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Engaging with Histories: An Everyday Life Practice
Concerts, Readings, Panels, Skype Lectures, and Artist Presentations
23. March 2018 10:00 - 21:00, 22. March 2018 10:00 - 21:00
presentation, reading, concert, symposium
art, science & business

We often go to history to make sense of what we see around us, building on our historical knowledge and consciousness, to be able to explain and so deal with the contingencies of political and cultural life; however, it would be interesting to see, observe, and closely encounter the life on the street, and home, and the everyday situations of politics and culture to see what they softly talk about »history« itself. Objects and situations in everyday life produce encounters that generate discontents, instabilities, or at times flourishes – these situations constantly destabilize the ground beneath our feet – producing societies, and politics that are in constant states of flux – at times, evidently so, and often so mild we miss the tremors. What happens to our understanding of history, our historical consciousness, our everyday perceptions of culture, when our everyday life clearly points towards histories we are only beginning to now sense, standing right amidst these situations?

Concept and text Kaiwan Mehta.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

10.00 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Introduction by Jean-Baptiste Joly, Kaiwan Mehta

10.45 a.m. Coffee Break

11.00 a.m. Panel with Nicole Gingras, Ana Wild, Ilana Salama Ortar

1.00 p.m. Lunch

2.00 p.m. Performance Bhramana VIII by Sahej Rahal

3.15 p.m. Coffee Break

3.30 p.m. Panel with Ackbar Abbas and Sunil Khilnani

5.00 p.m. Coffee Break

5.15 p.m. Presentations by Leone Contini, Gurur Ertem, Douglas Rogerson

7.00 p.m. Dinner

8.00 p.m. Concerts by Marcus Schmickler, James Rushford, Anthony Pateras

10.00 p.m. Dj-set by Magali Daniaux & Cédric Pigot 

Friday, March 23, 2018

10.00 a.m. Panel with Nishant Shah (Skype Lecture), Shilpa Gupta, Hans D. Christ

12.00 p.m. Coffee Break

12.15 p.m. Presentations by Christoph Knoth, Ricardo Portilho Mattos

1.00 p.m. Lunch

2.00 p.m. Presentations by Dina Karadžić & Vedran Gligo, Tom Rosenberg

3.15 p.m. Coffee Break

3.30 p.m. Presentations by Soetkin Verstegen, Damjan Kokalevski, Manuel Montenegro

6.00 p.m. Dinner

7.00 p.m. Readings with Ahdaf Soueif and Terézia Mora (Audio Lecture) as well as Aditi Rao, Vinicius Jatobá, Bojan Krištofić

8.30 p.m. Final roundtable discussion with Kaiwan Mehta & Catherine David

With contributions by:

Ackbar Abbas, professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine, CA/USA | Leone Contini, independent ethnographer and artist, Carmignano/Italy | Hans D. Christ, co-director Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Stuttgart/Germany | Catherine David, curator and deputy director of the Musée National d'Art Moderne at the Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris/France | Gurur Ertem, cultural sociologist and founding co-director of iDANS International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival, Istanbul/Turkey | Nicole Gingras, researcher, curator, and author in the field of contemporary and media art, Montreal/Canada | Vedran Gligo, DIY artist/hacker, Zagreb/Croatia | Shilpa Gupta, visual artist, Mumbai/India | Vinicius Jatobá, narrative fiction, essay and theater writer, Paris/France | Dina Karadžic, artist active in the area of visual, digital and net art, Zagreb/Croatia | Sunil Khilnani, avantha professor and director, King’s India Institute, King’s College London/United Kingdom | Christoph Knoth, digital graphic designer and teacher, Berlin/Germany | Damjan Kokalevski, architect and researcher, Zurich/Switzerland | Bojan Krištofic, writer and designer, Zagreb/Croatia | Kaiwan Mehta, architect, academic, researcher, managing editor of DOMUS India and jury chairman of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Mumbai/India | Manuel Montenegro, architect, lecturer, teacher, curator, and researcher, Porto/Portugal | Terézia Mora, Hungarian writer, screenwriter, and translator, Berlin/Germany | Ricardo Portilho Mattos, designer and researcher, Belo Horizonte/Brazil | Ilana Salama Ortar, audiovisual artist and researcher in Civic Performance Art, Frankfurt am Main/Germany | Anthony Pateras, composer and pianist, Melbourne/Australia | Aditi Rao, writer and educator, New Delhi/India | Douglas Rogerson, artist and researcher, New York, NY/USA | Tom Rosenberg, filmmaker, teacher for documentary and experimental film, and licensed private investigator, Texas/USA | James Rushford, musician and researcher, Melbourne/Australia | Marcus Schmickler, composer, Cologne/Germany | Nishant Shah, Dean of Graduate School at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Zwolle/Netherlands, and professor at Leuphana University of Lüneburg/Germany | Ahdaf Soueif, novelist and political and cultural commentator, Cairo/Egypt and London/United Kingdom | Soetkin Verstegen, independent filmmaker and animator, Brussels/Belgium | Ana Wild, performancemaker, Geneva/Switzerland

The symposium takes place within the art, science & business program at Akademie Schloss Solitude. The event will be held in English. Admission is free.

Per diem meal allowance incl. lunch, dinner, coffee, and beverages: 20 euros/10 euros for students.

Please register until March 16, 2018 via email to: Emily Knoll,,
​Tel. +49 (0)711 99 619 482