Lectures and Presentations
HAU 1, Start: 6:30 pm
Admission: 1 Euro for each lecture
Opening, Blind Dates, 30th of August
Photo: Jürgen Baumann
LECTURE: FAKELORE.DEFINITION 1
Fakelore - Who's that Girl?
professor for cultural anthropology and European ethnology in
Göttingen. Her current areas of research include communication
and narrative research, tourism and culture as well as research
on customs and rituals.
Tuesday, 31.8., 18:30
Bendix collects the students' ideas and prejudices and arranges
them in a new way. Fakelore was a term invented by American folklorists
who were disgusted by the commercial use of their subject ("the
real stuff") - folklore. While American scholars got excited
about "fakelore" in the 1960s, their German colleagues
became embroiled in a debate about "Folklorismus" at
the same time. Although there has been increasing interest in
the discoveries and politics of folk culture, there are now actually
more studies concerned with fakelore and folklorismus than the
real thing. The questions seem to be: what is the "real stuff"
anyway? And what is authentic culture?
Work presentation: A Night with Com&Com
(in German with English translation)
Johannes M. Hedinger
and Marcus Gossolt, Com&Com (Commercial Communication),
Wednesday, 1.9., 18:30 location: Residence of the Embassy of
Switzerland, Otto von Bismarck Allee 4a
Com&Com produces films, plays, art, memorials, music and
books that take the border between high art and low culture as
Work presentation: Pieces of Cities
Videoclips of the Interventions by Stefan
Kaegi, Rimini Protokoll, Hygiene Heute and some ants.
Thursday, 2.9., 18:30
Stefan Kaegi brings theatrical ready-mades on stage and chooses
various themes such as Central European ways of dying and the
administration of justice for his documentary theatre presentations.
LECTURE: OLD AND NEW MYTHS
Angels and Engines: The Apocalypse
author, critic and art historian. Author of numerous fiction and
academic books that focus on the theme of magic, folklore and
femininity. She is currently working on a study about spirits
and their embodiment: Figuring the Soul, London.
Saturday, 4.9., 18:30
Media of representation have instituted a dimension of reality
which interfuses and shapes material events. In the spirit of
Foucauldian archaeology, this talk will explore the genealogy
of images that inform today's visual representation of conflict.
Looking at the interaction of Biblical dreams of catastrophe with
the war on Terror on one hand, and on battles staged for real
in the movies on the other; Marina Warner will then consider the
response of the artist Pierre Huyghe and others to the power of
movie truth and the reality of 'image-flesh'.
Presentation: ETHIC STERILISATION
Folklore of poverty. Film Analysis
film producer, author, producer, Berlin [selected films: Etwas
wird sichtbar (1981), Wie man sieht (1986), Stilleben (1997),
Auge und Maschine (2001), Erkennen und Verfolgen (2003),] and
Hartmut Bitomsky, director, author and documentary film producer,
dean of the School of Film/Video at the California Institute of
the Arts, Los Angeles [selected films: Deutschlandbilder, Reichsautobahn,
Der VW-Komplex (1983-1989), Das Kino und der Tod (1988), Playback
Saturday, 4.9., 19.30
Today, the ghetto is a cultural model that affects the whole
world. It is not only in pop culture that African Americans from
US ghettos are seen as heroes and fashion items. Tattoos and piercings
originated in prisons and have reached social acceptance; the
trend for sports clothing trends comes from pimp culture. People
from the ghetto always seem active and trendy - the ideal economic
subject. It is as if they have internalised the demands of hyper
capitalism. Farocki and Bitomsky will present and discuss films
around these ideas.
LECTURE: THE OTHER
Amongst the Others - Cultural Translation in the Arena of Visual
Arts and Knowledge Production
professor of history of art and art theory at Goldsmith College,
University of London, cultural theorist and curator and worked
as a co-curator at the Dokumenta XI in 2002 in Kassel and as the
curator of Optical.Retinal.Visual.Conceptual at the Museum Boijmanns
van Beuningen in Rotterdam in 2001.
Sunday, 5.9. 18.30
How do contemporary visual artists and popular culture elements
treat the "other" people in our midst? The focus of
the presentation will deal with the experiences of genuine "other"
people today - migrants, outsiders, asylum seekers, "illegal"
people, clandestini, sans papiers. Globalisation has increasingly
made the cultural translation between us and "the others"
into a common, everyday experience. Translation is always
concerned with how differences are produced - an inescapable condition
of the contemporary. How does art treat these ideas and to what
extent can it contribute towards a contemporary "difference
LECTURE: FAKELORE - DEFINITION II
From Volk to Lore and Back or: When do we stop making sense
In the 1960s, Warren Niesluchowski toured with the Bread and Puppet
Theatre. He studied social science and linguistics at Harvard
and works today as a writer, translator and curator in New York.
Sunday, 5.9., 19.30
All culture is an act of making sense, in and of the world, whether
it is ruled by techne or mythos. 'Contemporary art,' originally
born of an iconoclasm a half-century ago, is now a fully formed
and consolidated practice within an already hyper-sensualized
culture, increasingly renouncing 'forms' for 'events.' Perhaps
because artists continue to work over and around the ruins of
sacred sites of the past - Theatron, Akademeia, Mouseion - we
do not yet have an adequate ethnography of our own emerging 'micro-cultures'
of art. Our lore, the stories we tell rather than the histories
that have been written, as in any responsive, and responsible,
field-work, should be a prima materia for a genealogy of these
new poetics, and of their mutating figures and agents - the Designer,
the Producer, the Nomad, all displacing the Artisan.
PRESENTATION : RITUALS
The Vodoo Aesthetic in American Popular Culture
cult author from the USA. Publications: Negrophobia (1992), That's
Blaxploitation! (1995) and Voodoo Stew (2003), New York/ Berlin
Monday, 6.9., 18:30
To most people, Voodoo is linked to the sacrifice of children
and white people. Who would believe that it has anything to do
with a Charlie Parker solo?
The lecture will describe magic as a technique that enable a radical
transformation of consciousness and thus is comparable to artistic
techniques and goals.
Work presentation: Guerilla Lighting
- Interventions in Urban Spaces
Conceptual artist, D¸sseldorf
Tuesday, 7.9., 18:30 Place: The Foyer of the Kulturforum at
Potsdamer Platz / Matthäikirchplatz
Mischa Kuball combines his interests in architecture, urban structures
and psychology with the options provided by the visual arts. In
his work, existing and functional light resources are used and
combined with research on the history of the site and interviews
with residents and other local people to form sculptural projects.
PRESENTATION: COLLECTIVE PRODUCTIONS
Storytelling in the Video Industry in Nigeria
Francis K. Onwochei,
actor, film producer. He has directed numerous TV series, film
reports and adverts. He is currently general secretary of Independent
Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN), Lagos
Wednesday , 8.9., 18:30
Nigerian traditions and folklore are both disappearing from daily
life and appearing in a recycled form in the soaps of the mass
video industry at the same time. A lecture about cultural hybrids
in various customs such as: re-incarnation, killing of twins,
oral tradition, the Osu Cast System and the New Yam Festival.
LECTURE: Ethic Self-Sterilisation
Partisan Folklore in Music, Film and Football (German)
journalist and author who writes for Pflasterstrand, ID, Frankfurter
Rundschau, Transantlantik and the taz. He has also worked for
Neues Deutschland, Junge Welt, Freitag and is the ghost editor
for about a dozen foreign authors, Berlin.
Thursday, 9.9., 18:30, location: VHS Kreuzberg, Wassertorstr.
The folklore associated with partisans begins with cooperation
of partisan groups in the rebuilding of states. The most famous
football club in Belgrade is still called "Partisan Belgrade"
today, Richard Burton played Marshall Tito in Hollywood and Tito
invited Sophia Loren to his island. Contemporary patriotic folklore
is sustained and nourished by partisan myths. In collaboration
with the PUB (Partisan University Berlin.
Work presentation: San Keller Show.
Thursday, 9.9., 21:00
San Keller, action and conceptual artist, will open his work
archive to the public. They will determine the rhythm and length
of the show.
PRESENTATION: WAYS OF NARRATION
Only the Clouds Remained the Same. A Lecture on Methods and Recent
artist. His installations question the role of collective memory,
using photography, film and video and audio technology, New York/
Saturday, 11.9., 18.30
Narration depends on selecting and sequencing information. Stories
always told in relation to the silence that surrounds them - a
silence that can also overwhelm. Artist Matthew Buckingham will
present several recent projects that investigate the constitutive
paradoxes of particular places such as Mount Rushmore, the Hudson
River Valley and downtown Los Angeles. He will discuss these projects
in light of their respective methodologies. The familiar will
be manipulated in order to look for new and often contradictory
connections that will then allow new narrative opportunities.
LECTURE: MIGRATION AND CONSTRUCTIVIST
Multiple Authenticity. Russian / Jewish Immigrants 1989 / Sorben
and Non-Sorben (German).
cultural scientist and ethnologist. Her other areas of focus include
ethnicity, cultural performance and regional research (the German-Polish
Monday, 13.9., 18:30, cancelled because of illness
1."Russian or Jewish?" was the question asked by the
media when the first Russian Jews came to Germany as "Jewish
Contingent Refugees" at the beginning of the 1990s. A discourse
about authenticity developed, which naturally had an effect on
the immigrations themselves. Diverse strategies for the construction
of a biographical sense are need in order that social recognition
is achieved in the country receiving the immigrants.
2. Sorbish authenticity has normally been demonstrated by fixed
features such as language, customs, heritage and traditional dress.
Who are the "ethnicisation agencies" of the Sorbish
people who have set the standards for authenticity in both the
past and present?
Work presentation: Interviewing the
Calin Dan, Amsterdam / Iosif Kiraly, Bukarest
Tuesday, 14.9., 18:30
With works such as the Arta Archiv and Interviewing the Cities
the duo establishes social and urban archives that are subsequently
adapted for performance.
Work presenation: Music and Words
Ulrike Haage, musician, composter, Berlin.
Wednesday, 15.9., 18:30
Ulrike Haage formed the Rainbirds together with Katharina Franck,
developed the Bomb Song with Thea Dorn and created soundtracks
for the William S. Burrough¥s last words and the written reports
of the sculptor Louise Bourgeois.
SLIDE PRESENATION: NATIONAL PRODUCTS
Folktales from Mercedes Country
freelance filmmaker, journalist, member of the selection committee
for the International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin Film Festival.
Her last films were: Die Polen vom Potsdamer Platz (1998), Ladies
Special - Der Frauenzug aus Bombay (1999) and Happy End in Switzerland
Merle Kröger (www.pong-berlin.de),
artist, filmmaker, co-founder and member of the Botschaft e.V.
and dogfilm and of the platform pong, with brings together a publishing
house and a production company. Her first crime thriller: Cut!
(Argument Verlag Hamburg 2003), Berlin
Thursday, 16.9., 18:30
A worldwide folklore has developed around the car with the star:
it has become the Germany's number one export - despite the fact
that Germany was once seen a nation of culture. A lecture containing
light and video elements will show how Daimler Chrsyler nurtures
and commercially exploits the Mercedes myth as far as it is able
This series of lectures came about in cooperation
with the author/ curator Bettina Funcke, who works as an editor
at Dia Art Foundation, New York.
The entire Academy collectively performs a folklore of feelings
in three steps:
On the opening day (Monday, August 30), you are invited to attend
a mass blind date in order to get to know the members of the Academy.
Monday, 30th of August, 7 p.m.
2. Love Songs Competition
On Saturday, September 11, the best originally written and composed
love songs will be chosen in the Grand Prix d'Amour, a project
by Nicholas Bussmann. (If you are interested in applying, some
starting positions will be auctioned on Ebay.)
Saturday, 11th of September, 9 p.m.
Last supper & Party.
Sunday, 19th of September, 8 p.m.
Hebbel am Ufer presents the following events in co-operation
with the Sindi Now festival, staged by the Istanbul Foundation.
Freitag, September 3, 2004, HAU 2
The group Orient Expressions, which consists of DJ Yakuza (Can
Utkan), Cem Yildiz and Richard Hamer, present their new album
Divan. Traditional Turkish folk music and electronic sounds are
fused in their tracks and combined with strong vocal elements.
DJ Yakuza will keep the party going once the concert has finished.
Saturday, September 4, 2004, HAU 2
Baba Zula & Mad Professor
The Turkish group Baba Zula pull off a crossover of current beats
with traditional Turkish music. Shepherd's pipes and lutes are
combined with electronic elements to create a new version of folk
Mercan Dede, a pioneer in connecting Oriental Groove with electronic
beats, will be at the turntables afterwards.