June 6, 2017 - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) - Conditions of Political Choreography
June 6, 2017

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)

Ohad Fishof / Noa Zuk, The Burnt Room, 2016. Dance performance, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv,
2016. © Asaf Saban

Conditions of Political Choreography
June 16–July 16, 2017

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Chausseestraße 128/129
10115 Berlin
Germany

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Yochai Avrahami, Yael Bartana, Noam Enbar / Yonatan Levy, Christian Falsnaes, Ohad Fishof / Noa Zuk, Michal Helfman, Leon Kahane, Adam Linder, Antje Majewski, Ohad Meromi, Markus Miessen, Susanne M. Winterling

Curators: Marius Babias, Sergio Edelsztein, Sophie Goltz, Chen Tamir

Conditions of Political Choreography is a research project and performance exhibition initiated by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Tel Aviv. International artists working with diverse performative strategies—from the fields of visual art as well as dance, theater, and film—were invited to conceive new works. Over the period of four weeks the artists present their works, every week focusing on a different theme. A spatial intervention based on the concept of New York artist and architect Ohad Meromi structures the exhibition space that becomes a territory on its own and with each performance will be reinterpreted. In 2016, architect and exhibition designer Markus Miessen integrated the two floors of the CCA building in Tel Aviv with a quarter-pipe stage and a book display. In Berlin, the discursive formats “Spaces of Debate” and “Moving Thoughts” provide an interpretation beyond the project’s scope.

While the question of how the shared memory space between Germany and Israel in the 21st century constitutes itself against the backdrop of the Holocaust—and not only that—is one starting point of the project, Conditions of Political Choreography seeks to form a sense of topicality of history in the face of increasing racism and populism in democratic societies. In the light of global migration and local oppression, the project reflects multiple perspectives and the formation of transnational memory contrary to the trend of memorialization. The medium of performance here allows both to mark and to leave a territory at the same time.

Conceived as experimental in its structure and process, the performance exhibition Conditions of Political Choreography is informed by the artists’ common research in Tel Aviv and Berlin. Focusing on the diverse cultural approaches to commemoration politics, the artists find complex answers and manifold perspectives on the political choreography of today. Some look at historiography, like Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof as well as Michal Helfman, or historical responsibility like Noam Enbar and Yonatan Levy. Others, like Yochai Avrahami and Antje Majewski, examine the formation of territorial narratives via natural landscapes and agriculture, while Yael Bartana, Adam Linder, and Susanne M. Winterling investigate purification rituals and the resetting of personal agency in the face of collective oppression.

Diverse in their themes and approaches, the artistic contributions and accompanying discussions in Conditions of Political Choreography raise questions about the limits of belonging, artistic disciplines and imposed structures. The project challenges the artists to use the given framework to push against the constraints of architecture and performance as a medium. What is the difference between being hosted and being contained (in a specific territory, through geo-politics)? Can collaboration become an end in itself? How, by one’s own efforts, can resistance develop?

Program

Concert
Friday, June 16, 8pm
Jewdyssee

Conference
#HowDeepIsYourLove?
#OnTheStateOfTheGerman-IsraeliRelations

Saturday, June 17, 3–8pm
Ralf Balke, Eldad Beck, Nirit Bialer, Johannes C. Bockenheimer, Ivo Bozic, Irene Eidinger,
Stephan Grigat, Julia Hoffmann, Susanne Knaul, Ben Salomo, Shahak Shapira
Conference and concert organizedy by the weekly journal Jungle World

Performances
#CommemorativeAbsolution

Thursday, June 22 / Friday, June 23 / Saturday, June 24 / Sunday, June 25
Yael Bartana, Michal Helfman (Thursday+Sunday 4–8pm, Friday+Saturday 4–9pm, ongoing)

#BodyBoycott
Thursday, June 29 / Friday, June 30 / Saturday, July 1 / Sunday, July 2
Adam Linder (Thursday+Sunday 6–8pm, Friday+Saturday 6–9pm, ongoing),
Susanne M. Winterling (Thursday+Sunday 4–8pm, Friday+Saturday 4–9pm, ongoing)

#EnactingCohabitation
Thursday, July 6 / Friday, July 7 / Saturday, July 8 / Sunday, July 9
Yochai Avrahami (Thursday 7pm, Friday–Sunday 8pm*),
Antje Majewski (Thursday 6pm, Friday–Sunday 6+7pm, registration required**)

#PowerAsymmetry
Tue, July 11 / Wednesday, July 12 / Thursday, July 13 / Friday, July 14 / Saturday, July 15 / Sunday, July 16
Ohad Fishof and Noa Zuk (Tuesday–Thursday 5+7pm, registration required**),
Noam Enbar and Yonatan Levy (Thursday 9pm, Fridat–Saturday 6+8pm, registration required**),
Thu public discussion after the performance), Christian Falsnaes (Friday–Sunday 4–9pm, ongoing)

#OpenStage
On all days from 4pm

Discussions
#SpaceOfDebate

Thursday, 8pm, open bar afterwards
June 22 with Leon Kahane and Roger Bundschuh
June 29 with Anders Ami Ettinger, Antje Majewski, Clemens Messerschmid, Susanne M. Winterling
July 6 with Voices of the Next State (Omer Krieger and others)

Screenings
#MovingThoughts

Sundays, 8:30pm, open bar afterwards
June 25 selected and commented on by Dani Gal and Chen Tamir
July 2 selected and commented on by Susanne M. Winterling
July 9 selected by Yael Bartana and commented on by Sophie Goltz
July 16 selected and commented on by Leon Kahane and Roger Bundschuh

* / ** Starts on time, no late admittance.
** Limited number of participants, registration by E-Mail: copc [​at​] nbk.org or phone: T +49 (0)30 280 70 20 (Monday–Friday 10am–4pm).

Free admission to all events.

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