Shared perspectives, entangled histories and relativizations of the west

April 1 at 1:00 PM — April 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM

"Track Academy" is a series of discursive programs combining scientific, artistic and educational formats. It creates communicative situations through the temporal and spatial condensation of the different activities, allowing for broader scopes of interaction and activation of specific knowledge. The themes "Track Academy" tackles derive from the exhibition program of the Kunstverein in 2017. They address contemporary challenges such as digitalization and networking, urbanity and urban development as well as migration and diversity.

Track_2 Shared perspectives, entangled histories and relativizations of the west

Plural and multiperspective views and expectations towards a life in Europe are replacing the idea of a historically and culturally justified self-understanding of western majority societies. Track_2 focuses on the exchange, transfer and translation of singular (hi)stories and biographies through media. What are the risks, challenges and chances articulated within alternative and resistant perspectives on Europe? Via which media, spaces and formats do they become public? And what are the concepts of the public and of a cultural norm at stake?

1 pm
Concerning Violence
Screening of Göran Olsson’s documentary (2014) based on a text by Frantz Fanon, commented on by Tania Mancheno (political scientist, Hamburg)

Swedish director Göran Olsson’s documentary "Concerning Violence" (2014) is the first cinematic adaptation of the controversial book "The Wretched of the Earth" by Frantz Fanon (published originally in 1961).
Before and after the screening political scientist Tania Mancheno will intervene to discuss the translation of Fanon’s text into a contemporary film. She will focus on the contextualization of both artistic forms – text and film – and the changes the written language undergoes in the film.

Tania Mancheno has been engaged with Fanon's thinking since 2010. She regularly holds seminars and workshops on Fanon for Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. Currently she writes her Phd on the forgotten history of multiculturalism at University in Hamburg wherein Fanon’s thinking functions as methodological approach for a decolonial reading of multiculturalism.

In German 

3 – 6 pm
Words become Actions
Presentations and actions with Salah Zater (journalist and activist, Hamburg) and workshop participants

In March the workshop "Speak Loud" with Salah Zater took place at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. It addressed people that recently moved to Hamburg to find words and ways to communicate diverse perspectives in the community, society and politics. Departing from stories and experiences, observations and topics alongside the concomitant questions and propositions were given a voice. In fusing activism, writing and public action the workshop aimed at creating spaces in which publicity is possible and alternative knowledge can be heard.

Salah Zater is a TV-journalist from Libya who lives in Hamburg since 2015 and engages in refugee issues, against racism, islamophobia and for freedom of speech and expression.

In English

4 pm
Exercises On Decolonial Archives; Forming Collective Memories
Squat Monument (Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat) with Suza Husse (District, Berlin) in conversation about the project "Trümmerberg Kilimanjaro. Artistic Reconsiderations on Decolonizing Archives" in Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin.

Squat Monument is an artistic research project by Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat. Since 2015 it has been activating (hi)stories through alternative perspectives and untold narratives. With poetic gestures the project "squats monuments" and claims space for new forms of collective memory cultures. "Trümmerberg Kilimanjaro" is a performative archive gathering urban traces of German colonialism with its cultural and economic forms of expression as well as of migrational contexts in Tempelhof-Schönerberg, Berlin.

In conversation with Suza Husse, artistic director of District Berlin, an interdisciplinary think and work space for the collaborative intersection of art and other fields of knowledge, Squat Monument will speak about the reappropriation of knowledge but also about fields of action that can be taken mutually whilst collaborating.

In English 

5.30 pm
Denken was Tomorrow
Lecture-Performance by Dan Thy Nguyen (artist, director and performer, Hamburg)

At the end of the 1970s the first refugees from Vietnam came to Germany. As Boat People they had been floating on the sea, hoping to be saved. The family of Dan Thy Nguyen was part of them. 35 years later refugees are floating on the Mediterranean and society seems to be helpless in facing the situation. 

In the spoken performance "Denken was Tomorrow" Dan Thy Nguyen deals with the personal stories of his parents, their war experiences and their flight but also the first years in Germany, the building of a life and the racism experienced.

In his productions and performances Dan Thy Nguyen deals with memory, personal stories and related questions of publicity. Which potential for the present and the future, which knowledge do they bear?

In German

6 pm
Archives, memories and blind spots
Media and formats of presentation and mediation of alternative (hi)stories and perspectives
Talk with Tania Mancheno, Dan Thy Nguyen and Salah Zater

What is the intended and unintended impact of different media and communication formats? Which alternative (hi)stories are being established as representation and which perspectives remain unheard and invisible? In their conversation Tania Mancheno, Dan Thy Nguyen and Salah Zater, who are active as activists and mediators in arts and theory, reflect on the blind spots of a multi-perspective public.

In English