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 is framed by artistic and discursive contributions from all sections of the Akademie der Künste, film screenings, an exhibition, video installations, presentations from the archive and a presentation by KUNSTWELTEN. The programme concludes with a panel discussion in which older literary texts on energy sources will be re-examined from today’s perspective.



12 pm, free admission
Presentation KUNSTWELTEN

3 pm, Black Box, free admission
Europa. Kontinent im Umbruch (Director: Pierre-Olivier François, Germany / France / Belgium 2022, 53 min, German OV)
Film screening and talk with Pierre-Olivier François 

5 pm, Black Box, free admission
Unter Kontrolle (Under control) (Director: Volker Sattel, Germany 2010/11, 98 min, German OV)
Film screening and talk with Volker Sattel

7 – 9 pm, Plenary Hall

Following the presentation of the Literature Archives’ showcase exhibition with Gabriele Radecke, members of the Akademie der Künste will talk about older texts on the subject of energy: Katharina Schultens on Erdöl, a volume of poetry by Alexej Parschtschikow, Ingo Schulze on Wolfgang Hilbig’s story Der Heizer. episode and Ursula Krechel will present Georg Kaiser's play Gas.


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

Friday, 24 Nov 2023

3 pm – 9 pm

Pariser Platz

Further programme:

Wed 22 Nov

Thur 23 Nov

In German

€ 6/4 Day ticket

€ 15/9 Combined ticket for all three days

(unless otherwise indicated)