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Art festival

Curated by Thilo Fischer

Wolfgang Hoffmann, Martin Hossbach, Thomas Oberender, Julia Stoschek Foundation and Jeroen Versteele

Art festival

ICC International Congress Center Berlin

"The Sun Machine Is Coming Down"

7 - 17 October 2021

Berliner Festspiele

As a format, this art event stands in the tradition of a particular performance scheme preceded by the “Palace of the Republic” or “Down to Earth” as part of the “Immersion” programme series. Various parallel modules were used to construct an artistic and social framework that links aesthetic and political phenomena in generating new realms of experience. Here existing artistic elements such as Frank Oehring’s “Große Lichtplastik” were combined with works developed especially for this project such as Markus Selg’s glass vitrines resembling dioramas, or Cyprien Gaillard’s “Suspire (for ICC’s control room)”.

A promising confrontation that came into effect through the connection of bodies, nature and technology in the works of Chloé Moglia, Tino Sehgal, Andrea Salustri, Darragh McLoughlin, Jörg Müller, Alexander Vantournhout / not standing, Ayaka Nakama, Grace Tjang / Needcompany, Monira Al Qadiri and Raed Yassin, was reflected in the resistance of the protagonists of the video works from the Julia Stoschek Collection, the range of the music and lecture programme with appearances by Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Nazanin Noori and Rosaceae and was explored further in the cultivation of conversation by the Floating University or the séances programme developed by Joulia Strauss in memory of Friedrich Kittler.

The 10-day-cinema programme "Breaking News, Talking Heads and Arts", curated by Thilo Fischer, consisted of 23 short and full-length films with a total duration of over 34 hours looking back on extraordinary moments in the history of the Berliner Festspiele and its predecessor, the Berliner Festwochen. Developed from a film project that has been running for over a year, the programme combined complete documentary recordings of concerts, performances, actions, reportage and conversations, with newly produced collages of archive film material as well as standalone artistic works and feature films.

With: Pina Bausch, Samuel Beckett, René Block, John Cage, Frank Castorf, Merce Cunningham, Sergej Eisenstein, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Gil Evans Orchestra, Tadeusz Kantor, Allan Kaprow, Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Ragnar Kjartansson, Hildegard Knef, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Udo Lindenberg, The Living Theatre, Gordon Matta-Clark, Jonathan Meese, Meredith Monk, Heiner Müller, Erwin Piscator, Luca Ronconi, Einar Schleef, Christoph Schlingensief, Sun Ra Allstars, Tangerine Dream, Vegard Vinge, Wolf Vostell and Sasha Waltz

Film program

"Breaking News, Talking Heads and Arts"

by Thilo Fischer

7 - 17 October 2021

Cinema 3


"The End of this World" with Jekaterina Oertel, llya Khrzhanovsky, Ilya Permiakov and Thomas Oberender

Invitation by Thilo Fischer

9 October 2021

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Photo Credits: Berliner Festspiele / Eike Walkenhorst / Thilo Fischer

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