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Practicing Futures While Grieving in Eight Movements 1 - 4

w/ Ania Nowak, Frédéric Gies, Zeina Hanna, Justyna Stasiowska, Uma Breakdown, Siegmar Zacharias, Steve Heather

19 & 20. August 2022,  18 - 22 Uhr 

Bild Practicing Futures CW AKTUELL AKTUELL 

Klosterruine, Klosterstraße 73a, 10179 Berlin

Kuratiert von Siegmar Zacharias & Christopher Weickenmeier

Trauer folgt auf Verlust. Von jemandem, von etwas und manchmal von uns selbst. Aber Trauer ist keine Abwesenheit. Sie ist da, sie ist relational und sie bewegt uns. Trauer ist ein Gefühl voller affektiver Dissonanzen. Sie ermöglicht das Erleben einer geteilten Verwundbarkeit und als solche ist sie intrinsisch sozial und politisch. Praktiken des Trauerns können ein Gefühl von Sozialität und Gemeinschaftlichkeit hervorrufen, eine Erfahrung, die gelegentlich sogar Freude und Lust beinhaltet. Mit dem Programm in der Klosterruine wollen wir, die Kurator*innen Siegmar Zacharias und Christopher Weickenmeier, eine Erfahrung entprivatisieren, die zwar universell ist, aber nicht annähernd so monolithisch, wie uns westliche Gesellschaften glauben machen wollen. In den Räumen einer Ruine aus dem 13. Jahrhundert sind Künstler*innen, Sterbebegleiter*innen und Aktivist*innen eingeladen, geläufige Vorstellungen von Trauer zu problematisieren und die kollektiven Dimensionen eines Gefühls zu artikulieren, mit dem die meisten allzu oft allein gelassen werden.

Gefördert aus Mitteln der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Fonds für Ausstellungsvergütungen und dem Bezirkskulturfonds sowie in Kooperation mit visitBerlin.

Programm
19. August 2022, 18 - 22 Uhr

 

18 Uhr: Golden Gate (Performance)
- Ania Nowak w/ Frédéric Gies, Justyna Stasiowska

Golden Gate stellt unsere normativen Vorstellungen von Verlust und Trauer in Frage. Was ist queere Trauer und auf welche Weise kann sie zu einer kollektiven Bewegung von Melancholie und Widerstand werden? In Anlehnung an die Vanitas, die barocke Ästhetik der Vergänglichkeit und des Todes, versucht das Werk Raum für die Erotik der Trauer in der heutigen (post-)pandemischen Realität zu schaffen.

Idee, Choreografie, Performance: Ania Nowak, Choreografie, Performance: Frédéric Gies Dramaturgie: Siegmar Zacharias, Sounddesign: Justyna Stasiowska, Skulpturen: Pakui Hardware, Kostüme: Grzegorz Matląg/Wsiura, Produktion: Ania Nowak in Koproduktion mit SOPHIENSÆLE Gefördert durch Berlin Capital Cultural Fund. Mit Unterstützung von Q21 MuseumsQuartier, Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius und Milvus Artistic Research Center.

19 Uhr: sometimes they looked like people, sometimes like buildings…. (Performance)
- Zeina Hanna 

Die Arbeit "sometimes they looked like people, sometimes like buildings..." entstand als Reaktion auf eine Einladung zur Teilnahme an der Plattform redeem رديم, bei der es unter anderem um die Folgen der Explosion im Beiruter Hafen im August 2020 ging und der Schwierigkeit künstlerisch auf diese zu reagieren. "sometimes they looked like people, sometimes like buildings..." ist eine Ode an das Vergessen, an Kindheitsobsessionen und an das wiederholte Trauern um einen Ort.

Produziert und aufgeführt von Zeina Hanna, Ton: Vera Pulido, Tonaufnahmen: Tatiana el Dahdah & Zeina Hanna. Mit Unterstützung der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa & Partners in Craft. Besonderer Dank an Nada Samaha und Lore de Selys.

20 Uhr: Wailing is breathing out loud for others- somacoustic listening towards social bodies (Listening Session)
- Siegmar Zacharias, Steve Heather

Inspiriert von der Praxis meiner Urgroßmutter als Klagefrau in Rumänien und der Arbeit mit den heilenden Kräften der Solfeggiofrequenz 528 bieten wir eine Listening Session an. Lasst uns die Trauer, die in dieser Zeit präsent ist, anerkennen. Die Listening Session ist eine Klangmeditation, um gemeinsam in einen Raum zu treten, in dem wir nicht allein sein müssen.
Ausgehend von einer queer-feministischen Praxis der Nahrung und Regeneration wollen wir fragen: Wie können wir anders zusammen sein? Wie können wir den Stimmen der Vorfahren, den ungeborenen Stimmen und ungehörten Stimmen zuhören? Wir bieten Wailing is breathing out loud an, um zu üben unsere Körper als Resonanzräume für einander zu nutzen.

Siegmar Zacharias: Konzept, Performance, Komposition; Hosting: Steve Heather: Komposition; Koproduktion: sophiensaele; FFT Düsseldorf; gefördert durch Stepping out NPN Neustart Kultur.

18 - 22 Uhr: The Graveyard of Extension (Installation)
- Uma Breakdown

 

 

Programm
20. August 2022, 18 - 22 Uhr
(selbes Programm wie am Freitag)


18 Uhr: Golden Gate (Performance)
- Ania Nowak w/ Frédéric Gies, Justyna Stasiowska

 

19 Uhr: sometimes they looked like people, sometimes like buildings…. (Performance)
- Zeina Hanna 

 
20 Uhr: Wailing is breathing out loud for others- somacoustic listening towards social bodies (Listening Session)
- Siegmar Zacharias, Steve Heather

18 - 20 Uhr: The Graveyard of Extension (Installation)
- Uma Breakdown

 

CVs

Ania Nowak’s choreographic practice approaches vulnerability and desire as ways towards reimagining what bodies and language can do. She develops formats such as live and video performance, performative exhibition and text. Nowak’s overall inquiry is into the political dimension of the body material and its immaterial aspects -affects, feelings and intuition- to think of new, embodied practices of care and companionship. She approaches accessibility, sexuality and sickness, as well as, ethics of pleasure in times of climate and political urgency. Nowak’s works have been presented at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlinische Galerie and Sophiensæle in Berlin; Nowy Teatr in Warsaw; La Casa Encendida in Madrid, the Baltic Triennial at CAC Vilnius and M HKA Antwerp a.o.

Frédéric Gies is a dancer and choreographer based in Sweden. Between clockwork composition and the intensities and chaos generated by dancing bodies surrendering to the desires and forces that traverse them, their dance pieces bring to the forefront the capacity of dance to speak without having to demonstrate anything. Drawing from their former training in ballet, their encounter with specific trends of contemporary dance at the beginning of the 90s, their dance floor experiences in techno clubs and raves and their study of somatic practices, they approach forms as possibilities rather than constraints. They present their work internationally in various contexts (dance venues, music festivals, museums). They were head of programme of the master in choreography at DOCH-SKH for six years. They taught in various contexts such as HZT, SNDO, DDSKS, Ponderosa (…) and were mentor for DanceWEB in 2021.

Justyna Stasiowska does theory through sound. Working in the field of sonic narration she focuses on notions of dramaturgy and design in different disciplines. Stasiowska writes text and makes audio papers about performativity of sound perception. She creates installations and also works with choreographers, directors in fields of dance, theater and film creating fakescapes in order to think what is affective force of sound in specific medium.

Siegmar Zacharias is a performance artist, researcher, death doula, and student of plant medicine. She collaborates with humans and uncontrollable materials, such as smoke, slime, drool, the nervous system and death/dying/grief, dealing with questions of generative ethical dynamics of transformation like liquefaction, agency, embodied transformative justice, grief and grievance. Together with Steve Heather she is exploring binaural sound for deep listening and deep touch. She is interested in how grief works as forces of intimacy and alienation.

Steve Heather (AU-DE) is a freelance musician (drums, percussion, electronics) composer, performance and installation maker based in Berlin. Steve is interested in the repetitive acoustic territories of every day life informing his and others sonic agency. His research revolves around the physicality of sonic boundaries and how it informs compositional methodologies, materials and structures along with the listeners corporal reading thereof. Steve current music projects/bands include: Stiff Leather, The Still, Booklet, **Y**, Shelter and The Splitter Orchestra. Steve´s music is riddled with noise and rapture, sudden links, resonances, offered assistance and conflicts of interest.

Uma Breakdown - Hi I’m Uma, I’m a disabled trans* artist/writer/researcher interested in animals, horror films, queer feminist literature, and games design. My specific research interests include the work of Hélène Cixous, Jean Genet, Luce Irigaray, and Georges Bataille, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick; and the enacted politics of art that supports agency and collaboration in its audience. I live in Gateshead, UK.
In 2020 I finished a PhD​ about The Evil Dead, care, trans* écriture feminine, and disaster. That year I created a plant horror RPG at Kim? in Riga; a video game entitled “Animal Agency” about sleeping on the ground next to animals for FACT, Liverpool; and a short story about SSRIs and Artaud for Ma Bibliothéque. In 2021 I produced web-based artworks for Akademie Schloss Solitude and Wysing Arts Centre as part of the Digital Solitude and British Council NET//WORK residencies respectively; an Augmented Reality sci-fi story about living on an oil rig, as part of Shape Arts’ “Unfolding Shrines'' project; and “Take The Moonlight By The Tail”, an interactive skaz space opera about losing your mind while looking after the ones you love the most, commissioned by Arebyte Gallery. Animal Agency also won 2nd place in the audience awards at Athens Digital Art Festival. So far in 2022 I’ve been (with my long term collaborator Alice Rekab) a digital resident with Arcade Campfa, and have a trans* anti-work scifi story in issue 4 of the Berlin art journal Textur and a horror story / love letter to a videogame character in a new artist publication from Market Gallery Glasgow. I've also just finished a digital divination/poetry machine called “Surface of Scum” with Artist Sammy Paloma for Mayk, Bristol. I’m presently working on: a VR experience about treating monsters for depression with psilocybin in rural England for QUAD in Derby, an exhibition about unstable identity and love for Wysing, and (also with Sammy Paloma) a online project about holy wells, sickness, and divining your own reality.

Zeina Hanna (1983) is a Lebanese artist living in Berlin. She explores the boundaries of artistic research in the field of performing arts and her work focuses on the way poetics and policies intertwine in the context of making art today. Zeina leans toward collaborative works and the use of different media. She uses choreography as a tool for making and observing the intrinsic relations between form and content, playing with the dynamics between guided and generated attention.