Fri 16.03 18:00 // EXHIBITION // ACUD GALERIE
CHAPTER #2: TRANSCULTURAL TRANSIENCE
The second Chapter of the curatorial collective Karma Ltd. Extended.
16.03. – 15.04.2018 TRANSCULTURAL TRANSIENCE @ ACUD GALERIE
Featuring newly commissioned works by Isaac Chong Wai and Rachel Monosov.
Opening Hours: Saturday, Sunday: 16:00 – 19:00
16.03.2018 OPENING PARTY @ ACUD CLUB, 23:00 – 04:00
31.03.2018 @ ACUD STUDIO, 19:30
Al-Isnad or Chains We Can Believe In (Lecture Performance) by Slavs and Tatars
14.04.2018 @ ACUD KINO, 21:15
MINE – The Film Will Always Be You: A film program series curated by artist Abrie Fourie.
We cannot act without supports, and yet we must struggle for the supports that allow us to act. (Judith Butler in: Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly)
Transcultural Transience, the second chapter of the curatorial collaboration Karma Ltd. Extended, is approaching political aspects of history, while investigating notions of ephemerality, knowledge-production, and transmission. During five weekends, the gallery hosts a site-specific and process-oriented performance series, a lecture, and a screening program.
The newly commissioned durational works by Isaac Chong Wai and Rachel Monosov question how embodied collective memory can be reconsidered and dealt with through performance. By looking at large-scale gatherings, such as demonstrations and the Olympic Games, the artists are investigating the role of the individual within those assemblages. What is the function of the bystander, who unexpectedly becomes part of a public demonstration? And what can we make of human bodies, marked by weakness and perfection, which become symbols for a national or political struggle? These are examples of questions that arise, more frequently so within our societies becoming rapidly digital— as human activity becomes increasingly virtual, and the line between physical and virtual spaces our bodies inhabit become blurred.
This performance series took its beginning from politically charged images that surround and accompany the immediateness of our online personalities every day. These images are a trace of a political past, which continue reiterating themselves into the future. What if we try to slow down the speed of distribution of images on the world wide web? How can we understand, translate, capture, edit, and seek to archive these images that flicker on our screens? And yet they slip away in the invisible archives of the multinational corporations and we, once again turn into passive bystanders within a large-scale global process. Being connected to the Internet is simultaneously a transience and transcultural act, as one can momentarily extend political borders and spaces. What if we try to leave those virtual ephemeral platforms and assemblies behind and start to perform again outside of the laptop screen?
Slavs and Tatars are aiming for a visualization of transcultural transience in the history of the human being. They refer to themselves as archaeologists of the everyday as they draw upon deeper layers of meaning exemplified by tradition, custom, performance, language, anthropology and politics. By breathing life back into vast, misunderstood and often forgotten regions, the artist collective aims to resuscitate Eurasia.
Abrie Fourie, a Berlin-based photographer and artist from South-Africa, shares his knowledge and perspective on documented performance works by South African artists and the diaspora. His curated film series MINE – The Film Will Always Be You offers a rare and in depth look on performance ephemerality captured on film, which seeks to explore the myriad ways in which we identify and position ourselves.
The newly commissioned durational works by Isaac Chong Wai and Rachel Monosov are going to start separated from each other. While Isaac Chong Wai will be working with his performers in the gallery space for the first two weekends of the exhibition (March 16/17/18/24/25), Rachel Monosov and her performers will find their way into the gallery on the third and fourth weekend (March 31 and April 1/7/8). On the fifth and last weekend (April 14/15), the two works will collide in the exhibition space. A journey with an unknown outcome.
ISAAC CHONG WAI, REHEARSAL OF THE FUTURES: IS THE WORLD YOUR FRIEND?
Performance Dates: March 16/17/18/24/25 and April 14/15 from 16:00 – 19:00 @ ACUD Galerie.
Dancers: Katherine Leung, Manuel Lindner, Imola Nagy, Nobutaka Shomura.
Isaac Chong Wai is a Berlin based artist from Hong Kong, who works with diverse media such as performance, site-specific installation, public art, video and photography. He engages with themes of collectivism and individualism, politics of time and space, borders, migration, war, militarism, racism, identity politics, public sphere and human rights. In Rehearsal of the Futures: Is the world your friend? the artist combines existing works with a series of newly developed durational performances in which he imagines how future generations might look at the current and former ideological consensus of certain body postures, gestures and movements. Isaac Chong Wai deals with these so-called ideological movements or ideological postures in order to look for and propose possible futures. Rehearsal has always been made for the future: a rehearsal for a theater play before the curtain is opened, a rehearsal of a song before the concert starts, a rehearsal for a speech before it goes public. Rehearsing is then made for reaching the idealistic and perfect form of what one expects to show in the future, while we are not able to find a perfect form from the future to rehearse: the time has not yet come. The artist uses the word the futures, which are the possible fragments proposed in regard to the rupture of time between the past and the future as a form of reconciliation. Meanwhile, the reconciliation is enacted through performance so as to deal with the repetitive history and offers a new body movement that reconciles between body and time.
The work of Isaac Chong Wai was featured at the Bauhaus Museum (Weimar), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and the Moscow Biennale for Young Art.
RACHEL MONOSOV, OLYMPIA
Performance Dates: March 31 and April 1/7/8/14/15 from 16:00 – 19:00 @ ACUD Galerie.
Dancers: Stephanie Amurao, Katrina Bastian, Rachell Clark, Victor Dumon, Kinga Jaczewska, and Susie Yugler.
Music: INRA (Philipp Rhensius & Adam Ben-Nun
Live Visuals: Lisa Lapierre
Produced in collaboration with Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, NY
Rachel Monosov is a Russian-born and Berlin based artist, who in her work delves into cultural notions of alienation, territorial belonging, gender, and identity. Her newly developed work Olympia takes Leni Riefenstahl’s film Olympia (1936) as a point of departure and investigates the bodily moments before the action and after: the seconds between motionlessness and getting into shape. The artist scrapes out this sculptural moment of transition and works with the image of perfect bodies, standing united on the starting blocks and finishing line. Monosov asks: We know what took place outside the walls of the stadium in 1936, but do we know or care what is taking nowadays place outside the walls of this room? Through the re-enactment and reproduction of the body movements and film aesthetics of Olympia in slow motion, the artist glares painstakingly at the human traces and moments of doubt in this nationalistic historical insignia, a questioning of the celebration of Olympic perfection.
Rachel Monosov’s previous work Transcultural Protocol, a collaboration with Admire Kamudzengerere, was presented at the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2017. She made museum presentations at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (2016), and at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (Belgium, 2017). Monosov is a co-founder of the CTG Collective.
Curated by Pauline Doutreluingne and Petra Poelzl (Karma Ltd. Extended)
Gallery Management: Silvia Prolunghi
Assistant Curator: Camila Palomino
Press: Marianne Jacquet
Intern: Hazal Kaygusuz
Exhibition Design: Torsten Oetken
Graphic Design: Julie Gayard
Logo Design: Norman Palm (Fertig Design)
Sa/Su 16:00 -19:00
Kunsthaus ACUD / ACUD MACHT NEU
Veteranenstrasse 21, Berlin
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Fri 16.03 23:00 // CLUB NIGHT, EXHIBITION OPENING // ACUD CLUB
KARMA LTD. EXTENDED OPENING PARTY: BLACK CRACKER // D.R.E.E.A // RUI HO
Karma Ltd. Extended kindly invites you to join the Opening Party of TRANSCULTURAL TRANSIENCE CHAPTER #2 with Black Cracker, D.R.E.E.A. and Rui Ho ♥
… is Berlin’s hottest artist! VIVA TV declared him a favorite at the Berlin festival! SZIGET festival loved his show! Paleo Festival wants more! M=Maximal presents TIDE! The opening EP for his upcoming COME AS YOU ARE full length. The sound is his own signature Industial R&B/OFF Pop! Dubiously, combining elements ranging from Hip Hop, Soul and Jersey Club. He has recently opened for G-Easy, FKA Twigs, Big Freedia, and My Brightest Diamond as well as being mentioned in the publications V Magazine, The Guardian, Art Forum, Dazed and Confused, and the New York Times!
Globally inspired with a universal spirit, D.R.E.E.A. is an artistic force to be reckoned with. Over a short span of time she has established herself as one of the premiere connoisseur of music & culture in Berlin. Her vast scope and extensive skills as a writer and DJ have solidified her name and brand in NYC, Paris, South Africa and several other artisic spheres. D.R.E.E.A.’s nuanced understanding of traditional and contemporary hiphop are very evidant in her mixing. Her musical stylings evoke an adventurous rugged experience that has garnered her a cult following arcoss Europe. D.R.E.E.A.’s impeccable sense of style is greatly informed by her Romani root which she is deeply passionate about highlighting and celebrating. Currently D.R.E.E.A. is working as a freelance editor, as a contributing member of the international creative collective EvewithoutAdam and a contributor for Berlin Community Radio.
The Berlin based Chinese producer and artist RUI HO makes electronic music that bridges the modern club music influences with traditional Chinese sounds. Their sound has been influenced by a wide range of club genres including R&B, Grime, Jersey, Reggaeton, Trance, Hardcore, etc, combining the intensity of club sounds with sweet and refreshing melodies from their past and present.
FR 16.3 // 23H // 8€
ACUD CLUB // OPENING PARTY
KARMA LTD. EXTENDED
BLACK CRACKER // D.R.E.E.A // RUI HO
let’s celebrate with some very fine rap and dance music
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Sat 17.03 20:00 // CONCERT, RELEASE // ACUD CLUB
AMSTART: DOC SCHOKO – STADT DER LIEDER
Das neue Album der Berliner Beatband Doc Schoko ist da. Im ACUD Club wird gefeiert.
… denkt sich überall und dauernd Musik aus. Mit Freundinnen und Freunden, allein oder zusammen mit vielen anderen, auf jedem erreichbaren Instrument. Wenn er loslegt, wenn Doc Schoko also spielt, singt und damit anrührtund unterhält, bestärkt er so die unterschiedlichsten Menschen in seiner Umgebung, selber Worte zu finden und dazu Farben mit Klängen zu malen, kurz: Musik zu machen. Auf diese Weise wirkt Doc Schoko als leider noch viel zu oft übersehener Musician’s musician, der anderen Mut eingibt. Und eine Lust, die auch ihn selbst ansteckt. Doc Schoko liefert dafür seit langer Zeit immer wieder beste Beispiele. Wenn er gerade nicht als Support Act mit der einen legendären Band tourt, mit eineranderen legendären Band im Studio aufnimmt oder Kompositionen für Theaterstücke schreibt und aufführt, dann veröffentlicht er in aller Ruhe und Gelassenheit Lieder unter seinem Namen. // Website www.docschko.de
SA 17.3 // 20H // 11-12€
ACUD CLUB // RELEASE
DOC SCHOKO – STADT DER LIEDER
the berlin beat band present their new album
FB Event – Tickets
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Sat 17.03 20:00 // PRESENTATION // ACUD STUDIO
STADT FÜR ALLE. ANALYSEN UND ANEIGNUNGEN MIT: HEIDRUN AIGNER // SARAH KUMNIG
Die beiden Herausgeberinnen, Heidrun Aigner und Sarah Kumnig, stellen das gerade im Mandelbaum-Verlag erschienene Buch “Stadt für Alle. Analysen und Aneignungen” vor und zur Diskussion.
Rassistische Polizeikontrollen, Ausschlüsse beim sozialen Wohnbau, Bettelverbote: In Städten wird ständig verhandelt, wer dazu gehört und wer nicht, wer Zugang zu Ressourcen hat und wer nicht. Dieser Sammelband liefert sowohl theoretische Überlegungen, wie auch konkreten Erfahrungen und Interventionen zum Thema gesellschaftliche Teilhabe sowie Ein- und Ausschlüsse in Städten.
Aktivist_innen aus antirassistischen und queer_feministischen Zusammenhängen und Wissenschafter_innen analysieren Grenzpraktiken an verschiedenen Orten des täglichen Lebens (Wohnen, Lohnarbeit, öffentlicher Raum, …). Sie skizzieren aber auch, wie diese verändert und destabilisiert werden können, um an einer Stadt für Alle (weiter) zu bauen: Etwa mit Urban Citizenship und Sanctuary Cities, der Stadt ohne Polizei, gutem Wohnen für alle oder der Stadt für alle, die auch Kinder und Jugendliche meint.
HEIDRUN AIGNER [Herausgeberin]
… forscht gerade zur Frage, wie in Wien neue Grenzpraktiken unter dem Deckmantel der Drogenpolitik etabliert werden. Sie mag Initiativen, die sich Stadt in Selbstorganisation aneignen.
SARAH KUMNIG [Herausgeberin]
… forscht und lehrt an der Universität Wien zu neoliberaler Stadtentwicklung, Urban Citizenship und lokalen Grenzpraktiken und ist stadtpolitisch aktiv in Wien.
SA 17.3 // 20H // FREE
ACUD STUDIO // PRESENTATION
STADT FÜR ALLE. ANALYSEN UND ANEIGNUNGEN
MIT: HEIDRUN AIGNER // SARAH KUMNIG
die beiden herausgeberinnen stellen das druckfrische buch vor und zur diskussion
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