Lesen am See III, Breaking the canon

Alungoo Xatan, Dior Thiam, etaïnn zwer, Frances Breden

Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin

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The reading will be held in English and German

Hosted by: Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit and Moabit Mountain College


The third part of Lesen am See focuses on the canon as a format that narrows our field of vision and simplifies our understanding of the world. The reading group Fran, Alungoo, Dior, and etaïnn have decided to select texts that are diverse not only in terms of form but also thematically. Starting with a text that engages with Marcel Duchamp’s canonical work, „Fountain,“ and proposes its queer interpretation, we will then ponder what constitutes the set of knowledge about the world that is led into the canon, and what consequences it may have for our collective imagination. How do we understand the essential bonds of community, love, and sex? What words do we use, and where do we draw patterns, to describe what we desire or what we fear? Breaking the canon can assist us in this.
In the frame of the cycle Lesen am See we would like to invite diverse reading groups and collectives to share their practices, related to the dialogical nature of text itself as well the community of readers & listeners. The cycle is curated by Agnieszka Kilian.
Lesen am See is a part of the two-year collaborative project Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses, Tools and Alliances conceived in collaboration with WHW, Zagreb, the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, and Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit, Berlin.

Alungoo Xatan (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, moving mostly between sculpture and installation. Often drawing from her biography, Alungoo intertwines intricate themes with polished aesthetics that play on childhood nostalgia. The familiarity of the symbols and elements act as bridges, inviting the audience to connect with the art on a personal level. Alungoo has been studying at UdK Berlin in Christine Streuli’s class since 2017. Her recent studies in California at CalArts, where she established connections with artists such as Shirley Tse, Harry Dodge, and Sharon Lockhart, among others, furthered her artistic engagement with issues of the Asian diaspora and queer-feminist discourses. She is a recipient of the Ursula Hanke-Foerster Prize for Sculpture (2022) as well as a Fulbright Alumna (2022-23). Alungoo’s works have been shown in houses and institutions such as the Märkisches Museum, Museum Fluxus+, Satellite Galery Nagoya, and Mint Studios in Los Angeles. In addition to her own artistic practice, Alungoo is a founding member of the artists of colour group INTERSPACE, which critiques and counteracts the underrepresentation of artists of colour in the Berlin art scene.
Dior Thiam is a multidisciplinary artist. Throughout broadly different mediums, she explores untold histories, exoticism and the specific historical knowledge held by social and individual bodies. Drawing inspiration from historical events and occurrences, from poetry, prose and personal experiences, her work raises questions around the localities of knowledge as well as memory and remembrance. Through a process-based approach of layering, interweaving, fragmenting, collecting and reassembling, she extracts and re/ arranges seemingly disparate pieces of research to form new frameworks of meaning. Among others, her work has been showcased in a number of international group exhibitions and publications, including two shows at the 14th edition of the Dakar Biennale in Senegal, a group show curated by Bonaventure Soh Beijing Ndikung at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg in South Africa, multiple collaborations with Savvy Contemporary Berlin and a recent show at the Atlanta Museum of African Diaspora in the US.
a writer+artist, part of the queer collextive RER Q, etaïnn zwer (no pronouns/∞) believes in writing as political sweat and builds a discreet practice, cruising the transformative power of the poem as a radically tender technology to make more fuckable worlds come true. etaïnn has performed sung cried in bars squats schools festivals theaters galleries [TN (Brussels), La Bâtie (Geneva), Air de Paris (Romainville), Ausland (Berlin), Rond Point Projects (Marseille)], on the radio, at sex parties. and published in various magazines [Panthère Première, Phylactère, L’Incroyable] and anthologies [«Realitäten» (etece buch, 2022), «Lettres aux jeunes poétesses» (L’Arche, 2021)]. etaïnn first novel BLEU NUIT, BLOUSON ROSE will be published in April 2024 by les éditions du commun.
Frances Breden (she/her) is a curator and artist dedicated to community-based and collective art-making processes in digital and IRL spaces. She is one sixth of the queer-feminist art collective COVEN BERLIN, with whom she has collaborated since arriving in Berlin from Vancouver, Canada in 2014. Frances is a founding member of Sickness Affinity Group, a support group and art collective working on accessibility, disability and illness.
In 2023, Frances is curating the short film screening PRESENTS with RA Walden, which will be available online during Berlin Art Week (13.09.) and screening in person at HAU Berlin (20.10.) Her words have been featured in Radicalising Care (Sternberg Press), Kunstforum #279, Crip Magazine, and Arts of the Working Class.

The program is co-funded by the European Commission’s Creative Europe program and Foundation Between Bridges.

Timeline

WHW

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Exhibition
Marwa Arsanios, Željko Beljan, Marina Naprushkina, Rupali Patil, Dan Perjovschi, Selma Selman, Marko Tadić, Cecilia Vicuña
Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU), Zagreb
Conference
Kohei Saito, Françoise Vergès, Roland Ngam, Karin Doolan, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Paul Stubbs, Marwa Arsanios, Pablo Martinez, faridrakun (ruangrupa), Alexandra Köves
Zagreb trade fair, Youth Center Ribnjak, HDLU, Zagreb
Discussion
Marina Naprushkina
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Pablo Martinez, Adelita Husni Bey
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Marina Naprushkina
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Yael Davis
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Summer School
Pablo Martinez, Marina Naprushkina, Gleb Amankulov, Larissa Araz, Kemil Bekteši, Klara Burić, Katja Crevar, Aria Farajnezhad, Đejmi Hadrović, Hu Yun, Mari Kalabegashvili, Ivana Mirchevska, Jelisaveta Rapaić, Rita Süveges
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Zbyněk Baladrán
Online
Exhibition
Vlatka Horvat, Marina Naprushkina
Gallery Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb

Rijks

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Workshop
Wouter van der Laan, Esther Meijer, We Sell Reality
Rijksakademie
Residency
Peng Zhang
Amsterdam

Neue

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Workshop
Dušan Rodić
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Edoardo Micheli
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Josias Scharf
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Alungoo Xatan, Dior Thiam, etaïnn zwer, Frances Breden
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Residency
Rupali Patil
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Alina Dzeravianka and Sveta Husakova
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Lecture
Daniela Medina Poch, Raras Umaratih, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Lena Pozdnyakova and Eldar Tagi
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Mariam Agamian, Ju Bavyka, Masha Beketova, Timur V. and Galka Yarmanova
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Hubert Gromny, Kelly Krugman, Mokia Laisin, Lia Milanesio
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Lecture
Marta Sala, Batoul Sedawi, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Lahya Aukongo, Amora C.Bosco, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Improvisation Group / Maddi Fuente Ubani, Cristina Leoni-Osion, Biljiana Pais, Lena Pozdnyakova, Cristina Viegas
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Sofia Ocherednaya, Betül Torlak, Kasia Wojcik and Yasemin Altınay
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Exhibition
Zinzi Buchanan, Inky Lee, Daniela Medina Poch, and Meghna Singh
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Galina Yarmanova, Jahia La Sangoma, Marianna Szczygielska, Marianna Szczygielska, Sybille Neumeyer and Svitlana Shymko
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Biljana Pais
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Pubic Talk, Workshop
Alina Dzeravianka, Sveta Husakova
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Jelena Fužinato, Bojana Fužinato and Endi Tupja
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Cam-Anh Luong and Roland Sookias
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Edoardo Micheli
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Rupali Patil
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Greta Cazzola and Nicola
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin