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Cheers for Fears Festival 2017
Since 2013 CHEERS FOR FEARS connects young artists of the arts and art theory studying in NRW and brings them together in discussions, workshops, festivals and transdisciplinary artistic projects. The next festival will take place in march 2017 in cooperation with FFT Düsseldorf. It offers you an intensive time of exchange about artistic practices and aesthetics, self-conception and goals. You’ll get to know diverse artistic positions and will have the possibility to discuss your own work. Real beginners are just as welcome as advanced students or recent graduates. We welcome works of any artistic genre, regardless of which university or discipline they come from. Contribute video installations, performances or music, dance or scenic lectures - or surprise us with forms for which no name has been found yet. 
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Mark Fisher
We are deeply saddened by the devastating news that Mark Fisher died on January 13th. He first visited the FFT in 2014 with his lecture „The Privatisation of Stress“ about how neoliberalism deliberately cultivated collective depression. Later in the year he returned with a video-lecture about „Reoccupying the Mainstream" in the frame of the symposium „Sichtungen III“ in which he talks about how to overcome the ideology of capitalist realism and start thinking about a new positive political project: „If we want to combat capitalist realism then we need to be able to articulate, to project an alternative realism.“ We were talking about further collaboration with him last year but it did not work out because Mark wasn’t well. His books „Capitalist Realism“ and „The Ghosts of my Life. Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Future“ will continue to be a very important inspiration for our work.