Haus der Kulturen der Welt announces Europe (to the power of) n

Thirty scenarios, and thus thirty different ways of thinking about Europe, form the point of departure for the trans-regional art project Europe (to the power of) n, which takes place in Brussels, Istanbul, London, Łódz, Minsk, Novi Sad, Høvikodden/Oslo, San Sebastián, and Beijing between 17 July 2012 and 30 April 2013. The project has been made possible through the Excellence Initiative of the Goethe-Institut.

The launch of the project starts with a festival at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Within this frame a selection of scenarios and their protagonists are presented.

The Europe arising from this project has challenging relationships to others, is challenged, and challenges itself in itself. It does not defend its identity and unity, but opens itself up. Through the works of art Europe is set in relation to others taking into consideration its colonial, non-European past; its current migrant imprints; and its increasing global interdependences.

Europe is no solitary entity!

Friday, 6 July 2012
Programme in German with English translations

6pm Opening of the festival
Film: Europe in the Making – The Schuman Plan
Eva Kroll, BRD 1952, 10 min; presented by Florian Wüst

Opening speakers:
Bernd Scherer, Director Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Johannes Ebert, General Secretary of the Goethe-Institut

Film: Neighbours
Florian Göthner, 5 min

Lecture: Why do an Art Project about Europe?, Barbara Steiner

Lecture: Friendly and Hostile. Visual Identities in the Project Europe (to the power of) n, Oliver Klimpel

Lecture: Europe ‘on Display’. Scenarios of a European Exhibition Space, Christian Teckert

Film: About Europe?…Maybe this isn’t even the case, Luise Schröder, 30 min

Dinner, Film, and Performance:
incorporation, Artist: Asako Iwama, Actor: Matthias Neukirch, Camera: Joji Koyama and Montse Torreda
Limited attendance—advance reservation required:
[email protected]

Open-Air Cinema: From All for All
Short film programme curated and presented by Florian Wüst

Saturday, 7 July 2012
Programme in English

Information Architecture Workshop: How to Mediate Complexities? Konrad Abicht, Vanessa Boni, Andreja Hribernik, and Tristan Schulze with guests from the field of economy, science, design, and art.
Advance reservation required

12pm Break

Film: Binibining Promised Land, Köken Ergun, 2009, 30min

Lecture Performance: Genetic Freedom, Koen Vanmechelen
Lecture: The Critical Fundamentals of Europe, Filip Luyckx

Film: Палiпадуаценне (Palipaduazennije), 30min, 2012, from the project Language Lessons by Aleksander Komarov
Talk: The artist Aleksander Komarov and the Minsk curator Lena Prents talk about the research and film project Language Lessons.

3:15pm Break

Lecture Performance: NAME Readymade, Janez Janša
Lecture: ASYMMETRIES. Concepts, Metaphors and Ideological DifférAnces, Miško Šuvakovic

Lecture Performance: Reverse Joy, Slavs and Tatars
Lecture: Modes of Reversal, Joanna Sokołowska, Jarosław Lubiak

Talk: Annika Eriksson and Peio Aguirre about the film Wir bleiben/The Last Tenants

6pm Break

Lecture: On the point of collapse: A series of thoughts on the conflicting interests in the third sector, Kit Hammonds

Film: Ane Hjort Guttu, Freedom Requires Free People, 30 min
On the film: Tone Hansen, curator for Høvikodden/Oslo

Intro to “Chinabrenner”: Thomas Wrobel

8:30–9:30pm Break and “Chinabrenner” (Chinese cook-shop)

Performance: Becoming European or How I Grew up with Wiener Schnitzel, Jun Yang

Installations of Annika Eriksson and Melanie Gilligan are on permanent display during the festival.

Europe (to the power of) n is a project of the Excellence Initiative of the Goethe-Institut.

It is coordinated by the Goethe-Institut London in collaboration with 10 institutions in and outside the European Union. The launch and festival are realised in close collaboration with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The artistic presentations are made possible through the support of Arend Oetker, Berlin. Entrance is free.

Booking essential. Please email [email protected] to book a place by 3 July.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin, Germany

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