October 8 – December 1. Somatic Charting. The House is the Body

Series of performative encounters:
Somatic Charting. The House is the Body

October 8 – December 1, 2021
Curated by: Elena Basteri and TIER (Lorenzo Sandoval & Benjamin Busch)
With: Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Valentina Desideri & Denise Ferreira da Silva, Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir, Island Songs (Silvia Ploner & Nicolas Perret) with César E. Giraldo Herrera, Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju, Susan Ploetz, Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Isabelle Schad, Melanie Jame Wolf, and Sergio Zevallos
In cooperation with: Freie Universität Berlin – Institut für Tanzwissenschaft, and Tanzhalle Wiesenburg
Venues: Tanzhalle Wiesenburg, Wiesenstraße 55, 13357 Berlin-Wedding, and The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER), Donaustraße 84, 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

Somatic Charting. The House is the Body is a transdisciplinary project initiated by The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) and dance curator Elena Basteri, which presents a series of performative encounters and workshops around the theme of somatics. The aim is to trace a cartography of contemporary artistic practices from choreography, performance, visual and sound art, in which the soma (the body perceived from within through self-perception) plays a central role.
Can organs, tissue, cells and bones be triggers of movement, sensing, affect, healing processes and empowerment? Can we (re)appropriate and make experiential knowledge of those parts of the body that remain hidden and ungraspable, thus challenging what Foucault called “the medical gaze”?
The invited artists will explore the potential of somatics in our present, from heterogeneous and multiple perspectives, and make references to issues related to migration, post-colonialism, gender and ecology. The series is inspired by the idea of a studio visit and proposes formats that combine practice, theory and aesthetic experience.

All events are free of charge. Limited places are available. Registration is required for most (see below): somaticcharting@gmail.com
For the workshop of Sergio Zevallos, register at: lecodeblanc@protonmail.com
Please observe the current COVID-19 regulations in Berlin. At time of release, participation is possible following the “3G” (vaccinated, recovered or tested) and “AHA” (distance, hygiene and mask) rules in Germany.

Please note, the Sensing Salon has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

Supported by: Haupstadtkulturfunds, Between Bridges Foundation, and the Berlin Senate (Mobilitätsfonds).

Media Partner: Berlin Art Link

–> Download the full schedule and press release here




  October 1. TIER.cast Episode 3: Maintenance! Domestics as Institutional Becomings

Online from Saturday, October 1, 19:00 Berlin/CET
TIER.cast Episode 3: Maintenance! Domestics as Institutional Becomings
Listen at http://theinstituteforendoticresearch.org/wp/projects-current/tier-cast/

This episode of TIER.cast was recorded at the physical launch event of our publication, The Endotic Reader N.2: Maintenance! Domestics as Institutional Becomings at Hopscotch Reading Room in Berlin. It features live readings by Elena Agudio, Renée Akitelek Mboya and Pol Merchan from their contributions to the publication. We hope you enjoy tuning into this special evening in celebration of the publication, and we invite you to download it for free on our website or pick up a physical copy at TIER.

TIER.cast is a long-term series of sonic encounters creating a platform for interdisciplinary intimate, process rather than goal-oriented conversations and listening sessions beginning in February 2021. In each session, the guests are invited to discuss and present with voices and sounds their past and current projects, intellectual and personal inspirations, works-in-progress, work/production methodologies, and practices.

The aim is also to address and challenge the capitalistically and individualistically driven practices of knowledge and art production, as well as the myth of the isolated genius. The interdisciplinary encounter itself is an exercise of collective knowledge-based and practical exchange, and becomes an act of collective production itself.

The sonic and non-visual format is envisioned as a soft intrusion that infiltrates into the domestic spheres, forces self-imagination for the lacking esthetics and focuses on audio imprint of the conversations/speakers. It is a journey through voices, music, noise, sound and silence.

Sound production & mix by Sara Pereira




  September 14, launch of TERN.2: Maintenance! Domestics as Institutional Becomings at Hopscotch Reading Room

Tuesday, September 14, 19:30
Print Launch of TERN.2: Maintenance! Domestics as Institutional Becomings at Hopscotch Reading Room
Location: Kurfürstenstraße 14/Haus B, 10785 Berlin

With readings from: Elena Agudio, Renée Akitelek Mboya and Pol Merchan.

We are glad to present for the first time printed copies of the print and digital publication The Endotic Reader N.2: Maintenance! Domestics as Institutional Becomings at Hopscotch Reading Room in Berlin. Titled after our last year’s public program at The Institute for Endotic Research, TERN.2 opens doors and windows to the myriad ideas that underpin it.

With TERN.2, we turn to the domestic sphere, which today has become an especially important site of production. In recent years we have seen the domestic sphere, often in relation to care, work as a model for institutions, which also always depend on reproductive labor. Indeed the domestic model has many problematic aspects, such as exploitation and nonrecognition of labor and rights. It is perhaps in the tension between its conflicts and possibilities where the power of the domestic lies. The domestic is also where possible paths for the reorganization of institutions can be uncovered.

Download the PDF for free here: http://theinstituteforendoticresearch.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Maintenance-Domestics-as-Institutional-Becomings-2021.pdf

With contributions from: Elena Agudio, Renée Akitelek Mboya, Benjamin Busch & Lorenzo Sandoval, Edna Bonhomme, Binna Choi, Stephanie Comilang, GeoVanna Gonzalez & Najja Moon, Helen Hester, Elaine W. Ho, Juliet Jacques, Fermín Jiménez Landa, Maria Lind, Sofia Lomba, Pol Merchan, la Sala and Daniel Tremolada. Design by Donají Marcial. Edited by Benjamin Busch & Lorenzo Sandoval.




  September 4 – October 2: Junko Maruyama: Diving in through the Wall

Exhibition:
Junko Maruyama:
Diving in through the Wall
September 4 – October 2, Th, Fr & Sa 14:00-18:00 (except Sep 4)
Commencement: Saturday, September 4, 19:00-21:00

Body moves. Weather shifts. I go with the flow and leave the traces.
I made soap from used oil collected from various restaurants, the leftover which once supported our lives. I drew a picture outside with it. The rain washed it away. I drew again. With the process, I tried to capture the dialogs between material and environment, functionality and non-functionality, permanence and impermanence.

Some scientists say if human creates a life-form, it would begin with a piece of soap.  I made creatures with the soap I made. They are sculpture-like, and yet drawing-like, holding various traces—of gaining forms, of evolution that is yet to see. I call them “Manonamanamono”. The name suggests something raw and ephemeral, created or emerged at the time at the place. Between the traces, I see a dialog of organic and inorganic matter.

I move with soap and leave the traces.

Born in Japan, Junko Maruyama currently lives and works in Berlin. Having studied sculpture in the City University of New York, Hunter Collage, the artist works across various medias such as drawing, sculpture, installation, performance and animation. Her works examines the notions of circulation and rebirth, often recycled materials, in particular fluid and variable materials such as ice cream, plastics and soap. By circulating the different states of matters of materials, the artist explores the existence and non-existence of the borders in between.
She has shown her works in various exhibitions such as Alive and (Gallery Paris, Yokohama) 2021; A Story Begins from Flowers and the Sea (Kodomo Museum, Chiba) 2020; Bunkamura Gallery Selection (Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo) 2019; Re: (F1969, Busan) 2018; Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale (Hoshitouge, Niigata) 2015, 2006; 5 rooms (Kanagawa prefectural Hall Gallery, Kanagawa) 2016, among many. Her notable awards and achievements include Free Art Free Semi-Grand Prix, Charitable Trust Oki Memorial Artist Grant, Taipei/Yokohama Artist Exchange Program Judge Special Award, Asahi Shimbun Cultural Foundation Grant, and Arts and Culture grant from Nomura Foundation.
She is currently working at Künstlerhaus Bethanien for international residency program, with the support by Overseas Study Program for Artists Fellow, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

Titled Maintenance! Domestics as Institutional Becomings, acknowledging the work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles, our series of solo exhibitions and online events for the next months will address the domestic from different vantage points related to institution-making. We are preparing a reader on the topic that will be launched soon as well. During this new program of exhibitions, the previous interventions will remain at TIER. In that way we’ll keep working on the space as an editorial device to be renegotiated, and an ecology of artworks, underlining its conception as an inner garden based on principles of cultivation.




  July 30, TIER.cast Ácido-base hosted by Na Pa

Online from Friday, July 30, 19:00 Berlin/CET
TIER.cast Ácido-base hosted by Na Pa
Listen at http://theinstituteforendoticresearch.org/wp/projects-current/tier-cast/

Mash up in a line of continuity and abruption. This sound-collage transports the listener through tunnels of acid textures, alkaline minimalisms, noise, experimental sounds and words, between perceptive clearness and blurriness. A musical approach to inner-regulation, (ab)normativity, and absurdity. A collective collage, playlist and survey.

Ácido-base is an experimental episode of TIER.cast hosted by Na Pa.

TIER.cast is a long-term series of sonic encounters creating a platform for interdisciplinary intimate, process rather than goal-oriented conversations and listening sessions beginning in February 2021. In each session, the guests are invited to discuss and present with voices and sounds their past and current projects, intellectual and personal inspirations, works-in-progress, work/production methodologies, and practices.

The aim is also to address and challenge the capitalistically and individualistically driven practices of knowledge and art production, as well as the myth of the isolated genius. The interdisciplinary encounter itself is an exercise of collective knowledge-based and practical exchange, and becomes an act of collective production itself.

The sonic and non-visual format is envisioned as a soft intrusion that infiltrates into the domestic spheres, forces self-imagination for the lacking esthetics and focuses on audio imprint of the conversations/speakers. It is a journey through voices, music, noise, sound and silence.

 

Ácido Base

Mash up in a line of continuity and abruption. This sound-collage transports the listener through tunnels of acid textures, alkaline minimalisms, noise, experimental sounds and words, between perceptive clearness and blurriness. A musical approach to inner-regulation, (ab)normativity, and absurdity. A collective collage, playlist and survey.

Special thanks to everyone who contributed with words, voice and sounds:

Readings by:

Wolfgang Mayer, poem by Wolfgang Mayer over sound by Frieder&Napa

Manuela Lomba, popular proverbs & sayings and a Poem by Wislawa Szymboeska

Himari Consuelo, walk through the cemetery & Prinzessin Garten

Sylwia Szmajduch, poem by Alex de Soeiro https://morebookslesslooks.tumblr.com

Lorenzo Sandoval, text by Marina Garcés

Benjamin Bush, text by Italo Calvino

 

Songs, sounds, rehearsals and samples by:

Discoteca Flaming Star, AVA, Pedro André, Frieder&Napa, Acid da Semana.

Roger Seheult (Medical Acid Base Balance, Disorders & ABGs Explained Clearly).

 

Ácido-base is an experimental episode of TIER.cast hosted by Napa.

Sound production & mix by Sara Pereira




  June 29. TIER.cast: The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Part 3

Online from Tuesday, June 29, 19:00 Berlin/CET
TIER.cast hosted by Aouefa Amoussouvi, Olivia Berkowicz and Sasha Engelmann. Sound design by Sara Pereira
The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Part 3
Listen at http://theinstituteforendoticresearch.org/wp/projects-current/tier-cast/

TIER.cast is a long-term series of sonic encounters creating a platform for interdisciplinary intimate, process rather than goal-oriented conversations and listening sessions beginning in February 2021. In each session, the guests are invited to discuss and present with voices and sounds their past and current projects, intellectual and personal inspirations, works-in-progress, work/production methodologies, and practices.

The aim is also to address and challenge the capitalistically and individualistically driven practices of knowledge and art production, as well as the myth of the isolated genius. The interdisciplinary encounter itself is an exercise of collective knowledge-based and practical exchange, and becomes an act of collective production itself.

The sonic and non-visual format is envisioned as a soft intrusion that infiltrates into the domestic spheres, forces self-imagination for the lacking esthetics and focuses on audio imprint of the conversations/speakers. It is a journey through voices, music, noise, sound and silence.

The Castle of Crossed Destinies – is 3-part sonic project with geographer Sasha Engelmann, curator Olivia Berkowicz and artistic co-director of TIER, curator and biophysicist Aouefa Amoussouvi. They initiated the project whilst being fellows at the residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2020-2021. In a 3-part series they discuss tarot, radio, rituals, technologies, feminist narratives in science and art, as well as personal experiences and reflections on transgenerational memories & migrations. Each encounter focuses on one practice, Part 3 focuses on Amoussouvi’s practice with raw cacao and her research on the science, rituality and the entanglements with imperialism of this food commodity.

This 3-part sonic project departs from the writer Italo Calvino’s book The Castle of Crossed Destinies (1973). In the tale, a group of travellers meet each other in a tavern in the woods. Afflicted by a strange predicament that affects their capacity to speak, they turn to a stack of tarot cards to tell stories about one another. From a secluded room in Schloss Solitude, Amoussouvi, Berkowicz and Engelmann extend the invitation of Calvino’s story to reflect upon the use of divinatory tools, creative props and experimental techniques for collective knowledge making. Situated in pandemic times, the conversation conjures vocabularies, glossaries and sounds. Moving in a circular motion, three fellow travellers explore stories within stories within stories.

Sound production & mix by Sara Pereira (and a thanks to Rosa & Altes Finanzamt)

Episode 3 is made with support from Akademie Schloss Solitude

Aouefa Amoussouvi is a French-Beninese research scientist based in Berlin, Germany and holds a PhD in Theoretical Molecular Biophysics from the Berlin Humboldt University, Germany. Outside the lab, she researches and develops curatorial projects on history and alternative narratives of science in the context of intersectional feminism and de-coloniality. She is also interested in the endotic exploration of the human psyche, body-mind relationship, group dynamics and transgenerational trauma and is training as a coach of process-oriented psychology. Between 2014 and 2019, she collaborated on several interdisciplinary projects at SAVVY Contemporary – Laboratory of Form-Ideas. She is a former fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.

Olivia Berkowicz is a curator, writer and editor. Her practice explores the intersection of critical visuality studies and contemporary art theory. She is interested in vocabularies and practices which challenge modernist-colonial principles of exhibition histories, art production, and collaborations. Together with Marianna Feher, she organises Tentative Transmits (2020-2022), a discursive radio project investigating the ”former East”, supported by the artistic research funding of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. She is a current fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.

Sasha Engelmann is a London-based geographer exploring interdisciplinary, feminist and creative approaches to environmental knowledge making. Her new book Sensing Art in the Atmosphere: Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices (Routledge, 2020) traces the potential of artistic, community-driven experiments to amplify our sensing of atmosphere, marrying attentions to atmospheric affect with visceral awareness of the materials, institutions and processes hovering in the air. Together with Sophie Dyer she leads the feminist radio project open-weather. She is Lecturer in GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway University of London and a former fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.

Sara Pereira is a visual and sound artist, working primordially in collaborative intermedia forms. Regular enrolment with group Discoteca Flaming Star, with whom Sara is performing and collaborating since 2010, engaging currently in the research project Hospital(y)tis. Since 2016 playing with Sofia Lomba, as AVA. Previously developing sound work within duo Gentileza and solo as Napa. Co-founder and former member of Altes Finanzamt Project-space (Berlin), Marvellous Tone CD-r collective (Porto) and PISO collective (Porto-Berlin). Sara is dealing with questions of self-organisation, through drawing and in musical improvisation.




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