September 26, 2020 - Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) - CC: World
September 26, 2020

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)

(1) Black Brown Berlin, Live, Chile (film still), 2020. (2) Rabih Mroué, Cheers to our Wishes (film still), 2020. (3) Meg Stuart, Intermission (film still), 2020.


CC: World
A series of digital letters in times of the pandemic

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin
Hours: Wednesday–Monday 12–8pm

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"Comrade, how have you been?
Where are you?
What happened?
And wtf was that?"
Hito Steyerl


Over the past six months, a new world has emerged:  Covid-19 has created a world in which people express their affection through distance, in which life seems to oscillate between quarantine, hotspots and the abyss – and is always as virus-free as possible. It is also a world in which racism, social and economic injustices have become more apparent as a result of the pandemic. In 26 digital letters, films and audio clips, artists and scholars explore this new world and fathom its limits and possibilities for the series CC: World


All contributions are now accessible at:

Among others:

Hito Steyerl experiences the pandemic as a free fall. How to get some perspective and relate to each other at this point? In a spectacular dance performance on the rooftop of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Meg Stuart creates utopias of new social interaction. Corona forces us into a new social choreography: How can we still take care of each other from afar? In a video collage, Teju Cole transfers the concept of turbulence to unpredictable social and political changes. For the scholars Ruha Benjamin and David Theo Goldberg, the pandemic throws a spotlight on structural racism in the USA while at the same time acting as a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement. In a letter written during the lockdowns, the activist and artist Imani Jacqueline Brown describes how humanity is trapped in a war against other species and against its own. In an audio piece Fatima Al Qadiri resurrects post-apocalyptic landscapes that are inspired by 1980s sci-fi and film noir and evoke the urban centers of the world in the shutdown. The Black Brown Berlin collective uses the poem “Live, Chile” by Rhea Ramjohn as the basis for a dance performance in Berlin’s Grunewald: The artists celebrate Black Lives Matter as a global awakening and take a stand for the future with a tribute to their ancestors that moves between grief and optimism.

With contributions by Fatima Al Qadiri, Sinan Antoon, Ruha Benjamin, Black Brown Berlin, Imani Jacqueline Brown, Maria Chehonadskih, Teju Cole, Alice Creischer, Nadah El Shazly, Hu Fang, David Goldberg, Stacy Hardy, Kiluanji Kia Henda, James T. Hong, John Lucas, Tom McCarthy, Rabih Mroué, Neo Muyanga, The Otolith Group, Peggy Piesche, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Claudia Rankine, Raqs Media Collective, Ava Rocha, Andrés Saenz De Sicilia, Andreas Siekmann, Himali Singh Soin with David Soin Tappeser, Nikiwe Solomon, Hito Steyerl, Meg Stuart, Jenna Sutela

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Jan Trautmann
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
T +49 30 39787 192
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Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Minister of State for Culture and the Media as well as by the Federal Foreign Office.

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