Friday, February 28, 21:00–02:00, Madrid
Launch of the Agropoetics Reader + Independent Spaces United! Party
With Elena Agudio (SAVVY Contemporary) + Lorenzo Sandoval (TIER) + Fernando García Dory (INLAND) + Obrera Centro

The Agropoetics Reader unfolds as a collection of texts that informed, grounded, and nourished SAVVY Contemporary’s Soil Is an Inscribed Body: On Sovereignty and Agropoetics’ (August 30th–October 6th, 2019), an exhibition and research project curated by Elena Agudio and Marleen Boschen. The project was conceived in the framework of The Invention of Science, SAVVY Contemporary’s 2019–2020 programme, devoted to questioning the presumed universality and objectivity of the scientific canon. In this context of reflections and cogitations about the epistemic violence perpetrated by the West against other forms of knowledges, Soil Is an Inscribed Body examined anti-colonial struggles of past and current land conflicts across the world in order to address the invasiveness of neo-agro-colonialism and its extractivist logics.

Invited to contribute to the exhibition and to present an artistic position, The Institute of Endotic Research (TIER) proposed to edit a publication together with the curators. The path was longer than expected, the diverted tracks were not few, but here—for the use of readers and many other agropoets—you can find a materialisation of this collaboration. You can linger on a selection of sources that inspired this research and exhibition, retrace the discussions that appeared along the way of its realisation, and engage with the ideas that grounded and sprouted from the project. At the same time, interwoven, you also encounter texts and materials suggested by TIER in dialogue with the curators. The reader has contributions by: Elena Agudio & Marleen Boschen, Lorenzo Sandoval, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Filipa César, Bouba Touré, Mirelle/Jennifer/Alex Ungprateeb Flynn, Marwa Arsanios, Benji Akbulut, Marisol de la Cadena, Mijo Miquel, Ayesha Hameed, Hervé Yamguen, Maria Ptqk, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Luis Berríos-Negrón, Huying Ng, INLAND, Asuncíon Molinos Gordo and Yemisi Aribisala; and it is designed by Cleo Wächter.

The reader will be introduced by Elena Agudio (SAVVY Contemporary) + Lorenzo Sandoval (TIER) + Fernando García Dory (INLAND), with a screening by Barbara Marcel.

There will be some prints at the launch, but the publication is freely distributed as a PDF. Please find it here:

The launch of the reader will be followed by a party co-organized with Obrera Centro and INLAND, where Changorama DJ will play some good electrocumbia.

Address in Madrid:
CAR – Centro de Acercamiento a lo Rural
Calle Buen Gobernador, 4, 28027 Madrid, Spain

The Berlin launch will take place at TIER on March 30th, together with the launch of the publication Objects Before and After the Wall.

Wednesday, February 12, 19:00
An encounter with Vijai Patchineelam

Plano B opened in 2003 in the neighbourhood of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro. A vinyl shop during the day and a cultural space of sorts over the weekend, Plano B housed concerts, performances, talks, screenings, etc. by numerous artists from Brazil and abroad. Over the course of ten years it fomented an alternative music scene in Rio. The space’s founder Fernando Torres was previously a ‘vinyl trafficker’, as he likes to call his earlier profession, scavenging rare and bizarre records in the city of Rio for collectors across Brazil during the 1980s and 90s. For Fernando, Plano B was not just a ‘concert venue’, but a lived installation where all corners of the shop and dynamics between the people who inhabited it were taken into consideration, a collective effort in a small space that developed irrespectively of its lack of institutional or governmental support.

For a couple of years now, Vijai Patchineelam has worked with Fernando Torres on his archive of over 300 live recorded shows that were held in the shop between 2004 and 2013, when the space closed. Their ongoing collaboration has so far resulted in a double album of these recordings as a way of communicating what Plano B was and to leave some trace of it for the current experimental music scene in Rio and beyond. At TIER, Vijai will introduce the record and his collaboration with Fernando Torres in the aural documentation of the space.

Vijai Patchineelam‘s artistic practice focuses on dialogue between the artist and the art institutions, as the locations of art production and distribution. Conventionally the artist comes to an art institution in a temporary role, for an exhibition, a residency, a commission. At times the artist is employed as a technician, monitor or less frequently as a curator or a board member. Placing the role of the artist as a worker in the foreground, Vijai’s research-driven artistic practice experiments with and argues for a more permanent role for artists—one in which artists become a constitutive part of the inner workings of art institutions. This displacement of roles is part of a larger trajectory that he follows in his PhD research in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, The Artist Job Description: A Practice Led Artistic Research for the Employment of the Artist, as an Artist, Inside the Art Institution.

PLACES is a nomadic series of one-off events including talks, readings and film screenings where speakers are invited to present a place, imagined or otherwise, through words, images and sounds. PLACES is organized by Shirin Sabahi.

Tuesday, February 11, 19:00
An encounter with Diana Troya, Ezekiel Morgan, Margot Potemans and Santiago 

On this evening, we will screen a selection of films by students and recent graduates of the Visual and Media Anthropology program at Freie Universität Berlin, which deals with the representation of culture in and through media. How do (new) technologies shape our world and the way we talk about it? Where can conversation take us? How are we connected to other humans and different species? What does it mean to be an activist in this day and age? And how can ethnography help us understand ourselves and the history we are rooted in? The program, as the field of Visual Anthropology, is constantly changing shape, and the selected films aim to give an insight in this process through diving into a wide range of subjects like multi-species entanglement, feminism, activism and posthumanism.

Please note that this event is a free private screening which requires a RSVP to mail at cleowaechter dot com

Photos by Benjamin Busch

Friday, August 16, 19:00 – 21.00
Hands.on.matter: Publication launch
Bimonthly programme organized by Sandra Nicoline Nielsen and Tim van der Loo

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.

Photos by Benjamin Busch

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).

Editing Spaces
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

Starting point:
Galerie in Körnerpark
Schierker Str. 8
12051 Berlin

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.

Photos by Benjamin Busch

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