Text on a computer-generated image of bubbly, blurred black that somewhat resembles black oil. The text, in very pale gray, serif font, reads: God is an Asphyxiating Black Sauce. Johanna Hedva. 20 June - 3 August. Klosterruine Berlin.

God Is an Asphyxiating Black Sauce

Johanna Hedva feat.
William Fowler Collins, Anja Kanngieser, Geneva Skeen, Gabie Strong & Pauline Lay, Johannes Beck and Universal Solvent Studios


Audio-Description-Tour in Klosterruine Berlin

As part of Johanna Hedva's exhibition God is an Asphyxiating Black Sauce we invite you to an audio-description of the Klosterruine Berlin on June 25. The tour is for blind and visually impaired visitors and will convey the visual elements of the monastery ruins. It will be led live in German and English by Emmilou Rößling.
Start is at 3 pm in front of the Main Entrance of Klosterruine. Duration of the tour is about one hour. A reservation or ticket is not needed.

July 25, 3 pm, free entrance, Open Air


Opening for the summer solstice on June 20, the Klosterruine hosts Johanna Hedva’s first solo show in Germany. Hedva is an artist, writer, musician, and astrologer whose practice tunnels into the radical permeabilities of the body and investigates its relationship to time, capitalism, death, nothingness, and the cosmos.

For their exhibition God is an Asphyxiating Black Sauce, Hedva mixes new and unreleased sound pieces by friends and collaborators with their own site-responsive, shape-shifting works of music and text, concocting different versions of the work to be experienced, remotely and on site, virtually, and telepathically. Continuing their inquiry into breaking the unholy union between time and productivity, the installation creates a soundscape of noise, music, and language that prods and howls at the infinite. What does absence feel like, sound like: this black sauce that runs beneath, through, without and within our everyday time? Does absence exist at all? Isn’t it always teemingwith the presences of histories, memories, ghosts?

One iteration of the exhibition is this custom website showing a live-stream of the sky over the Klosterruine, with access to the entire Playlist: godsauce.black

Johanna Hedva is a Korean-American writer, artist, musician, and astrologer, who was raised in Los Angeles by a family of witches, and now lives in LA and Berlin. Hedva is the author of the novel, On Hell. Their book, Minerva the Miscarriage of the Brain, which documents a decade of work, in poems, performances, and essays, will be published in September 2020. Their essay, "Sick Woman Theory," published in Mask in 2016, has been translated into six languages, and their writing has appeared in Triple Canopy, frieze, The White Review, and Asian American Literary Review. Their work has been shown at The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Performance Space New York, the LA Architecture and Design Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon. Their EP, The Sun and the Moon, was released in March 2019. Their LP, Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House, a doom-metal guitar and voice grief ritual influenced by Korean shamanism, will be released in November 2020 by Crystalline Morphologies.