A.P.T.

The Association for the Palliative Turn

Initiated by the visual artist Olav Westphalen, who coined the term Palliative Turn, APT was founded in 2020 by a group of diverse practitioners including artists, comedians, palliative practitioners, health care specialists, designers, philosophers and climate scientists in reaction to the pervasive assumption that we humans can fix all our problems and escape our certain fate. More concretely, APT asks; ‘What if our ambition to control and manage not just our own lives but even the planetary climate’s equilibrium is just the latest symptom of what has been wrong all along?’ (Westphalen). By taking its starting point from the practice of palliative care as a model for art, APT asks if an acceptance of our impending end, might not in fact be the first step to living better.

 

APT has so far organised symposia, performances, audits, workshops, cabarets, publications and exhibitions.

Check www.palliativeturn.org for more!

 

 

 

TIME LINE

2020

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2023

 

APT manifesto

Manifesto posters at Brandenburgische Kunstverein, Potsdam 2021. Photo: Simon Blanck

Installation view at Brandenburgische Kunstverein, Potsdam 2021. Photo: Simon Blanck

Installation view at Brandenburgische Kunstverein, Potsdam 2021. Photo: Simon Blanck

Installation view at Brandenburgische Kunstverein, Potsdam 2021. Photo: Simon Blanck

Camp Solong, Dafna Maimon and Ethan Hayes-Chute, Installation view at Brandenburgische Kunstverein, Potsdam 2021. Photo: Simon Blanck

Kasia Fudakowski, Palliative questionnaire, Brandenburgische Kunstverein, Potsdam 2021. Photo: Simon Blanck

Installation view at Brandenburgische Kunstverein, Potsdam 2021. Photo: Simon Blanck

Kasia Fudakowski, Who can touch me where, when I no longer can, 2021 Quilted fabric on sound dampening Molton, 210 x 160 x 1.5 cm A quilted plan for who may touch which parts of the artist’s body when she is no longer able to communicate her wishes. Courtesy of the artist and ChertLüdde Berlin

Posters by Alex Kwartler

Lydia Röder demonstrates the Körpertambura. Photo: Simon Blanck

Lydia Röder demonstrates the Körpertambura. Photo: Simon Blanck

Olav Westphalen at Brandenburgische Kunstverein, Potsdam, Photo: Simon Blanck

Nala Tessloff performs the APT manifesto. Photo: Simon Blanck

2022, Group Exhibition "The Palliative Turn" at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Copyright photo: Fred Dott

Design by Shortnotice, 2022, Group Exhibition "The Palliative Turn" at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Copyright photo: Fred Dott

Copyright photo: Fred Dott

installation shot of Kasia Fudakowski's palliative audit, "The Palliative Turn" at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Copyright photo: Fred Dott

Ethan Hayes-Chute photo: Fred Dott

Installation shot "The Palliative Turn" at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Copyright photo: Fred Dott

Installation shot "The Palliative Turn" at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Copyright photo: Fred Dott

Installation shot "The Palliative Turn" at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Copyright photo: Fred Dott

Installation shot "The Palliative Turn" at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Copyright photo: Fred Dott

Dafna Maimon, Kasia Fudakowski and Olav Westphalen present the results of the first Palliative Audit at Künstlerhaus Bremen.

Dafna Maimon, Kasia Fudakowski and Olav Westphalen present the results of the first Palliative Audit at Künstlerhaus Bremen.

Dafna Maimon, Kasia Fudakowski and Olav Westphalen present the results of the first Palliative Audit at Künstlerhaus Bremen.

Bildnachweis: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Foto: Meyer, Thomas, 2023 / OSTKREUZ

Bildnachweis: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Foto: Meyer, Thomas, 2023 / OSTKREUZ Laufzeit: 30. März 2023 – 7. Jan 2024

Bildnachweis: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Foto: Meyer, Thomas, 2023 / OSTKREUZ Laufzeit: 30. März 2023 – 7. Jan 2024

Bildnachweis: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Foto: Meyer, Thomas, 2023 / OSTKREUZ Laufzeit: 30. März 2023 – 7. Jan 2024

Bildnachweis: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Foto: Meyer, Thomas, 2023 / OSTKREUZ Laufzeit: 30. März 2023 – 7. Jan 2024

Bildnachweis: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Foto: Meyer, Thomas, 2023 / OSTKREUZ Laufzeit: 30. März 2023 – 7. Jan 2024

Bildnachweis: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Foto: Meyer, Thomas, 2023 / OSTKREUZ Laufzeit: 30. März 2023 – 7. Jan 2024

Olav Westphalen Bildnachweis: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Foto: Meyer, Thomas, 2023 / OSTKREUZ Laufzeit: 30. März 2023 – 7. Jan 2024

Bildnachweis: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Foto: Meyer, Thomas, 2023 / OSTKREUZ Laufzeit: 30. März 2023 – 7. Jan 2024

Flyer/Manifesto for 'An Evening on the Palliative Turn' at Kunst Werke, Pogo Bar, 2022

The Event was hosted by Kasia Fudakowski wearing her Pancreatic Cancer Palliative jacket and using a wheel of fortune to select the various palliative acts.

Event curated by Sophie Krogh-Christensen

Simon Blanck's film plays at Pogo Bar, Kunste Werke

Annmarie Goldschmidt performing stress relief exercises under stressful conditions, Pogo Bar, Kunste Werke.

Olav Westphalen , Live drawing session at Pogo Bar, Kunste Werke

John-Luke Roberts performs at Pogo Bar, Kunst Werke, Berlin

Cabaret Impedimenta, Edinburgh Fringe, 2022