We find ourselves today in a time of great disorientation and uncertainty, marked by ecological imbalances, unforeseen technological advances and global political tensions. In this context, how do we imagine the future and define our grounds for existence? Awst & Walther understand their artistic practice as a means of establishing a critical distance to current systems of order, and to carve out new ways of thinking.
It is exactly at this point that Ground Control takes off: The forum attempts to generate new thinking through bringing together a range of interdisciplinary perspectives in order to re-frame traditional ideas of ground in both physical and metaphorical senses. The project follows on from a symposium created by the artists last summer in Wales, UK investigating different perceptions of landscape (see farandwide.awst-walther.com).
Alongside a new installation, Awst & Walther have devised a special stage for a symposium. Here, a series of talks and discussions with participants from a range of different fields e.g. architecture, philosophy, ecology, cultural theory and politics, will offer insightful perspectives on ground and future-thinking.
6 pm – Talk by Ine Gevers (curator, writer, activist) followed by discussion
7.30 pm – Performance by Sigal Zouk / Jan Burkhardt (dance) and Andreas Reihse (music)
Symposium: Saturday, 18 April 2015, 2 – 8pm
2 – 7pm:
Talks and discussion with
Dietmer Bartz, journalist and archivist
Adrienne Göhler, publicist and curator
Steffen Krämer, filmmaker and researcher
Brian Edlefsen Lasch, solar energy engineer
Dr Heiko Schmid, art historian and curator
Bettina Vismann, architect, artist and researcher
Moderated by Manon Awst & Benjamin Walther
7 – 8pm:
A&R – Impromptu improv experimental show
by Annika Henderson and Andreas Reihse
Synth mashup with experimental cloud plucking, filtered drones, monotonous vocals and sharp hits.
Dietmar Bartz is a journalist, archivist and publisher of the recent Soil Atlas. He has worked for several German and international newspapers and publications including taz, Wochenpost, Le Monde Diplomatique, Vanity Fair and Interview magazine. See www.atlas-manufaktur.de
Jan Burkhardt is a dancer, choreographer and musician based in Berlin. He is certified Laban-Bartenieff-Movement-Analyst and has been exploring contact improvisation, contemporary dance techniques and improvisational approaches for many years. Jan teaches and performs internationally and also applies his work in community art projects. Since 2007 Jan works in close collaboration with director Laurent Chétouane, and since 2011 with Sebastian Matthias. He also creates his own work e.g. vexations with his colleague Kerstin Kussmaul in co-production with ImpulsTanz, Vienna 2009 and schweigstück with F. Willens for tanztage, Berlin 2010.
Ine Gevers is a curator, writer and activist. She established the foundation Niet Normaal with the purpose of mounting art exhibitions and artistic campaigns concerning socially relevant themes for broad audiences. Niet Normaal travelled to Berlin in 2011, Liverpool in July 2012, and participated in the Olympic Games Cultural Program. In 2013 she curated the exhibition Yes Naturally, how art saves the world (in collaboration with the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague) which followed the inclusive agenda of Niet Normaal, researching how a non-anthropogenic perspective enables us to become more ecologically intelligent. She is currently preparing a large scale research and art event titled Hacking Habitat in Utrecht. See www.hackinghabitat.com
Adrienne Goehler is a publicist and curator based in Berlin. Over the past twenty years she has had prolific engagement with politics and the arts. From 1989-2001 she was President of the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg before taking up position as Senator for Science for the Research and Culture of the State of Berlin. Between 2002-2006 she was curator of the Cultural Capital Funds Berlin. She is the author of several books including Verflüssigungen (Liquifications) – Wege und Umwege vom Sozialstaat zur Kulturgesellschaft (2006). Since 2010 she is artistic director of the touring exhibition Examples to follow! Expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability, which has travelled to Lima, Puebla, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Addis Ababa, Mumbai, et al.
Annika Henderson is a musician, poet, artist who rose to fame as Anika with two highly acclaimed eponymous records, and was touring the world. She also works as a DJ, hosts a radio program on BCR, is seen and heard in experimental cinema, and collaborates with a variety of Berlin, London, or Mexico City based artists and musicians among them Stine Omar / Max Boss, Michael Rother, Jandek, Doireann O’Malley, Ricardo Domeneck, and Yann Tiersen.
Steffen Krämer is a filmmaker and researcher in media studies. He received his MA in Research Architecture from Goldsmith University, London and his Diploma in Communication in Social and Economic Contexts from The University of the Arts Berlin. He has worked on diverse film and video projects including the Forensic Architecture research project in London. He is currently a research assistant at the Department of Applied Media Studies at the University of Cottbus. Among his research interests are mixed-media practices between film and cartography, media histories of compositing, and the politics of narrative reconstruction. See www.stmkr.com
Brian Edlefsen Lasch is a solar engineer and renewable energy aficionado based in Berlin. He has implemented and consulted on inclusive energy access projects across the world including in Peru, Mexico, Philippines, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Largely focused on agricultural communities, those projects have incorporated technologies as diverse as solar water heating and crop drying in the mountains and jungles of Latin America, to hybrid minigrids and solar water pumping in the deltas of South Asia. Brian has led academic conferences and published with University of California Berkeley and the Technische Universität Berlin.
Andreas Reihse is a Berlin-based musician and artist, and founding member of the acclaimed electronic group Kreidler. He has also composed and performed music for numerous artist films, plays, performances and installations, working with Rosemarie Trockel, Hamish Morrow, Andreas Gursky, Redmond Entwistle, Thea Djordjadze, or Awst & Walther. Recent activities include Long Lines Andropov’s Ears – a contribution to a project about radical architecture, and the latest Kreidler album ABC (2014).
Heiko Schmid is an art historian and curator. He received his PhD from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne with a book on Metaphysical Machines. He realised diverse exhibitions, publications and research projects surrounding theories of materiality, virtuality and technology. His particular area of focus is on concepts of the future, machines and the cosmos. He lives and works in Zurich. See www.future-machines.org
Bettina Vismann is an architect, artist and researcher based in Berlin. Educated as an architect, her practice examines the description of physical models, starting with the research of smallest matter. In addition to theoretical approaches, she collaborates with neurosciences (Neurotopographics), investigating economic, cultural and political impacts of spatial conditions (Waste Economies). Furthermore she is engaged in building environments and collective structures (A Future Archeology).
Sigal Zouk is a Berlin-based dancer and performer. She studied at the Emek Yizreel Dance School, the Kibbutz Dance Company School and with the Batsheva Company in Tel Aviv/Israel. She was a member of Sasha Walz & Guests from 1999 – 2004 at the Schaubühne, Berlin, and a member of Damaged Goods led by Meg Stuart from 2005 – 2008 at the Volksbühne, Berlin. She is currently working with Laurent Chétouane and Awst & Walther as well as a choreographic assistant for Meg Stuart.
Ein interdisziplinäres Forum von Awst & Walther
Wachsende Desorientierung und Unsicherheit prägen unsere Gegenwart, hervorgerufen durch ökologisches Ungleichgewicht, unvorhersehbaren technologischen Fortschritt und globale politische Spannungen. Wie imaginieren wir in dieser Situation Zukunft und definieren die Grundbedingungen unserer Existenz neu? Awst & Walther verstehen ihr künstlerisches Schaffen als Mittel, um kritische Distanz zu bestehenden Ordnungssystemen zu gewinnen und in letzter Konsequenz zu einem neuen Denken zu gelangen.
Genau an diesem Punkt setzt Ground Control an: Das Forum unternimmt den Versuch, neues Denken zu generieren, indem es eine Reihe interdisziplinärer Perspektiven zusammenbringt um traditierte Vorstellungen des Begriffs Ground („Grund“) in seinen physischen und metaphysischen Bedeutungsdimensionen zu überdenken. Das Projekt knüpft dabei an ein Symposium an, das im letzten Jahr von den beiden Künstlern in Wales, Großbritannien initiiert wurde und sich mit der Wahrnehmung von Landschaft beschäftigte (siehe hierfür farandwide.awst-walther.com).
Neben einer neuen Installation bildet zudem eine speziell angefertigte Platform den Rahmen für das im April geplante Symposium. In einer Reihe von Vorträgen und Diskussionen kommen Referenten aus unterschiedlichen Disziplinen, wie beispielsweise der Architektur, Philosophie, Ökologie, Kulturwissenschaft und Politik zusammen, um Zukunftsmodelle und Alternativen zum Jetzt zu erörtern.