January 8th, 2018
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 to follow.
January 8th, 2018
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/
November 5th, 2017
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
Unter den Linden 3
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:
More info on this and other recent and upcoming publication projects soon.
June 17th, 2017
Also, while I was travelling this went online at Feminist Media Studies:
A vocabulary of revolutionary gestures: standing still
My first real encounter with academic publishing, this has been a mixed, but definitely instructive experience. I am happy-ish with the outcome and would love to hear any thoughts any of you might have if you have time to skim through it.
June 16th, 2017
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.
May 6th, 2017
I was happy to present my performance at the Artes Liberales Festival in Minsk recently. Great programme in an interesting place – wonderful co-presenters and a great, engaged audience. Thanks to all who made this possible!
December 2nd, 2016
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.
September 19th, 2016
Showing my video “A bit of a Complex Situation” in what is probably the most perfect company of ideas, people, questions, works: “Ene Mene Muh…. Welche Stadt willst du?” at ngbk, Berlin. Do come and join!
May 25th, 2016
With a bit of delay… here is the link to the event at mumok kino, on April 27th. Thanks to Georgia Holz and Naoko Kaltschmidt and everyone who came for a great evening!
January 24th, 2016
“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):
and at the Berlin edition of Rencontres, on Thu, 17th March, at 3 pm at HKW:
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!
And here is a review of the show in Frieze:
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)
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… )
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.
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
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/
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)
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.
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/.
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
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:
March 21st, 2014
My text “Sie hebt die Hand, …” is part of this show. Opening todady, Station21, Zürich.
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.
November 9th, 2013
Performing at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, on Wed 13th Nov!
October 28th, 2013
Workshop, Performance and Presenation at tranzit, Cluj:
And some impressions, from
Workshop, Day 1:
Workshop, Day 2:
Thanks everyone for your participation and support!
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
Caetano Carvalho (W139)
Joost Nieuwenburg and Mischa Wagner (Walden Affairs)
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!