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Short festival and exhibition »Engaging with Histories«
13. March 2019 - 14. April 2019 , 12. March 2019 - 14. March 2019
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City Walks, Readings, Film Screenings, Performances, Installations, and Conversations

From March 12 to 14, the Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Theater Rampe invite you to the short festival and the exhibition »Engaging with Histories«. Walks, talks, screenings, lectures, readings, performances, and installations open up a field of discussion at various sites around the Marienplatz, Stuttgart, in search of the potential and the significance of engaging with forgotten, marginalized, or buried histories.

Can the collision of our personal history and global political dynamics inform new forms of agency within the chaotic immediate present? How do we develop senses and abilities that are necessary to grasp the dormant potential of future histories? Which role does writing, building and storytelling play as a narration of multiplicity and which responsibilities does this understanding of history articulate in our everyday practices?

The short festival includes contributions by artists, writers, cultural producers, performers, researchers, and architects, that actively engage with notions of history within their artistic or research-based practice. What alternative forms of dialog and community may we uncover while digging into the proverbial rubbles of history?

In co-operation with Theater Rampe.



Program

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

4.00 pm / Meeting-point bus station Birkenkopf, Stuttgart
Little shards, big pot – is part of an ongoing multi-local research across Europe, investigating specific sites, usually artificial hills turned into leisure parks, created with the ruins of the bombarded cities during World War Two with the artist and anthropologist Leone Contini.

6.00 pm / Theater Rampe
 - Break -

7.00 pm / Theater Rampe
Welcome

7.10 pm / Theater Rampe
Introductory Keynote by Kaiwan Mehta

7.30 pm / Theater Rampe
Things I Didn't Know – A reading by Wiam El-Tamami

7.50 pm / Theater Rampe
 - Break -

8.00 pm / Theater Rampe
Panel discussion – With Kaiwan Mehta, Ana Filipovic, Verena Hartbaum, Neue Dringlichkeit, Luiza Margan. Moderated by Kathrin Schömer.

8.45 pm / Theater Rampe
 - Break -

9.00 pm / Theater Rampe 
Auguries for a Non-Hierarchical Framing and Flourishing – Wandering by foot across times, erratically shooting images and recording sounds through the kaleidoscopic spatiality of Alentejo, a Portuguese region named after a river, beyond a river. Two-channel 16mm filmscreening with performative elements by Sílvia das Fadas.

Drinks and food available at the bar at Theater Rampe.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

On-going / In-between Theater Rampe and Gasthaus Das Lehen, Lehenstr. 13, Stuttgart
My first day in Uniform – is a walking production site developed by designer/maker Sophia Gugggenberger. A moving collection of tools, materials, parts. Objects to touch and talk about. It is an invitation to a conversation. About anything. 

12.00 am / Theater Rampe
Let’s play Pusher! – An invitation to a tabletop game through which players may learn about Philippine politics, the state-sponsored »war on drugs,« and their on relationships to violence in everyday life. The game was designed by Jed Angelo Segovia and will be moderated by Alice Sarmiento. 

12.30 pm / Theater Rampe
Scheichenspitz (2667m above sea level) – A reading with Christoph Szalay on landscape and politics, Heimat, customs, heritage, and culture of remembrance, starting from a small rural community in the midst of the Alps.

1.00 pm / Theater Rampe
März – Voluntary reading of a diary/note convolute by Luise Boege that has been written over the past years, the different months of March (2013-18) are cut out and composed in a new order. A kaleidoscope of subjective experience in the mirror maze of time.

1.30 pm / Theater Rampe
Revisiting Villa Khury / the Prophets’ Tower: Haifa 1995-2019 – Screening by Ilana Salama Ortar, that sheds light on the potential art has to mediate between people of different religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds during social and political conflicts.

2.00 pm / Theater Rampe
- Break -

2.30 pm / Theater Rampe
Dressed | in surfacing fictions - a decorum – Punctuated by autobiographical notes, Edith Lázar’s presentation reflects on »fictions« as possible rearrangements fashion can operate in to question and create narratives that stretch into the past, present and even open up the future.

3.00 pm / Theater Rampe
(a prehistory of the domino problem) – A performance-installation that visualizes and sonifies aperiodic tilings. As part of this festival, Michael Winter presents the visual component of the installation as a work in progress, recounting the philosophical background that led to the domino problem.

3.30 pm / Theater Rampe
 - Break - 

4.00 pm / Meeting-point Karl-Heinrich-Ulrichs-Platz, Stuttgart
Untold Stories: Gender and Memory Walks – A city walk guided by the participants of a workshop with Ebru Nihan Celkan, aiming to enable people to connect in alternative ways to the historical geographies they inhabit by becoming aware of and giving voice to a wide spectrum of city-dwellers and our living spaces as sites of memory.

8.00 pm / Project Space Römerstraße 2A
Engaging with Histories – Exhibition Opening with Imran Channa, Patrizia Bach with Savyon & Yuval Shenhar, Cinzia Delnevo, Florian Goldmann, Luiza Margan, David Mathews. With a performative reading of Walter Benjamin’s text On the Concept of History in English and Turkish by Patrizia Bach und Deniz Utlu.

Drinks at the bar at Project Space Römerstraße 2A.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

12.00 am – 1.30 pm / Theater Rampe
What Do We Do – A workshop with the choreograph Edan Gorlicki on decision-making processes and the responsibilities of each individual – on stage and as part of an audience.

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm / Project Space Römerstraße 2A
Ongoing Performance & Drawings on the TOMIKO Archive (in Progress) – Dancer and performance-artist Savyon transfers one Convolute of an amateur-photography archive, established by visual artist Patrizia Bach over the last fifteen years, into short, performative sequences, while Patrizia Bach simultaneously translates those into drawings.

3.00 pm / Theater Rampe
Things We Don't Know, Things We May – A reading circle and conversation about the worlds we inhabit and imagine, the worlds we create and are created by, with Wiam El-Tamami.

4.15 pm / Theater Rampe
Catastrophe Models – Locating Immeasurable Pasts and Futures – Video screening and lecture by Florian Goldmann about how conceptions of future as well as past catastrophes are inscribed into landscapes, cities, and biographies.

5.00 pm / Theater Rampe
Only value lasts forever? – A performative deconstruction of historism in real-estate by Ana Filipovic and Verena Hartbaum.

6.00 pm / Theater Rampe
Panel discussion with Enos Nyamor, Alice Sarmiento and Ebru Celkan about on the influence of digital media in the fields of cultural journalism and educatin on critical thinking.
Moderated by Tilman Wörtz (Zeitenspiegel Reportagen).

Drinks and food available at the bar at Theater Rampe.


Participants: Patrizia Bach, Luise Boege, Ebru Nihan Celkan, Imran Channa, Leone Contini, Cinzia Delnevo, Wiam El-Tamami, Sílvia das Fadas, Ana Filipovic, Florian Goldmann, Edan Gorlicki, Sophia Guggenberger, Verena Hartbaum, Edith Lázar, David Mathews, Luiza Margan, Kaiwan Mehta, Enos Nyamor, Neue Dringlichkeit, Ilana Salama Ortar, Yuval Shenhar, Savyon, Alice Sarmiento, Kathrin Schömer, Christoph Szalay, Deniz Utlu, Michael Winter

The short festival and the exhibition follow up on the symposium »Engaging with Histories: An Everyday Life Practice«, which took place at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in March 2018.


​Short festival: March 12 to 14, 2019
Where: Theater Rampe, Projektraum Römerstraße 2A and other places around Marienplatz in Stuttgart

Exhibition: March 13 to April 14, 2019
Where: Projektraum Römerstraße 2A
Opening hours: Thur 14.3. / Sun 17.3. / Sun, 24.3. / Sun, 31.3. / Sun, 7.4. / Sun, 14.4.
From 2 to 7 pm