KAROSH TAHA was born in 1987 in Zaxo. Since 1997 she has lived and worked in the Ruhr region. She studied English and History Education at the University of Duisburg-Essen as well as in Kansas, USA. During her studies, she received a fellowship from the Heinrich Böll Foundation. In 2018, she published her first novel Beschreibung einer Krabbenwanderung (Descriptions of a crab migration); she was also a fellow at the Literary Colloquium Berlin and received the Young Artist Award from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2019, she held the Heinrich Heine Fellowship in Lüneburg. In addition, she has received a work scholarship from Kunststiftung NRW, a work scholarship from the German Literature Fund, the Hohenemser Literaturpreis, and the Rolf-Dieter-Brinkmann-Stipendium in Cologne.

Exophony: Spelling Identity

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BASEL ABBAS and RUANNE ABOU-RAHME were rom December 2012 to August 2013 Fellows of the Akademie der Künste der Welt. Further information about the two artists can you find here.

The Incidental Insurgents Pt. 2: Unforgiving Years

RUANNE ABOU-RAHME and BASEL ABBAS were rom December 2012 to August 2013 Fellows of the Akademie der Künste der Welt. Further information about the two artists can you find here.

The Incidental Insurgents Pt. 2: Unforgiving Years

HAIG AIVAZIAN (geb. 1980, Beirut, Lebanon) is an artist, curator and writer. Using performance, video, drawing, installation and sculpture, his work weaves together personal and geo-political, micro and macro narratives in its search for ideological loopholes and short circuits. Aivazian holds an MFA from Northwestern University and is a Skowhegan alumnus (2011).

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Singer and songwriter LEILA AKINYI merges rap, soul, and Afrobeat in her music. In 2016, she released her first EP, Afro Spartana, which has found great success. Her second album, Morgenkämpfer, followed in 2017. That year, she was also nominated for the popNRW prize in the Newcomer category. Leila Akinyi lives in Cologne.

AKADEMIE X EBERTPLATZ

Filmmaker JOHN AKOMFRAH (* 1957 in Accra, Ghana) made his mark in 1982 as co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective in London. For his debut film Handsworth Songs (1986), he received the Grierson Award for best documentary film. Numerous works have followed, including The Unfinished Conversation (2013) and Vertigo Sea (2015). The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Tate Britain in London dedicated solo exhibitions to him in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Akomfrah lives and works in London.

THE STUART HALL PROJECT – REVOLUTION, POLITICS, CULTURE AND THE NEW LEFT EXPERIENCE


ALAINGO (Bi Zia Alain Irie) began dancing as a child and today specialises in the combination of coupé décalé movements with hip hop and various Afrobeats. He has performed with the Afropop star Debordeaux Leekunfa as well as with Ordinateur, among others. He is a member of La Fleur.


Un truc d'ouf

Hybrids have parents, too

Paris-Köln #1 Ordinateur et Alaingo

SHAHIDUL ALAM (* 1955 in Dhaka) is a photographer, author, curator, and activist. His photographic work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at the Royal Albert Hall and the Tate Modern, both in London, among others. He has been a guest speaker at Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge universities, and has chaired the jury of the World Press Photo contest. Alam is a visiting professor at Sunderland University in the United Kingdom and a member of the advisory board of the National Geographic Society.

GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM NOT WORKING

GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM NOT WORKING Gallery Walk

DANIELLE ALMEIDA is an anti-racist singer and activist. She holds degrees in Educational Sciences and in Music (Singing). She specializes on the history of Africa and Afro-Brazil. Since 2002, she has been working on Black music and Black cultural manifestations in Latin America, anti-racist education and Black aesthetics. As researcher, singer and educator Danielle Almeida has won several international prizes and awards.


Me, Not Me, Us: On Negotiating the Objective and the Subjective Sides of our Political Hybridity

MARIA THEREZA ALVES is an installation artist based in Berlin. Her installation The Return of a Lake (2012), which deals with the cultural, ecological and political history of Chalco, a municipality near Mexico City, was part of documenta 13. Another project, Seeds of Change (2012–2016), examines the exotic vegetation of port cities like Bristol and Liverpool as well as their roots in overseas trade.

Floraphilia: Botanical Garden as a Colonial Site

AMEL ALZAKOUT is an artist and filmmaker. For her documentary film Purple Sea, realised in collaboration with Khaled Abdelwahed, she was awarded the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Film Prize for International Cooperation Germany/Arab World.


Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

PHENO AMBRO’s (Amed Bolalé Saliou Babatoundé) musical repertoire spans Afrobeats, ndombolo, coupé décalé and R&B. He sees his music as a new, modern African sound. His breakthrough came in 2015 with the internationally acclaimed song Alimé. Most recently Pheno Ambro has toured in Africa and played shows in Germany and the United States.

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HEBA Y. AMIN focuses on the convergence of politics, technology and architecture in her research-based artistic and scholarly work. She is co-founder of the Black Athena Collective and has taken part in group exhibitions including at the Dak’Art Biennale 2016, the Museums for Modern Art Warsaw and the 49th Berlinale Forum Expanded Exhibition. In 2017 Heba Y. Amin realized her research and exhibition project The Devil’s Garden with financial support from the Academy of the Arts of the World and Interkultur Ruhr.


Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

ULF AMINDE is a Berlin based artist. Drawing on cinematic, performative and documentary strategies his works critically confront questions of authority and representation, which frequently arise in collaborations in places and with people usually disconnected from the arts. What all his works have in common is unrestricted solidarization with the participants of his projects. In addition, he is active in the field of education with his current research focusing on the future potential of art academies. Beyond that, he is involved in various self-organized artists’ associations where he works on the solidarization potential within the art world. At the moment, he is developing the format foundationClass in Berlin which is supposed to enable refugees to apply at German art academies. To memorialize the victims and those affected by the racist terror attacks perpetrated by the NSU network on Probsteigasse (2001) and Keupstrasse (2004) in Cologne, he is developing the film and participatory project *Mahnmal Keupstraße.

Global Positioning System Not Working

The Privilege of (Self-)Representation. Workshop week

VINCENZO ANTONA operates Autotrasporti Internazionali Italia – Germania, an import and export company that transports goods between Germany and Italy/Sicily for the Italian community in Germany and their relatives in Italy.


Memory Lab #3: Sicily Express – The Route(s) of Italian Migration

SWOODING ARCHITECTS, based in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, are a team of architects and urban designers with strong technical resources and an avant-garde original concept. The team seeks to incorporate their understanding of future urban landmarks into their projects, which they consider to be the foundation of a better city life.


Sci-(no)-Fi

Speculative Actions

ROCHUS AUST’s work as a composer and trumpet player is produced and performed in over 40 countries in premieres or unique performances. Important milestones of his work have most recently been the European Capitals of Cultural RUHR.2010 and Marseille Provence 2013, Space Odyssey in Kyiv 2011, /si:n/ festival in Ramallah 2013, and Highline in New York in 2015.

Resonating Suitcase/Suitcasing Resonance

ANNE-SOPHIE AZIZÈ FLITTNER appears as an actor at various German theaters. She also works as a director, writer, and translator. Since 2014 she has moderated the audience discussions at the AfrikaFilmfestival Cologne.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

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GIUSEPPE BARTOLOTTA works for the Patronato ITAL-UIL welfare organization and chairs the committee for Italians abroad, Comitato degli italiani all'estero. He is also a member of the Italian cultural association Mondo Aperto/Offene Welt e.V. He dreams of retiring to Sicily, where he comes from, and loves to salsa.

Memory Lab #3: Sicily Express – The Route(s) of Italian Migration

WENDY BASHI is a Congolese filmmaker, journalist, and moderator. She moderated the fashion show at the presentation of the web series Kinshasa Collection at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and participates in Kizobazoba as a performer.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

MAREIKE BERNIEN is an artist and teacher working between experimental film, sound and text. In her practice-based PhD, which she completed in 2016 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, she investigated the material, historical and political dimensions of colour in film. Her latest films include: Tiefenschärfe (Depth of field, 2017), co-created with Alex Gerbaulet, and Rainbow’s Gravity (2014), co-created with Kerstin Schroedinger. Her works have featured at international festivals and in other artistic contexts, including the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), the Whitney Museum of American Art, Forum Expanded at the Berlinale, the short film festival in Oberhausen and Les Complices in Zurich.

MEMORY LAB #4 Her*stories – Memory Lab goes Emanzenexpress/ For an intersectional and feminist perspective of archives

BOBWEAR (Abdoulaye Kone) is a fashion designer and performer. With his label Bobwear he has developed numerous fashion shows and collections in Hamburg and Abidjan. He designs and produces costumes for Schwabinggrad Ballett and other groups, including La Fleur and Gintersdorfer/Klaßen.


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MANUELA BOJADŽIJEV has written key works on racism and migration research. For many years now she has focused on the links between logistics and migration. She is Professor for Globalised Cultures at Leuphana University and Vice Director of the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research.



Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

CHRISTIAN VON BORRIES is an orchestra conductor, composer, filmmaker and producer of site-specific psychogeographic projects. His work was commissioned by the Lucerne Festival, the Kunstfest Weimar, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Kampnagel Hamburg and documenta 12, among others. Von Borries lives and works in Berlin.

Constructed Futures: Mleeta & Haret Hreik

Desert of the Real

Conflict Music – The Soundtrack of World Cultures

Reports to an Academy: A non-academic symposium, performative or otherwise

MARIANNE BECHHAUS-GERST is professor of African studies at the University of Cologne. Topics of her research include the history of people of African descent in Germany and German colonial history. In addition, she works as a curator and is chair of the KopfWelten association, a local history project that critically engages with the colonial and neo-colonial history of Cologne.

FLORAPHILLIA: BOTANICAL GARDEN AS A COLONIAL SITE

AGNES BRÜHWILER, M.A., Swahili lecturer at the University of Cologne, Institute for African Studies and Egyptology, researches the relationship of language to gender and ideology as well as sociolinguistics and African literature.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

MAGDA BUCZEK is a Warsaw and Copenhagen-based multidisciplinary artist and the author of the collaborative platform SURPLUS. Her projects often involve texts, performance and artistic collaboration. Her works have been exhibited at Calvert 22 in London, WANTED Design in New York and SOMA in Mexico City, among other venues.

SURPLUS X FLORAPHILIA

EVA BUSCH studied anthropology and art; her work is situated in the liminal spaces between science, mediation, art and activism. She is particularly interested in queer feminist and postcolonial power criticism, differences and possible commonalities. In Bochum, Eva Busch, Julia Nitschke and other wonderful people run the atelier automatique, a work space striving for solidarity among artists and supporting the local scene.

MEMORY LAB #4 Her*stories – Memory Lab goes Emanzenexpress/ For an intersectional and feminist perspective of archives

Emanzenexpress_Gemeinsam sind wir gemeiner

Emanzenexpress_Gemeinsam sind wir gemeiner: Memory Station

Emanzenexpress_Gemeinsam sind wir gemeiner: To archive and activate feminist resistance

Emanzenexpress_Gemeinsam sind wir gemeiner / Youth Academy: We still have to invent ourselves – but we don’t need to start from scratch

EMANZENEXPRESS_GEMEINSAM SIND WIR GEMEINER Emanzencafé

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CEDRIC CARNAVARO is an Ivorian music producer who focuses on the music styles coupé décalé and Afrobeats . He has collaborated with DJ Lewis, DJ Mix, MC One, Rocky Gold, DJ Kedjevara as well as Gadoukou La Star, among others, and is considered an expert on West African music trends.


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FILIPA CÉSAR (* 1975 in Porto) studied painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Porto and at the Faculdade de Belas Artes at the University of Lisbon. In 2008, she completed her master’s degree in the Art in Context department at University of the Arts in Berlin. As an artist, Filipa César has shown internationally in solo and group shows since 2001; since 2007, she has also worked as a filmmaker. She lives and works in Berlin.

SPELL REEL

VIVEK CHIBBER is a sociologist and professor at New York University. In his book Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital, he formulates one of the most important contemporary critiques of postcolonial theory. His fundamental argument is that even though postcolonial theory sees itself as a critique of Orientalism and Eurocentrism, in fact, it supports them both. The book unleashes one of the most important recent debates in social theory and in the humanities and social sciences on the status of postcolonial studies. Despite his controversial positions, it has received many positive reviews ‒ for example, from American linguist Noam Chomsky and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek.

READING LOUNGE SESSION

ANNICK CHOCO (Badekou Annick Prisca Agbadou) is a dancer and singer. Before her solo career she danced for Serge Beynaud and was a guest performer in Der Botschafter and Der Internationale Strafgerichtshof by Gintersdorfer/Klaßen. Since 2016 she is a regular member of La Fleur.


Un truc d'ouf

Hybrids have parents, too

SADDIE CHOUA is a Belgian-Moroccan filmmaker, writer and mixed-media visual artist, based in Belgium. A sociologist by education, she expanded her political critique of inequalities into the art and media domain, bridging art with her academic experience through political art of documentary, video instal- lations, mixed media collage and short stories. She puts in the spotlight the racial/ethnic discrimination, discrimination against women, colonialism, class as well as her cats.

PERVERSE DECOLONIZATION: TODAY IS THE SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR BUT SOMEHOW HANGING AROUND WITH YOU ALL DAY MAKES IT SEEM LIKE THE LONGEST

KETI CHUKHROV is an associate professor at the Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities, visiting professor at the European Unity at St. Petersburg, a head of theory department at the National Center for Contemporary Art. Since 2003 she has served on the editorial board of Moscow Art Magazine. Chukhrov has authored numerous texts on art theory, culture, politics, and philosophy which have appeared in periodicals such as, among others : Afterall, Moscow Art Magazine, Artforum, Brumaria, Documenta magazines, e-flux journal, New Literary Review, et Springerin. Her full-length books include To Be – To Perform. ‘Theatre’ in Philosophical Criticism of Art, Pound &£Ü, and two volumes of dramatic poetry Just Humans and War of Quantities.

Perverse Decolonization: Toward A Dirty Universalism Beyond the Politics of Identity

Perverse Decolonization: Final Research Meeting

Reports to an Academy. A non-academic symposium, performative or otherwise

ANGE DA COSTA, musician, singer-songwriter from Berlin with his own band that performs "Bantu-Soul": Bantu means people – Music for the people.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

J-J DA COSTA, music producer and lecturer for music production in Cologne and at various educational and cultural institutions in NRW.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

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MAX CZOLLEK is a poet, essayist, and curator. He attended the Jewish Upper School in Berlin, graduating in 2006, and studied political science at the Free University of Berlin, completing his PhD at the Center for Research on Antisemitism. In 2016 he curated, along with Sasha Marianna Salzmann, the event Desintegration: Ein Kongress zeitgenössischer jüdischer Positionen. Since 2009, he has been a member of the poetry collective G13, organized group reading tours and publications and has been curator of the international poetry project Babelsprech. In addition, he is co-editor of the journal Jalta – Positionen zur jüdischen Gegenwart. He is the author of such publications as the poetry volumes Druckkammern (2012), Jubeljahre (2015) and Grenzwerte (2019), published by the Verlagshaus Berlin, and the polemic Desintegriert euch! (2018), published by Hanser.

Exophony: How Do You Language

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VAGINAL DAVIS is a genderqueer artist based in Berlin. Rooted in the underground music scene of Los Angeles in the 1980s, she was a member of numerous punk and queercore bands. In the art world, she has made a name for herself with her performance work as well as with small-format paintings, sculptures, and installations that have been shown at numerous galleries and museums. In 2017, she was involved in the documenta 14 project Parliament of Bodies.

ORIGINAL SIN. A CONCERT

NURAY DEMIR studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, the Ècole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Marseille and the Academy of Art in Vienna. She realizes projects as an artist/curator at and with various institutions, including the Kampnagel in Hamburg, the HAU/Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, the Vienna festival Wiener Festwochen and District Berlin. Since 2018, Nuray Demir has been cooperating with Michael Annoff on the project Kein schöner Archiv (Not a beautiful archive).

[MEMORY LAB #1: Fugitive Futurity – Archives as performative practice]

GABRIEL DHARMOO lives and works in Montreal as a composer, vocalist, improviser, and researcher. His works have been performed internationally and he has received awards both as a composer (Canada Council for the Arts - Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music 2017) and as an interdisciplinary artist for his performative solo Imaginary Anthropologies.

Reports to an Academy. A non-academic symposium, performative or otherwise

DIAKRON is a studio for transdisciplinary practice. Diakron has six members, working across action research, artistic and curatorial practice, graphic design and business anthropology. They have been exploring emerging organizational forms and their capacities for engaging in widespread systemic problems. Diakron is currently developing Primer, an art-based r&d department housed in the context of Aquaporin, a global water technology company.


Actionable Speculations

Max Dovey works with people and technologies to create scenario-based interactions and experiences, critically reflecting on emerging technology and exploring the politics of a networked society. For instance, A Hipster Bar (2015) is a pop-up bar that uses image recognition to only admit people recognised as hipsters according to a custom-made algorithm; Respiratory Mining (2017) is a work in which the act of breathing is turned into crypto currency.

Dovey received a Master’s degree in Media Design & Communication at the Piet Zwart Academy Rotterdam and worked, amongst others, with V2_ and The Patching Zone in Rotterdam. He showed his work at the Ars Electronica and The Lowry in Manchester (Humans Being Digital), taught at the Dutch Sandberg Institute as well as St. Joost Academy Breda and is an affiliated researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures and the Agorama London. He writes for Open Democracy, Imperica & Furtherfield.

NOORDKAAP TAXI Taxi Lectures - „Cologne, What is Your Mother’s Maiden Name?“ & „404 Schrott aller Art“

NOORDKAAP TAXI A Taxi Happening

NOORDKAAP TAXI Cologne, What is Your Mother’s Maiden Name

NOORDKAAP TAXI MEMORY STATION

NOORDKAAP TAXI / JUNGE AKADEMIE Cologne, What Is Your Mother’s Maiden Name?

PROF. DIPL.-DES ANTJE DRINKUTH, is a professor of collection concepts and collection presentation at the AMD Akademie Mode & Design, Berlin.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

image: Dörthe Boxberg, 2018

MADHUSREE DUTTA was born 1959 in Jamshedpur/Jharkhand, India. She studied theatre at National School of Drama, India and is a filmmaker, curator, and author. She is the founder and former director (1998-2015) of Majlis, a center for legal discourse and interdisciplinary art initiatives in Mumbai. Her areas of interest are documentary practices, urbanology, inter-disciplinary archiving practices, and Public Culture. Dutta's films are shown regularly at international film festivals and art events. She has received numerous awards, including the 1994 Filmfare Award for Best Documentary and the 2001 Indian Documentary Producers' Association Award. Retrospectives of her work have been shown in 2005 at the nGbK Gallery in Berlin and during the International Women's Film Festival, Trivandrum, as well as at the Feminnale 2006 in Cologne, and the Persistent Resistance Film Festival in New Delhi in 2008. She has curated several art and cultural projects, among others, Expression, the first festival on feminist arts and art discourse in India in 1990; India Sabka, a youth festival on multiculturalism in 2002; Import Export, cultural transfer between India and German speaking Europe in 2005 (Mumbai-Vienna-Berlin); Culture@WSF, the art component for the World Social Forum, 2004; Moving People, an art interface between Africa and Asia in Nairobi, 2007. Her latest curatorial work Project Cinema City: Research Art and Documentary Practices (2009-2013) was a multi-disciplinary multi-scalar endeavour engaging one hundred visual artists, architects, filmmakers and social scientists. The project was premiered at Forum Expanded, Berlinale, 2010. Her publications include, among many others, Project Cinema City (Tulika Books 2012) which was adjudged the Best Printed Book of the year by Publishing Next Industry Award in 2014. Madhusree Dutta has been Artistic Director of the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World) since March 2018.



COPY IT: Only for those who have sinned – stolen or copied books, artworks, ideas...

Global Positioning System not Working

Speculative Feminist Cine Geography

Artists as Historians

The Power of Truth: Strategies of Visual Archiving and Counter-Archiving in Conflict Zones

7 Islands and a Metro

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The artist YASMINE EID-SABBAGH studied history, photography and visual anthropology in Paris. In 2018, she earned her doctorate at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. From 2006 to 2011, she lived in Burj Shamali, a Palestinian refugee camp next to Tyre, where she conducted photographic research, including a conversation project with young Palestinians, while also archiving private and studio recordings. Eid-Sabbagh has been a member of the Arab Image Foundation since 2008. She received the Arles Discovery Award 2013, and the 8th Vevey International Photography Award 2011 – for her collaboration with Rozenn Quéré entitled Vies possibles et imaginaires (Possible and Imaginary Lives).

MEMORY LAB #4 Herstories – Memory Lab goes Emanzenexpress/ For an intersectional and feminist perspective of archives*

OKWUI ENWEZOR

Is Westkunst Weltkunst?

As an organiser and activist, Erkus is jointly responsible for many (sub-) cultural projects and hybrid (exhibition) forms in Cologne.

M.S. KALK: Arrival City Kalk - Of (Life)Designs and (Residential)Biographies

M.S.KALK: M.S. BILANZ

M.S. KALK Get on Board!

M.S. KALK MEMORY STATION

M.S. KALK M.S. HALLEN KALK

M.S. KALK One Day in Kalk

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Born in 1970, the writer, art critic and curator HU FANG lives and works in Guangzhou and Beijing. The co-founder and artistic director of the Vitamin Creative Space in Guangzhou and the Beijing Pavilion has been involved in various international projects, including working as an editor for documenta 12 magazines and as co-curator of the Yokohoma Triennial 2008.

Reports to an Academy. A non-academic symposium, performative or otherwise

SEBASTIAN FISCHER is artistic and managing director of the AfrikaFilmFestival in Cologne and works as an independent consultant for film production companies and the Goethe Institut.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA – TABLE TALKS WITH EXPERTS ON COLLECTIVE IMAGE PRODUCTION

CHRISTINE FISCHER, cultural scholar and Hispanist, works at the GRASSI Museum of Ethnography in Leipzig in the areas of program planning and audience development. She is involved in building up a museum program that promotes social participation, multi-perspectivity, and cultural diversity in events, workshops, and projects.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

LA FLEUR is a transnational collective working between Berlin, Hamburg and Paris; since 2016, they have developed a highly physical performance style for a new form of theatrical work. The team brings together dancers in urban styles, DJs, actors and other stars of show business. La Fleur analyzes and choreographs French literature from a transcultural perspective. In co-production with French and German theatres, they have created the works Les Nouveaux Aristocrates (2017), based on Honoré de Balzac, and Nana ou est-ce que tu connais le bara (2019) and Körper als Unternehmen (2019), based on Émile Zola. For Pièce d’actualité n°11. Trop d’inspiration (2018) La Fleur worked on contemporary dance styles with young people at the Theater La Commune in Aubervilliers. The piece was performed at the Ruhrfestspielen and Westwind Festival in 2019.


Un truc d'ouf

Hybrids have parents, too

BRIDGET FONKEU works as academic staff at the Technical University in Dortmund; she studied at the Ruhr University in Bochum. In October 2019, she completed her PhD in Sociolinguistics. A mother of four children, Bridget Fonkeu came to Germany from Cameroon in 1998. With her advanced degree not being officially recognized in Germany, she worked as a cleaner and later began a new course of study in 2008. Since 2015, alongside a team of other immigrants, she has directed the Silent University Ruhr, an autonomous platform that engages immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers as advisors and lecturers – exactly the positions that are often denied to them at German universities and institutions. At the Silent University, Fonkeu started the Intercultural Women’s Empowerment Network to lend advice and support to other women immigrants. Fonkeu’s fields of specialization are multilingualism and languages in immigrant communities in Germany.

Exophony: zwischensprachensprechen

MASSIMO FURLAN

Tree of Codes

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CHRISTIAN GÄRTNER, an economist, is interested in the socioeconomic correlations between the economy, architecture and design. He is the founder and CEO of Urban Standards, a design and strategy consultancy that develops urban planning and mobility concepts, and also integrates contemporary urbanisation trends with the demands for a sustainable mobility policy.


Actionable Speculations

BASSAM GHAZI shifts between cultures and perspectives and trades in histories and stories: biographic, post-migrant, diverse, inclusive, non-integrated. He is a theatre educator, director and artistic director of the Import Export Collective at Schauspiel Köln. He offers workshops and training programs on diversity, intersectionality, discrimination and racism for educational and cultural institutions. Bassam Ghazi is a member of the Alliance of Critical Cultural Practitioners and curator for the festival Augenblick mal! 2021.

Exophony: zwischensprachensprechen

MONIKA GINTERSDORFER is director and co-founder of La Fleur. Between 2000 and 2004 she regularly produced works at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Münchner Kammerspielen and Salzburger Festspiele. In 2004 she founded the actionist group Rekolonisation with Jochen Dehn in Hamburg, and since 2005 has directed the performance group Gintersdorfer/Klaßen in collaboration with Knut Klaßen. Monika Gintersdorfer is a founding member of Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World).


Un truc d'ouf

Hybrids have parents, too

ANTONELLA GIURANO is founder of the Italian cultural association Mondo Aperto/Offene Welt e.V., member of the women’s association Buntes FrauenNetzwerk e.V. and of the Integration Council Cologne. On Saturdays, she likes to go shopping for Italian food in Cologne-Kalk, for example, at the delicatessen IAIA, where you can get the typical fennel salsiccia (sausage). She’s originally from Sardinia.

MEMORY LAB #3 Sicily Express – Memory Lab goes M. S. Kalk / The Route(s) of Italian Migration

AVERY F. GORDON is a professor of sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a visiting professor at the Birkbeck School of Law, University of London. She is the author of various scholarly articles and monographs including, most recently, The Hawthorn Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins (2017) and Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (2nd edition 2008). As part of dOCUMENTA 13 she developed Notes for the Breitenau Room of The Workhouse with artist Ines Schaber as part of the series 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts.

ARCHIVING THE IMAGINARY, THE ERASED, THE ABSENT, AND THE FUGITIVE

AHMAD GHOSSEIN (* 1981 in Beirut) is an artist and filmmaker. In his works based on documentary materials he combines video art, installation, and photography. His work has been shown in numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Oslo Kunstforening, and the Nam June Paik Art Center in South Korea, as well as in major film festivals like the Berlinale and the Cannes and Dubai film festivals.

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The artistic practice of YOERI GUÉPIN comprises installations, (lecture/) performances and collaborative research projects in which various archival material is recontextualised. His work has been exhibited at ENSAPC YGREC in Paris, at Ormston House in Limerick and at TENT Rotterdam. He has also given lectures at various institutions.

FLORAPHILIA: BOTANICAL GARDEN AS A COLONIAL SITE

AYŞE GÜLEÇ is a researching activist and cultural worker in self-organized initiatives in the fields of migration, postcolonialism, anti-racism and art, such as the April 6th initiative and the “Unravelling NSU Complex” Tribunal. She worked as the community liaison at the artistic director’s office of documenta 14 in Kassel. Ayşe Güleç studied social pedagogy at the University of Kassel and started working in the field of migration and (inter-)cultural education at the Schlachthof cultural centre in 1998. She developed the documenta 12 advisory board and was a member of the Maybe Education Group at documenta 13.


Memory Lab #5: Listening as Antiracist Practice – The Acoustic Memory of Migration

Memory Lab #2: Contested Memories – A Memorial for the Victims of NSU in Cologne

XIAOLU GUO was born in China in 1973. She currently divides her time between London and New York and is a writer-in-residence at Columbia University. She has published collections of poetry, short stories, film theory and novels. Besides her work as a writer, Guo has directed documentary and feature films, some of which have won major awards. Stadt der Steine (2005) is the first novel to be published in German translation. The English edition of the book (Village of Stones, 2004) was nominated for the Foreign Fiction Prize by The Independent newspaper in April 2005. Her international breakthrough came with A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (2007). The most recent German-language edition was Ich bin China (2014; I am China) and her memoir Es war einmal im fernen Osten (2018; Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up, 2017), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award 2017.

Exophony: Dictionary for Lovers

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LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN is a Beirut-based artist and a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College London. Recent solo exhibitions include Earshot at Portikus in Frankfurt and Taqiyya at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, amongst others. His works have been shown at the Shanghai Biennial, MACBA in Barcelona, Tate Modern in London, the Beirut Art Center and the Taipei Biennial.


Rubber Coated Steel

AYESHA HAMEED addresses borders and migration, critical race theory and the visual cultures of the Black Atlantic in her research and performance-based work. Her artistic works have been shown at ICA London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Kunstraum Niederösterreich, among others. She currently teaches and conducts research at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

ALICE HASTERS, born 1989 in Cologne, lives in Berlin. She studied journalism in Munich and has worked for Tagesschau and RBB, among others. In September 2019, her book Was weiße Menschen nicht über Rassismus hören wollen, aber wissen sollten (What white people do not want to hear about racism, but should know) was published by hanserblau. She and Maxi Häcke have a monthly podcast on feminism and pop culture called Feuer & Brot.

Exophony: Spelling Identity

EMMA HAUGH is a visual artist and educator based in Dublin and Berlin. Weaving together installation, performance, publishing and collaborative workshop techniques, she is interested in re-orienting attention in relation to cultural narratives and develops work from a queer/feminist questioning of what is missing?. She is the editor of ‘Having A Kiki - Queer Desire & Public Space’ published by PVA, and is co-founder of the artistic-curatorial collective the Many Headed Hydra.

READING LOUNGE SESSION

LYDIA HAUTH, ethnologist, has worked at the GRASSI Museum for Ethnography in Leipzig since 2014. As a volunteer and research associate she has coordinated and curated several special exhibitions in the series “Grassi invites”.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

NANNA HEIDENREICH has published extensively in the fields of critical migration research, visual culture, postcolonial theory and the Other Cinema. She has worked as a curator for Forum Expanded at the Berlinale and for Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Since 2016 she has been Professor for Digital Narratives – Theory at the ifs international film school cologne, and since 2018 she is a member of the Academy of the Arts of the World.



Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

Kizobazoba: Hype, Hyper, Web-Filme

The Time of the Archive

Kidlat Tahimik: Perfumed Nightmare

The Privilege of (Self-)Representation. Workshop week

STEFAN HELMREICH is an anthropologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In his award-winning book Alien Ocean (2009) he accompanies marine biologists in their deep-sea research. In a new book project he deals with the forensics and mediality of waves and their measurements in the time of climate change.



Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

MAX JORGE HINDERER CRUZ is a Bolivian/German writer, editor and philosopher who currently lives in Rio de Janeiro. He works as cultural critic, lecturer, translator and curator, and regularly publishes essays, cultural critique and articles, in different languages and formats, in catalogues and in diverse international magazines, like Afterall Journal (London), Springerin (Vienna), Texte zur Kunst (Berlin) and Nossa Voz (São Paulo), amongst others. His work focuses on aesthetic philosophy, the global history of sensibility, colonial history and economics, and the production of subjectivity - and Latin American art, namely Brazilian 20th century avant-gardes.

He is the author of "Hélio Oiticica and Neville D'Almeida: Block-Experiments in Cosmococa - program in progress" (Afterall Books/MIT Press, 2013 - with Sabeth Buchmann) and has edited several volumes on art, politics and theory, such as "Art and Ideology Critique After 1989 / Kunst und Ideologiekritik Nach 1989" (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König/Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2013 - together with Eva Birkenstock, Jens Kastner and Ruth Sonderegger). Between 2008 and 2011 he was curator of the exhibition and publication project "Principio Potosí/The Potosí Principle" (MNCARS Madrid/HKW Berlin/MNA and MUSEF La Paz - with Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann). From 2014 to 2016 he was co-coordinator of P.A.C.A. São Paulo (Program for Autonomous Cultural Action - with Suely Rolnik, Amilcar Packer and Tatiana Roque), and as such, organizer of São Paulo's "Seminário Público Micropolíticas" - a public seminar on new social movements and new forms of government, and the notion of "Micropolitics". In 2016 and 2017 he was co-curator of "The Apatride Society of the Political Others" (Public program of Documenta14 organized by Paul B. Preciado - with Margarita Tsomou and Nelli Kambouri) in Athens, Greece. From 2016 to 2018 he was curator of "Implosão: Trans(relacion)ando Hubert Fichte" (together with Amilcar Packer) and the two homonymous exhibitions at Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (MAM) in Salvador and at Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica (CMAHO) in Rio de Janeiro - the Brazilian episodes of Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and Goethe Institut's collaborative project "Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology" (2016-2019) conceived by Anselm Franke and Diedrich Diederichsen. In 2017 he was co-curator / co-programmer of "Things that go in and out of the body" / "Angazi, but I'm sure", for Chimurenga / Pan African Space Station's iteration at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. Currently he is working on a book project on the global history of the relationship between aesthetics and economy.

Me, Not Me, Us: On Negotiating the Objective and the Subjective Sides of our Political Hybridity

Brazilian culture? For whom, and what for?

HELMUT HÖGE, a journalist and author, writes about animals – including as a columnist and “Aushilfshausmeister” at Die Tageszeitung (taz) – and about non-Darwinian biology. His work also often deals with symbioses and correlations – keeping his eyes and ears open for interesting things. He is the author of the recently published book Die lustige Tierwelt und ihre ernste Erforschung (2018).


Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

BANAFSHE HOURMAZDI is from the Ruhr region of Germany. She studied theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts Baden Württemberg and subsequently completed her Master’s degree at the Zürich University of the Arts. She has developed and presented pieces at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Theater Luzern and Ballhaus Ost, and been a guest a number of times at the Körber Studio for Young Directors and at the Fast Forward Festival at the Staatstheater Braunschweig; other works have been developed at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Berlin, the Munich Kammerspiele, Theater Oberhausen and the Sophiensaele in Berlin. For her production Meine Nase läuft at Theater Drachengasse, she received the Newcomer Prize in 2015 from the City of Vienna. For her performance in Futur Drei (directed by Faraz Shariat), she won the Götz George Young Talent Award as part of the First Steps Awards in 2019. She has a lead role in Futur Drei and a supporting role in Kokon (directed by Leonie Krippendorf), both presented at the 2020 Berlinale. She lives and works in Berlin and elsewhere.

Exophony: Mother Tongue Other Tongue

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MIKOŁAJ IWAŃSKI is the director of the Department of History and Art Theory in the Faculty of Painting and New Media at the Academy of Art in Szczecin. He studied philosophy and economics and earned his doctorate on the market conditions for the development of contemporary art in Poland. His special areas of study include the analysis of the art market as well as the social determinants of art. Mikołaj Iwański lives in Szczecin.

RETHINKING LOCALITY

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DAGNA JAKUBOWSKA is a visual artist, theatre director, entrepreneur and author of critical culinary actions. With her performative practice she explores the politics of nutrition, nutrition-related processes and other aspects of daily life. She lives and works in Warsaw and is founder and coordinator of the socio-culinary initiative Ferment Traveling Kitchen and the Nowa Przestrzeń Foundation.

URBAN FEAST: THE EDIBLE MAP OF MIGRATION

The artist duo JODI originated in 1995 when Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans created their first website, wwwwwwwww.jodi.org. Together with a small group of international artists, they developed the concept of Net.Art and placed itin the context of contemporary art. The Net.Art movement expressed critical awareness of the impact made by the digital information society before this awareness became widespread. Digital media and networks are characterised by their double layering, a visible surface and underlying codes that determine or manipulate how the public reception and interaction should proceed (“social design” or “digital dictatorship”?). These underlying codes and programming options come to the surface in JODI’s work. Instead of structural contradictions, their focus is precisely on this medium-specific dysfunctionality. JODI responds to the flow of technological innovations as a parasite, experimenting with the characteristics of new digital means and the physical peculiarities of the immaterial medium. Online public interaction first motivated JODI to approach this medium.

NOORDKAAP TAXI Taxi Lectures - „Cologne, What is Your Mother’s Maiden Name?“ & „404 Schrott aller Art“

NOORDKAAP TAXI A Taxi Happening

NOORDKAAP TAXI VR & Cologne Str

NOORDKAAP TAXI MEMORY STATION

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RAJKAMAL KAHLON (* 1974 in Auburn, USA) questions the boundaries between painting, photography, and sculpture in her interdisciplinary practice. Her works have been shown in many prominent museums as well as at art biennials in North America, Europe, the Mideast, and Asia. She is currently showing a solo exhibition at the Weltmuseum, Vienna. She lives and works in Berlin.

GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM NOT WORKING

Historian KATJA KAISER conducts research in the areas of colonial history, museum and exhibition history as well as gender studies. Currently she works for a research project at the Centre of Natural History, Hamburg; she previously worked as research associate at the German Historical Museum in Berlin. There, among other things, she took part in the exhibition project German Colonialism: Fragments Past and Present (2016).

FLORAPHILIA: BOTANICAL GARDEN AS A COLONIAL SITE

NELLI KAMBOURI is a gender scholar whose work and publications focus on gender theory, migration, labor, technology, logistics and social movements. Since documenta 14, she is a member of the Apatride Society of the Political Others. In the past, she was employed as a senior research fellow at the Centre for Gender Studies at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and at the Foundation for Research & Technology in Greece. She has taught at the Department of Social Policy of Panteion University and at the University of Athens. Currently, she works as a research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) for the Horizon 2020 Project PLUS: Platform Labour in Urban Spaces. She is also teaching at the Open University of Cyprus.


Me, Not Me, Us: On Negotiating the Objective and the Subjective Sides of our Political Hybridity

BERND KASPAREK is a mathematician and cultural anthropologist with a focus on migration and border studies. In particular his interests include hotspots and digital borders. He is a founding member of the Network for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies and of movements: Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies as well as a board member of the activist research association bordermonitoring.eu.



Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

NATASHA A. KELLY holds a PhD in communication studies and is a sociologist specializing in visual communication, colonialism and feminism. Born in London and socialized in Germany, the author, lecturer and curator has taught and lectured at numerous institutions in Germany and Austria. In her publications Afroism, Sisters & Souls, Afrokultur and in her artistic works EDEWA, Giftschrank und African_Diaspora Palast, Natasha A. Kelly combines theory with practice, thus cross-referencing the fields of science, society and politics. Involved in the German black community for numerous years, she works as a scientific advisor to the Central Council of African Communities in Germany, amongst others. In addition to her work as a consultant for various art institutions, she is the artistic director of the theater programme M(a)y Sister, which was performed at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater in Berlin since 2015.

ARCHIVING THE IMAGINARY, THE ERASED, THE ABSENT, AND THE FUGITIVE Avery F. Gordon

FATIMA KHAN studied Antique Languages and Cultures – Classical Literature Studies and German studies at the University of Cologne and in Seville. In 2017, she initiated and curated q[lit]*clgn, the first feminist literature festival in Germany. A cultural worker and artist, she lives and works in Cologne.

Exophony: Spelling Identity

GRADA KILOMBA is a writer and artist. She was a Guest Professor for Gender Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She is the co-editor of Mythen, Masken und Subjekte (Unrast, 2005) and author of Plantation Memories (Unrast, 2008). She performs theoretical texts at locations such as the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.

Decolonizing Knowledge

FELIX KLOPOTEK lives and works in Cologne. He is an editor at StadtRevue and contributes, among others, to Konkret, Jungle World and Kaput Magazin. In 2014, he realized, with the assistance of the Academy of the Arts of the World, the project A Revolutionary Parable on the Equality Of Men. Most recently, he edited the collective volume Zonen der Selbstoptimierung (Matthes & Seitz 2016).

The Totalitarian Experience: Heinz Langerhans

Gentrification=Segregation?

Manifeste Assi

A revolutionary parable on the equality of men

Reports to an Academy. A non-academic symposium, performative or otherwise

ALEXANDER KOCH is a gallerist, curator, and author living in Berlin. He is the director of the Berlin gallery KOW, which he cofounded in 2008 with Nikolaus Oberhuber and Jocelyn Wolff. He is also co-initiator and director of the international network Neue Auftraggeber / New Patrons, which brings artists together with local citizens, assisting them in commissioning contemporary art.

RETHINKING LOCALITY

KASPER KÖNIG

Is Westkunst Weltkunst?

PEKKO KOSKINEN, a game designer and artist, creates fictional and alternative religions, lifestyles and societies as part of his work. He is a member of the Helsinki-based Reality Research Center, a performance collective that observes, questions and updates realities, as well as the Economic Space Agency, a collective made up of radical economists, computer scientists, and game designers that is working on creating a new system of economic and informational freedom.

SPECULATIVE ACTIONS

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HANNAH KREBS is a dancer who lives and works in Cologne and Stockholm. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Dance at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne as well as at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm. She has performed for, among others, Michael Löhr/Emanuel Gat, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Ellen Söderhult and Chikako Kaido. In her own pieces, Hannah Krebs often works across disciplines. Her artistic work is based on interrogating current social issues from a feminist and socially critical perspective. She frequently uses documentary and biographical material to produce aesthetically absurd or surreal situations that play on the perceptions of the audience. She has collaborated with, among others, Thea Soti (vocals), Moritz Marquardt (media art), and Lena Kunz (dramaturgy).

Exophony: How Do You Language

MERLE KRÖGER is co-founder of pong a production company for creative documentary film. She works as a producer and screenwriter, and since 2003 has also published three novels. In addition she passes on her knowledge as an editor and mentor as part of the Berlinale Talent Campus and in the Professional Media Master Class for Documentary Film in Halle (Saale).


Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

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Lia García, better known as LIA LA NOVIA SIRENA, is a trans activist and performer whose public interventions insist on reflecting on the emotional charges that bind us. Affective encounters, or encuentros afectivos, are a series of public performances through which Lia invite the audience to think about sexuality, intimacy, and social change.

Ocotepec Odyssey

GADOUKOU LA STAR (Franck Edmond Yao) is co-founder and choreographer of La Fleur. He won the Best Dancer of the African Diaspora at the African Awards in Paris four years in a row (2003–2006). He has worked collaboratively with Gintersdorfer/Klaßen on Not Punk, Pololo and Dantons Tod at Theater Bremen, among others. As Gadoukou la Star he has released coupé décalé music albums since 2008.


Un truc d'ouf

Hybrids have parents, too

In his artistic practice, ACHIM LENGERER deals with the political effects and functions of language and text. In addition to film sound tracks, installations and publications, his forms of expression include performative lectures and events. Lengerer founded various collaborative projects, including the Friday Kitchen in Frankfurt/Main. In 2006, he co-created (with Dani Gal) the project voiceoverhead, which deals with archived spoken language in audio performances, exhibitions and screenings. Lengerer has been operating the mobile exhibition space and publishing house Scriptings since 2009. In his current oral history project Tonspuren zur Linken (Soundtracks on the Radical Left), he traces the connections between left-wing groups in Cologne/the Ruhr region and the migrant struggles since the 1970s.


Memory Stations: Soundtracks on the Radical Left

Soundtracks on the Radical Left

TONSPUREN ZUR LINKEN MEMORY STATION

NATALIE LETTENEWITSCH has written texts on ships and beaches as a film scholar, and in her current research project traces the fascination surrounding underwater film. She understands the oceans as deeply historical and political space where myths, histories of fascination, and new technologies meet tangible material interests. She is a lecturer at the ifs international film school cologne and the University of Vienna, among others.



Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

LIZA LIM born in 1966 in Perth, Australia. Studied music at Melbourne University and completed her PhD at the University of Queensland. Commissions from renowned orchestras: e.g. Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, musikFabrik, Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, Sydney Symphony Orchestra; and invitations to famous festivals including Salzburger Festspiele, Luzern Festival, Festival d’Automne à Paris. Current work: Tree of Codes opera for Ensemble musikFabrik with a related research project on digital score technologies in collaboration with ZKM.A transcultural access to music is characteristic for Lim. Christopher Alexander's architectural work on pattern language has been an important tool for understanding cultural patterns. Her compositions reflect on performance rituals and aesthetics from East Asian and Australian Aboriginal sources, the specific sound of old instruments, calligraphy and notation of performance energies. She has won numerous prizes including the Paul Lowin Prize, Fromm Foundation Award, Ian Potter Foundation and Australia Council Senior Composer Fellowships. In 2007/8 she was a guest of the Berlin DAAD artist programme. She is Professor of Composition and Director of the Centre for Research in New Music at the University of Huddersfield. Her compositions are published by Casa Ricordi (Milan, London & Munich).


Tree of Codes

MARIA LIND (* 1966 in Stockholm) is an art critic, curator, and author and has been director of the Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm since 2011. In 2015 she curated the exhibition Future Light, which was presented as part of the first Vienna Biennale. With her research project Abstract Possible (2010) she has been a guest at various international museums and galleries. In the early 2000s she was director of the Kunstverein Munich and the International Artist Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS) in Stockholm. Maria Lind lives and works in Stockholm.

RETHINKING LOCALITY

TIMOR LITZENBERGER is a freelance composer in various musical disciplines. He has worked with Gintersdorfer/Klaßen on the album New Black - Couper Decaler electronique, released in 2012 by Buback, and has also regularly collaborated with La Fleur.


Un truc d'ouf

The artist MELISSA LOGAN (* 1970 in New York) oscillates between performance, installation, pop music, sound, and new media in her work. She founded the artist collective Chicks on Speed in 1997 with ALEX MURRAY-LESLIE; they have recorded several albums and performed at the Venice Biennale and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. Since 2016, Melissa Logan has been working on her project University of Craft Action Thought. She lives in Cologne.

AKADEMIE X EBERTPLATZ

LOVA LOVA, aka Wilfred Beki from Kinshasa is a musician, performer, sapeur, and cultural activist. He is an important protagonist in the web series KINSHASA COLLECTION, for which he also composed the theme song.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

RAFAEL LOZANO-HEMMER (* 1967 in Mexico City) is known for his electronic, interactive installations that straddle architecture and performance art. In 2007, he designed the Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, MUAC Museum in Mexico City, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer lives and works in Montreal and Madrid.

GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM NOT WORKING

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MANDHLA. trans-feminine gender non-comforming body from Zimbabwe, Africa. In her artistic practice, she brings a blend of experimental R&B and Soul music intertwined with visual projections and performative dancing. Her music speaks of the daily trials that Trans*, enby and femme* immigrant bodies experience daily with love, identity, sex and acceptance. A strong lover of fashion, the art of voguing and music, in her work she stages passionate queer representation and black femme power.

Exophony: Spelling Identity

ZHENG MAHLER is a Hong Kong-based collective comprised of artist Royce Ng and anthropologist Daisy Bisenieks. They work together on research-intensive, community-based, site-specific projects often utilising digital media, performances and installation to explore relationships between art and research practice.


Sci-(no)-Fi

Speculative Actions

SUHAIL MALIK is a reader in Critical Studies and course leader for Art Practice Critical Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Between 2012 and 2015 he was a visiting professor at the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture in New York. He has published numerous articles and books, including most recently the anthologies The Time-Complex: Postcontemporary (2016) and Realism, Materialism, Art (2015), both volumes with Armen Avanessian. He lives in London.

RETHINKING LOCALITY

CECYLIA MALIK (* 1975 in Kraków, Poland) is a painter, performer, activist, and curator. In her artistic practice she addresses sociopolitical questions, engaging with the “Right to the City” initiative and exploring art’s potential for social change through the strategy of social sculpture. She has taken part in the Photography Biennale in Poznan and in the Dialogues at the 11th Biennale of Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg. Cecylia Malik lives and works in Kraków.

RETHINKING LOCALITY

LATOYA MANLY-SPAIN is a spoken-word artist and a human rights activist who advocates for permanent residency rights for refugees. She is a founding member of ARRiVATi, a collective of people-of-color artists and activists that uses art and resistance as a means to fight inequality. She is also a member of the Hamburg agitprop collective Schwabinggrad Ballett. LaToya Manly-Spain recorded the album Beyond Welcome in 2016 in collaboration with both groups. She lives in Hamburg.

AKADEMIE X EBERTPLATZ

OLIVIER MARBOEUF, author, critic, and independent curator, has been director of the art center Espace Khiasma, a meeting place and gallery for contemporary art in Les Lilas near Paris. For many years his research has been dedicated to the topic of colonialism, relying on the principles of narrative speculation. Marboeuf is also involved in art cinema – with the film production company Spectre Productions, and with Phantom, a platform for artistic, material, and logistic support for filmmakers.

RETHINKING LOCALITY

LORENZO MARSILI is a philosopher and activist working for a future beyond the nation state. He is one of the co-founders of the transnational NGO European Alternatives and board member of the global network CIVICUS. He was also one of the initiators of the pan-European movement DiEM25. His latest book Citizens of Nowhere (Zed Books 2018) is available in German as Wir heimatlosen Weltbürger (Suhrkamp Verlag 2019).


Citizens of Nowhere

image: Neal McQueen, 2019

DIANA MCCARTY (* 1967 in Albuquerque, USA) is cofounder and editor of the award-winning web radio station reboot.fm. The non-commercial, culture-oriented radio station based in Berlin broadcasts programs on themes of art, gender, pop culture, fashion, and (electronic) music, and involves the collaboration of 85 artists. McCarty has taken part in diverse international events and publications and has developed many interdisciplinary projects that address art, politics, media, and digital culture. She lives in Berlin.

ARCHIVE OF AMBIENCE: SOUND IN COMMUNITY

DJ MEKO (Jean Claude Dagbo), known as le choucou du peuple or “the people’s favourite”, performs in the Paris clubs L’Ivoire, Elysee, Ritz and Titan. In addition to concerts with stars of the coupé décalé scene, he has performed with Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, in Dantons Tod at Theater Bremen, among others. Since 2016 DJ Meko has been a regular member of La Fleur.


Un truc d'ouf

KARLA MENDONCA DOS SANTOS DANY, born in Rio de Janeiro and currently living in Hamburg, wants to live in a world where the global environment and music have top priority. As foreign language assistant and translator, she has worked for creative and educational institutions such as Tate Modern, International School of Hamburg (ISH), Cirque du Soleil and many others. When she is not behind her computer typing, you can find her at the library in the morning or doing karaoke at night.


Me, Not Me, Us: On Negotiating the Objective and the Subjective Sides of our Political Hybridity

MISHAA (Michele Akotcholo) is a choreographer and dancer and teaches Afrobeats classes to children and youths in Paris. She is a member of La Fleur. Her first collaboration with Monika Gintersdorfer and Gadoukou La Star was as part of the piece Les Nouveaux Aristocrates.


Un truc d'ouf

Hybrids have parents, too

In their artistic practice the artist duo MP GOLD, made up of MARIE JOSEFIN STUTE (* 1987 in Cologne) and PHILIPP NAUJOKS (*1988 in Merzig), weaves together fragments from videos, drawings, sculptures, and objets trouvés to create installations. They live and work in Cologne and Düsseldorf.

AKADEMIE X EBERTPLATZ

RABIH MROUÉ, born in Beirut in 1967, is actor, director, author and ranks among the most important Lebanese contemporary artists. He is also editor of the Lebanese magazines Kalamon and The Drama Review, as well as co-founder and board member of the Beirut Art Center Association (BAC). Rabih Mroué works at the interface of performance and visual arts. His productions deal with the political situation in Lebanon and frequently combine everyday real material with self-created fictive narration. Rabih Mroué frequently works with Lina Majdalanie. His performances, such as The Inhabitants of Images (2008), Photo-Romance (2009), 33 Rounds and a few seconds (2012) as well as most recently Riding on a cloud (2014), have been represented at theaters and festivals around the world. His work The Pixelated Revolution (2012) was displayed at Documenta 13.


Rima Kamel

Theatrical performance series RABIH MROUÉ / LINA MAJDALANIE

ESTHER MUGAMBI is a performance and video artist, actor, and singer. Her performances, the texts of which she often authors, have been presented at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, at the Rotterdam Festival, at La Mama Theater in New York, and at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Esther Mugambi lives and works in Amsterdam.

RETHINKING LOCALITY

OGUTU MURAYA (* 1986 in Kenya) is an author, theatre-maker and storyteller. To him, art is an important catalyst for challenging one’s beliefs and for keeping alive the history that is retold in error or which remains hidden from the mainstream. His works have been shown in numerous festivals: among others, at La Mama (NYC), HIFA (Harare), Afrovibes Festival (Amsterdam) or Spielart Festival (Munich).

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The film director and author SANA NA N’HADA (* 1950 in Enxalé, Guinea-Bissau) numbers among the pioneers of Guinean cinema. In the 1960s he was engaged in the country’s independence movement, taking up the study of filmmaking with the aim of documenting the struggle against the Portuguese colonial regime. His films include, among others, O Regresso de Amílcar Cabral (1976), Xime (1994), Kadjike (2013) and Os Escultores de Espíritos (2015). He wrote the screenplay for Filipa César’s Spell Reel.

SPELL REEL

ROYCE NG is an artist and is also part of the Hong Kong duo Zheng Mahler. In collaboration with the anthropologist Daisy Bisenieks, he works on research and community-based site-specific projects that often use digital media, performances and installations to explore the relationships between art and research practices.

Sci-(no)-Fi

SPECULATIVE ACTIONS

ANDREAS NIEGL is an artist living in Cologne. He works with installation, performance, video, sound, and text. He is also a sound designer and composer for theatre and dance performances. He has contributed to productions at FFT Düsseldorf, Helios Theater Hamm and Schauspiel Essen, among others.


Sci-(no)-Fi

Copy It: Only for those who have sinned – stolen or copied books, artworks, ideas...

COPY IT: ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED – STOLEN OR COPIED BOOKS, ARTWORKS, IDEAS... MEMORY STATION

JULIA NITSCHKE is a performance and mixed media artist. Her collective Meine Wunschdomain develops visions for a lovely future through oracle sessions. Her lecture performances deal with the Internet phenomena of current visual (cat) culture. As part of Ruhr Ding 2019 and the ADKDW’s Memory Station project, she has designed, along with Eva Busch, an exhibition on feminist battles and resistance in Bochum called Emanzenexpress_Gemeinsam sind wir gemeiner. Most recently, her work was seen at the Sophiensaele in Berlin and at Pathos Munich.

MEMORY LAB #4 Her*stories – Memory Lab goes Emanzenexpress/ For an intersectional and feminist perspective of archives

Emanzenexpress_Gemeinsam sind wir gemeiner

Emanzenexpress_Gemeinsam sind wir gemeiner: Memory Station

Emanzenexpress_Gemeinsam sind wir gemeiner: To archive and activate feminist resistance

Emanzenexpress_Gemeinsam sind wir gemeiner / Youth Academy: We still have to invent ourselves – but we don’t need to start from scratch

EMANZENEXPRESS_GEMEINSAM SIND WIR GEMEINER Emanzencafé

MEINE WUNSCHDOMAIN - ORACLE

Exophony: How Do You Language

SIMON NOORI is a geographer and a migration and border scholar, working at the Universities of Zurich and Neuchâtel. He is interested in the politics of digital bordering, examining both the emergence of biometric border control and the use of digital devices in undocumented border crossings. He has co-founded the open-access journal movements. Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies and has worked several years for the WatchTheMed Alarm Phone.


Hotspots: Migration and the Sea

PROF. CEDRICK NZOLO NGAMBOU, is designer and professor at the Institut supérieur des arts et métiers (ISAM), Kinshasa.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

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KIZITO ODHIAMBO is a Germany-based Kenyan social entrepreneur and independent educational consultant from Gemeinsam für Afrika. He works with small farmers in Kenya to develop on-site perspectives, and his educational work is concerned with global trade structures, the living conditions of children and adults, as well as with racism.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

ORDINATEUR (Pohé Cédric Kevin Bah) began his career in the coupé décalé scene alongside the renowned musicians Kedjevara, Eric Olomide and DJ Arafat. His astounding dance technique inspired his nickname Magic Feet. In addition to international solo performances and as a duo with Alaingo, he teaches dance classes across Europe. Ordinateur has regularly performed in Parisian nightclubs since 2016. He is a founding member of La Fleur.


Un truc d'ouf

Hybrids have parents, too

Paris-Köln #1 Ordinateur et Alaingo

URIEL ORLOW (* 1973 in Zurich) combines film, photography, drawing and sound in his research-intensive artistic practice. His work has been shown at various film festivals, art biennials and in renowned museums. He holds teaching appointments at the University of Westminster in London as well as at the Zurich University of the Arts. Orlow lives and works in London and Zurich.

Floraphilia: Plants as Archives

Stealing from the West

Reports to an Academy. A non-academic symposium, performative or otherwise

EUGENE OSTASHEVSKY is the author of The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi (2013), a poetry novel about challenges affecting communication between pirates and parrots. Translated into German by Uljana Wolf and Monika Rinck as Der Pirat, der von Pi den Wert nicht kennt, the book won the 2019 Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie. He is now the Dorothea Schlegel artist-in-residence at EXC 2020 Temporal Communities, Freie Universität Berlin.

Exophony: Dictionary for Lovers

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MANUEL PELMUȘ (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the leading artists of the “new performance turn”, who have been reimagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts over the past decade.

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The art critic and curator BRITTA PETERS (* 1967 in Birkenfeld an der Nahe) is the artistic director of Urban Arts Ruhr, a decentralized institution for contemporary art in the Ruhr region. Previously she was part of the curatorial team of Sculpture Projects Münster. She has taught at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg and at the Academy of Fine Arts Münster. As director of the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof from 2008 to 2011 she was responsible for numerous exhibitions in semi-public space.

RETHINKING LOCALITY

NATAŠA PETREŠIN-BACHELEZ (* 1976 in Ljubljana) is an independent curator and author. The former co-director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers is also the co-founder of Cluster, a network of organizations that support and exhibit contemporary visual art. Currently she is curating Contour Biennale 9, which will take place in Mechelen, Belgium, in 2019. Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez lives in Paris.

RETHINKING LOCALITY

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AMANDA PIÑA is a choreographer and dancer. Her works address the mechanisms of exclusion and employ non-Western cultural perspectives in contemporary performance. Since 2005, she has collaborated with visual artist and filmmaker Daniel Zimmermann under the label nadaproductions. Their collaborative production WAR - ein Kriegstanz (2013) attained international attention. Amanda Piña lives in Vienna.

FLORAPHILIA: BOTANICAL GARDEN AS A COLONIAL SITE

ALEXANDRA PIRICI is an artist with a background in choreography and works freely across different mediums, from performance to visual arts to music. Pirici lives in Bucharest.

Reports to an Academy. A non-academic symposium, performative or otherwise

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MILO RAU (* 1977 in Bern, Switzerland) is one of the most important contemporary theater directors in Europe. Since 2007 founder and artistic director of the International Institute of Political Murder, he is also a prolific writer and essayist, authoring Was tun? Kritik der postmodernen Vernunft (2013) and Althussers Hände (2015), among others. From 2018 on, he will be directing the National Theater of Gent. He currently lives in Cologne.

Compassion: The History of the Machine Gun

After „The Moscow Trials”

Reports to an Academy: A non-academic symposium, performative or otherwise

ETHIOPIAN RECORDS, born ENDEGUENA MULU, is one of the leading lights of Ethiopia’s burgeoning electronic music scene. Mixing Ethiopia’s traditional music, jazz sounds and rhythms with electronic styles like UKG, Ambient and Bass music, he created the new genre “Ethiopiyawi Electronic”.

In Between Spaces #1: Mediterranean Crossings

REYOD (Youayou Audrey) tours as a dancer with different renowned companies, teaches dance classes to young girls and performs in various contexts, including at the Zénith de Paris, Élysée Montmartre and Cigale. She has quickly established a foothold in the coupé décalé scene and has danced with groups like Les Anges D’afrik and African Probo. With La Fleur she has collaborated on the piece Les Nouveaux Aristocrates.


Un truc d'ouf

With an interest in radical histories and speculative fictions, Mexico City-based artist NAOMI RINCÓN GALLARDO works across performance and video to investigate utopian possibilities and belief. Her often music-based narratives draw on counter-cultural forms like punk, DIY aesthetics, and queer identities to reframe touchstones in Mexican and Mesoamerican politics. As both an artist and an educator, she foregrounds research tools from feminist theory and radical theater to imagine new types of social engagement, encounter, and play.

Ocotepec Odyssey

Reports to an Academy. A non-academic symposium, performative or otherwise

AURORA RODONÒ is a freelance cultural worker in the fields of art, film, migration and anti-racism. She also lectures at the Institute for Art and Art Theory/University of Cologne. From 2012 to 2014, she was a project consultant at the Academy of the Arts of the World; from 2003 to 2006, a research assistant at the research and exhibition venture Project Migration (Cologne 2005). She participates in the initiative 'Unravelling NSU Complex' Tribunal.


Memory Lab: Laboratory for Collective Memory Practices

Re:framing Lichtstrasse (Opening)

M.S. Kalk: One Day in Kalk

Studio Friendship #1

The Stuart Hall Project – Revolution, Politics, Culture and the New Left Experience

Kuratieren als antirassistische Praxis

Populism and Critical Education

MEMORY LAB #2 Contested Memories – A Memorial for the Victims of NSU in Cologne

MEMORY LAB #1 Fugitive Futurity – Archives as performative practice

MEMORY LAB Laboratory for collective memory practices

ANTIRASSISTISCHE PRAXIS Natalie Bayer, Aurora Rodonò

ANETA ROSTKOWSKA (* 1979 in Szczecin, Poland) is a curator, author, and researcher. She earned her master’s degree from De Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam and has worked for numerous galleries, particularly in Kraków and as part of the Baltic Triennale. She is the co-founder of various artistic initiatives that engage with the current socioeconomic situation of Kraków, and with Jakub Woynarowski has developed the concept of “gonzo curating.” Since 2016 she has been curator at the Academy of the Arts of the World. She lives and works in Cologne.

RETHINKING LOCALITY

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SUSANNE SACHSSE is an actor and has worked with various theaters. In the 1990s, she was a member of the Berliner Ensemble, where she worked with, among others, Heiner Müller, Einar Schleef, and Robert Wilson. In 2001, she founded the artist collective CHEAP with Daniel Hendrickson and Marc Siegel, which also counts Vaginal Davis as a member. In performances, installations, festivals, and club events, she has been a guest at various venues, including HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Stierischer Herbst, FFT Düsseldorf as well as Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt. She lives in Berlin.

ORIGINAL SIN. A CONCERT

BELIT SAĞ is a video artist living in Amsterdam. She studied mathematics in Ankara. Her video-artistic background can be traced to collaborations with video-activist collectives in Turkey, where she co-founded the art space Karahaber and the archival project bak.ma. In 2014 and 2015, she completed a residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam; in 2016 and 2019, she was in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. Her works have been presented at international film festivals in Toronto, Rotterdam and New York, in the EYE film museum in Amsterdam, at the MOCA in Taipei and at the Tabakalera Film Seminar in San Sebastián. In 2019, belit sağ is a Fellow of the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy oft he Arts of the World).


In the Absence of The Mother of the L.

Memory Lab #7: Performing the Archive

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In his new performance Nothing Is Outside, Indian/Kashmiri artist INDER SALIM addresses what it means to live in a swathe of land that is being obliterated by irreconcilable territorial claims. India and Pakistan, between which Kashmir lies, have been fighting one another for 70 years. Salim examines the predicament of “being” in opposing worlds – a Kashmiri in India, a South Asian in the Western world, a performance artist in the neo-capitalist world order. Isolation versus openness, demarcation versus negative determination of in-between space: these not only define a charged territory that pulls itself in opposite directions but support its transgression into the unknown. As an intervention in space, Inder Salim positions his art practice against all forms of hegemonic endeavor.

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ANNA SCHAPIRO studied Expanded Concepts of Art at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts under Prof Ulrike Grossarth, with whom she also completed her master’s degree. Schapiro also studied at the Universidade do Porto, Portugal. Subsequently she pursued Jewish studies at the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm. Anna Schapiro has taught at the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel. Her works have been shown at Kunsthaus Dresden; the Museum for Contemporary Art Wrocław; the Museum Vilha Velha, Vila Real, Portugal; and at GFLK Halle Süd, Tölz; among others. Schapiro is co-editor of the journal Jalta – Positionen zur Jüdischen Gegenwart and a member of the Ministerium für Mitgefühl.

Exophony: How Do You Language

KATRIN SCHAUMBURG is a research assistant at the Documentation Centre and Museum of Migration in Germany (DOMiD e.V.), where she works on museum, collection and participation concepts as an exhibition curator. Her PhD thesis deals with female agency in a South African township.

MEMORY LAB #1: Fugitive Futurity – Archives as performative practice

MARK VON SCHLEGELL is a science fiction author and cultural critic. His publications include, among others, the novels Venusia (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents 2005), Mercury Station (2009) and Sundogz (2015, both at Semiotext(e) / Native Agents). In addition he has written various theoretical works, including Realometer: Amerikanische Romantik (Merve 2009) and Dreaming the Mainstream (Merve 2013). Mark von Schlegell lives in Cologne.

FLORAPHILIA: BOTANICAL GARDEN AS A COLONIAL SITE

ADRIANA SCHNEIDER ALCURE is an actress, theater scholar, anthropologist and independent theater director in Rio de Janeiro. She is Professor of Theater Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro UFRJ. Until 2019, as a CAPES-/Alexander von Humboldt fellow, she was engaged in her research project on the artistic, political and pedagogical strategies of puppet theater at the Institute for Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology in Bonn. She is a member of the Bonobando Collective and the Grupo Pedras de Teatro.


Me, Not Me, Us: On Negotiating the Objective and the Subjective Sides of our Political Hybridity

FÉLIX SCHOELLER is a creative technologist who operates at the frontiers of filmmaking, cognitive science and engineering. Since 2017, he has been collaborating with Monika Gintersdorfer and La Fleur, designing films and technologies to foster new forms of cultural exchange between Europe and Africa.


Un truc d'ouf

KNUT SCHULTZ (aka Ruth Schultz) is a freelance theatre-maker and works in various contexts as a mixed media artist. After working as assistant director in Cologne and Bonn (at fringe ensemble, among others) and finishing literary studies at the University of Florence, she completed her studies in theatre directing at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen in 2011. She realises performative and film-based works, sound pieces, and documentary projects, finding joy in magical moments and the all too human media arts. She is artistic director and co-founder of the experimental music theatre production company Paradeiser Productions, which is active in the independent art scene and in municipal theatre.

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The poet AGHA SHAHID ALI (1949–2001) grew up in Kashmir and immigrated to the United States in 1967. Ali penned several volumes of poems; individual works have also been published in American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006) and in many other anthologies. As professor of creative writing, he taught at various universities and colleges in India and the United States. He also worked as a translator and editor.

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SHELA SHEIKH is a lecturer at Goldsmiths (University of London), where she convenes the MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy and co-chairs the Critical Ecologies research stream. She lectures and publishes internationally. She is currently working on a multi-platform research project around colonialism, botany and the politics of planting. As part of this, she has co-edited, with Ros Gray, The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions (Third Text special issue, 2018); and, with Uriel Orlow, Theatrum Botanicum (Sternberg Press, 2018).

FLORAPHILIA: BOTANICAL GARDEN AS A COLONIAL SITE

Film scholar MARC SIEGEL is currently a visiting professor for media and cultural studies at the University of Hildesheim. He is the author of numerous publications in the areas of experimental film and queer studies. His latest work, A Gossip of Images, is forthcoming in 2018.

ORIGINAL SIN. A CONCERT

BORIS SIEVERTS (*1969) studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Since 1997, he has been guiding locals and tourists through the grey zones of urban space with his Büro für Städtereisen (City Breaks Agency). He uses sophisticated sequences of space to create scenic contexts connecting otherwise extremely disparate environments. In addition to working with tourists, the agency develops visions and further interpretations of the environments under research, feeding them into spatial planning and the cultural sector.

MEMORY LAB #3: Sicily Express. The Route(s) of Italian Migration

M.S. KALK Arrival City Kalk - Of (Life)Designs and (Residential)Biographies

M.S. KALK M.S. BILANZ – Best of Malte’s Memory Sunday, Präsentation Kalkatlas und digitales Archiv

M.S. KALK Get on Board!

M.S. KALK MEMORY STATION

M.S. KALK Malte’s Memory Sunday & Mapping Kalk

M.S. KALK M.S. HALLEN KALK

JANEK SIMON (* 1977 in Kraków) is a multimedia artist based in Warsaw. Simon’s works are inspired by his travels, science history and the history of political ideas; he also deals with practical and ethical aspects of DIY culture. Janek Simon has been represented in various solo and group exhibitions in Poland as well as internationally.

Perverse Decolonization

CLAUDIA SIMONS is currently Africa consultant at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, previously she worked as a research associate at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. In addition she is a freelance consultant for foreign policy and security in the African Great Lakes region. KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

PROF. DR. ANNE STORCH, University of Cologne, Institute for African Studies and Egyptology. Specialized in African linguistics, researches what language might be beyond structural linguistic concepts–secret, magic, interpersonal relationships. In addition she has written articles on sociolinguistics, the history of science, language description.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA. Table Talks witk Experts on Collective Image Production

MARIE STRAUSS, studied fine arts at the University of Arts Berlin under Lothar Baumgarten. Numerous grants and awards include: DAAD postgraduate scholarship for Mexico City, Secretaria de Relaciones exteriores research grant (SRE) México, Edith Maryon Foundation project scholarship, Sculpture Space NY working visit. Exhibition Funding Goethe Institut Mexico, Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Work stays in Larvik / Norway, Mexico City, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Utica / NY, Sète. Exhibitions in Berlin, Cologne, Mexico City, Tijuana, Puebla, Utica NY.

Ocotepec Odyssey

SEFA INCI SUVAK is a radio journalist, author and cultural editor. Two of her radio contributions received the Civis Media Prize. Together with Justus Herrmann, she initiated and developed the migration-audio-archiv (maa) of Cologne. Nominated for the Grimme Online Award in 2007, it is an oral history collection of narrated migration. She is also a co-founder of the Artradio.


Memory Lab #5: Listening as Antiracist Practice – The Acoustic Memory of Migration

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KAROSH TAHA was born in 1987 in Zaxo. Since 1997 she has lived and worked in the Ruhr region. She studied English and History Education at the University of Duisburg-Essen as well as in Kansas, USA. During her studies, she received a fellowship from the Heinrich Böll Foundation. In 2018, she published her first novel Beschreibung einer Krabbenwanderung (Descriptions of a crab migration); she was also a fellow at the Literary Colloquium Berlin and received the Young Artist Award from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2019, she held the Heinrich Heine Fellowship in Lüneburg. In addition, she has received a work scholarship from Kunststiftung NRW, a work scholarship from the German Literature Fund, the Hohenemser Literaturpreis, and the Rolf-Dieter-Brinkmann-Stipendium in Cologne.

Exophony: Spelling Identity

TERRE THAEMLITZ is an award-winning multimedia producer, writer, public speaker, educator, audio remixer, DJ, and owner of the Comatonse Recordings record label. As a speaker on issues of non-essentialist Transgenderism and Queerness, Thaemlitz has lectured and participated in panel discussions throughout Europe and Japan. Thaemlitz lives and works in Japan.

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VANESSA E. THOMPSON is a research assistant at the Institute for Sociology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Her research and teaching focuses on critical studies of racism and migration, gender and queer studies, intersectionality, postcolonial/decolonial feminist theories and methodologies, black studies (with a special focus on Black Europe), theories and critiques of securitization, as well as transformative justice.

MEMORY LAB #1: Fugitive Futurity – Archives as performative practice

MARGARITA TSOMOU is a Greek cultural scholar who works out of Berlin as a publicist, author, journalist, dramaturge, moderator and curator. She is Curator of Theory & Discourse at Theater HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, editor of the pop-feminist publication Missy Magazine and a writer for print and radio (Die Zeit, taz, Spex, Frankfurter Rundschau, WDR, SWR, among others). She works in the fields of queer feminism and sexuality, political art, performance theory, new media and democratic theory in the context of the European debt crisis.


Me, Not Me, Us: On Negotiating the Objective and the Subjective Sides of our Political Hybridity

The Extreme Centre – On the Future of Politics in Populist Times

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ANDREI UJICA (* 1951 in Timișoara, Romania) is an author, director and screenwriter. Initially he composed prose, poetry and essays; however, he turned to film in the 1990s. His film debut Videograms of a Revolution (1992), on the relationship of political power and media, was created in collaboration with Harun Farocki. Ujica presented The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu at the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUȘESCU

Since 1994, the international collective # ULTRA-RED has launched militant sound investigations in social movements such as HIV/AIDS justice, housing, antiracism, struggles of migration, radical education, and resistance to the war on the poor.

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VIOLA VAHRSON is professor of art history and visual studies at the University of Applied Science Dusseldorf. Together with philosopher Hannes Böhringer, she published a compendium on laziness (Faulheit, 2008).

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Performance artist SARAH VAN LAMSWEERDE works across theater and visual arts, exploring the range between (unfamiliar) languages and mass media phenomena. Her work has been shown by presenters such as Veem House for Performance in Amsterdam, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Performatik Brussels etc. She lives in Brussels and Amsterdam.

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STEFAN WEIDNER studied Islamic Studies, German Studies and Philosophy at the Universities of Göttingen, Damascus, Berkeley and Bonn. From 2001 to 2016 he was Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Fikrun wa Fann, which is published by the Goethe Institute and which aims to contribute to the dialogue between western culture and culture influenced by Islam. Author of numerous publications, editor of anthologies and translator in particular of Arabic poetry.

Published among other things: Und sehnen uns nach einem neuen Gott. Religion und Poesie im Werk von Adonis (Berlin, 2005), Aufbruch in die Vernunft. Islamdebatten und islamische Welt zwischen 9/11 und den arabischen Revolutionen (Bonn, 2011). Guest professorships at the FU Berlin and at the University of Bonn. Numerous prizes including the Clemens-Brentano-Prize of the City of Heidelberg in 2006; in 2007 the Johann-Heinrich-Voß Prize of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung [German Academy for Language and Poetry] for his complete translation works. He is a member of the German PEN Club and a founding member of the Academy of the Arts of the World.


Islamophobia and the Political Crisis of the West

Islam in Liberalism

Theatre and political transformation in post-revolutionary Egypt

Anti-Pegida. A Polemic!

DOROTHEE WENNER works as a delegate of the Berlinale for the cinema of sub-Saharan Africa, is herself a filmmaker and curator of Kizobazoba.

KIZOBAZOBA: PROJECTION SURFACE AFRICA – TABLE TALKS WITH EXPERTS ON COLLECTIVE IMAGE PRODUCTION

NIKO WILLBORN is a German-Finnish art director who combines graphic design with a passion for groceries. Since the age of thirteen, he has organised gourmet clubs with a focus on edible wild plants and food that tells stories. He lives with his family in a 200 square meter garden in Berlin.

URBAN FEAST: THE EDIBLE MAP OF MIGRATION

NICOLE WOLF is a senior lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London, as well as a curator of various film projects. In her research work, she focuses on international histories of political cinema and is especially interested in the varied views of documentary practices in South Asia. Currently she is engaged in restoration and research on the work of the feminist film collective Yugantar (1980–83, India) as part of the project Archive außer sich, a cooperation between Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.

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XIU XIU is an experimental band from California, whose founder and only permanent member is JAMIE STEWART. The band has released a multitude of eclectic records with influences ranging from industrial post-punk to synth-pop and avant-garde music. Most recently, Xiu Xiu released the albums Plays the Music of Twin Peaks (2016) and Forget (2017).

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AIWEN YIN works as a designer, researcher, author and video artist. Using performance, installation, text, video and documentation, she investigates the future potential of design with a view to its technological and political conditions and interpersonal connections. She has conducted research for the New Normal at the Strelka Institute in Moscow, among others, and was a fellow at the Art Center South Florida in Miami.

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MIRIAM YOSEF works in the field of political education as a speaker, trainer and consultant with a focus on racism, power criticism and empowerment. Among other events, she organizes the BPoC empowerment series I Am Not Exotic – I Am Exhausted for the project Rebel of Color. She holds an M.A. in Human Rights from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and a B.Sc. in International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on postcolonial studies, critical race theory and human rights.

MEMORY LAB #4: Her*stories – Memory Lab goes Emanzenexpress/ For an intersectional and feminist perspective of archives

MI YOU is a lecturer at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and Aalto University, Helsinki. Her long-term research and curatorial project takes the Silk Road as a figuration for nomadic imageries and old and new technologies. She has curated programs at Asian Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea and Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival, Mongolia (2016). With Binna Choi, she is co-steering the research/curatorial project Unmapping Eurasia. She serves as chair of committee on Media Arts and Technology for the transnational political NGO Common Action Forum. Since 2017 Mi You is a Member of Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World).


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