The launch of the trans-regional art projec - that will take place in Brussels, Istanbul, London, Lodz, Minsk, Novi Sad, Hovikodden/Oslo, San Sebastian and Beijing between 17 July 2012 and 30 April 2013 - is a festival where a selection of scenarios and their protagonists are presented.
Thirty scenarios, and thus thirty different ways of thinking about Europe, form the
point of departure for the trans-regional art project Europe (to the power of) n, which
takes place in Brussels, Istanbul, London, Łódź, Minsk, Novi Sad, Høvikodden/Oslo,
San Sebastián, and Beijing between 17 July 2012 and 30 April 2013. The launch of
the project starts with a festival at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Within
this frame a selection of scenarios and their protagonists are presented.
An understanding of Europe that is pluralistic, heterogeneous and frayed and full of contradictions forms the basis of the project. This Europe arising from the scenarios is permeable and not closed. It has challenging relationships to others, is challenged and challenges itself in itself. It does not defend its identity and unity, but opens itself up. With and through the works of art Europe is set in relation to others taking into consideration its colonial, non-European past, its current migrant imprints and its increasing global interdependences. In this project, Europe’s culture is clearly embedded in other cultures and cannot be understood as a solitary entity.
11 a.m.–12 a.m. Press Conference (in German)
Europe in the Making – The Schuman Plan, Eva Kroll, BRD 1952 (historical documentation about the European Coal and Steel Community, predecessor of the European Community), presented by Florian Wüst, 10 min.
Speakers: Bernd Scherer, Director Haus der Kulturen der Welt; Sabine Hentzsch, Director Goethe-Institut London; Barbara Steiner, Artistic Director Europe (to the power of) n
6 p.m. Evening Programme (German with English Translations) Opening
Europe in the Making – The Schuman Plan, Eva Kroll, BRD 1952 (historical documentation about the European Coal and Steel Community, predecessor of the European Community), presented by Florian Wüst, 10 min
Speakers: Bernd Scherer, Director Haus der Kulturen der Welt; Johannes Ebert, General Secretary of the Goethe-Institut
Film Neighbours, Florian Göthner, 5 min.
6.30 p.m. Lecture: Barbara Steiner “Why do an Art Project about Europe?”
7.30 p.m. Lecture: Oliver Klimpel “Friendly and Hostile. Visual Identities in the Project Europe (to the power of) n”
8.00 p.m. Film About Europe?...maybe this isn't even the case, Luise Schröder, 30 min
8.30 p.m. Asako Iwama, Cooking Performance (limited attendance, advance reservation required)
10.00 p.m. Open-Air Cinema (curated by Florian Wüst)
Intro: Florian Wüst (English)
Programme (in English)
10 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Semantic Web Workshop: "How to mediate the complexity of culture?“ (advance reservation required)
12.00 p.m. Break
1 p.m. Film: Köken Ergun Binibining Promised Land (approx. 30 min)
On the film: Köken Ergun
1.45 p.m. Lecture Performance: Koen Vanmechelen Genetic Freedom.
Lecture: Filip Luyckx "The Critical Fundamentals of Europe“
2.30 p.m. Film: Aleksander Komarov Language Lessons (ca. 30 min)
Lecture: Lena Prents "Representation and Context“
3.15 p.m. Break
4.00 p.m. Lecture Performance: Janez Janša Name Readymade
Lecture: Miško Šuvaković: "ASYMMETRIES. Concepts, Metaphors and Ideological DifférAnces”
4.45 p.m. Lecture Performance: Slavs and Tatars Reverse Joy
Lecture: Joanna Sokołowska, Jarosław Lubiak "Modes of Reversal“
5.30 p.m. Talk: Annika Eriksson and Peio Aguirre about the film Wir bleiben
6.00 p.m. Lecture: Felix Vogel "A Future after the Future“
6.30 p.m. Break
7.00 p.m. Lecture: Kit Hammonds "On the point of collapse: A series of thoughts on the conflicting interests in the third sector“
7.30 p.m. Uhr Film: Ane Hjort Guttu Freedom Requires Free People (33 min)
On the film: Tone Hansen
8.15 p.m. Intro to “China-Brenner”: Thomas Wrobel
8.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. Break and “China-Brenner” (Chinese cookshop)
9.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. Roof Talks: Jun Yang “’Europe’ and China” (advance reservation required)
Installations of Annika Eriksson and of Melanie Gilligan are on permanent display during the festival.
Europe (to the power of) n is a project of the Excellence Initiative of the Goethe- Institut. The study that preceded this project, Scenarios about Europe, was carried out in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig between September 2011 and April 2012, Europe (to the power of) n is co-ordinated by the Goethe-Institut in London in collaboration with 10 institutions in- and outside the European Union.
Launch and festival are realised in close collaboration with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The artistic presentations are made possible through the support of Arend Oetker, Berlin. The entrance is free.
Reservation under: firstname.lastname@example.org till June 30th.
Press and Public Relations
Markus Müller, Bureau Mueller, Alte Schönhauserstr. 35, 10119 Berlin
Sabine Hentzsch, Goethe-Institut, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH
Barbara Steiner, Artistic Direction Europe (to the power of) n
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin