Lecture + Talk + Dance Performance

• Fri 06 03 2020 / 7 pm •
Exophony: How Do You Language


with MAX CZOLLEK, HANNAH KREBS, ANNA SCHAPIRO
moderated by JULIA NITSCHKE

Exophony: How Do You Language connects three artistic perspectives on language. Max Czollek, a poet and essayist, reads from his poetry volume Grenzwerte, which was published in 2019 by Verlagshaus Berlin. As Marschflugkörper from this volume reads: take me back to the shore / of your mouth to every word / that hums in sounds of war / die sprache zu wechseln / bedeutete nur das verwischen der eigenen spuren / nicht etwa laufen über wasser

Thinking and writing in multiple languages as well as dealing with supposed ‘foreign-languagedness’ are jumping-off points for the subsequent conversation with artist Anna Schapiro. Schapiro and Czollek are co-editors of the journal Jalta – Positionen zur jüdischen Gegenwart (Perspectives on contemporary Jewish culture). The conversation is moderated by Julia Nitschke. The three guests speak on language as a raw material for art-making and how we can find our own language and question what language means beyond the conveying of information. Their talk also revolves around questions of translation and translatability and addresses the meaning and handling of the untranslatable.

A performance by dancer and choreographer Hannah Krebs follows, which picks up on themes from the conversation. In her new work, Krebs follows a line of thinking that asks what happens when the untranslatable is allowed to remain untranslated; she brings to the stage the body as a medium of communication and dance as non-verbal language.


Box Office: 6:00 pm
Doors: 6:30 pm
Start: 7:00 pm
Languages: English | German
Venue: Alte Feuerwache Köln, Halle, Melchiorstr. 3, 50670 Cologne
Tickets: Single Ticket: 12€ | 6€ (regular | reduced)


Exophony: How Do You Language is a part of the Exophony: program, which explores the processes of writing, reading and listening, manipulations of and through language as well as interaction and communication. There is a particular focus on experiences of and with multilingualism, translation and translatability. Exophony: offers the opportunity to collectively rethink communication structures and language practices and to explore the diversity and simultaneity of a shared language landscape.

The program series Exophony: is funded by Kunststiftung NRW.

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