Detroit – Berlin: One Circle

The Box

Part of “Claiming Common Spaces”


Between 30.5. and 2.6. at HAU Hebbel am Ufer the festival “Detroit-Berlin: One Circle” traces the intimate relation of two repeatedly written off and yet symbolically over-determined places. Mainly in the pop-cultural consciousness of the 1980s, the two cities Detroit and Berlin invariably connected to the rapid development and dissemination of techno music. The reception and distribution of the kind of techno that emerged in Detroit in the 1980s – a sound that worked against the decline of the Fordist city after the onset of the country’s de-industrialization by evoking a utopian image of the future – also paved the way for Berlin to become a metropolis for electronic music. The festival does, however, not only focus on the rich musical exchange between both cities. It also takes the equally productive fields of artistic practice and urban policy debates into account. At HAU2 film- and video material from the festival and on the virulent relation of cities will be shown.

With a.o. Ché (Detroit), Kotti Shop/SuperFuture (Berlin) and Halima Cassells/Free Market of Detroit, Miz Korona (Detroit), Papier Tiger TV (New York), Tiff Massey (Detroit) and Elisa Bertuzzo (Berlin) in conversation with Ingrid LaFleur (Detroit): A video walk through Berlin.


  • Past
    Thu 21.6.2018, 18:00 / HAU2
    Fri 22.6.2018, 12:00 / HAU2
    Sat 23.6.2018, 12:00 / HAU2


A project by the Alliance of International Production Houses, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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