September 27th, 2015

Excited to be showing my works at the exhibition “Speech Acts” at Forum Stadtpark, Graz/ Steirischer Herbst. Thanks Georgia Holz, for this beautifully put together show!


Some pictures from a busy autumn

February 25th, 2015

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

February 23rd, 2015

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… )




Thanks, Unn!

A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures at Galerie im Turm

November 23rd, 2014

You are cordially invited to the second part of my exhibition project A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures, opening this Thursday at Galerie im Turm in Berlin-Friedrichshain.

The project combines different modes of interaction with three historical documents. Gestures and movements taken from these are developed into abstracted interventions that address the body as the site and archive of a political event. At the centre of this second part of the project is the video installation “Ein bisschen eine komplexe Situation/A mass is gathering outside”, a reworking of material from the Central Round Table of the GDR from 1989.

The poster/text work Scriptings #42 and documentation of the performance “She turns her head, she lifts the pen” from the first part of the project (Scriptings, Sept 14) will also be on show.

On Sun, 7th Dec, the 25th anniversary of the first meeting of the Central Round Table, a talk with invited guests will focus on those radical political demands and practices of the revolution of 1989 that have been over-written, side-lined and obscured by current commemorations of these events as merely the “Fall of the Wall.”

For more information on the event see: www.galerie-im-turm.net

In collaboration with Scriptings, Berlin,
DISTRICT Kunst und Kulturförderung, Berlin.

Performances in London and Berlin

November 21st, 2014

I am very excited to present “She turns her head…” on two occasions this week in London and Berlin:

Tue, 18 November in London:

On Fictions and Gestures in the Contemporary: Art and Moving Image
Goldsmiths College, SE14 6NW
Richard Hoggart Building (RHB), Room 137

Screenings at 4 pm, Discussion/Performance at 6 pm.

Event organized by Mihaela Brebenel with screenings of works and interventions by invited artists: Elske Rosenfeld, Margareta Kern and Karen Mirza.

For the full programme of the event please visit http://radmediaforum.wordpress.com/2013-14-events-2/on-fictions-and-gestures-in-the-contemporary-art-and-moving-image-18112014/


Thu, 20th November in Berlin:

‘The Forgotten Pioneer Movement’: Set #A Performances
District Berlin
c/o Malzfabrik, Bessemerstraße 2-14, Berlin, Germany

7 pm performance: VIP, ‘Genullt’
8 pm performance: Elske Rosenfeld, ‘She turns her head she lifts the pen’
9 pm film screening: Marta Popivoda, ‘Yugoslavia – How Ideology Moved our Collective Body’ + Discussion

For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1496470460619703/ and http://www.echogonewrong.com/voice-from-all/the-forgotten-pioneer-movement-between-socialism-and-post-socialism/

A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures… in Berlin

August 30th, 2014

You are cordially invited to the two-part exhibition project A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures, opening this Wednesday, 3 September, at Scriptings and later on this year at Galerie im Turm (27 November).

The two parts of the exhibition foreground different formats and aspects of reworking the material. Scriptings’ program is official partner of this year’ s edition of Berlin Art Week.

(Foto Credits: Achim Lengerer)

Suggestions for an Art that Could Be Called Red

August 30th, 2014

Cool online exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Cuts.


If you scroll through the images, you will find an image from my Red Flag series there. The whole thing is well worth checking out.

LEA Red Art – Visual Essay!

July 7th, 2014

Also in LEA Red Art: My poster series “In eigener Sache/Speaking for Ourselves” in a new iteration. Check it out here: http://www.leoalmanac.org/vol-20-no-1-red-art/.

Symposium “Wir sind das Volk”

June 16th, 2014

I’ll be giving a talk at the Symposium “Wir sind das Volk”, at Hochschule für  Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig: June 13th 2014, 14.15:

Eine Kamera kreist in 2011 Kairo, eine Hand hebt sich in 1989 in Berlin.

“Dieser Vortrag beginnt mit dem Umkreisen des Zentrums einer ostdeutschen Stadt im Herbst 1989, mit einem filmischen Umkreisen des Tahrirplatzes im Februar 2012.

Revolution, das heißt, dass etwas in Bewegung geraten ist und zu kreisen beginnt. Something revolves. Ein Körper, der kreist, geht durch einen Prozess, ist Kräften und Energien ausgesetzt. Ein Körper, der nach einer Umkreisung an einen Ort zurückkehrt, ist nicht derselbe Körper, der diesen Ort verlassen hat. Es ist ein Körper, dem dieses Durchleben als Veränderung eingeschrieben ist.

Wenn wir Revolution, entgegen unserer Erwartungen, als eine Veränderung auf der Ebene der Körper, die sie durchlaufen, verstehen, was ließe sich dann über die zahllosen jüngeren Aufstände und Revolutionen, von 1989 bis heute, sagen, deren Fähigkeit, die Dinge auf Dauer zum Besseren zu wenden, in Zweifel steht?”

Syposium_Wir sind das Volk_Programm_WEB

Text Contribution to LEA Red Art

May 12th, 2014

I have an article in this: LEA Vol 20 Issue 1 Red Art: New Utopias in Data Capitalism.
You can read it here:


Exhibition at Station 21, Zürich

March 21st, 2014

My text “Sie hebt die Hand, …” is part of this show. Opening todady, Station21, Zürich.


Text in Springerin

January 18th, 2014

My text Sie hebt die Hand, sie wendet den Kopf. Eine Untersuchung zu Körper und Revolution has just been published in Springerin (http://www.springerin.at/de/), in the Issue Chronic Times, which was co-edited by Springerin and PhD-in-Practice. You can read it (in German only) HERE.

Performance at Kunsthalle Exnergasse

November 9th, 2013

Performing at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, on Wed 13th Nov!


Workshop and Performance at tranzit, Cluj

October 28th, 2013

Workshop, Performance and Presenation at tranzit, Cluj:

And some impressions, from

the performance:

Workshop, Day 1:

Workshop, Day 2:

Thanks everyone for your participation and support!

Performances at GfZK, Leipzig

June 4th, 2013

I am performing “Unreasonable Interferences” at
“Up Till Now. Wiedervorlagen historischer Performances und Aktionskunst aus der DDR”, GfZK Leipzig
with my collaborator Ingrid Cogne!

May 25th and 26th, 2013.

I also developed a small intervention into the Archive of the Show: “Zeichen/Gesten: Ein Brief an Gabi”.

Performing with my PhD colleagues at MUMOK

June 4th, 2013

Event in Artistic and Political Practices

March 26th, 2013

Giving a Talk at:

Event in Artistic and Political Practices


27 March, 3 pm

University of Amsterdam
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18
1012 CP Amsterdam

More Info: http://laps-rietveld.nl/?p=3448


March 26th, 2013

a project in 3 editions by Anna Moreno

Edition II: Amsterdam
Location: W139 (Warmoestraat 139, Amsterdam – The Netherlands)

Date: 28th of March 2013
Time: 19:00 – 22:00
Entrance: Free


Maria Pask
Caetano Carvalho (W139)
Janós Sugár
Joost Nieuwenburg and Mischa Wagner (Walden Affairs)
Emiliano Gandolfi
Elske Rosenfeld
Frank Mandersloot
Kosta Tonev

General Body Meeting

January 31st, 2013

General Body Meeting
A series of workshops in the context of Sarai Reader 09: Exhibition
Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India

It’s my pleasure to invite you to join me in a series of small collective exercises which I will hold at Sarai between the 30th of January and 2nd February.

During the meetings, we will be working with material from my research into the revolutions of 89 in Eastern Europe. In particular, we will be working with a ten minute scene from the first meeting of the East German Central Round Table (revolutionary council) in December 1989, where procedure is disrupted by the shouting and whistling of a large group of demonstrators approaching down the street. For a few minutes, until the demonstration passes, the different political groupings inside the room struggle to position themselves vis à vis the revolutionary masses outside – relating to them both as threat and political sovereign. While language and the formal procedures of the political institution seem to foreclose the possibility of acting collectively, the bodily tensions, movements, gestures, facial expressions, physical intensities visible in the footage attest to a non-verbal, bodily level on which the totality of the revolutionary experience still persists.

In our meetings at Sarai / Devi we will focus on this physical, gestural content of the video:

What is the role of the body in revolution? Is the body itself a disruptive force that can open up spaces of rupture/ openness in the political status quo? And what forms of resonance between such vastly diverging political contexts as the East Germany of 1989 and present-day India can such an approach invite?

Drawing also on different artistic forms of re-enactment, and of working with bodies more generally, we will engage in an open collective experimentation to produce a number of small interactions, as well as discussing the issues and materials at hand.

The workshops/ meetings are open to all. Please contact me for further info or to sign up. Looking forward!

Speaking for Ourselves

October 2nd, 2012

You are cordially invited. I am showing a new work:

»In eigener Sache« (Speaking for Ourselves)
Magazines, GDR, October 1989 – June 1990.

7 billboard posters and a textbook


east people power
Artist’s interventions in public space, October 6 - October 12, 2012

Artists: GÆG-Wolfgang Aichner&Thomas Huber, Sunah Choi, Beate Engl, Julia Leser&Clarissa Seidel, Luise Marbach, REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT, Elske Rosenfeld

Opening: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 5.30 pm
KunstDoc, Eisenbahnstraße 15, Leipzig, Germany


Reading Akhunov at documenta

September 1st, 2012

I will be “Reading Akhunov” at Readers’ Circle: 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts at documenta 13, on Sept, 2nd, 2012, at 7 pm, at Fredericianum.

Then on the 6th and 8th of September Giulia Cilla, Ingrid Cogne and me will be contributing a workshop and a performance to




All welcome!

“On the Commons”

August 22nd, 2012

The special issue of Reviews in Cultural Theory: Banff Research in Culture 2011: “On the Commons” is out – including my contribution HERE.

Nicht unser Präsident

March 15th, 2012

Nicht unser Präsident. Bürgerrechtler zu Gauck – ein paar Links…




Cairo Talk on eipcp.net

March 15th, 2012

A re-edit of my Cairo talk has just been posted on eipcp.net. Check it out!


Talk at Narrating the Arab Spring, Cairo, 20th February

February 17th, 2012

Talk in Cairo!!

“Welcome to the Perpetual Revolution” Representation and Closure in Post-Ideological Revolutions

Narrating the Arab Spring Conference
Cairo University – Department of English, Faculty of Arts
Monday 20th February / 12:00 – 1:30 PM Parallel Sessions
Session # 4, Room: 13

Je ne rentrerai pas at Chewing the Scenery, Venice

September 6th, 2011

I will be showing my video “Je ne rentrerai pas” as  part of a collaborative performance at  Chewing the Scenery, September 10, 2011 · from 16:00,
Venice Biennial, Teatro Fondamenta Nuove – Cannaregio 5013, Venezia
http://www.chewingthescenery.net/ Come if you are around!

Homebase Build Residency

August 11th, 2011

From August 10th to October 8th I will be taking part in the Homebase Build Residency Programme in Pankow, Berlin. Come and visit if you are in the vicinity!


La Commune in Banff

July 1st, 2011

Just got back from the Banff Centre in Canada, where I took part in the residency “La Commune. Die Bühne. The Asylum” with Althea Thauberger and had a wonderful and very productive time completing a couple of new projects. More on those coming very soon.

…Avantgarde und Mahnmal zugleich sein

April 20th, 2011

Interview: On Politics and Longing

April 15th, 2011

My friend,  journalist Unn Gustafsson, was kind enough to conduct an interview with me a little while ago which has now been published. You can read it here: