Die Botschafterin/The Ambassador: Adretta

Dear friends & colleagues,

I am happy to announce that the exhibition “Leninskiy 95” opens today at the Goethe Institute Moscow – in the impressive building of the former GDR embassy to the Soviet Union. I am showing a new text image collage developed within the long-term project “Adretta”, which I have been working on with Åsa Sonjasdotter for some years.

opens today at the Goethe Institute Moscow – in the impressive building of the former GDR embassy to the Soviet Union. I am showing a new text image collage developed within the long-term project “Adretta”, which I have been working on with Åsa Sonjasdotter for some years.

“Adretta: The Ambassador” is a site-specific set of collages, developed for the canteen of the Goethe Institute, using photos from the archive of the former Institute for Plant Breeding in Groß Lüsewitz, and documentation from Groß Lüsewitz (2013), as well as from two research trips to Russia – in 2017 and 2020. Thanks to Åsa Sonjasdotter for making this possible, to Mikail Lylov for additional research and support, and to Astrid Wege, Natalia Sabrodskaya, and Alexey Myslitskiy for their help.

More info on the Adretta project here.

Letzter Tag: Turnen

Foto: Chiara Faggionato

Turnen: A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures
Eine ortspezifische Ausstellung zu widerständigen Körpern im ehemaligen Turnsaal der Stasi von Elske Rosenfeld, mit Arbeiten von Gabriele Stötzer, Wolfgang Scholz und Elske Rosenfeld in einer Installation von Andrea Pichl

ist morgen letzmalig zu sehen: 18.12. 15 – 18 Uhr

ADRESSE: Haus 7 (5. & 6. OG) Campus  für Demokratie, Ruschestraße 103, 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg

Im Haus 7 der Stasi-Zentrale befand sich ab 1979 die Hauptabteilung XX, zuständig für die Überwachung des  Staatsapparates, der Kirchen und des Kulturbereichs sowie die Bearbeitung der Opposition, und des so genannten Untergrunds. Fast 500 Mitarbeiter*innen (Stand 1989) leiteten Operative Vorgänge und Operative Personenkontrollen und rekrutierten und betreuten Informellen Mitarbeiter. Der Raum im 6. OG des Hauses diente als Turnsaal und Veranstaltungsraum, die Mitarbeiter*innen ertüchtigten sich in Tischtennisturnieren und Yogastunden. Nach 1991 nutzte auch die BStU den Raum weiter als Gymnastikraum für Angestellte.

Die im Turnsaal und Foyer gezeigten Videoarbeiten untersuchen Körperlichkeiten der späten DDR zwischen Widerspenstigkeit und politischer Konstitutiertheit, Kontrolle, Kontrollverlust, Ent- und Ermächtung. Die Ausstellung ist Teil von Rosenfelds fortlaufendem Projekt „A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures“, das ausgehenend von der Erfahrung der Revolution von 1989/90 und der osteuropäischen Dissidenz untersucht, wie sich Geschichte und politische Ereignisse in den Körpern ihrer Protagonist*innen manifestieren und in sie einschreiben.

In Spitze (1986, Super 8, 12 min) >>Treppenaufgang zum Foyer, 5. OG//

lässt Gabriele Stötzer (*1953in Emleben, Thüringen) (: „einen damaligen freund alle phallussymbole in erfurt besteigen bzw. zeige den david-steinwwurf gegen die macht oben und überhaupt das körperliche bewegen gegen mauern. es hat sich herausgestellt das der mann ein ims “breaky” war und auf mich von der stasi angesetzt berichtet hat und überhaupt kein freund war.” 

Gabriele Stötzer’s Veitstanz/Feixtanz (1988, Super 8, 25 min) >>Turnsaal links am Fenster //bezieht sich auf den mittelalterlichen Veitstanz, „der im mittelalter wie eine krankheit war und [bei dem] die leute sich auf öffentlichen plätzen und auch auf dem domplatz in erfurt trafen und bis zum umfallen tanzten”, wie Stötzer schreibt. “also habe ich freunde und freundinnen gefragt an für sie wichtigen orten in erfurt aus sich heraus bis zur ekstase zu tanzen und dann noch einen bauchtanz einbezogen von einer schwangeren und den historischen nachgetanzen bauchtanz der bauba die vor der unglücklichen isis ihren rock hochgezogen und getanzt hat. und wenn ich eine frau ausziehe habe ich das auch bei einem mann gemacht.”

Wolfgang Scholz’(*1958, Dresden) Body Building, (16 mm, 1988, 19 min) >>Turnsaal, Monitor in der Installation// dokumentiert eine Body-Building-Gruppe in Dresden. Scholz schreibt: „Body Building galt in der DDR als ein ‚kapitalistischer Zweig’ vom Kraftsport. So konnten öffentliche Veranstaltungen nur unter dem Deckmantel einer ‚sportlichen Umrahmung’ (neben einem Wettkampf der Gewichtheber als eine Art geduldete Showeinlage) stattfinden. Als ich 1987 begann einen Film über sie zu drehen, war einer der Protagonisten 22 Jahre alt. Er arbeitete als Pächter der Damentoiletten am Bahnhof Dresden-Neustadt, war Mitglied der SED und Parteigruppenorganisator der Toilettenpächter in Dresden. Ein Film über den Rhythmus und die bewusste Qual bei den übungen mit den eisernen, selbst zusammengeschweißten Geräten und die Vorstellung und Träume von Stärke, Kraft und besonderer körperlicher Ausstrahlung. “

Elske Rosenfelds (*1974 in Halle/S.) Videos bearbeiten Aufnahmen des oppositionellen Filmemachers Klaus Freymuth aus der Endzeit der DDR dem Herbst, Winter 1989/90, in denen die (post-)revolutionäre Erfahrung einen körperlichen Überschuss produziert, wenn sie das Sagbare überschreitet.

Ein bisschen eine komplexe Situation(2014, 15 min) >>Foyer, 5. OG//

Während des allerersten Treffens des Zentralen Runden Tischs der DDR (einem Podium für den Dialog zwischen Regime und Opposition) im Dezember 1989 geraten die Körper der Mitglieder der Opposition durch die Geräusche einer Demonstration in Bewegung, die sich außerhalb des Gebäudes versammelt. Die Bearbeitung des Materials verstärkt diese Unruhe, um jene flüchtige Gemeinschaft nachzuzeichnen, die sich durch die Geräusche, und die Bewegungen, die sie auslösen, zwischen drinnen und draußen herstellt. Eine somatischen und klanglichen Vermischung in der sich Radikalität der Ereignisse von 1989/90 deutlicher aus als auf der verbalen Ebene dieses fast vollständig aus der Geschichte gefallenen Augenblicks abbildet.

Versuche/Framed (2018, 20 min) >>Turnsaal rechts//

wirft mit der Bearbeitung eines ein Jahr später ebnfalls von Freymuth aufgenommen Videomaterials einen neuerlichen Blick auf die Ereignisse der Vorjahrs. Auch hier weisen Bewegungen, Gesten und ein intensives Schweigen, über eine Sprache hinaus, die sich in Bezug auf die eigene Erfahrung dissidenter Politiken als unzulänglich erweist.

Die Installation “TSC” Künstlerin Andrea Pichl (*1964 in Ost-Berlin) setzt die Videos in und gegen die Aura des historischen Ortes. TSC, offiziell Berliner Turn- und Sportclub e. V., wurde als „ziviles Gegenstück“ zu den beiden bereits existierenden Sportvereinigungen der Nationalen Volksarmee und der Volkspolizei gegründet. Auch der 1. FC Union Berlin, der Widerpart zum staatlichen Renommierclub, auch „Stasiverein“ genannten BFC Dynamo, gehörte zum TSC Berlin, ebenso ein Hochleistungsklub, in dem auch tausende Sportler unwissentlich gedopt wurden. Die in der Installation verwendeten, zumeist aus „Industrieschrott“ gefertigten Zäune sind Details aus der aus ökonomischen Engpässen heraus von Bewohnerinnen eigentätig gestalteten Erscheinungen ihrer Lebenswelt in der DDR – eine Form der Alltagskultur, mit der die DDR-Bürger auch politische Gegebenheiten reflektierten.

Turnen: A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures wird gefördert vom Haupstadtkulturfonds. Das Buch zum Projekt erscheint 2020 bei Archive Books. Künstlerische Leitung: Chiara Figone

Dissident Stories between GDR and pOstdeutschland #1 Book Launch wild recuperations. material from below

All are very welcome to our book launch and exhibition opening on

8 December 3 – 8 pm

Haus 7 (5th & 6th floor) Campus für Demokratie, Haus 7
Ruschestraße 103, 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg

PROGRAM

3 pm Exhibition Opening: Turnen/Gymnastics: A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures
A site-specific exhibition about dissident bodies in the former gymnastics hall of the Stasi by Elske Rosenfeld, with works of Gabriele Stötzer, Wolfgang Scholz and Elske Rosenfeld in an installation by Andrea Pichl, organised by Archive Books
Introduction by Andrea Pichl and Elske Rosenfeld, over Bread and Schnaps

>>MORE INFO ON EXHIBITION: SEE PREVIOUS POST


4 – 5.30 pm Eastgerman Undergroundsound 1979-1990 and “Legeparty”
Punkrock, Postpunk and related sounds – a musical commentary to wild recuperation. material from below by Henryk Gericke, author and curator of ostPUNK! – too much future
& collective Samizdat-stapling session with the 1989 samizdat URKUNDE – 40 Years of the GDR introduced by artist Anna Zett


5.30 pm Book Presentation wild recuperations. material from below
Dissident Stories between GDR and pOstdeutschland #1
with the archivists, contributors, editors and publishers


6.30 pm Conversation about Black feminism and antifascist self-organisation between GDR and pOstdeutschland
with Ina Röder Sissoko, active in the women*s and lesbian movements of the GDR and, from 1989, in the Black feminist movement in Germany 

About the book

wildes wiederholen. material from below.
Dissident Stories between GDR and pOstdeutschland #1
Contributions by Alex Gerbaulet + Mareike Bernien, Anna Zett, Elsa Westreicher, Elske Rosenfeld, Ernest Ah + Sabrina Saase + Lee Stevens of the Raumerweiterungshalle Collective, Irena Kukutz, Nadia Tsulukidze, Peggy Piesche, Samirah Kenawi, Suza Husse + Ina Röder Sissoko, Technosekte + Henrike Naumann; and Katalin Cseh-Varga, Maria Josephina Bengan Making, Rebecca Hernandez García, Redi Koobak, Sebastian Pflugbeil, Tim Eisenlohr; Edited by Elske Rosenfeld und Suza Husse


Dissident practices and sociabilities of the late GDR unfolded in a present that was largely detached from any utopian future. Their traces are alive in the memory of those involved in the cultural and political underground at the time and in numerous materials and documents at archives and collections. wild recuperations. material from below follows a shared desire to bring these experiences and environments from below into a meaningful and complex dialogue with the politics of the present. Drawing on current artistic and critical forms of working with archives and memory, the book gathers a plurality of approaches to the fabric of absence and of possibility that the Archive of the GDR Opposition aggregates. The positions from which histories are experienced, desired and told – their situatedness in bodies, languages and ecologies – are part of each story.

A District*School without Center and Archive Books publication in collaboration with the Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft / Archive of the GDR-Opposition. This book inaugurates the series Dissident Stories between GDR and pOstdeutschland. Book and program are funded by the Berliner Beauftragten zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur.

Turnen/Gymnastics: A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures

My exhibition Turnen/Gymnastics: A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures

is on view

Gymastics Room, Haus 7 (5th & 6th floor)
former Stasi-Zentrale, Campus für Demokratie,
Ruschestraße 103, 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg

from 8 to 18 December 2019.            

Gymnastics/ Turnen is a site-specific exhibition about dissident bodies in the former gymnastics hall of the Stasi with works of Gabriele Stötzer, Wolfgang Scholz and Elske Rosenfeld in an installation by Andrea Pichl

OPENING:                  8 Dec    3 – 8 pm, more infos on the opening here

OPENING HOURS:         11 Dec  3 – 6 pm
                                   14 Dec  3 – 6 pm
                                   15 Dec  3 – 6 pm
                                   18 Dec  13 – 6 pm

In the films in this exhibition, bodies appear as agents and subjects of the specific forms of the political in the late GDR and in the revolution of 1989. Gabriele Stötzer’s Veitstanz/Feixtanz, 1988, Super 8, 25 min, shows a cast of characters from the different (non-)scenes of the late GDR– a punk, a pregnant woman, a dancer, a peacenik, an old woman, a football fan – dancing themselves into a trance in a setting chosen by each of them – on the sidewalk, on the roof-tops, by the river, on a playground, in front of a ruin, in the East German city of Erfurt – against a soundtrack of trams and passers-by. Wolfgang Scholz’ Bodybuilding, 1988, 25 mins, is a documentary film about a body-building group, the time spent by these men torturing themselves among their self-made machines. We see them passing time in a training barracks: a rhythm of sweating bodies whose only aim is to have larger muscles as symbol of greater strength. Body-building was considered a capitalist sport and frowned upon in the GDR. Elske Rosenfeld’s edits of videos recorded by dissident film-maker Klaus Freymuth in 1989/90 – A bit of a Complex Situation, 2014 und Versuche/Framed, 2018, intensify the physical movements that are created when the experience of a (post-)revolutionary moments exceeds the currently sayable. Andrea Pichl’s installation TSC, 2019 sets these films into and against the disturbing aura of a room in which the Stasi took care of its employees through yoga and table tennis. TSC is short for Berliner Turn- und Sportclub e.V., the Berlin Gymnastics and Sportsclub that was funded as a counterpart to the sports clubs of the Army and the Police. The exhibition is part of Elske Rosenfeld’s ongoing research into the body and revolution, “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures”. 

Artistic direction: Chiara Figone/ Archive Books

Supported by Haupstadtkulturfonds. For more information see http://www.archivekabinett.org/

Exhibition “Utopien” in Dresden

I contributed two videos from “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures”: “A bit of a Complex Situation” (2014) and “Versuche, Framed” (2018) to Utopien. Besetzung, Belegung, Bespielung, Bemächtigung, Besitzung und Verwendung at Motorenhalle e.V. and Technische Universität Dresden. The exhibition and accompanying event series are running till March 7 2020 and are highly recommended. https://riesa-efau.de/kunst-erleben/motorenhalle/utopien-besetzung-belegung-bespielung-br71119-7320/

Statement for the Future

Sala Omnia, former venue of the Romanian Communist Party (foto: tranzit.ro)

Through a very lucky twist of fate I got to spend the days between the 102nd anniversary of the start of the Russian revolution and the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the end of the East German revolution – 7th to 9th of November – in Bucharest in the company of a bunch of artists and activists, young and old from Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj, Timisoara, Prague, Warsaw, Bratislava, St. Petersburg, Kyiv… I was invited to give a “statement for the future” as part of “Upon us all equally” , organised by the tranzit network, in the amazing Sala Omnia/ Former Communist Party assembly hall. You can watch documentation of my 15 min statement, assembled from manifestos, lists of demands, public statements of groups and individuals, dissidents, work collectives, women’s and lesbian and gay organisations from the autumn and winter of 1989/90 here: https://vimeo.com/373637794

Portable Landscapes: District

Happy to invite you all to the opening of Portable Landscapes: Unweaving the Iron Curtain, next Thursday, 20.6. at District Berlin.

Apart from my golden oldie “A bit of a Complex Situation” (which I already had the privilege of contributing to the Riga edition of Portable Landscapes last year), I am showing my poster-flyer “Letters to Gabi”. I initially made the poster based on an email conversation with East German feminist artist Gabriele Stötzer in 2013 (developed back then as an intervention into the archive of “Up till now!” an exhibition on performance art in the former East at GfzK Leipzig).

I am happy to dig it out for this occasion, because a) if fits really well with the exhibition’s premise of interrogating Eastern European dissident and artist perspectives and biographies from a present day political and artistic point of view, and b) because it picks up on a line of interest in my work (East art histories) that has been an important, if not super visible aspect of my work, and that I am looking forward to picking up on and intensifying in the coming year/s.

Would be great to see you there!

Corporeal Dis/Continuities, The Whole Life Academy

Impromptu archive on the ground

Suza Husse and I had the pleasure and privilege of working with a wonderful group of artists and researchers at “The Whole Life Academy” last week in Dresden in our workshop “Corporeal Dis/Continuities. What bodies know of state-socialism.”. Many thanks to Charlotte Eifler, Nour Hachem, Rita Hajj, Susanne Hopmann, and Ashoka Vardhan – and to the staff of the Palucca University of Dance (the incredibly helpful Marina Brandt!) and the German Hygiene Museum Dresden.

Palast der Republik

The detailed programme of Palast der Republik (8.3.-10.3) is now online. I have been dreaming of seeing a programme like this, that brings together international artists, activist, scholars with protagonists from 1989/90 into discussions, performances, art works, dedicated to the content and relevance of that revolution for, well… the last 30 years…

I am pretty overwhelmed and incredibly thankful to be part of this.


#susanbuckmorss #RunderTisch #annazett #gabrielestötzer #borisbuden#frauenstreik #revolution #biniadamzcak #berndgehrke #deutschewohnenenteignen#annastiede#rundertischfurniture#technosektehenrikenaumann#maxherztberg #berndgehrke #soapandskin etc. etc.

Under construction

My website is currently under (re-)construction and missing its multilingual functionality. For information on my projects in English please contact me at mail [at] elskerosenfeld [dot] net. For texts in English see also: www.dissidencies.net.

Meine Website wird momentan überarbeitet. Für Infos zu meinen letzten Projekten auf deutsch kontaktieren Sie mich gerne per Mail: mail [at] elskerosenfeld [dot] net.


“wild recuperations. material from below. Artistic Research at the Archive of the GDR opposition.”

As some of you know, I have been spending a lot of time over the past months at the Archive of the GDR Opposition in Berlin-Lichtenberg, where together with Suza Husse, a group of fantastic artists and authors, and the wonderfully supportive team of the Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft, and with much help from District Berlin, we collectively cooked up our project

“wild recuperations. material from below. Artistic Research at the Archive of the GDR opposition.”

Our baby is now ready to see the light of day! We would love to see you at our opening on Nov 4th or on one of the many other occasions until December 16th.

More info here: http://www.district-berlin.com/en/gdr-opposition/

(Photo: Emma Haugh / Performance Big Bang Backwards by Nadia Tsulukidze)

Unterbrechungen: Skripte, Proben, Gesten

Unterbrechungen: Skripte, Proben, Gesten
(Interruptions: Scripts, Rehearsals, Gestures)

Elske Rosenfeld and Achim Lengerer
in collaboration with Bakri Bakhit and Anna Voswinckel

Contributors/Participants: Jane Beran, Judith Braband, Bernd Gehrke, Sigrid Lange, Matias Mieth, Carsten Möller, Carsten Saeger, Leopold Tax, Ina Weisser

KV — Verein für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig e.V.
Kolonnadenstraße 6, 04109 Leipzig

Eröffnung: 21. Juni 2018, 19:00 Uhr
22. Juni – 15. Juli 2018
http://kunstverein-leipzig.de/

The exhibition “Interruptions: Scripts, Rehearsals, Gestures” combines new iterations of two respective bodies of research of Achim Lengerer and Elske Rosenfeld. Both practices look at leftist/dissident histories of the pre-1990 East / West Germany, working with and from historical documents in which institutions, groups, and individuals come to be articulated within and beyond language. Physical gestures are conceived in both practices as instances of rupture and openness within historical narratives – in other words, moments where specific configurations of possibility and failure coincide.

For the exhibition, each has produced a new work in a shared work process that involved students of the Leipzig Art Academy as well as protagonists from both historical instances: participants of the Central Round Table of the GDR in 1989 and members of a mid-1980s Jena based Peter Weiss reading group. In this process, Achim has developed a collective performative rehearsal based on text material and transcriptions from his research into the reception of Peter Weiss’s play “Trotsky in Exile” and from his “Aesthetics of Resistance”. Elske has worked out a new format of her project “A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures”: a collective exercise in notating and reembodying the physical movements in which the urgency of a revolutionary decision making process manifests as physical excess.

(Photo: Caspar Sänger)

“1990 freilegen” at f/stop festival 2018, Leipzig

Very pleased to be contributing to f/stop festival Leipzig (https://f-stop-leipzig.de) with a new site-specific collaboration and by participating in the symposium:

f/stop In Situ: Das Jahr 1990 freilegen / Exposing The Year 1990; Public Display

Opening: 19.6., 7 pm, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz, Leipzig

 

With photographs by Andreas Rost, text collages by Elske Rosenfeld, notes by Christian Borchert on the year 1990, and texts by Jan Wenzel. Layout: Wolfgang Schwärzler. Architecture: Diana Felber.

f/stop In Situ looks back at the year 1990. In comparing the years 1989 and 1990 it is remarkable that they have been recorded so differently in the collective memory. Virtually everyone in Germany can recall the events of the fall of 1989, while the year 1990—the lines of development of which were continually being disrupted—often remains unintelligible and incommunicable. Like children who can remember nothing before their third birthday, for many East Germans 1990 seems to be buried. Yet just as the first years of life shape a person’s emotional character, the experiences of 1990—all the hopes, fears, promises of happiness and disappointments – have left their mark on people’s deepest feelings and attitudes.

Free entrance, more information: https://f-stop-leipzig.de/de/in-situ/

f/stop Symposium:

Vom Nachwirken der Bilder. Plenum zu politischen Debatten und Praxen visueller Teilhabe

Sa, 23. 6. 2018, from 2 pm, Halle 14, Leipzig Plagwitz

 

14:15 – 16:15 Plenum (in German) with Falk Haberkorn, Eva Pluhařová-Grigienė (Moderation), Elske Rosenfeld, Andreas Rost

More info on the festival: https://f-stop-leipzig.de

dissicencies.net

Current and recent writings and publications can be found on my blog www.dissidencies.net.

Dissidencies is space for short-form textual observations, for making connections and shared thinking around the politics of 1989/90, its before, and after.

Künstlerische Forschung im Archiv der DDR Opposition

Artistic Research at the Archive of the GDR Opposition

Very happy to announce that Suza Husse and I will begin work on our year-long collaboration with the Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft/Archiv der DDR-Opposition and a group of wonderful artists and writers to work together towards an exhibition, publication, and events programme hosted by District Berlin.

More info is HERE.

Launching my blog

This has been in the works for a while, now ready to see the light of the webosphere:

My blog www.dissidencies.net.

DISSIDENCIES is space for short-form textual observations, for making connections and shared thinking around the history of, before, and after 1989.

I have put a few recent texts and postings up there and will be using this as a space for regular writings for beyond the much loved bubble. At least that is the hope, so do spread the word. This is a work in progress, so any feedback, criticism, or suggestions are welcome. Texts in English are here: http://dissidencies.net/category/english/

Gorki Herbstsalon

I am very pleased to announce that I will be showing new edits of two works,

A bit of a Complex Situation and Reading the Constitution, at:

3. Berliner Herbstsalon
11th-26th November 2017
Opening: 11 November 2017, from 7 pm

Kronprinzenpalais
Unter den Linden 3
10117 Berlin

More info here: http://www.berliner-herbstsalon.de/en/dritter-berliner-herbstsalon

On Nov 25 2017 at 6 pm Kerstin Meyer, Joerg Franzbecker and I will be launching our publication Berliner Hefte #5: Zur Verfassung as part of the exhibition’s events programme:

http://www.berliner-herbstsalon.de/en/dritter-berliner-herbstsalon/diskurse/volk-sind-wir-das

Savvy Funk/ Documenta 14 Radio

Today at 15:10 on SAVVY FUNK: Das Radio der Documenta 14 on Deutschlandfunk Achim Lengerer and I talk about my research into the footage from the East German Central Round Table. Looking forward to this!
You can tune in here:
http://www.documenta14.de/en/public-radio/
And listen later here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/asherkiller1975/uploads/?order=oldest

Adretta: An East German Potato travels to Russia

Just back from the Divnogorie Museum Reserve, in Voronesh Oblast in Russia, where Åsa Sonjasdotter and I presented our research into the photographic archive of the former Institute for Plant Breeding in Groß Lüsewitz and the potato Adretta in the context of Mikhail Lylov’s carefully and lovingly put together mini-festival and book launch “Новые вопросы краеведения”. The book “Parallel Diagonals: artistic inquiry into a landscape” contains an image/text contribution by Åsa and myself, including images from the archive, interviews with the breeders of Adretta and a commentary on the Soviet/Russian afterlife of the potato by Misha Lylov. Available on request.

Capture of Speech: Dialogues with the Militant Film Archive

I presented my performance “She turns her head, …” at THE CAPTURE OF SPEECH, DIALOGUES WITH THE MILITANT FILM ARCHIVE, at Tabakalera, San Sebastian/Donostia last week: An extremely exciting and generous context, bringing together various researchers and artists that are beginning to organise and theorise, and get into conversation about a potential future archive/s of the dispersed and often little known militant films made under and against the Franco regime. It was an amazing priviledge to be able to bear witness and contribute in a very small way to this timely and important effort.

LE RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES in Paris and Berlin

“A bit of a Complex Situation” will be screened at LE RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES, at Gaîté Lyrique Lyrique, on Friday January 15 – 4PM. There is a trailer on this site (if you go to 16h00):

http://www.art-action.org/site/fr/prog/15/paris/prog_01_15.php

and at the Berlin edition of Rencontres, on Thu, 17th March, at 3 pm at HKW:

http://www.art-action.org/site/en/prog/16/berlin/prog_03_17_a.php?horaire=17h00

Some pictures from a busy autumn

Better late than never… here are some pictures form the many nice ventures this past autumn:

Talk with Mareike Bernien und Sandra Schäfer at Scriptings/ Berlin Art Week:

(Photo: Emma Haugh)

Opening PhD-in-Practice Final Presentation, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna:

Talk with Margareta Kern and Karen Mirza, at On Fictions and Gestures in the Contemporary: Art and Moving Image (organised by Mihaela Brebenel/ Radical Media Forum, Goldsmiths College London):

(Photo: Mihaela Brebenel)

Talk with Judith Braband and Sebastian Pflugbeil, former participants of the Central Round Table of the GDR, on December 7th 2015 (the 25th anniversary of its first meeting) in the exhibition at Galerie im Turm:

(Photo: Naomi Henning)

Two interviews, one new(ish), one old

Been meaning to add links to these two interviews journalist Unn Gustafsson did with me – one in 2009 (20th anniversary of “the Peaceful Revolution”) and the second one last November (25th anniversary of the “Fall of the Wall”). (The shift in terminology, that is, in how the – same – event is referred to, is in itself telling, and is one of the aspects that we discuss… )

http://balticworlds.com/elske-rosenfeld-on-politics-and-longing/

and

http://www.hd.se/kultur/2014/11/09/muren-som-revs–och-byggdes-upp-igen/

Thanks, Unn!