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 event will begin with music and readings by Akademie members with texts written specially for the event. Starting 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. On the last day, the programme concludes with a panel discussion in which older literary texts on energy sources will be re-examined from today’s perspective

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 Bilderkeller and the Architectural Archives, a presentation by KUNSTWELTEN, and an “Open Space: Café Climate” by the European Alliance of Academies, inviting participants to join in the discussion.



5 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:15 pm, free admission
Guided tours of the Picture Cellar
with Carolin Schönemann

6 pm, Plenary Hall

Welcome: Kathrin Röggla

Introduction: Nathalie Mälzer

Musical-literary improvisation
with Manos Tsangaris and Aleš Šteger

6:30 pm, Plenary Hall
Long night of readings
with Ulrike Draesner, Ulrich Peltzer, Kathrin Röggla, Lutz Seiler, Aleš Šteger, Asmus Trautsch and Cécile Wajsbrot


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

Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023

5 pm – 10:15 pm

Pariser Platz

6 pm, Opening

Further programme:

Thur 23 Nov

Fri 24 Nov

In German

€ 6/4 Day ticket

€ 15/9 Combined ticket for all three days

(unless otherwise indicated)