You are invited to come and celebrate the first season of the hands.on.matter event series. We are on this special occasion launching a publication, which holds essays and project descriptions of the contributions, and notes from the workshops.
Expect food, drinks, a mix of materials and designs summing up themes from the past season and good chats with nice people. We want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last year. Hope to see you there!
Everyone is welcome. Participation is for free.
Monday, August 12, 19:00
Laura Vallés: A Rehearsal to the Test
Editing Spaces, Part 2
‘A Rehearsal to the Test / Editing Spaces’ takes as a point of departure a series of editorial projects run by women (Aspen, Metronome, Arena, Zehar, Concreta) and proposes an exercise to rehearse a series of questions on how words world worlds from the shared experience of reading, editing, curating. The event will be divided in two parts: the first one will introduce the framework of this on-going research, and the second will put forward a series of interrogations on how these processes operate in space, in which the audience will have to imagine and inhabit their own answers. A discussion about the envisioned environs will take place after the performative lecture.
Laura Vallés is a contemporary art researcher, curator and writer. She is co-founder and managing editor of Concreta: a Spanish organisation researching into image creation and art theory, which publishes a journal twice-yearly, as well as a series of books. Laura is interested in the practices that emerge from the intersection of editing and curating as a space of negotiation and asymmetry. This presentation is part of a research-in-the-making developed at the Royal College of Art and as such it will be presented as a rehearsal in media res, from its condition of unfinishedness. Laura has edited and translated essays and conversations by Jacques Rancière, Donna Haraway, and Ariella Azoulay, to list a few; she has curated exhibitions and organised events with filmmakers Pedro Costa and Fabrizio Terranova, artist Carla Zaccagnini, and philosopher Franco “Bifo” Berardi at La Filmoteca (Valencia), Feira Tijuana (Porto), Tàpies Foundation (Barcelona), and Lumen Studios (London), among others. Her most recent curatorial project, It’s Your Turn, took place at EACC (Castellón) in 2019. She is currently working on an exhibition in three episodes in partnership with Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao), Artium (Vitoria), and CentroCentro (Madrid) (2019-2020), and on the directorship of Fotonoviembre Biennial (Tenerife) (2019).
One of the meanings of the word publication is to make something public. If the relations between local and global are regarded as a text that can be read through contemporary art practices, a pertinent tactic would be to substitute the idea of exhibition with publication. This means to understand exhibitions as narrative machines, as expanded books that can also unfold a set of other possibilities such as cross-temporal approaches, choreography of bodies moving through the extensive idea of text and support structures.
The work of the artists/curators invited to Editing Space develops from translations from texts to installations, from transitions between the written and the performative.
With: Discoteca Flaming Star, Alicia Kopf, Josep Maynou, Mattin and Laura Vallés,
Supported by the program PICE of Acción Cultural Española.
Tuesday, June 11, 17:00–21:00
Launch of The Endotic Reader N.1
Galerie in Körnerpark
Schierker Str. 8
To celebrate TIER’s first year at Donaustrasse 84 in Berlin-Neukölln, we are publishing the first reader on the topic of the endotic, The Endotic Reader № 1. We are bringing together contributions by some of the participants we have hosted over the year, as well as people we look forward to inviting to the space, to celebrate the past year and the ones to come. These contributions will explore some of the paths that the Perecquian word “endotic” offers, as a way of approaching the territory of complexity that we live in and through. The topics explored in the reader range from a meditation on the practice of dis-othering to a reflection on trauma and on to thoughts on the future of reading. A public walk with five stops will introduce a selection of texts presented in the reader.
With contributions from Linda Zhang & Biko Mandela Gray, Nelly Yaa Pinkrah, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Lorenzo Sandoval, Barbara Marcel, John Holten, Louis Henderson, Vanessa Gravenor, Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein, Benjamin Busch and Ayami Awazuhara.
With readings by John Holten, Barbara Marcel, Vanessa Gravenor, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein.
00.- Meeting at the exhibition “Druck Druck Druck” at Galerie im Körnerpark at 17:00. Curators Nina Prader and John Z. Komurki are present.
01.- John Holten reads from “The Future of Reading” at Galerie im Körnerpark.
02.- Barbara Marcel reads from “Seven Crossroads: A Berlin Walkshop Ramble” at Comenius Garden.
03.- Vanessa Gravenor reads from “11Frag/ments” at Karma Kultur Gemeinschaftsgarten.
04.- Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung reads from “Dis-Othering as a Method: Leh Zo, A Me Ke Nde Za” at former the Savvy Contemporary location, Richardstrasse 43/44.
05.- Pia Chakravarti-Wuerthwein reads “Nebenjob” at Job Point Neukölln.
06.- Closing gathering at The Institute for Endotic Research, where the printed publication is available.
With the support of Project Space Festival Berlin. https://2019.
Thursday, May 23, 19:00
Reality Is Post-Produced
Encounter with Shaunak Mahbubani
An encounter with curator-writer Shaunak Mahbubani excavating the effects of image access, creation, and circulation in contemporary South Asia. Inspired by the works of Hito Steyerl, the encounter builds on the proposition that images no longer simply capture the world around them but rather through their movements they are crossing the screen and affecting the spaces in which they become alive. In the age of the ubiquitous portable digital device, Shaunak thinks through the nexus of whatsapp groups, surveillance cameras, fake news, labour practices, open-air theatres, and the imaginary as political force.
Thinking alongside moving images, photography, and photobooks by:
Himali Singh Soin
Shaunak Mahbubani is a nomadic curator, primarily pursuing projects under the series ‘Allies for the Uncertain Futures’ initiated in 2016. This exhibition series is focused on exploring the possibilities of socio-political, ecological and techno-evolutionary futures through the lens of non-duality. They are interested in complicating boundaries between artwork and the viewer through the deployment of participatory devices, diffusions, and the use of non-white cube spaces. They have received exhibition grants from apexart (New York) and the Inlaks Foundation, were part of the inaugural edition of CISA (Curatorial Intensive South Asia) initiated by Khoj International Artist’s Association and Goethe Institut Delhi, and the winner of the Prameya Art Foundation Art Scribes Award 2018-19. Previously they have curated exhibitions at Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi, Kalakar Theatre, Mumbai Art Room, 1Shanthi Road, TIFA Working Studios and Gati Dance Forum. Mahbubani was Curator, Programming at The Gujral Foundation from 2017-18. See previous projects at: www.shaunak.co
Saturday, May 18, 19:00
In the Ruins of Baalbeck Studios & E.D.L
Screening and Encounter with Siska
In this encounter Siska will be presenting and discussing two works, his latest film In the Ruins of Baalbeck Studios (Arabic title: Bayna Hayakel Studio Baalbeck) about the ruination of film heritage in Lebanon navigated through the country’s cinematic heydays of the late 60s and early 70s — a period that witnessed a rise of Egyptian producers and directors moving to Lebanon to make films partly due to Nasser’s nationalization of the Egyptian cinema. The story of this film project evolves around one of the biggest production studios in the Arab world, and its lost archive. Negligence by the Lebanese authorities has led to mold growing on parts of this archive inside the damp underground warehouses.
Siska’s video installation E.D.L transports us on a journey behind the modernist facade of Beirut’s electricity building. The video portrays Lebanon’s National Electricity building as an homage to a once modernist project linked to the very construction of Lebanon’s modern state. But till today Beirut suffers from a power cut up to 8 hours per day, thus this building remains a highly politicized subject.
Siska, Beirut-born (1984), lives and works between Beirut and Berlin. He holds an M.F.A. in Film-making from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA). Siska’s multidisciplinary work often questions the ruination of Arab cultural heritage and the conflicted interrelationship between individual rights and state duties, while stressing on sociopolitical gaps between the personal and the collective. His work was recently been shown in Centre 104 Paris, Mosaic rooms London, Beirut Art Center, Humboldt Forum Berlin and his latest film was premiered in the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded.
Thursday, May 9, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Organized by Arts of the Working Class, The Institute for Endotic Research and Broken Dimanche Press
Location: Venice, Italy
Sede Terese, Università Iuav di Venezia
Dorsoduro, 2206, 30123 Venezia
Hosted for the students of the class of Professor Angela Vettese and Teaching Assistant Veronica Bellei of the Advanced course of Visual Arts, and visitors of the preview days of La Biennale di Venezia, the event will encompass an academic lecture and a public breakfast.
Arts of the Working Class, The Institute for Endotic Research and Broken Dimanche Press are joining forces to organize “Everyday, Everyday” — a gathering alongside alimentary pleasures, the event will be spiced with a series of readings that deal with the quotidian in different degrees.
With the publishers of AWC – Alina Kolar, María Inés Plaza Lazo and Paul Sochacki – and guests: Sara Dolfi Agostini (Associate Editor of AWC’s anniversary issue), Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein (Independent Author and Curator), Lotte Løvholm (Researcher and Curatorial Fellow at Konstfack’s CuratorLab ), John Holten (Broken Dimanche Press) and The Institute for Endotic Research (Benjamin Busch & Lorenzo Sandoval).
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Arts of the Working Class
Introducing Art of Darkness – Anniversary Issue
The street newspaper on art and society, wealth and poverty, Arts of the Working Class (AWC) celebrates the first year of its commitment to the universal basic need for art. The publication has multiple functions – as a social tool for immediate financial reprieve for our vendors, as a catalyst for academic news, theories and ideas, and as an art object adorning lush coffee tables, public or domestic. Published every two months, AWC redistributes cultural and economical value within and beyond the art system, in order to dismantle its borders.
It contains contributions by artists and thinkers from different fields and in different languages. Its terms are based upon the working class, meaning everyone, and it reports everything that belongs to everyone. Every individual who sells this paper earns money directly. Every artist whose work is advertised, designs its substance with us. Every institution that supports us aids the expansion of artistic exchange with all members and outsiders of society.
AWC is published by Paul Sochacki, María Inés Plaza Lazo and Alina Kolar for the streets of the world. Art of Darkness will be presented during the summer on the streets of Venice, Frankfurt, Valletta, Berlin & New York. During the workshop, the editors will go through the different contributions by the Alphabet Collection (Mohammed Salemy & Patrick Schabus), Shastika Andara, Arshad Akim, Avenir Institute, Barbara Casavecchia, Merlin Carpenter, Simon Denny, Sara Dolfi Agostini, Jimmie Durham, Hallie Frost, Queering Space (Loren Britton, Johnathan Payne and Asad Pervaiz), Kate Fahey, Nschotschi Haslinger, Juliet Jacques, Hassan Khan, Lorenzo Marsili, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Ángels Miralda Tena, Amalia Pica, Joanna Piotrowska, Laure Prouvost, Rob Pruitt, Christoph Sehl.
The current group show at the contemporary art space Blitz in Malta ‚Face with Tears of Joy‘ – with artists Cory Arcangel, Simon Denny, Andy Holden, Maurice Mbikayi, Alexandra Pace, Rob Pruitt, Paul Sochacki, Amalia Ulman, Serena Vestrucci – carries on Blitz’s project by critically engaging with today’s visual culture, a shifting territory of symbols and strategies influenced by media, apps and texting systems. It is curated by Sara Dolfi Agostini, who also worked as associate editor for the current issue. She will give glimpses in her curatorial and editorial practice.
BREAKFAST + READINGS
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
– The Book as an Atmosphere
Introduction to The Endotic Reader N.1 by Benjamin Busch and Lorenzo Sandoval, founders of
The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER). It began in 2015 as a fictional institution understood as a habitable sculpture. It has since brought different practices together, namely architecture, art, mediation and curation, to foster a transdisciplinary approach. Its experimental program has been composed of series of workshops, seminars and public events to act as a support-structure, articulating collaborations with architects, scientists, artists, choreographers, philosophers, curators, cooks and others.
Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein will read from her most recent text Nebenjob and Lucia Berlin’s My Jockey. Chakraverti-Wuerthwein is a curator and researcher living and working in Berlin. She graduated in 2016 from Haverford College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and History of Art. Since 2016 she has been part of SAVVY Contemporary, starting with her involvement in the film series how does the world breathe now?, of which she was a co-curator. In addition to her work at SAVVY, she works as a curatorial advisor to Sinema Kundura in Istanbul, Turkey and as the Curatorial Assistant for the 2019 Berlin Art Prize. Past positions include working as a research assistant for Wu Tsang and Eli Cortiñas. She is currently co-curator of the year-long film series Residing in the Borderlands at SAVVY Contemporary.
– The Readymades
John Holten will read from his forthcoming novel, coming out in September 2019. The section in question is set in Venice during the biennials of 2001 and 2003. The Readymades features artwork by Darko Dragičević and deemed ‘one of the best works of art to come out of Berlin in recent years’ by Art in America when it first appeared in 2011. It tells the story of a collection of friends who took part in the Yugoslavian wars of the 1990s, before going on to become celebrated artists. It recounts their loves, their struggles and the weight of history as they blaze a trail across Europe. Holten is a writer and artist based between Berlin and Ireland. He has been awarded Literature Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, most recently in 2017. His writing has recently been included in The Other Irish Tradition (Dalkey Archive Press) as well as in Electric Literature, Frieze and Hotel.
– Museum of Care
Lotte Løvholm will read from ‘Museum of Care’, which unfolds like a play with the protagonists being an art museum and five paintings, and the Two World Wars being our antagonists. The five paintings are related to Løvholm’s own family story in Latvia and connected to Baltic nation state building in the aftermath of WWI and exile from Latvia to Sweden as a result of WWII and Soviet Occupation. In 1939 Malmö Museum in Southern Sweden received a donation from private donor Oscar Elmquist with the purpose of establishing a ‘Latvian collection’ at the museum. ‘Museum of Care’ uncovers the background of this forgotten collection of 45 Latvian artworks. Lotte Løvholm is an independent curator and editor based in Copenhagen. She holds a BA in Theatre Research, an MA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies and is a curatorial fellow at Konstfack’s CuratorLab. She is interested in the dialogue between art and ethics in her research which take the form of exhibitions, seminars, performance programmes and publications.