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.




  June 17 – August 21. Sofia Lomba: Bondage Bodies

Exhibition:
Sofia Lomba: Bondage Bodies
Thursday, June 17 – Saturday, August 21
Commencement: Thursday, June 17, 16:00-21:00 (RSVP by clicking here)

Covid notice: For June 17, RSVP here. For later dates, please register for a visit on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, 14:00-18:00 by emailing us at theinstituteforendoticresearch@gmail.com. Please remember to bring an FFP2 mask.

 

bondage
/ˈbɒndɪdʒ/
noun

  1. the state of being a slave
  2. sexual practice that involves the tying up or restraining of one partner
  3. when someone belongs to someone else
  4. when someone or something controls your life
  5. the state of being under the control of a force or influence or abstract power play
  6. the state of being under the control of another person play

 

Sofia Lomba’s Bondage Bodies installation is a body-based research anchored in gender, identity, body transformation and the domestic.

“There are not two sexes, but a multiplicity of genetic, hormonal, chromosomal, genital, sexual, and sensual configurations. There is no empirical truth to male or female gender beyond an assemblage of normative cultural fictions” Paul B. Preciado “Testo Junkie”.

As a reaction to the violence witnessed in the world, early twentieth century modernist poet Yi Sang wrote “I believe that humans should be plants”, while Wohlleben (2016) considered the forest a social network similar to a human family in the way its trees communicate, share nutrients and support each other.

Luce Irigaray’s philosophical reflections on plant being as not self-centred, in an effort to deflect and rethink the anthropocentrism of western societies, also reverberate strongly with Yeong-hye’s (The Vegetarian by Han Kang) efforts to become a plant as a strategy to resist violence and patriarchal control.

Unfolding these thoughts, Sofia Lomba created a new series of drawings. Spongy bodies inside and outside of orifices. Bodies giving birth to themselves or others and having no clear differentiations between protuberances and invaginations. Bondage bodies, hugging bodies, bodies turning inside out.

 

Sofia Lomba (b.1984, Porto) lives in Berlin. Her artistic practice forms itself through drawing and performance. In a trance of repetition, she creates series of drawings around, inside and about body, producing images that are placed somewhere between flower studies and genitalia, between plants and flesh. Blurring autobiography and art, having her own body as the protagonist, she explores gender and identity issues, body transformations, pregnancy, sexuality and its representations.The way of presenting these artworks is always underlining the fragility of their subject matters. Further in their aesthetic, they would recall taxonomies of some kind. Her drawings have been shown at Bauhaus ReUse Berlin, General Public in Exile at Meinblau and TIER.space. She has been collaborating with Discoteca Flaming Star, performing live at District Berlin, FFT Düsseldorf, Ausland Berlin, Savvy Contemporary, Teatro del Barrio Madrid, Arthur Boskamp Foundation and in the film Ingrid (2003 – so far) presented in Friends with Books at Hamburger Bahnhof. Lomba has also collaborated with Graw Böckler for CTM Festival in Berghain and Wojciech Kosma as part of The Family at Galerie Kamm. She will be a fellow in residence in the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2022.

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.




  April 19 – June 5. Pol Merchan: Pirate Boys, featuring Del LaGrace Volcano

Pol Merchan: Pirate Boys, featuring Del LaGrace Volcano
Commencement: Monday, April 19, 16:00-21:00
Conclusion: Saturday, June 5, 16:00-21:00 (RSVP by clicking here)
Monday, April 19 – Saturday, June 5. Thu, Fri and Sat 14:00-18:00 (appointment required)

Covid notice: Please register for a visit on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, 14:00-18:00 by emailing us at theinstituteforendoticresearch@gmail.com. For June 5, RSVP here. Bring a negative rapid test (not older than 24 hours) or proof of complete vaccination (minimum 14 days since final dose), and an FFP2 mask. If you cannot come to the space, write us to request a private video link.

For those not in Berlin, we will host Pirate Boys at http://tier.space on the day of the commencement (April 19), and it will be possible to request a private viewing by writing us at theinstituteforendoticresearch@gmail.com.

Kathy Acker’s writing, and a seminal portrait of her taken by intersex photographer Del LaGrace Volcano, provide a lens through which to explore trans subjectivity and the queering of cinema. Pol Merchan’s hybrid doc fluidly moves from the documentation of the punk era to a more performative exploration of gender.

The portrait entitled Twirl of the punk writer Kathy Acker (New York, 1947 – Tijuana, 1997) is the starting point for a conversation with the photographer Del LaGrace Volcano (California, 1957) about gender identity and body transformation. Kathy Acker’s work was associated with the anti-formalist movement and with the punk movement of the 70s and 80s. Her novels were constructed using the cut-up technique, pastiche, and appropriation, and were inhabited by outlaws, rebels, and pirates. The film uses experts of the novel “Pussy, King of the Pirates” published in 1996 by Grove Press.

Pirate Boys is a hybrid film shot with Super 8 and with a cast formed by transgender, intersex, and genderqueer subjects. The film is set in the Tuntenhaus (House of Faggots), a Berlin squad first occupied in 1981, inhabited by queer men. Searching for queer traces in the form and content of Kathy Acker’s writing, this film aims to present new ways of experiencing the plasticity of the literary and the filmic body. The physical presence of the celluloid is exposed in all its fragility, inviting the viewers to look at the film with a tactile eye.

Pol Merchan (Lleida, Spain, 1980) is an artist, filmmaker, and film programmer for the Xposed Queer Film Festival Berlin. His audio-visual work explores visual semantics and film practices, deconstructing techniques of conventional filmmaking. Merchan uses the camera as an extension of his eye and body, making intimate works that emphasize the body as its own language. Working across film, photography, and text, his art practice addresses transgenerational connections and the archiving of oral history. His film Pirate Boys was supported by the Xposed Queer Short Film Fund and nominated for the LICHTER Art Award, at Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International. Merchan’s work has been exhibited internationally in art institutions and at numerous Film Festivals such as Museo Reina Sofía Madrid, Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona, Centre d’Art La Panera, Azkuna Zentroa, Berlinische Galerie, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Anthology Film Archives NY, Los Angeles Filmforum, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Festival Internacional de Cine Guanajuato. His work is distributed by Hamaca Media & Video Art and is part of the collection of Leandre Cristòfol Foundation and Museu d’Art Jaume Morera.

The international photographer Del LaGrace Volcano has over a thirty-year period made a consistent subject of gender variance, sexual connectedness, and body mutations. Self named as a ‘part-time gender terrorist,’ and intentional mutation, Volcano’s photography has staged the constructedness of gender and the rich diversity of body morphologies available to those who are really willing to look, in ways that have resonated deeply with—and moreover that have often preceded, influenced and crucially brought together—emerging lesbian, queer, trans and intersex theories. Volcano is exceptional as a photographer and thinker in being concerned to show gender/sex as both highly performative and intimately embodied. Herm’s work has thus spoken across nature/nurture debates in trans, intersex and queer studies. In herm’s own gender journey, gender is not so much transformed as transmogrified as I have argued elsewhere, that is, metamorphosed constantly, its strangeness repeatedly elucidated. More than any other artist, Volcano’s oeuvre has presented queer, trans and intersex people as subjects rather than objects, since images are created through looks of identification, affiliation and desire exchanged between the sitter and the photographer. Volcano has approached photography knowingly as a kind of mirror—a hard plastic surface for identification and love. —Dr. Jay Prosser

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.

Due to covid restrictions, please register for a visit in advance for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, 14:00-18:00 by emailing us at theinstituteforendoticresearch@gmail.com.

RSVP for the conclusion on June 5 by clicking here




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