Brain Without Organs

Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V.
Curated by Warren Neidich and Susanne Prinz
May 18 – June 12, 2021

LOCATION: Linienstraße 40 10119 Berlin
HOURS: Tue-Sat 14-19h

Participating artists include Alfred Ehrhardt, Douglas Gordon, Dafna Maimon, Warren Neidich, Tabita Rezaire, and Ryan Trecartin & Lizzie Fitch.

The brain without organs (BrWO) derives its name from the earlier concept of the body without organs (BWO) as it was first defined by Antonin Artaud and later expanded upon by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in Anti-Oedipus (1972) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980). It describes a body that is totally unfixed (like a teratoma or heterodox body) at variance with official doctrine. In this body, the organization of organs—from their cellular structure to their relationship with other organs and the organism as a whole—is free from the despotism of the body’s overall plan. In other words, it is free from the rules and regulations of the a priori program situated in the DNA code and the surveillance mechanisms operating in the socio-cultural context in which it is situated. Superimposing this idea of the body without organs onto the brain, one could say that a brain without organs does not lack modules, hubs, and verifiable cognits—it simply lacks the organism. The brain, as defined here, is composed of three interacting, entangled and coevolving systems: 1. The intracranial material brain located inside the skull composed of gray and white matter. 2. The situated and mobile body moving through and interacting with sensibility. 3. The extracranial brain composed of the world of objects, things, as well as, socio-cultural and technological relations and their ideological-discursive counterparts. Today, this intra-extracranial brain without organs might be considered post-colonial, post-humanist and post-capitalist.


Rules on Obligatory Tests and Face Masks from Saturday 17 April 2021

In accordance with the regulations announced by the Berlin Senate, all visitors to the gallery must present a negative COVID-19 test result from a point-of-care antigen (PoC) rapid test (so-called Corona rapid test) or a negative PCR test result that is no more than 24 hours old. Self-tests are not acceptable for this purpose. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and whose second shot was more than 15 days ago do not have to present a negative COVID-19 test result. Information on test centres can be found at: www.test-to-go.berlin.

Visitors (aged 14 years and over) are required to wear an FFP2 face mask in all indoor areas of the gallery. Children between 6 and 14 years of age may wear a surgical-style mask instead.