, Cologne, DE
 7May–25 August 2014

To participate in open rehearsals:
Kolumba, Cologne: 14–18 May, 18–22 June, 16–20 July and 13–17 August; noon–5pm daily. Please register at Visit for more information.
FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, Genk, Belgium: 10–14 September. Please register at Visit for more information.

In his artistic practice, Achim Lengerer explores the various mechanisms and effects of language and text. In addition to performances, installations and publications, his modes of expression also include workshops, performative lectures and public events. He runs Scriptings, a publishing house and exhibition space in Berlin, and is currently working on a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London on the format of the collective rehearsal as an artistic and political model for potential spaces of social negotiation.

Lengerer’s engagement with the French social worker, writer and filmmaker Fernand Deligny (1913–96) forms the starting point for the project, which will be realized in cooperation with Kolumba, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk music studio and FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists (Genk, Belgium). In the 1940s Deligny began working with children as a social worker. From the very beginning, his work was complemented by his writing: “Le moindre geste a une histoire” (The smallest gesture has a story), he wrote in the first sentence of his November 1966 article “Journal d’un éducateur” (Diary of an Educator). In the course of the 1960s, Deligny increasingly withdrew from institutional contexts. Together with a group of young adults he founded a community in the south of France in order to live with children labeled by psychiatrists as “autistic.” In his work as a pedagogue, he aimed not to educate or heal the children entrusted to his care, but rather to enable them to create an environment and an arena for their own unique ways of utilizing space and time.

Achim Lengerer’s approach to Fernand Deligny’s thinking takes place “inside and outside language.” At Kolumba, an archive will document the work of Deligny and his colleagues: Drawings, cards, magazines, books, texts and the film Ce gamin, là ( Renaud Victor) provide insight into their thoughts and actions. Lengerer will explore Deligny’s thinking-in-language in a collective translation workshop focusing on his voice-over text for Ce gamin, là and other writings, while the emptied-out Tower Room next door will be used as a space for activities “hors langage” (outside language). Public Rehearsals for a Soundtrack will serve as a social-relations laboratory, allowing the artist to experiment with directed and undirected action in line with Deligny’s distinction between the verbs faire (to do) and agir (to act). At FLACC in Belgium, the project leaves the museum space behind: Tested strategies of action/negotiation will be incorporated into a contemporary sociotherapeutic practice in conjunction with various private and municipal groups in the town of Genk.

Kolumbastraße 4
DE-50667 Cologne

Workplace for Visual Artists

André Dumontlaan 2, B-3600 Genk

Supported by Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn.