A Vocabulary of Revolutionary Gestures at Galerie im Turm

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The project combines different modes of interaction with three historical documents.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

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/

AND

Thu, 20th November in Berlin:

‘The Forgotten Pioneer Movement’: Set #A Performances
District Berlin
c/o Malzfabrik, Bessemerstraße 2-14, Berlin, Germany
http://www.district-berlin.com/

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

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)

Symposium “Wir sind das Volk”

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

RADICAL COLOPHON, Amsterdam

RADICAL COLOPHON
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

Participants

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

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

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

at:

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

www.kunstdoc.net

La Commune in Banff

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.

Haben & Brauchen

HABEN UND BRAUCHEN – DER OFFENE BRIEF/
TO HAVE AND TO NEED – THE OPEN LETTER

Online-Petition in Reaktion auf die geplante „Leistungsschau junger Kunst aus Berlin“
Online petition in response to the planned “Achievement Show of Young Berlin Art”

228 Berliner Künstler und Künstlerinnen sowie Akteure und Akteurinnen auf dem Feld der Berliner Kunst haben im Januar einen offenen Brief an den Kultursenator und Regierenden Bürgermeister Klaus Wowereit (SPD) unterzeichnet. Die Petition bezieht Stellung zu Wowereits Plänen für die „Leistungsschau junger Kunst aus Berlin“ im Sommer und zur Kulturpolitik im Bereich bildende Kunst.

228 artists and cultural producers from Berlin signed an open letter to Berlin’s Mayor Klaus Wowereit in response to his plans for an “Achievement Show of Young Berlin Art” which it takes as a basis for addressing some of the pertinent problems with the cultural politics of Berlin in more general terms.

Die Petition lesen und unterzeichnen kann man  hier/ Read and sign the petition here:
http://www.bbk-berlin.de/con/bbk/front_content.php?idart=826

Our brief autumn of utopia

I am currently showing my installation Our Brief Autumn of Utopia at „Vectors of the Possible“ at BAK, Utrecht, which opened last week. The installation consists of the video/sound piece May I Interrupt (2009), which some of you may have seen last year, and a new video and collection of materials, Reading the Constitution.

Drop by if you happen to be in the vicinity.

Vectors of the Possible
Opening 11.09.2010

Curated by Simon Sheikh