A Utopian Stage: ACT III
INVOCATIONS 28.03.2019 15:00
WITH Drummers of Joy (Ekow Alabi, Mark Kofi Asamoah, Ayo Sonko, Akinola Famson), Jessica Ekomane, Hasan El-Malik, Jihan El-Tahri, Satch Hoyt & Earl Harvin, Maco (4 RUDE), Reetu Sattar, Mohammad Salemy, Slavs and Tatars, Simon Wachsmuth
Vali Mahlouji, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Kamila Metwaly Welcome & Introduction
|Reetu Sattar: Lost Tune (2018) Film Screening|
|Simon Wachsmuth: Pulad Zurkhaneh (2007) Film Screening and talk|
|Mohammad Salemy: Roots of a Conflation: Between Cultural Third Worldism and Iranian Islamic Nationalism Lecture|
|Maco (4 RUDE): Butoh-Solo Invisible Friends Dance Performance|
|Activation of the Cultural Atlas Meeting Point: entrance at SAVVY Contemporary (Plantagenstraße 31)|
|Drummers Of Joy Music Performance|
|Slavs and Tatars: Red-Black Thread (2018) Lecture Performance|
|Satch Hoyt & Earl Harvin: How Sound Informs, Defines and Explains Radical Black Culture Performance|
|Drummers Of Joy Music Performance|
|Jihan El-Tahri in conversation with Hasan El-Malik Sounds of Erasure Lecture|
|Followed by a music performance by Hasan El-Malik, Sun Blues|
|Jessica Ekomane: A Quadrophonic Sound Performance Sound Performance|
Within the framework of this year's MaerzMusik, we cordially invite you for a day of Invocations which will summon performative responses and critical conversations by an eclectic group of artists, performers, composers and thinkers who are invited to activate the contents, discourses, histories and points of reference relating to the radical and experimental spirits of the 1960s and 1970s. We invite the participants to zoom in and out of The Shifting Sands of Utopias: A Cultural Atlas (which is the very entry point into the exhibition at SAVVY Contemporary). The open platform of Invocations invites responses, interpretations and engagements with the emancipating ambitions and contradictions of ‘the age of modernism and revolution’ and the transcendentalisms, internationalisms and the radical desires to unlock utopian potentials.
A Utopian Stage is a multi-faceted and (open-ended) evolving project that revisits the radical aspirations of the hyper-modernist networks of artists and experimentalists which defined the 1960s and 1970s. This reconstruction of a complex space of international modernity is defined by the ‘third worldist’ sensibilities of the immediate post-colonial period. The project traces a cultural atlas through which knowledge was exchanged across alternative (often non-European) plateaus. This process of global ‘reorientation’ takes us through a reconstruction of the gaze – subverting the single ‘reading’ of West to East into a more cyclical model, engaging in cultural, philosophical and political negotiations from East to East, East to West, South to East, South to South – constructing a panoramic exchange of global philosophical and artistic discourse. The project explores how in the aftermath of the collapse of European hegemonies and the rise of the Global South a fluid artistic exchange was possible across geographies, histories and forms in ways and on a scale that had never been possible before. The ideals and the highs and lows of 20th century modernist universalisms are explored from the vantage point of the sensibilities and urgencies of the emerging Global South and their alliances with the international avant-garde.
Text by Vali Mahlouji
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
CURATOR Vali Mahlouji
ASSOCIATE CURATOR Kamila Metwaly
EXHIBITION PRODUCER Ola Zielińska
ASSISTANT PRODUCER Jörg-Peter Schulze
MANAGEMENT Lema Sikod & Lynhan Balatbat
COMMUNICATION Anna Jäger & Marleen Boschen
Design Lili Somogyi & Elsa Westreicher
LIVE STREAM Boiling Head Media
COLLABORATION The project is presented within the program of MaerzMusik–Festival für Zeitfragen.
Image Credit Like Water On Hot Rocks. Goshka Macuga and Vali Mahlouji, first performed at Dhaka Art Summit ’18 / Courtesy of the artists, DAS ‘18, Liverpool Biennial 2018, New North and South and Archaeology of the Final Decade.