SAVVY Contemporary

That Around Which the Universe Revolves – On Rhythmanalysis of Memory, Times, Bodies in Space / Day 1

Part of “SAVVY Contemporary”


English / approx. 4 h 30 min.

“That, Around Which the Universe Revolves”  brings together visual artists, urbanists, photographers, performers, and theorists to investigate the interrelations of space and time, memory, architecture, and urban planning as well as historical and cultural heritage through Henri Lefebvre’s concept of Rhythmanalysis. The cities of Lagos, Düsseldorf, Harare, Hamburg, and Berlin engaged in a network of research, exchange and artistic dialogues that interrogates their specific local urban epistemologies and histories, and connects them with those elsewhere in the world. The cities serve as laboratories of an investigation into the temporal and spatial dimensions of everyday urban life, seen through the interrelations between the body, rhythm and urban structures. The final chapter takes place in Berlin – with a discursive and performance programme at HAU and an exhibition at the gallery SAVVY Contemporary.

Programme Day 1
1.12.2017 / HAU2

Introduction  | Annemie Vanackere & Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Performance by Robin Rhode: Blackness Blooms


WE/SPACE - Spatial Justice and Urban Histories

Presentations by Noa Ha, AbdouMaliq Simone, Omar Nagati, Emeka Okereke

Moderation: Saskia Köbschall and Ricardo Camona


Performance lecture: Greg Tate & Marque Gilmore: 

Of Senga Nengudi and The Synthetic Tango Mystery School

In Nengudi’s “R.S.V.P.” series of mythopoeic and  Constructivist dance works, fellow artist-collaborator Meren Hassinger’s body is harnessed and entangled in the exposed wiring and spavined webbing of Nengudi’s wall-mounted nylon sculptures. The symbiosis of emancipatory action and self-enmeshing achieved between Nengudi’s elegantly strung, free-hanging sculptures and Hassinger’s movement is spellbinding, confounding our sense of whether the dancer is expressing quantum entanglement or a disentanglement from bondage. An allusion to sadomasochistic sex play’s mutually consented engagement with cathartic submission and dominance mise-en-scènes is also invoked. Seen in the here and now, the built-in enchantment factor of “R.S.V.P”’s contortionist exercises is intensified by the awareness that Hassinger’s pliant and durable physique has nimbly traversed four decades since she and Nengudi began their interactive partnership.’

22:30 / WAU

DJ Sets von Greg Tate / Marque Gilmore and Lamin Fofana

Programme Day 2
Programme Day 3
The complete Programme


Artistic direction: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung / Curatorial team: Elena Agudio, Anna Jäger, Saskia Köbschall / Management: Lema Sikod / Production assistance: Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Johanna Wild / Exhibition architecture (foyer): I-Ching von Lorenzo Sandoval


  • Past
    Fri 1.12.2017, 18:00 / HAU2


A Collaboration of SAVVY Contemporary with Gintersdorfer/ Klaßen, Q-Dance, Njelele Art Station, Hebbel am Ufer, FFT Düsseldorf and Kampnagel (Hamburg). Funded through TURN Fund of the Federal Cultural Foundation.

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Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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