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Design (c) Elsa Westreicher

but the sea kept turning blank pages looking for history
- On the State of Refugeeness -

22nd & 23rd August 2014

MORE INFO HERE: On the State of Refugeeness

A project by “To Whom It May Concern”* & Anna Jäger

SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstr. 20 I 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

SESSION I

8th August 2014: 10am - 1pm

“Wer hat Angst vorm schwarzen Mann”?
On the Politics of Fear, Psychopathology and the Mobility of Bodies

Panellists: Damani J. Partridge, Eben Louw, Natalie Ofori, Patras Bwansi

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SESSION II

8th of August 2014: 14.00 – 17.00

The right to reside with rights: On the nation state, citizenship, and 'cosmopolitics'

Panellists: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Damani J. Partridge, Brigitta Kuster, Benjamin Zachariah

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SESSION III

22nd August 2014

10.00 – 13.00

On Welfare, Histories of Entanglement and the Ethical Dilemmas of Humanitarianism

Panelists: Napuli Langa (Activist), Joshua Kwesi Aikins (Activist, Researcher/ Universität Bielefeld), Adam Bahar (Activist), Kamal Aljafari (film maker)

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SESSION IV

22nd August 2014

13.00 – 15.00

D/Remonstrare – On the right to empathize

Panelists: Berenice Böhlo (Lawyer/ RAV), Thomas Wüppesahl, (BAG Kritische PolizistInnen), Alexander Bosch (Amnesty Polizei), Stefan Redlich (Spokesman/ Police Berlin)

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SESSION V

22nd August 2014

15.30 – 17.30

Workshop I – Legal Questions

Participants: Berenice Böhlo (Lawyer/ RAV), Thomas Wüppesahl (BAG Kritische Polizisten)

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SESSION VI

23rd August 2014

10.00-12.00

Space politics and Spatial Justice: appropriating and constructing spaces

Panellists: Noa Ha (Researcher/ Center for Metropolitan Studies TU Berlin), Hazem Alnamla (Researcher, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), Volkmar Nickol (Architect, GHS), Natasha Kelly (Anti-racist activist, spokesperson GHS), Raumlabor Berlin (tbc - Architects), Katharina Rohde (Social Designer, Curator, Urbanist)

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SESSION VII

23rd August 2014

13.00 - 15.00

Crafting Worlds. Autoprogettazione and Making Things Happen

Participants: Raumlabor Berlin (tbc- Architects), Le Van Bo-Mentzel (Architect, Hartz-IV design furniture), Sebastian Daeschle (Cucula), Maiga Chamseddine (Cucula), Malik Agachi (Cucula) , Saidou Moussa (Cucula), Ali Maiga Nouhou (Cucula) , Moussa Usuman (Cucula)

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SESSION VIII

23rd August 2014

15.30 - 17.30

Workshop II – Thinking With Our Hands. (Practical design/ construction session)

Participants: Sebastian Daeschle (Cucula), Maiga Chamseddine (Cucula) , Malik Agachi (Cucula , Saidou Moussa (Cucula), Ali Maiga Nouhou (Cucula) , Moussa Usuman (Cucula), Raumlabor Berlin (tbc- Architects), Philipp Misselwitz (Architect, City planner/ Urban Catalyst)

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PERFORMANCE

18.00

Dance Improvisation by Ahmed Soura


but the sea kept turning blank pages looking for history

- On the State of Refugeeness -

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about 18,000 people have made the journey over the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of 2014 and it is estimated that some 20,000 people perished upon their attempt to get into Lampedusa.

These ‘facts’ and figures have become ‘normalcy’ and information and discourses with regards to the refugee situation, as championed by the media, the academia, lawyers, politicians and refugees themselves are more often than not caught up in stereotypical frames or are blocked in boxes accessible only to individuals of one of the aforementioned groups.

The project but the sea kept turning blank pages looking for history,whose title is a paraphrase of a line in Derek Walcott's “The Sea is History”, will provide a platform for plenary discussions, screenings, lectures, workshops and performances that reflect on the status quo and future, on the production of knowledge, on the creation and cultivation of imagery, on the role of the arts in such times of crisis, on the sociological implications, and on the history we are making regarding 'refugeeness'.

While public discourse and political agendas around the issue of refugees tend to concentrate on them as the loci of problems and solutions surrounding the topic, the fears and problematization of the status of “refugeeness” often have less to do with asylum seekers themselves, but with deeply rooted anxieties about “others” and migration in the German and European context in general but the sea kept turning blank pages looking for history aims to take a self-reflexive position by unravelling the complexities of anxieties/ fears of both state and public towards refugees in a broader historical and socio-political context. It will thus offer a transdisciplinary platform within the context of an art space, where the balancing act between performing action and articulating speech, where public visibility and natural invisibility, as well as citizenship will be exercised. SAVVY Contemporary will bring together artists, art theorists, architects, philosophers, sociologists, lawyers, economists, politicians and people called refugees at SAVVY Contemporary Berlin to deliberate together, and exchange on the state of 'refugeeship'.

1 See: Fanon, F. “The Negro and Psychopathology”, in: Black Skin, White Masks. 1952

* To Whom It May Concern is the SAVVY curatorial collective, which consists of Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Dr. Elena Agudio and Saskia Köbschall. This project was co-curated by Anna Jäger.