What drives us: Energy and energeia between politics and poetics

Literature Days

The term energy is a high-frequency word in our time and opens up a broad array of associations and discourses in science, politics and culture. It gives rise to literary poetics and manifests itself as an evidential experience in the performative power of the arts. For three consecutive days, the Akademie der Künste will address the pressing questions raised by the term. The programme will be framed by artistic and discursive contributions from all sections of the Akademie der Künste, film screenings, an exhibition, video installations, presentations from the archive, guided tours of the Architectural Archives, a presentation by KUNSTWELTEN,  

On the second day, a symposium will address questions in the areas of “Energy, Poetics and Ecology” and “Energy and Creative Power” with participants from the Akademie der Künste, academia, politics, and business. The “Open Space: Café Climate” by the European Alliance of Academies invites participants to join the discussion on the topics of climate, energy, democracy and art.



3 pm, Black Box, free admission
Die bewegliche Zukunft (Director: Kathrin Röggla, Germany 2013, 45 min, German OV)
Film screening and talk with Kathrin Röggla

4 pm, Passageway, free admission
Nanne Meyer, Atem (noch nicht mehr), 2021–23
Exhibition opening

4:30 – 6 pm, Plenary Hall
Symposium: Panel I Energy and creative power
Panel discussion with Barbara Gronau, Steffen Mensching, Monika Rinck and Susanne Strätling

6 – 6:45 pm, Plenary Hall
Talk on solar energy
with Mike Schlaich and Matthias Schuler (Managing Director Transsolar)

6:45 pm, free admission
Guided tour of the depot
with Mike Schlaich 

6:45 – 8:15 pm, Clubroom with bistro service and open terrace, free admission
Open Space: Café Climate
with Benjamin Beuerle, Petja Ivanova, Jovana Popić, Eckhard Roelcke, Matthias Schuler, Iris ter Schiphorst, Ingo Uhlig, Cécile Wajsbrot

8:30 – 10 pm, Plenary Hall
Symposium: Panel II Energy – poetics – ecology
with Ulrike Draesner, Kathrin Röggla, Ingo Uhlig and Helge Wendt


Free admission on all three days:

Video installations in the sculpture garden and in the clubroom

Exhibition of drawings by Nanne Meyer in the passageway

Showcase exhibition of the literary archive and the library in front of the Plenary Hall

Exhibition of the KUNSTWELTEN art education project on the bridge


Funded by Gesellschaft der Freunde der Akademie der Künste e.V. Berlin, Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin, Institut français Deutschland

With the kind support of Centre Marc Bloch and arte

Media partners: radioeins, Perlentaucher

Thursday, 23 Nov 2023

3 pm – 10 pm

Pariser Platz

Further programme:

Wed 22 Nov

Fri 24 Nov

In German

€ 6/4 Day ticket

€ 15/9 Combined ticket for all three days

(unless otherwise indicated)