Building Strength

Friday, October 12, 20:30
Undoubtedly problematic
Private screening with Luiza Folegatti, Marzia Jamili/Brittany Nugent, Solomon Mekonen and Laura Na

This screening program is curated by new Visual Anthropology graduates from the Freie Universität. The MA program especially raises questions about problems in representation of culture, what global digitalization means for cultures and societies and the significance of ethnographic films and photography for Social and Cultural Anthropology.

What should be the primacy of an ethical response from visual media and research in a time where everything is in flux, where demagogues take center stage and the role of the media is undoubtedly problematic. Visual Anthropology can serve as a proposition for not only documenting the world and depicting lived experience, but for modelling and envision futures and raising new questions. Self-reflexivity and collaborative methods lie in the core of the field, and the films are interwoven by these approaches in four hybrid pieces, that brings subjects like gender, performativity, belonging, racialized identity and decolonization to the forefront.

Please note this is a private screening, which requires a personal invitation. Please contact us for more information.

Monday, August 27, 19:00
Poetry as technique
Reading by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

As part of our inquiry on the notion of technique, we are exploring a series of devices. One of the approaches we would like to think with about this topic is how technique can be considered a way of creating the infrastructure of common symbolic systems, being those institutions, cosmologies, or commonalities, just to name a few. Poetry in that sense is a well-known provider of images with which people can gather around its illuminations. We are interested in how, in many of the projects of Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, the title and the images spread craftily through his texts are verses coming from his reading of poems.

Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, PhD (born in 1977 in Yaoundé, Cameroon) is an independent art curator, art critic, author and biotechnologist. He is founder and artistic director of SAVVY Contemporary Berlin and editor-in-chief of SAVVY Journal for critical texts on contemporary African art. He was associate professor at Muesius University Kiel, and is currently guest professor in curatorial studies at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. He was curator-at-large for documenta 14, and was a guest curator of the 2018 Dak’Art Biennale in Senegal. As part of the Miracle Workers Collective, he will curate Finnish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. Recent curatorial projects include: Whose Land have I Lit on Now? Contemplations on the Notions of Hostipitality, SAVVY Contemporary, 2018; We have Delivered Ourselves from the Tonal — of, with, towards, on Julius Eastman, SAVVY Contemporary, 2018; Every Time A Ear di Soun — a documenta 14 Radio Program, SAVVY Contemporary, 2017; The Conundrum of Imagination, Leopold Museum Vienna/ Wienerfestwochen, 2017; An Age of our Own Making in Holbæk, MCA Roskilde and Kunsthal Charlottenborg Copenhagen, 2016-17.

Friday, August 24, 19:00
Intervention by Sara Pereira and Sofia Lomba
Intervention by Planting Concrete

Sofia Lomba and Sara Pereira bring together two perspectives on body and transformations, staging deformations, mutation and hybrids. Facing with, looking at, being looked at, showing, exploring and showing again, are processes that both works deal with. In their part they propose a classificatory approach. On one hand, Pereira introduces a collection of moments extracted from the forest of everyday life, made of notebooks that track the the fluidity of bodies and the precarious landscapes in which they are placed. On the other hand, Lomba proposes a series of drawings exercising botanical taxonomic systems that consciously confuse the reproductive organs of plants and humans. will also present the results of the Planting Concrete workshop lead by Miguel Prados Sánchez and Pablo Ramón Benitez. The outcomes of the workshop held on August 11 and 12 will serve as a new part of the space’s infrastructure, working on the topic of cultivation through the production of a series of planters (see description and bios for the workshop above).

Sofia Lomba moves between drawing, performance, video and music.
works around and with body identities and transformations.
collaborates with the collective Discoteca Flaming Star, incorporating since 2015 the character Ingrid on video and live.
also worked with João Alves (Thundera), performed with Wojciech Kosma as part of “The Family” and starred in Graw Böckler’s videos, among others. In 2016, founded AVA with Sara Pereira, a non-binary shamanic beat drone blade runner hypnotic lullaby lana keller improvisation band/performance/collective.lives and works in Berlin.

Sara Pereira works mainly with sound and drawing. Sara has been producing in collaborative-formats since 2005 in Oporto and 2010 Berlin – Projecto Gentileza, Marvellous Tone CDr-label, PISO collective and Discoteca Flaming Star. In 2014, completes the master program ‘Art in Context’ in Berlin, with a drawing research on collectives. Between 2010-2015 is co-founder-member of Altes Finanzamt projectroom and co-organized event series such as Time Lapse for experimental electro-acoustic music. Since 2016 together with Sofia Lomba and guests, is engaging in explorative musicalities under the name AVA.

Saturday, Aug 11 + Sunday, Aug 12, 15:00-19:00
Planting Concrete
Workshop by Miguel Prados Sánchez and Pablo Ramón Benitez

The purpose of the workshop is to explore the wide range of possibilities that concrete offers and to learn about the properties that define this material and techniques for its use and manipulation. The goal is the manufacture of planters that will serve for the spatial configuration of the The workshop will be a group process and will seek the involvement of the participants, who will be able to propose alternative materials for the mixture as well as other uses or designs for the objects. It will be also experimental, exploring new combinations with recycled materials, creating an awareness of the things we use and dispose of, materials that surround us and that could have new unexpected uses.

Miguel Prados Sánchez
(Spain, 1984) is an Architect and a Product Designer based in Berlin, graduated from the School of Architecture of the University of Seville. He has collaborated with different architectural offices working in several projects and competitions, among them housing and public buildings. In 2011 he moved to Berlin and started working with artists and craftsmen in the production and design of installations, products and furniture, always with geometry and generative design as main focus. He also had the opportunity of teaching in workshops in the University of Copenhagen and in the Münster School of Architecture.

Pablo Ramón Benítez
(Spain 1982) In 2009 he graduated in architecture and landscape architecture besides attending several courses at the School of Fine Arts in Seville during years. After visiting South America and UK he moved to Germany to develop his professional career. His strong background in architectural drawing helps him to develop his design process. He gained experience in design, design thinking process, and fine arts. For many years he trained as self-taught in design marketing and entrepreneurship.

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Sunday, July 29, 12:00-17:00
Susan Ploetz: Xenosomatics Session/Playtest for “The Guild”

This special somatics session and playtest is a continuation of the Xenosomatics series being offered at Martin Gropius Bau as a part of the “Welt Ohne Aussen” exhibition. The sessions use breath, observation, movement, and touch to explore the material intelligences of the bodymind/being, which is both our most primal, intimate experience and also sometimes our most alien. How can we develop an intimacy with the alien within/without, how can this re-shape how we think of ourselves as beings?

On July 29th, we focus on: interfacing/playtesting: Interfacing is how two beings come together. We integrate material from previous sessions as we transpose senses and explore different qualities of bodymind material, through ideokinesis, hyperempathy and mindful touch. We will also explore the nervous system, and especially how this comes into play in alien/human encounters as played out in an all-day larp at the Martin Gropius Bau on July 31st. (Which all are welcome to join! Previous attendance to the sessions is encouraged but not mandatory to participate in the larp)

Please wear something comfortable to move in, bring water/snacks, a blanket and/or yoga mat if possible, and be prepared for gentle movement and consensual non-sexual touch.

Suggested donation: 5-40 euros sliding scale (going to the instructor and also to help fund programming at

If interested (or if you have questions), Please RSVP at

More information about sessions and the larp can be found on Susan’s website:

More information about the Martin Gropius Bau program here.

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