NIC Kay, Performance Still © CoreyMelton
NIC Kay, Performance Still © CoreyMelton

With "Performances of No-thingness", Nana Adusei-Poku presents an inquiry into cultural productions of the Black diaspora as a critique on hegemonic concepts of identity during a discursive platform of the event series "Colonial Repercussions". These perspectives examine the Western notions of gender, race and sexualities during performances, workshops, lectures, city tours and talks. With Travis Alabanza, Ain Bailey, NIC Kay, Okwui Okpokwasili, Christina Sharpe et al. In English and German.

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WritingCage © Arnold Dreyblatt
WritingCage © Arnold Dreyblatt

Under the title "Valued Art of Verse", Haus für Poesie invites international poets to the 19th poesiefestival berlin, to examine values through the art of verse and bring them to the stage as poetry. One focal point of the festival, presented in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste, is to present concrete, visual and sound poetry. Poet Elke Erb will give this year's Berlin Poetry Lecture. In German and English.

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Film still from <i>Der Rosenkönig</i> (1986) by Werner Schroeter. Photo: © Elfi Mikesch
Film still from Der Rosenkönig (1986) by Werner Schroeter. Photo: © Elfi Mikesch

By-Products of Love.
Elfi Mikesch
Rosa von Praunheim
Werner Schroeter

18 May — 12 Aug 2018

Exhibition, Films, Performances, Talks

Under the title By-Products of Love, the exhibition focuses on three artists who were bound together by an intense, life-long friendship: photographer and director Elfi Mikesch, filmmaker and activist Rosa von Praunheim and theatre, opera and film director Werner Schroeter (1945–2010). This exhibition is the first to contextualise the visual arts oeuvres of the three artists, using photographs, films, drawings, sound installations, texts, and documents to articulate and interweave the diverse aesthetic and biographical references they share.

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C& Center of unfinished business. Photo: © Florian Bong-Kil Grosse
C& Center of unfinished business. Photo: © Florian Bong-Kil Grosse

C& Center of unfinished business
24 Apr — 30 Jun 2018

Exhibition

Conceived by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, C& Center of unfinished business is a reading room that offers visitors an extraordinary, sometimes disconcerting selection of books that are linked to the topic of colonialism. A walk-in book case structure that can be used from different perspectives and which was exclusively developed to work in and move to diverse locations.

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Brecht-Weigel Gedenkstätte. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Brecht-Weigel Gedenkstätte. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

Bertolt Brecht's study, Helene Weigel's conservatory, Anna Seghers' "crow's nest" – regular tours offer visitors a fascinating insight into the homes and studies of the writer Anna Seghers, actress and theatre director Helene Weigel and the writer Bertolt Brecht. The Brecht-Weigel Memorial Centre in Berlin-Mitte and the Anna Seghers Memorial Centre in Berlin-Adlershof are both part of the Akademie der Künste. No advance booking required.

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Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz: view of the Brandenburg Gate © Manfred Mayer
Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz: view of the Brandenburg Gate © Manfred Mayer

The Akademie der Künste in Berlin is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe. It is an international community of artists that currently totals 408 members in its six Sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). The Akademie is an exhibition and event location. A key component of the  Akademie are its archives, which collectively form one of the most important interdisciplinary archives on 20th century art.

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Photo: Records from the Prussian Academy of Arts © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2016
Photo: Records from the Prussian Academy of Arts © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2016

The Archives at the Akademie der Künste may be used free of charge for scholarly, private, or press research. Since December 2015, the Archives Database offers a regularly updated online digital research tool. The database contains information on all of the collections in the Archives, which comprise around 1,020,000 archival materials as well as approximately 462,000 analogue and digital copies of archival materials.

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Ketty Nivyabandi, photo © Chris Schwagga
Friday, 25 May
Opening Event

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

poesiefestival berlin 2018.
Valued Art of Verse Weltklang – Night of Poetry

Under the title "Valued Art of Verse", Haus für Poesie invites international poets to the 19th poesiefestival berlin, to examine values through the art of verse and bring them to the stage as poetry. The Festival, presented in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste, will open with "Weltklang – Night of Poetry", the multilingual panorama of international poetry. In German and English.

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George Grosz and John Heartfield, Berlin, 1920, photo © Akademie der Künste
Saturday, 26 May
Book Presentation

3 pm

John-Heartfield-Haus
Schwarzer Weg 12
15377 Waldsieversdorf

Böffel & Mött – Employees of the Grosz-Heartfield Concern George Grosz. Sein Leben

The monograph George Grosz. Sein Leben portrays the turbulent life of this rigorous observer of human beings. In 1915, Georg Groß met the Herzfeld brothers. This friendship produced the satirist George Grosz, the Malik Publisher Wieland Herzfelde and the "montage artist" John Heartfield. The event will focus on highlighting the collaboration between these two artists. In German.

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Siegfried Kühn, photo © Irma Grefte
Thursday, 31 May
Archive Presentation

7.30 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Siegfried Kühn: Die Erdorgel oder Wunderbare abgründige Welt

Siegfried Kühn is regarded as one of the most original and idiosyncratic German directors. In Die Erdorgel, he presents a comic-satirical story with autobiographical references, in which he once more describes the world as a grotesque happening. At the book presentation, Siegfried Kühn will talk about his work. Ulrike Krumbiegel and Christian Steyer will read. In German.

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Photo: Arno Declair
Saturday, 2 Jun
Discussion

4 pm

Pariser Platz

Foyer im Erdgeschoss

By-Products of Love.

Rosa von Praunheim produced the autobiographical two-person play Jeder Idiot hat eine Oma, nur ich nicht with Božidar Kocevski and Heiner Bomhard at Deutsches Theater in Berlin to mark the occasion of his 75th birthday. Both actors are invited to discuss the theatre adaptation and to perform extracts. In German.

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