Programme

Radical Mutation: On the Ruins of Rising Suns

Curated by Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Saskia Köbschall, Tmnit Zere, in collaboration with Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio / 23.9.–4.10. / HAU1, HAU2, HAU4

With: Abenaa Adomako, Robbie Aitken, Maya Alban-Zapata, Idil Nuna Baydar als Jilet Ayşe, Franck Bidin, Bino Byansi Bjakuleka, Memory Biwa, Edna Bonhomme, Celina Bostic, Thelma Buabeng, Caxxianne, Pepetual Mforde Chiangong, Mister Colfer, Daniele Daude, Lamin Fofana, Quinsy Gario, Natalie Greffel, Saraya Gomis, Karina Griffith, Raphael Hillebrand, Nyima Jadama, Muhammed Lamin Jamada, Jennifer Kamau, Manmeet Kaur, Label Noir, Georgina Leo St Laurent, Ligia Lewis, Robert Machiri, Mandhla, Sajan Mani, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, MINCO, Grace Ndiritu, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Nguyễn + Transitory, Katharina Oguntoye, Musa Okwonga, Shanti Souki Osman, Eric Otieno, Barbara Santos, Shannon Sea, Lerato Shadi, Ahmed Soura, The String Archestra, The Swag, Armeghan Taheri, DJ Walta, Moro Yapha, ZOE and others

Guest curators Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Saskia Köbschall and Tmnit Zere conceive the opening programme in this new space in HAU1. “Radical Mutation” forges bridges between historical struggles for equality, anti-racism and representation in culture and current efforts for radical change. Berlin is the starting point for tracing these histories and their legacies. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and current struggles against structural inequalities, the programme envisions cultural realities that deeply reflect our complexities and become spaces for alliances, recovery and healing.

This is what the guest curators say about their work at HAU1:

“The programme ‘Radical Mutation: On the Ruins of Rising Suns’ forges bridges between historical struggles for equality, anti-racism and representation in arts/culture and current efforts for radical change in cultural spaces. The city of Berlin is the starting point for tracing these histories and their legacies, which lead us from Douala to Neukölln, from Tiergarten to Harlem and beyond. The title of the programme references one of the first recorded Black theatre revues produced in Germany (‘Sunrise in Morning Land’, 1930) staged at a popular working class ballroom in Neukölln, which challenged the portrayal of Black people in cultural productions of the Weimar Republic. ‘Radical Mutation’ symbolically attends ‘Sunrise in Morning Land’’s performance, strolls through Berlin’s Tiergarten with Alain Locke and Claude McKay in the 1920s, who later shaped the Harlem Renaissance movement, discusses culture and politics with actress Rasha (portrayed in Schad’s painting ‘Agosta the Winged Man and Rasha the Black Dove’, 1929) in her circus caravan on Leopoldplatz and listens in on May Ayim and Audre Lourde’s conversations on poetry and the anti-racist struggle. ‘Radical Mutation’ commemorates these endeavours, traces their erasure and shifts them to a historical theatre space built in 1908 (the Hebbel-Theater, HAU1). In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and current struggles against racism and structural and environmental inequalities, the programme becomes a caesura. It envisions cultural realities that deeply reflect our complexities and become spaces for alliances, recovery and healing.”  – Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Saskia Köbschall and Tmnit Zere

For the mutation of HAU1, HAU has sought accomplices: Prof. Janina Audick’s UdK class of stage design – Anneke Frank, Paula Meuthen, Helena Schaber, Olivia Schrøder, Yaming Wang / artistic project management: Daniela Zorrozua / Janina Audick – redesigns it into a hybrid space that oscillates the boundaries between stage and audience, between culture and nature. The theater becomes an antibody.

Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio

  • Radioprogramm in collaboration with Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio:

    23.9. 17:00:

    Radical Mutation − Radio Session #1

    Listening at Pungwe (Memory Biwa & Robert Machiri) // Robbie Aitken Audio Lecture

    Listening at Pungwe – the joint project of the Namibian historian Memory Biwa and the sound artist Robert Machiri – deals with German colonial history in their radiophonic lecture performance “Dzimudzangara: A Spectral Figuration of Archival Voices”. The story is about Kingigitile ‘Bokero’ Ngwale, who, obsessed with the spirit medium Hongo, recruits fighters against the German invaders. The artists overlay vinyl recordings from several decades with songs, poems and momentary gestures into the past, and invite listeners to collectively hear and feel that which is invisible.

    25.9. 17:00:

    Radical Mutation - Radio Session #2

    Daniel Daude + guest (The String Archestra) // MINCO

    Daniele Daude, the founder and director of the String Archestra, discusses the histories of Black composers and their roles in liberation movements. The String archestra is a chamber, string ensemble created in 2016 in Berlin, Germany to empower musicians of color in classical music and to recognize composers who have been overlooked in music history because of their ethnicity and gender.

    MINCO is a Berlin born and raised artist. Her sound is a brilliant fusion of Berlin clubbing sensibilities, a family lineage rooted in West Africa and an enlightening trip to South Africa, where she fell in love with house music. Her music incorporates intense and driving melodic house and techno with an uncontested rhythmic funk. Currently MINCO is a part of the Berlin-based Rise Collective and a resident at the highly prestigious Watergate club.

    26.9. 22:00

    Radical Mutation - Radio Session #3

    DJ Walta

    28.9. 17:00

    Radical Mutation - Radio Session #4

    Musa Okwonga, Ahmed Soura, Lamin Fofana

    1.10. 17:00

    Radical Mutation - Radio Session #5

    Manmeet Kaur + Mister Colfer

    Born in Kashmir and raised in Punjab, Manmeet Kaur (India's pioneer femcee) creates and performs poetry on rhythms, voicing her hope-full social perception as a stoic explorer of sounds to materialize harmony, challenging the often ignored, self-destructive social aspirations hailing in today's hyper-competitive digital world of materialistic human mind. Her expertise of practise lies in performing live lyrical improvisations with bands, along with rapping travelogues on swingy hip hop beats.  
    Manmeet Kaur is currently hosted by Savvy Contemporary in Berlin for their first long- term residency, generously funded by Martin Roth Initiative.

    Through her songs, Manmeet provokes a reminder of the stranded noble customs, seeking a simpler lifestyle in this modern age of rigorous industrialization. For this special gathering, “Bayer A Moment”  accumulates  her euro- centric learnings  around industrial, pharma-cultural and communal toxicity that holds a foreseeable impact on the human race at this given time of a semi strategized global health pandemic. Now how do we see a stoic light beyond the tunnels we frame around the applicability of humanity? She aims to participate in the collective act.
    Joining as the yang element will be 'Mister Colfer'. He is a multidisciplinary artist from Montpellier, France. They together form a dialogue on nutritional values behind consumption of ideas products and services in today's time. They welcome critique and exchange of knowledge between occupational different people hence inviting the audience without any prejudice.

    2.10. 17:00

    Radical Mutation - Radio Session #6

    Shanti Souki Osman

    22:00

    Radical Mutation - Radio Session #7

    A Conversation between Grace Ndiritu (The Year of Black Healing) and Edna Bonhomme
    (The Black Berlin Union)

    “The Year of Black Healing” is an artistic response to President Macron’s declaration that 2020 is the year of Africa in the entire French territory. In order to counterbalance the co-opting of Black Culture by politicians to promote their own agendas, Grace Ndiritu has declared that 2020 is in fact The Year of Black Healing. A year long programme of exhibitions, performances and talks in collaboration with different institutions, focusing on Ndiritu’s work and its relation to decolonization, spiritual practice, black and indigenous culture, neoliberalism and racism #georgefloyd.

    Edna Bonhomme is an art worker, historian, lecturer, writer and former biologist whose work interrogates the archaeology of (post)colonial science, embodiment and surveillance. A central question of her work is: what makes people sick? Her practices trouble the perception of modern plagues and ways to escape from them. She earned her PhD at Princeton University. Her dissertation “Plagued Bodies and Spaces: Medicine, Trade, and Death in Egypt and Tunisia, 1500-1804 CE”, explored the history of epidemics, trade and funeral rites in North Africa and the Middle East.

    4.10. 17:00 & 22:00

    Radical Mutation - Radio Session #8

    Armeghan Taheri "What's Afghan Punk Anyway?" // Nguyễn + Transitory

    17:00

    A Conversation with Armeghan Taheri: What's Afghan Punk Anyway?

    In late 2018, writer, editor and director Armeghan Taheri founded “What’s Afghan Punk Rock, Anyway?”; an annual magazine available in print and digital format, bringing together global stories from Afghan narrators. Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio sits down with Armeghan to discuss her ideas behind the project.

    22:00–23.30

    Radical Mutation - Radio Session #9

    A Conversation with ZOE

    ZOE works as a freelance artist, dancer, musician and choreographer with a focus on queer-feminist and inclusive work. She is a former member of the “House of Melody which was originally founded as the first German House and was a leading force for Ballroom/Vogue culture within Germany. For the conversation she will be joined by guests discussing ballroom culture in Germany.

     

Dates

Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.