February 26. Lyrical Gravity with Matteo Marziano Graziano and Zoe Goldstein in conversation with Benjamin Busch

Online – Friday, February 26, 19:00
Lyrical Gravity with Matteo Marziano Graziano and Zoe Goldstein in conversation with Benjamin Busch
Use this link to join: https://icn-artem.zoom.us/j/83239626025?pwd=emY3alNFb1JvcmtINmN3dU8zNHpvUT09

LYRICAL GRAVITY is a multiplayer VR artwork for seven spectators that approaches Virtual Reality as a happening. By speculating on a fictional kind of gravity, it makes use of pop songs and their lyrics as psychoacoustic gates for triggering embodied memories and dormant affects, while leading the users on a sensorial somatic experience into the realm of instinct, intuition and desire.

Matteo Marziano Graziano and Zoe Goldstein—in conversation with Benjamin Busch—will discuss the aesthetics and intentions of the project, while simultaneously streaming sections of the VR environments. They will additionally address the analog energo-somatic methodology used to design the digital spaces of LYRICAL GRAVITY, working at the intersection between psychosomatic consciousness studies and practices utilising ‘systemic constellations’.

LYRICAL GRAVITY makes use of a contemporary western music dramaturgy to retrace the fundamental relational forces that move us as a collectivity as we strive for shared empowerment and political self-determination. Pop hits allow access to deeper affective states—joy, fear, surprise, disgust, anger, arousal, excitement, tranquility—redeeming affections, playfulness, touch and solidarities in the collective dreaming of post-pandemic sustainable scenarios. This return to collective affect opens up a performative field in which negotiations between body states, emotional scripts and cognitive processes arise from the embodiment of language through song inside of the VR space.

LYRICAL GRAVITY is a project with and by Matteo Marziano Graziano, Linards Kulless, Zoe Goldstein, Yuri Shimaoka, Matias Brunacci, Polina Zinziver, Michael Tane, Sabine Huschka, Jacqueline Wong, Samuel Hertz. Presented by TIER – The Institute for Endotic Research in collaboration with fabricated.life and gamelab.berlin – Humboldt University. It is funded by the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe. It is supported by the European Union under the House of Europe program.

Matteo Marziano Graziano is a transdisciplinary artist, whose body-based practice is rooted within contemporary performance and bridges to visual arts, video arts, digital spaces, and music theatre. Their practice deals with questions of embodiment in relation to consciousness, the shaping of social relationships, and affects. This leads to moving image making processes and explores the notion of subjectivity within spectatorship. Their artistic research is informed by bioenergetics, quantum physics, system theory, and deep ecology. Matteo is associate choreographer at BTT Balletto Teatro di Torino. Their work has been present a.o. at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, Schaubühne Berlin, Uferstudios Berlin, Stockhausen Foundation for Music, KOW Gallery.

Zoe Goldstein is a dancer and performer, with a background in medical anthropology. As a dance maker, her practice draws from Butoh, Body Weather, contemporary dance and improvisation. She works both independently and with the GᾹZ Collective with Noga Abramovitch and Helen Burghardt. As a performer, she has collaborated with diverse dance, theatre and visual artists, including Josh Rutter, Sherwood Chen, SIGNA, Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller, Yuko Kaseki, Egle Budvytyte, and Matteo Marziano Graziano.

Benjamin Busch is an American visual artist and architect living in Berlin. Spanning art, architecture, curating, and writing, his work deals with the aesthetics/politics of space. His ongoing research considers spatial practice through processes of urbanization, self-organization, and the everyday, with regard to the growing role of computation across societies. He has co-directed The Institute for Endotic Research since 2018.




  February 24. TIER.cast hosted by Aouefa Amoussouvi, Olivia Berkowicz and Sasha Engelmann. Sound design by Sara Pereira

Online – Wednesday, February 24, 19:00 Berlin/CET
TIER.cast hosted by Aouefa Amoussouvi, Olivia Berkowicz and Sasha Engelmann. Sound design by Sara Pereira
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TIER.cast is a long-term series of sonic encounters creating a platform for interdisciplinary intimate, process rather than goal-oriented conversations and listening session 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 first edition will be a three-way conversation with geographer Sasha Engelmann, curator Olivia Berkowicz and new artistic co-director of TIER, curator and biophysicist Aouefa Amoussouvi. They are currently fellows in residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude, and in a 3-part series they will 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, being tarot in this first edition.

This first series of episodes of TIER.cast is made in collaboration with the Akademie Schloss Solitude.

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 explores 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 air and atmosphere. 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 current fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.

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 context of intersectional feminism and de-coloniality. Especially, she explores how the development of digital technologies creates opportunities as well as ethical challenges within western and non-Western contexts. 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 currently a fellow in residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.




  February 9 – April 17. Stephanie Comilang: Yesterday in the Years 1886 & 2017

Tuesday, February 9 – Thursday, April 17
Stephanie Comilang: Yesterday in the Years 1886 & 2017

Stephanie Comilang’s exhibition at The Institute for Endotic Research takes a hybrid format, with the film Yesterday in the Years 1886 & 2017 being screened online at TIER.space for the duration, accompanied by a series of online encounters, and a video installation in the physical space of TIER.

Online performance lecture:
Paradise Lives in the Ruins of Colonial and Dictatorship Architecture
Tuesday, February 9, 17:00 Berlin/CET / 11:00 EST
Use this link to join: https://meet.jit.si/TheInstituteForEndoticResearch

In her lecture Stephanie Comilang will talk about her recent research and work into feminizing and decolonizing spaces of Colonial and Imperial architecture in Southeast Asia by way of a drone.

Exhibition:
Yesterday in the Years 1886 & 2017
Tuesday, February 9 – Thursday, April 17

Due to covid restrictions, please register for a professional visit in advance:
Make an appointment for Tuesday, February 9, 18:00-21:00 by clicking here.
Make an appointment for any Thursday, Friday or Saturday, 14:00-18:00 by emailing us at theinstituteforendoticresearch@gmail.com.

Comilang’s two-channel video installation follows two protagonists whose histories interlace with Filipino nationalism and Spanish colonial rule. Yesterday, In The Years 1886 and 2017 is a two-channel video projection installation. The two protagonists José Rizal and Lourdes Lareza Müller occupy a channel each; projected adjacent to one another, they inhabit the same space while remaining distinctly separate. José Rizal (1861-1896) was a Filipino nationalist, considered a national hero for his advocacy and thinking that led to the Philippine revolution against Spanish rule. While he worked as an ophthalmologist he was well known for his literary works. While living in Berlin he completed his book Noli Me Tángere (Touch Me Not) in 1887, a book that many have credited for its proposition of nationalism and resistance to Spanish colonial rule through its formulation of the idea of an ‘imagined community’ in the Philippines. Lourdes Lareza Müller is the other protagonist in Yesterday, In The Years 1886 and 2017. Having migrated to Germany in 1968, she worked as an archivist at one of Europe’s largest libraries, Berlin’s Staatsbibliothek, for 28 years. The thread that ties these two figures is their chosen life in Berlin, away from the Philippines. The disembodied feminine voice remains unidentified throughout but narrates from a distant future. She hovers and is distinctly non-human and speaks of inhabiting both Rizal and Lareza Müller in human form. Positioned as a third protagonist, she speaks of a connectedness through adaptation, bodies as archives, and entangled narratives of possible futurities. While this film speaks to a specific place, particular people, the role of the disembodied narrator, casts a wider net of questions around mobility, a rearrangement of geographic concepts of centre/periphery, and the disruption of historical linearity and continuity.

Stephanie Comilang is an artist living and working between Toronto and Berlin. Her documentary based works create narratives that look at how our understandings of mobility, capital and labour on a global scale are shaped through various cultural and social factors. Her work has been shown at Transmediale Berlin, Ghost : 2561 Bangkok Video & Performance Triennale, S.A.L.T.S Basel, Tai Kwun Hong Kong, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Asia Art Archive in America, New York. She was awarded the 2019 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious art prize for artists 40 years and younger.

Titled Maintenance! Domestics as Institutional Becomings, acknowledging the work of Mierle Laderman Ukeles, our series of solo exhibitions and online events addresses 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 program of exhibitions, the previous interventions will remain at The Institute for Endotic Research (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.

The online presentation and exhibition by Stephanie Comilang are presented in partnership with the Embassy of Canada as part of Canada’s culture program as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2021.

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  January 27. Encounter with Aouefa Amoussouvi and reflection on TIER

Online – Wednesday, January 27, 19:00
Encounter with Aouefa Amoussouvi and reflection on TIER
Use this link to join: https://meet.jit.si/TheInstituteForEndoticResearch

In this online encounter, Aouefa Amoussouvi, the new third Co-Director of TIER, will introduce herself in an online conversation with Benjamin Busch and Lorenzo Sandoval. Together in the digital encounter, we will reflect on the past year of TIER and envision the one that just began.

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 context of intersectional feminism and de-coloniality. Especially, she explores how the development of digital technologies creates opportunities as well as ethical challenges within western and non-Western contexts. 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 currently a fellow in residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.




  December 7. Luiza Prado de O. Martins: In Weaving Shared Soil. Hosting: Milena Bonilla

Online – Monday, December 7, 19:00
Luiza Prado de O. Martins: In Weaving Shared Soil
Hosting: Milena Bonilla
Watch here: https://youtu.be/umDdGMYUGxI

The second iteration of In Weaving Shared Soil – a project initiated this summer by artist Luiza Prado – will now move indoors at TIER, taking the shape of a living installation featuring plants and flowers associated with the works of the writers and poets Gloria Anzaldúa, Lorna Goodison, and Layli Long Soldier. By promoting this symbolic encounter between the works of women whose lives and works engage with the effects of patriarchal and colonial power structures, the garden aims to discuss issues of decolonization, care and affection, reproductive and domestic work, and community building in times of extreme political instability.

The installation will be activated through a series of conversations with invited guests; in December, Luiza will be joined by artist Milena Bonilla. The conversation will touch upon Milena’s work with plants that were collected by Rosa Luxemburg during her years in prison and whose particularities rely on their medicinal capacities in connection with mental health.

In Weaving Shared Soil will continue throughout the winter of 2020 and spring of 2021 with other guests. The project is being developed as part of the transdisciplinary project Somatic Charting, initiated by choreographer and curator Elena Basteri in collaboration with Lorenzo Sandoval and Benjamin Busch of TIER.

Milena Bonilla’s research-based practice is currently invested in epistemological colonialism and the different ways it affects organisms, language and social structures. By identifying patterns, gaps and silences within specific historical narratives, the artist draws tensions between predetermined political templates and uses of cognition. These conceptual and perceptual exercises appear weaved across the manifold manifestations of her work.⁣
Recent venues where her work has been shown include: A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam; Museo d’arte Contemporanea MACRO, Rome; Kadist Paris and San Francisco; Framer Framed, Amsterdam; The Mistake Room, Los Angeles; The Jewish Museum, New York; Claustro de San Agustín, Bogota; MHKA, Antwerp; Temporary Gallery, Cologne and Konsthall C, Stockholm among others.

Luiza Prado de O. Martins is an artist and researcher whose work engages with material and visual culture through the lenses of decolonial and queer theories. She is particularly interested in technologies and practices related to fertility and contraception, and their entanglements with colonial hierarchies of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and nationality. Her current artistic research project, titled “A Topography of Excesses,” examines the transmission of indigenous and folk knowledges about herbal reproductive medicine in Brazil as a decolonising practice of radical care.

Somatic Charting. The House is the Body is supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, with additional support from Between Bridges.




  November 20. Luiza Prado de O. Martins: In Weaving Shared Soil. Hosting: Pati Sayuri

Online – Friday, November 20, 19:00
Luiza Prado de O. Martins: In Weaving Shared Soil
Hosting: Pati Sayuri
Watch here: https://youtu.be/8KVes6YPSww

The second iteration of “In Weaving Shared Soil” – a project initiated this summer by artist Luiza Prado – will now move indoors at TIER, taking the shape of a living installation featuring plants and flowers associated with the works of the writers and poets Gloria Anzaldúa, Lorna Goodison, and Layli Long Soldier. By promoting this symbolic encounter between the works of women whose lives and works engage with the effects of patriarchal and colonial power structures, the garden aims to discuss issues of decolonization, care and affection, reproductive and domestic work, and community building in times of extreme political instability.
The installation will be activated through a series of conversations with invited guests; in November, Luiza Prado will be joined by visual artist Pati Sayuri. The conversation will touch upon Sayuri’s work with indigo plants and dyes, as well as human and non-human practices of migration, rooting, and making.

“In Weaving Shared Soil” will continue throughout the winter of 2020 and spring of 2021 with other guests. Initiated by dance curator Elena Basteri, Lorenzo Sandoval and Benjamin Busch (The Institute for Endotic Research), the transdisciplinary project Somatic Charting. The House is the Body develops around the theme of somatics.

In this long-term project, The Institute for Endotic Research will become home to a small garden of plants associated with revolutionary anti-fascist movements. In promoting this encounter, the garden means to nurture discussions around matters of decolonisation, care and affect, reproductive labor and community-building in times of extreme uncertainty and instability.

Pati Sayuri is a Japanese Brazilian Artist based in Weimar (Germany) and São Paulo (Brazil). Her practice is situated at the intersection of the fields of arts, textiles and agriculture, through researches in Shibori and Japanese Indigo dyeing, both traditional Japanese handmade fabric-dyeing techniques. The core of Sayuri’s work is informed by her independent and intimate investigations into her own ancestral heritage, and an interest in processes of the making and developing of color compositions.

Luiza Prado de O. Martins is an artist and researcher whose work engages with material and visual culture through the lenses of decolonial and queer theories. She is particularly interested in technologies and practices related to fertility and contraception, and their entanglements with colonial hierarchies of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and nationality. Her current artistic research project, titled “A Topography of Excesses,” examines the transmission of indigenous and folk knowledges about herbal reproductive medicine in Brazil as a decolonising practice of radical care.

Somatic Charting. The House is the Body is supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, with additional support from Between Bridges.




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