March 16. Hand to mouth. Ayami Awazuhara and Elia Nurvista

Saturday, March 16, 18:00–21:00
Hand to mouth
Ayami Awazuhara and Elia Nurvista

For a one evening event at TIER, Elia Nurvista and Ayami Awazuhara invite the audience to share their thought through foods, how eating habits or the basic nourishment of one’s own culture travels as a body travels.

A hand of someone, large, small, bold, thin or boney is different and individual. A hand has temperature and sensory function, and the skin and lines on the palm shows how we have aged. Not only thinking of where the food is from, from a field to mouth through a marketplace and kitchen, who has touched the food? Who shared the warmth of their hands with the food you just ate?

Ayami shares her two recipes that use fermentation. There will be a demonstration and tasting of pickles in wheat bran and gazpacho with left over rice water. Fermentation as an alternative clock of endurance, she shares the idea of food as medicinal usage for both body and mind.

Elia questions the invisible structure of food preparation and how it is related with domestic work and the activity of caring, usually taken for granted as a wife/woman/mother’s job in the family. She will prepare some home/soul food from Indonesia in the kitchen, which is considered a private space but whose integral activity of cooking will be projected into the public space at TIER. Through this event, she intends to discuss hospitality and invisible labour, both in daily life in the art scene.

Ayami Awazuhara looks for the consequences of hybrid cultural appropriation and transitional processes in the everyday and omnipresent.
A stone, or an orange can become a starting point for a reflection on systems of classification as well as their impact on the design of our world of experience. This practice results in installations, artist’s books, videos and photographs as well as in performances and sound pieces by means of which Awazuhara introduces the phenomena considered into communicative situations, thereby altering the phenomena themselves.

Elia Nurvista
Elia Nurvista (*1983 Yogyakarta, Indonesia) is a young Indonesian artist whose practice focuses on food production and distribution and its broader social and historical implications. Food in various forms — from the planting of crops, to the act of eating and the sharing of recipes — are Nurvista’s entry point to exploring issues of economics, labour, politics, culture and gender. Her practice is also concerned with the intersection between food and commodities, and their relationship to colonialism, economic and political power, and status. She runs Bakudapan, a food study group that undertakes community and research projects, and her social research forms the background of her individual projects, presented through mixed media installations, food workshops and group discussion. Her previous installations use a range of materials from crystalline sugar sculptures to sacks of rice, often incorporating video or mural painting and an element of audience interaction. She lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

  March 14. Encounter with Discoteca Flaming Star

Thursday, March 14, 19:00
Encounter with Discoteca Flaming Star

Discoteca Flaming Star will give a talk about their work, focussing on two newer works: Sticky Stage (Sticky Stage) & Landscape Leeway (Never Memorize Poems in Landscape Leeway).

We will talk about poetry, landscape, monsters and rehearsing for unknown futures.

The talk will be interrupted by the performance Vampire-Thrillogy.

Cristina Gómez Barrio: Born 1973 in the Alhambra, Spain. Studied in Madrid, Munich, Berlin and did the Whitney ISP in NYC. She works with drawing, studies the color white in performance, takes photographs and dreams.
Wolfgang Mayer: Born 1967 in Wertach, Allgäu, in Germany as the illegitimate child of Bonnie Tyler and Klaus Kinski. He studied at the Academy in Munich, at Bar d´O in NYC and with Ron Clark at the Whitney ISP. He works primarly with drawing, shimmering dust,video and performance.
Together they have been working as the foundation of Discoteca Flaming Star, an interdisciplinary artistic and collaborative performance project since 1998. Discoteca Flaming Star aims to be a mental space that all kinds of artists can enter to play with different paths for contemporary aesthetic praxis, searching for its limits and avoiding processes of formalization, creating spaces for experiments and displaced memories.
The work has been shown at numerous venues including Artists Space, Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, NYC; MUMOK, TBA21, Vienna; HKW, n.b.k., Basso, KW in Berlin, Ojo Atomico, CA2M, Madrid, WHW, Zagreb, Tate Modern, London, De Appel, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam and Kunstmuseum in Stuttgart
They work and live currently in Berlin.

  March 13. The Institute for Endotic Research’s yoga series Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock

Wednesday, March 13,19:00. Space is limited to 12 participants
The Institute for Endotic Research’s yoga series
Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock

The Institute for Endotic Research invites you for an interim March session of the yoga series:

slow movements, to broader units. Here we will set the focus on connectivity, in and around us.

–  Honour thy lineage honour thy self. (13/03/2019)
This interim session will start with a short meditation practice. The slow and mindful Hatha-Vinyasa class will end with a small open gathering for further exchange.

donation based class.

limited amount of mats available, please write us a message in case you need one.
Please RSVP to reserve a spot as the space is limited to 12 mats maximum:

Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock is a curator and researcher at S A V V Y Contemporary Berlin and is part of the participatory archive project Colonial Neighbours. She received her MA in Postcolonial Cultures and Global Policy at Goldsmiths University of London and moved to Berlin in 2013. In her work within the permanent collection of SAVVY Contemporary she looks for colonial traces that are manifested in our present. The collaborative archive dedicates itself to discussing silenced histories and to the decanonization of the Western gaze through objects and the stories behind them. In close collaboration with artists, initiatives and activists, the archive is activated through hybrid forms of practice. In 2017 she assisted the management for the documenta14 radio program – Every Time a Ear di Soun, SAVVY Funk in Berlin. Lynhan supported the artist Bouchra Khalili with several projects and exhibitions designed most recently the production of Agnieszka Polska ś new commission for the Germany’s National Gallery Prize show in the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (September 2018 – March 2019). Lynhan received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teaching certification through Spirit Yoga Berlin (Patricia Thielemann) and has participated in numerous workshops with Matthew Cohen, Lin Min, Max Strom and Krishnataki (Sunshine House Greece). In her own practice and teaching she seeks a more grounding momentum, the healing power of touch and creating the space to balance our hectic daily hustle.

  March 7. Private Space / Public Space. With Benjamin Busch, Alina Kolar, Àngels Miralda, Maria Ines Plaza, Lorenzo Sandoval and Paul Sochacki

Thursday, March 7, 19:00
Private Space / Public Space
With Benjamin Busch, Alina Kolar, Àngels Miralda, Maria Ines Plaza, Lorenzo Sandoval and Paul Sochacki

Join us for a pre-celebration of international working women’s day at TIER this 7th of March. We’ll do it through readings of texts related to the relationship between private and public space. Traditionally ascribed as a woman’s responsibility, the private sphere has been related to the realm of the personal. But how separate are private and public realities?
Through open discussion we will debate the interrelated nature of space and question how these terms are being re-defined and theorised in contemporary art. Short readings by Benjamin Busch, Alina Kolar, Àngels Miralda, Maria Ines Plaza, Lorenzo Sandoval and Paul Sochacki will initiate this debate. Join us for a drink, a celebration, and pick up your brand new copy of Art of the Working Class Issue #5!

Organized by Àngels Miralda.

  February 22. Re-Landscape. First in a series of interventions by Kanako Ishii

Friday, February 22, 19:00
First in a series of interventions by Kanako Ishii

“Re-Landscape” is a long-term curtain project by Kanako Ishii that captures memories of views from windows that change as time goes on, through processes such as urban development, natural disaster, war damage or leaving one’s own place. In her ongoing intervention at The Institute for Endotic Research, Ishii’s curtains will be layered one after another in the storefront window to represent the four seasons. It will develop through a walk based on research about the neighborhood, especially regarding the history of the Bohemian refugees who fled to Rixdorf in the 18th century, and will eventually become a situated visual archive.

Kanako Ishii (b. 1984) is a Japanese visual artist born in Tokyo who spent her early childhood in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2012 she is based in Berlin. Ishii has held solo exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2018), Japanese-German Center Berlin (2015), Goethe-Institut Tokyo (2014), among others.

  February 18. Hands.on.matter: Re/upcycling and Textiles

Monday, February 18, 19:00
Hands.on.matter: Re/upcycling and Textiles

Hands.on.matter invites you to the next event in the bimonthly series: Re/upcycling and Textiles.

Have you ever wondered what happens with the clothes that are thrown away into the recycling containers around town? The innate idea of reusing clothing is to be a helpful, positive act for lives that are in need. Instead of being burned on a wastemill, the clothes are recycled or upcycled to create new value in a new context. But is it really that straightforward?

This hands.on.matter event takes a different approach than the two prior events: We will zoom out on textile material flows and challenge how we can think textile waste. Textiles are surrounding us in our everyday lives, our bodies, furniture, transportation, we sleep in textiles, and at the same time it is difficult to detect where these materials come from, how they are made, and what happens to them after use.

The blurry difference between re- and upcycling in textiles will be explored through a presentation by Tim van der Loo who is currently working on the topic of recycling Denim into a new textile material by embroidering jeans fibers together. Followed by Rebecca Hiles and Stefanie Kenitz who will generously share what happens behind the scene in the textile sorting department at Berliner Stadtmission. Hereafter a creative intervention, where isles of various craftwork techniques will be available, sets to explore how we are thinking about textile waste and its opportunities to become something new.

The presentations and workshop are assisted by an exposition. Designers Tim van der Loo, Alberte Laursen Rosenborg and artist Elena Azzedín will exhibit works on textile waste, circularity in fashion and semantics. Scroll down to see more info about the participants.

We will provide the necessary materials, yet if you have an old favorite t-shirt at home or another piece of dearly beloved clothing you want to give a new life, you are very welcome to bring it. It can also be something old and torn you wonder what to do with, like a sheet or towel.

Everyone is welcome at the event, bring a friend, a neighbour, colleague or who might have an interest in learning more about the world of textile waste and hands on learning on how to turn trash into gold.

The event is for free, but voluntary donations are welcome.

BERLINER STADTMISSION: Berliner Stadtmission is a 135 year old charity organisation that sets to help the weaker groups of society with goods, shelter and food. A big part of the Berliner Stadtmission is the textile charity department based on clothing waste donations. Rebecca Hines and Stefanie Kenitz from Berliner Stadtmission are going to talk about post-consumer textiles and how they intervene with donated textiles that are not always useful. They research on how to collaborate and participate with designers and creatives to tackle their problems with textile waste.

ALBERTE LAURSEN ROTHENBORG: Alberte Laursen Rothenborg (DK) is a bridge-builder between design and sustainable strategies. Her passion is development and implementation of circular economy and sustainable strategies in design and fashion. Her MA dissertation, ‘Circular Fashion Transitions – the waste and value of design(ers)’, was made in collaboration with the Berlin-based consultancy, Circular.Fashion. Investigating how design and material strategies can strengthen and push forward the implementation of circularity in fashion. The Manufactum Module, a commercial collaboration with a German lifestyle brand (one jacket, one west), will be exhibited at the hands.on.matter event. Alongside Welcome to Wasteland, an activistic approach to design where Rothenborg collected her own waste over a two month period and made it into clothing installations. Rothenborg holds a MA in Sustainability in Fashion from Esmod Berlin, and a BA in fashion design from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She is currently based in Copenhagen working with the sustainable fashion brand Önling.

ELENA AZZEDÍN: Elena Azzedín (ES) is an artist and curator, currently belonging to the curatorial team of the international artistic platform AADK Spain. As an artist Azzedín has always been interested in urban interventions and relational art, responding to the need of making art as part of our daily life. Her latest body of work consists of weaving in fences located in the public sphere. The urban interventions of weaving fences is about its literal semantics as much as about the symbolic value of the action; the presence of the body in the public space magnifying a historical female repetitive labor which belonged to the private sphere. The weaving technique has become for Azzedín, a place for experimentation, creating sculptures with interwoven natural local fibers as well as using found objects as looms in which the contents and the container have a dialectical relationship, often ironic.

HANDS.ON.MATTER: Hands.on.matter is an explorative collective of multidisciplinary creatives focusing on the matter of material by a questioning of resources, consumption, sustainability and culture through a bimonthly series of talks, workshops and expositions.

PHILOSOPHY: Hands.on.matter believes in taking a step back and rediscovering the kosmos of matter one material at the time, zooming in on compositions and zooming out on flows. The aspiration is to build new structures and (re)discover designs for a more sustainable and circular future. Hands.on.matter seeks to host thought provoking and desirable templates in the interdisciplinary field between design, art and architecture.

Hands.on.matter is organized by Tim Van der Loo and Sandra Nicoline Nielsen

TIM VAN DER LOO: Tim van der Loo (NL) is an experimental multidisciplinary designer located in Berlin where he is working in between the fields of textile, furniture and illustration. He studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven were he graduated in 2016 and is currently doing a master in Textile and Surface design at Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin. His work engages with sustainable material, contrast, and tactility to generate playful objects.

SANDRA NICOLINE NIELSEN: Sandra Nicoline Nielsen (DK) is a Techno-Anthropologist (Msc.) from Aalborg University, Denmark. She explores how socio-material practices supports transitions into new economies, and has in her Master’s thesis been working with social infrastructures of Circular Economy in Berlin. Nielsen is interested in how new technologies and social infrastructures can accelerate sustainability. She has been facilitating business development within organic, biodegradable materials through design thinking.

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