Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Künstlerhaus Bethanien The Künstlerhaus Bethanien is an international artist residency programme and exhibition space that is in an established player within the Berlin and international art scene since 1974.
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Künstlerhaus Bethanien is a service enterprise whose goal is to further contemporary art and contemporary artists. It is responsible for the lodging and assistance of international guests; for offering advice in general questions concerning art and its practical issues; for the running of the workshops; for the planning and realization of its residents' events; and the development and organization of artistic and cultural projects both in and outside of Berlin. The Künstlerhaus is a project workshop and a location for events, and its structure is comprised of many layers.

Sign up to receive Prototype Care Packages by Prototype video art and film streaming platform - a weekly e-newsletter of...
23/04/2020
Care Packages – PrototypeTV

Sign up to receive Prototype Care Packages by Prototype video art and film streaming platform - a weekly e-newsletter of "new, remixed, re-edited and under-seen works” by artists. They will have a work by former KB Sam Smith coming to your inbox soon…

https://youaretheprototype.art/carepackages/

‘Prototype Care Package: A rapid-response series for lockdown’ provides audiences with creative encounters, community and solace during home isolation, and artists with pay and work in the new economic climate.

22/04/2020
SUNSHINE STATE OF MIND ep 3: Artist & Writer Lyndal Walker

Check out former KB Lyndal Walker's interview with astrologer and author Vanessa Montgomery on ‘Sunshine State of Mind’ as part of the Astro All-Starz series. In the conversation, she talks about how artists’ skills and work life can help cope with lockdown and the uncertainty ahead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J0DbHf2nX0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3BBxKfA5EEHYPoV9PSeX8N4tdEDKpB5gnMBYs9lJkycjHoURDaMsrqX6Y

In this episode of Sunshine State of Mind, Lyndal talks about what we might learn from; -The artists lifestyle, how artists adapt to and flow when the future...

coeur et art has a wonderful interview with current KB resident Amélie Laurence Fortin. Read on as she speaks about the ...
21/04/2020
AMÉLIE LAURENCE FORTIN: The Acoustics Of Places | Coeur Et Art

coeur et art has a wonderful interview with current KB resident Amélie Laurence Fortin. Read on as she speaks about the vertigo she experienced when listening to oxygen bubbles bursting in the Arctic and how she works with silence and emptiness in her practice.

https://coeuretart.com/amelie-laurence-fortin-the-acoustics-of-places/

This conversation with Canadian artist Amelie Laurence Fortin at Künstlerhaus Bethanien shares her thought processes in relation to space, sound, and the energies therein.

#KBinsights: Another artist we are currently missing is Katsuhiko Matsubara (@katsuhik.matsubara.studio ). He is tempora...
21/04/2020

#KBinsights: Another artist we are currently missing is Katsuhiko Matsubara (@katsuhik.matsubara.studio ). He is temporarily back in Japan where he is working for a traditional Japanese paper manufacturer producing Washi paper.

He sent us some wonderful pics and describes the complicated process of making this precious paper which has been handmade in the same tradition for over 100 years. It is used not only as a writing material but also for interior decoration in sliding doors or in window frames.

The manufacturing process is very complex and time-consuming: first, the raw material Kozo (mulberry tree) is harvested and boiled, so that the outer layer can be easily peeled off the wood. These Kozo fibers are then dried in the sun, worked on with a special Japanese knife, then boiled again, bleached and beaten to a paper pulp which a worker or a machine can form into paper sheets.

Katsuhiko writes he is looking forward to being back with us soon – so are we!

Images: Katsuhiko Matsubara

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We are happy to welcome new artists-in-residence, who have recently arrived at Künstlerhaus Bethanien! Today we would li...
20/04/2020

We are happy to welcome new artists-in-residence, who have recently arrived at Künstlerhaus Bethanien! Today we would like to introduce you to Japanese artist Yuya Suzuki (@uyasuzuki ). He takes inspiration from the different shapes of an urban landscape and transforms them into his own visual language through drawings, paintings, and installations. In his works Yuya is trying to create semi-public spaces with theatrical effects, often allowing the viewer to be involved in the work and to interact with it.

Yuya Suzuki is a grant holder of Bunkacho – Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (@bunkacho_japan ).

Images: Camille Herding

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Institute for Human Activities have just launched a book on former KB Renzo Marten, titled “Critique in Practice: Renzo ...
20/04/2020
- Institute for Human Activities

Institute for Human Activities have just launched a book on former KB Renzo Marten, titled “Critique in Practice: Renzo Martens’ Episode III (Enjoy Poverty)”. It includes a series of essays in response to Renzo Martens’ 2008 film “Episode III: Enjoy Poverty” which intervened into debates about contemporary art’s relationship to exploitative economies.

http://www.humanactivities.org/en/

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Beautiful memories: We are so much looking forward to sitting together again: Chitchating, eating, discussing and laughi...
19/04/2020

Beautiful memories: We are so much looking forward to sitting together again: Chitchating, eating, discussing and laughing. Here a pic from a little birthday gathering at Ingrid Lonningdals’ (@ingridlonningdal ) studio before social distancing.

Image Repost: Ingrid Lonningdal

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This Tuesday 21 April! Former KB Studio Egill Sæbjörnsson and representing artist of the Icelandic Pavilion in the 2017 ...
18/04/2020
Artist Takeovers on Berlin At Link Instagram | Berlin Art Link

This Tuesday 21 April! Former KB Studio Egill Sæbjörnsson and representing artist of the Icelandic Pavilion in the 2017 Venice Biennale is taking over Berlin Art Link’s instagram for 24 hours. Tune in for what is bound to be an entertaining ‘day-in-the-life’ of this wonderful artist.

http://www.berlinartlink.com/2020/04/10/stay-at-home-studio-artists-take-over-berlin-art-links-instagram-for-glimpse-of-life-under-quarantine/

Apr. 10, 2020 Faced with a new temporary condition resulting from the widespread effects of COVID-19, traditional avenues for art viewing are being rapidly re-conceptualized. In light of this, we’ve…

Spotlight on the Canadian artist James Nizam. He works with light both in the sense of theme and material for his photog...
17/04/2020
James Nizam

Spotlight on the Canadian artist James Nizam. He works with light both in the sense of theme and material for his photographs, installations and sculptures. His recent series “Drawing with Starlight” saw him heading out into the wilderness around Vancouver at night to experiment with his camera. Through long exposures, the natural rotation of the Earth and zooming in and out, he learnt to create straight lines, curved lines and finally produced prints that look like something between a geometric diagram and spectacular abstract painting.

James would have opened his solo show at KB last week, so we want to take a moment to celebrate his practice online until we get to enjoy his work in real life.

http://www.jamesnizam.com/

A new episode of KB - ITW is up! Swedish artists Mar Fjell & Malin Arnell take us inside their practice with a video tha...
16/04/2020
KB - ITW #02 Mar Fjell & Malin Arnell

A new episode of KB - ITW is up! Swedish artists Mar Fjell & Malin Arnell take us inside their practice with a video that is part-studio visit, part-performance. They ask: "How can care-making and collectivity, through artistic practice, have a healing effect on trans and queer bodies?"

https://vimeo.com/407955932

Last week we were had the great pleasure to meet the swedish artists Mar and Malin at their studio at KB, having prepared a performance to share their artistic practice…

Current KB Shoufay Derz as well as former KB Hossein Valamanesh are part of the non-profit project 'LOVE IN THE TIME OF ...
16/04/2020

Current KB Shoufay Derz as well as former KB Hossein Valamanesh are part of the non-profit project 'LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19', initiated by Gagprojects / Greenaway Art Gallery as a gesture of solidarity and way to get closer with one another. For "for the price of a cinema ticket and a snack" you can get a print by the artists delivered to your home, or explore the exhibition of over 80 works at the link below.

http://solidarity.gagprojects.com/

Some beautiful insights from Gülşin Ketenci who recently returned home from her residency with us at Künstlerhaus Bethan...
14/04/2020

Some beautiful insights from Gülşin Ketenci who recently returned home from her residency with us at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (with the generous support of Be Mobile Create Together).

📣BMCT! artists on self-isolation
Here is how Gülşin Ketenci spends her time in self-isolation:

It's been a month since I came back from Berlin. I stay with my family during the coronavirus pandemic. I try to spend this period without normalising it and making daily plans. Despite difficulty concentrating, all I can do is read a book.

We talked to my mother about making masks at home. In the morning, I woke up with the sound of the sewing machine and ran to it with my camera. After I got her permission, I took these photos. I hope we get through this period with health as soon as possible, and these photos of masks will remain as a memory.
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Berlin'den döneli bir ay oldu. Küresel koronavirüs salgını boyunca ailemle kalıyorum. Bu dönemi normalleştirmeden kabul ederek ve günlük planlamalar yaparak geçirmeye çalışıyorum. Konsantrasyon zorluğuna rağmen yapabildiğim tek şey kitap okumak.

Annem ile evde maske yapmayı konuşmuştuk. Sabah dikiş makinesinin sesiyle uyandım ve hemen fotoğraf makinemle yanına koştum. İzin alıp bu fotoğrafları çektim. Umarım en kısa zamanda bu dönemi sağlıkla atlatırız ve bu maske fotoğrafları bir anı olarak kalır.

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A special welcome to our new artist-in-residence Seulki Ki. Seulki Ki treats photography as a main medium, and has explo...
14/04/2020

A special welcome to our new artist-in-residence Seulki Ki. Seulki Ki treats photography as a main medium, and has explored its reproducibility and limitations in forms of books, videos, and installations. Intrigued by body gestures, language, and collisions between them, she finds and assembles replacements that can actualize her flow of thoughts. She endows a character to the visible, weaves the relationships of elements, reverses the flow of time, moves through space, and she manages to mediate the viewer’s thought flows. Her work alone stays as evidence in this whole process, induces different interpretations than usual ones, and activates psychological mechanism to associate related concepts.

Visit her homepage kiseulki.com

Seulki is granted by the Arts Council Korea. ( @arkokorea)

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Images provided by Seulki Ki @ Künstlerhaus Bethanien

#Exhibitionfromadistance DAY 3: Yang Chi-Chuan on her exhibition “Plastonki”, that was scheduled to open on April 9, 202...
13/04/2020

#Exhibitionfromadistance DAY 3: Yang Chi-Chuan on her exhibition “Plastonki”, that was scheduled to open on April 9, 2020 @kuenstlerhausbethanien. Yang Chi-Chuan is a grant holder of the Ministry of Culture R.O.C. (Taiwan) and the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Image: Yang Chi-Chuan

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Spotlight on Australian artist Shoufay Derz, whose “practice is concerned with the limits and possibilities of language ...
13/04/2020
Shoufay Derz

Spotlight on Australian artist Shoufay Derz, whose “practice is concerned with the limits and possibilities of language and the ambiguities faced when attempting to visually articulate the edges of the known.” Most recently, her photographic series ‘Loving the Alien’ was part of the group exhibition ‘Manly Dam Project’ at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, in which artists created new work inspired by the Manly Dam area, a biodiverse landscape with rich Aboriginal cultural significance that has over time been layered with European history and altered by science and engineering.

Shoufay’s solo show at KB would have been open by now, so we want to celebrate her practice online until we get to see her wonderful work in real life.

http://www.shoufay.com/

Current exhibition "The Manly Dam Project" at Manly Art Galler & Museum until 23 February 2020 Presented by Manly Art Gallery & Museum and UNSW-WRL, supported by the Aboriginal Heritage Office. Curated by Professor Ian Turner and Katherine Roberts 

#Exhibitionfromadistance DAY 2: Yang Chi-Chuan on her exhibition “Plastonki”, that was scheduled to open on April 9, 202...
12/04/2020

#Exhibitionfromadistance DAY 2: Yang Chi-Chuan on her exhibition “Plastonki”, that was scheduled to open on April 9, 2020 @kuenstlerhausbethanien. Yang Chi-Chuan is a grant holder of the Ministry of Culture R.O.C. (Taiwan) and the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Images: Yang Chi-Chuan

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#Exhibitionfromadistance DAY 1: Within the next three days, enjoy insights by artist Yang Chi-Chuan on her exhibition “P...
11/04/2020

#Exhibitionfromadistance DAY 1: Within the next three days, enjoy insights by artist Yang Chi-Chuan on her exhibition “Plastonki”, that would have opened on April 9 2020 @kuenstlerhausbethanien.

Since already so much thought and work had gone into preparing the shows that needed to be postponed due to the current COVID-19 situation we invited the artists to present sketches, thoughts or photo series around their shows in our social media channels for three days in a row.

Yang Chi-Chuan is a grant holder of the Ministry of Culture R.O.C. (Taiwan) and the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Images: Yang Chi-Chuan

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Current KB resident Mar Fjell is part of a brilliant project called “A Call for Care and Connection” - a choir of queer,...
11/04/2020
CHOIR BERLIN

Current KB resident Mar Fjell is part of a brilliant project called “A Call for Care and Connection” - a choir of queer, non-binary and trans persons to enable self-other-care through shared stories. Initially Mar was hosting this every Tuesday from 6-8pm at their studio, however, due to the coronavirus situation, the project is now taking new forms.

Listen here to the most recent outcome in which one of the gatherings ended up in following vibrations. Each sound was created in each person’s own space and then brought together in two different ways.

https://soundcloud.com/mario-fjell/sets/choir-berlin

Listen to CHOIR BERLIN by Mar Fjell #np on #SoundCloud

Last night we would have been opening the exhibitions of Yang Chi-Chuan, Shoufay Derz, Logan MacDonald, James Nizam. The...
10/04/2020
LOGAN INSTALLATIONS

Last night we would have been opening the exhibitions of Yang Chi-Chuan, Shoufay Derz, Logan MacDonald, James Nizam. Their shows are now sadly postponed, but we want to highlight their work over the coming days.

First up, Logan MacDonald! Logan is an artist, curator, writer, educator and activist who focuses on queer, disability and Indigenous perspectives. His research-based works typically culminate in installations that feature photography and sculpture, like his 2018 exhibition ‘Visiting’ at the Grenfell Art Gallery. In this solo show, Logan looked “at manipulated landscapes, earthworks, structures, and signage established by Indigenous communities as a means to assert property against government and/or corporate encroachment, and reflects on the dynamics of community and belonging while negotiating access, viewership, and intimacy.”

Logan is a resident at KB thanks to the Sobey Art Award / Prix Sobey pour les arts.

http://www.artlogan.com/VisitingGrenfell1.html

#KBinsights: Today we would like to highlight the work of artist-in-residence Amélie Laurence Fortin (@amelielaurencefor...
08/04/2020

#KBinsights: Today we would like to highlight the work of artist-in-residence Amélie Laurence Fortin (@amelielaurencefortin ). Over the course of the last decade, the subject of exploration, territory and time became the main pillars of her artistic practice. Amélie is currently in Warsaw and sends us the following pics and words in response to the question: “How does your quarantine look like?”: “This set is from a series of pictures displaying the material for creation I had in my luggage when I left Leven (Belgium) to Warsaw (Poland) on the 13th of March.” She also used the additional time in quarantine to launch a fantastic new website.

Make sure to check it out: https://amelielaurencefortin.com

Amélie Laurence Fortin is a grant holder of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie.

Images: Amélie Laurence Fortin

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Former KB Tatiana Macedo has made her award winning 2012 film ‘SEEMS SO LONG AGO, NANCY’ free to view until 14 April! Fi...
08/04/2020
Tatiana Macedo | SEEMS SO LONG AGO, NANCY | 2012

Former KB Tatiana Macedo has made her award winning 2012 film ‘SEEMS SO LONG AGO, NANCY’ free to view until 14 April! Filmed inside the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, the work turns attention not onto the art in these iconic institutions, but onto the gallery attendants. “Macedo orchestrates, through an intricate choreography of small gestures, asides and looks towards the periphery of the museum structure, an enchanting portrait of the London landmarks by way of their guarding staff.“

https://vimeo.com/50282738?fbclid=IwAR2Xie6wj3ufcQ2oswefzUzrRiJZqFAqbKFlItMs61DQSlfXxaySikqUJgg

A film by TATIANA MACEDO | with JOHN MCQUILLAN, ELIZABETH SHUCK, DAVID MOORE, ROSE CLEARY, PER NIELSEN, LUNA BLADON, DEREK JORDAN, MATTHEW WHITAKER, SIMON TAYLOR,…

A warm welcome to our new artist-in-residency Elizabeth Tubergen. She already started working and installing artworks in...
06/04/2020

A warm welcome to our new artist-in-residency Elizabeth Tubergen. She already started working and installing artworks in her studio. Her sculptural work often references architectural forms like staircases, platforms, ramps, arches, and monuments.

Tubergen explains her interest in public spaces which are available for unstructured use as follows: “Interstitial spaces between public and private hold great potential for non-productive, non-capitalist engagement — potential for dissent, dialogue, loitering, play, and queerness… undetermined space is queer.” Very much looking forward to seeing what ideas her residency in Berlin will inspire.

Elizabeth Tubergen is a grant holder of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.

Images: Camille Herding

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06/04/2020
Fortnightly Freebies #100: Big Material (Charity Compilation)

Recent KB Thomas van Linge aka Randstad has contributed music to this wonderful initiative by If-Only - a 19-track ‘name your price’ compilation. They are donating 100% of the profits to London-based charity Stonewall Housing, which helps to create safe spaces for LGBT+ people. Support a great cause and get dancing!

https://ifonlyuk.com/fortnightly-freebies-100-big-material-compilation/

19-track 'name your price' charity compilation featuring JD Twitch, River Yarra and Max Abysmal.

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The Künstlerhaus Bethanien, one of the first residency programmes worldwide of this kind, can look back on a long and successful history of promoting emerging artists on an international level. It is an established player within the Berlin and international art scene since 1974.

The artistic orientation of our programme includes all kinds of artistic media and practises. The Künstlerhaus offers a worldwide unique combination of studio and exhibition spaces as well as state-of-the-art workshops for wood, metal, spray-paint, video-editing. Further support is offered in publishing catalogues and artist-books. Additionally – aside from technical, curatorial and PR support for solo exhibitions and public Open Studio events –, an individual programme of studio visits, in-house events and professional coaching is arranged.

The Künstlerhaus is located in a landmarked building complex, situated in the very heart of Berlin in the trendy neighbourhood of Kreuzberg.

Its work is subsidized by the Department for Culture and Europe of the Senate of Berlin as well as multiple renowned partners all over the world. The artists are selected in coordination with the partners, focusing on discourse oriented thinking and challenging original positions. Partners range from cultural institutions, foundations, companies and galleries to collectors as well as private persons. Direct applications are not possible.

Participants in the International Studio Programme are given the opportunity to develop and implement a project over a fixed period of time, and to reflect on- and consolidate their position in the Berlin art scene. The work of the Künstlerhaus is particularly characterized by the individual support and networking of the residency holders with the Berlin art scene.

Artists receive a monthly support from the sponsored grant during their stay. The grant also covers the studio and material costs, as well as a project presentation. As a rule, the artists' projects are presented to the public in the exhibition spaces of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

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Das Künstlerhaus Bethanien, eines der ersten Residenzprogramme weltweit, blickt auf eine lange und erfolgreiche Geschichte der Förderung junger Künstler auf internationaler Ebene zurück. Seit 1974 ist es in der Berliner und internationalen Kunstszene eine feste Größe.

Die Ausrichtung unseres Programms umfasst unterschiedlichste Arten von künstlerischen Medien und Praktiken. Das Künstlerhaus bietet eine weltweit einzigartige Kombination aus Atelier- und Ausstellungsräumen sowie modernsten Werkstätten für Holz, Metall, Sprühlackierung, Videobearbeitung. Weitere Unterstützung wird bei der Herausgabe von Katalogen und Künstlerbüchern angeboten. Zusätzlich wird – neben der technischen, kuratorischen und PR-Unterstützung von Einzelausstellungen und öffentlichen Open-Studio-Veranstaltungen – ein individuelles Programm aus Studiobesuchen, Inhouse-Events und professionellem Coaching zusammengestellt.

Das Künstlerhaus befindet sich in einem denkmalgeschützten Gebäudekomplex im Herzen Berlins im Trendviertel zwischen Kreuzberg und Neukölln.

Seine Arbeit wird von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Berliner Senats sowie von mehreren renommierten Partnern in der ganzen Welt gefördert. Die Künstler werden in Abstimmung mit den Partnern ausgewählt, wobei der Schwerpunkt auf diskursorientiertem Denken und anspruchsvollen künstlerischen Positionen liegt. Die Partner reichen von kulturellen Institutionen, Stiftungen, Unternehmen und Galerien über Sammler bis hin zu Privatpersonen. Direkte Bewerbungen sind nicht möglich.

Die Teilnehmer des Internationalen Atelierprogramms erhalten die Möglichkeit, ein Projekt über einen bestimmten Zeitraum zu entwickeln und umzusetzen sowie ihre Position in der Berliner Kunstszene zu reflektieren und zu festigen. Die Arbeit des Künstlerhauses zeichnet sich insbesondere durch die individuelle Betreuung und Vernetzung der Stipendiaten mit der Berliner Kunstszene aus.

Künstler erhalten während ihres Aufenthalts eine monatliche Unterstützung über das gesponserte Stipendium. Der Zuschuss deckt weiterhin die Atelier- und Materialkosten sowie eine Projektpräsentation. In der Regel werden die Künstlerprojekte in den Ausstellungsräumen des Künstlerhauses Bethanien der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert.

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Notes on the public discussion “Between Afrofuturism and Milky Way Traffic Regulations” held in Künstlerhaus Bethanien on September 2, 2019 As some of you might know, Künstlerhaus Bethanien (from now on will be referred as KB) held yesterday a public discussion to address the criticisms raised against their current exhibition "Milchstraßenverkehrsordnung (Space is the Place)”. As their first reaction to the criticisms was non-transparently changing their original press release, this initiative of them seemed like a more transparent act, so I went there. My hope for an equal and understanding discussion was enhanced when I saw the print-outs of the strong statement made by the intersectional feminist group Soup du Jour (from now on will be referred as SdJ) on the info desk at the entrance but my hope had been brutally smashed once the gentlemen of the night took over the stage. The night started with two individual input from two artists (I am sorry I cannot remember their name, nor find it in the event page) but as I understood later on from the speech of Mr. Tannert, the curator of the exhibition, they volunteered to speak on the stage by taking personal contact with Mr. Tannert. Firs speaker had a very didactic discourse and chose to sit in a way to look at Mr. Tannert’s table instead of turning his face to the audience. I would expect a panelist who volunteer to talk on such a topic to face the audience but his later words would prove that probably Mr. Tannert was the only person in the room he was taking serious. He started his speech blaming SdJ of using the term “violence” wrongly by quoting a shallow definitions of physical violence. It seemed like this person had quite some problem understanding what “systemic or structural violence” means. He indirectly implied the intervention of SdJ fascistic and paid tribute to one of the most common male discourses my lovely female comrades would know very well, “THE BIG PICTURE”. With this, he wanted to say “ah you ladies and minorities, stop your fight about feminism or representation, we have other issues to tackle…” When I later took the mic and mentioned my disappointment of both male speakers’ agitating command of looking at the BIG PICTURE (what I have heard 101010 times in the left circles I was hanging out before), he looked at me with empty eyes and gave no answer. He didn’t address any of the clear questions aroused in the Facebook Post Statement of SdJ published on July 29, 2019 and he seemed to have null understanding of what the criticism is actually about or what the word “representation” means. Long story short, the first speaker contributed no productive input. The second speaker managed only one thing: Characterising the HATE of an antifeminist who somehow managed to find a place for himself in the art world. I strongly suggest him to contact Lars von Trier or some other douche bag and continue his career being a public women hater cause he is verrrryy good at that. The aggressive tone of this speaker was making it very difficult for me follow the words blurring in his speech which was more like an antifeminist stream of consciousness. His anger was so intense, his whole upper body was moving on the elegant chair and I was afraid for a while that the chair would break. His negative energy was overshadowing my very entspannt mood. I was hoping so much the 3 weeks I spent in the Mediterranean nature would be my energy bank for some time in Berlin but it got all sucked up by this person, but no worries, I have Yoga and Feminism to charge my brain and soul with positivism. This person said he personally knows and works with some of the members of SdJ. And later in his speech, he said these people don’t have enough knowledge or background in art. Most of the members of SdJ are anonymous so I require this person to give names who he was referring to and how on earth he sees himself competent to score someone’s knowledge of art! This person said, if SdJ was so disturbed by the artists (18 white men, 3 white women, 1 artist of colour) represented in the related exhibition, SdJ should have suggested other artists. I said, SdJ is not the curator of the exhibition, Mr. Tannert is! This person said, the members of SdJ and similar collectives want to gain reputation through their campaigns like “Whitey on the Moon”. Once again, most of the members of SdJ want to stay anonymous. This person said, “you know, you got the last two Berlin Biannele and the Documenta, why can you not be happy with that? Why do you attack a small exhibition like this one”. I said “our principles are not according to the scale” This person didn’t understand it. Oh, of course this man also required all feminists to look at the BIG PICTURE! This person later came to me in person outside of the room the public discussion was taking place and asked my name, I didn’t tell him my name. In the second part of the meeting, Mr. Tannert answered the questions of Mr. Adebisi. I couldn’t hear any honest self-criticism from Mr. Tannert. The only thing I understood from himself is that he quite likes Sun Ra, probably that’s the only thing we have in common. Mr. Tannert organised a public discussion with a promise to address the concerns about his exhibition but he didn’t! So, I rephrase the questions asked in the statement of SdJ once again: Why in particular are you crediting Elon Musk in a afrofuturism exhibition, Mr. Tannert? If you are a real fan of Sun Ra, don’t you feel ashamed in trying to harmonise the heritage of Sun Ra with a white male megalomaniac’s dystopian dream of colonising the space???? Why there is not one BPOC artist in an exhibition called “afrofuturism”? Why there was only men talking on the stage? Was it too difficult to collaborate with a FLTI speaker? Why did you call SdJ “Coup du Jour”? I got the impression from your speech that you choose your words quite carefully and take your time and speak quite slowly. So, it makes me question if it was slip of the tongue or the expression of your real thoughts? At least, you were being honest for once, so I guess, thank you for that ! Why did you describe Mr. Adebisi’s moderation a “performance”????? As a high intellectual man, I am sure you understand what this means. By describing his talk and moderation a performance, you patronise his stance and create an unequal platform and imply at the end of the day, your speech is the real one, right? There were two nice moments from last night. When one of the BPOC audiences took the mic and shared his experiences in Germany like being asked all the time "where he actually comes from" and when I could talk, meet and hug 4 beautiful women after the the talk and have a quality talk in 10 minutes unlike the three hours torture show organised by KB! There are def. much more problems to highlight from last night but I didn’t attend the talk as a journalist and got quite weary of the second speaker’s hate so this is all I could write. If you want to criticise, suggest edits or fill up gaps, please feel free to do so! Love, Merve
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