Musica inaudita focus Latin America
The concert culture we know arose in Europe in the 19th century and with it a canon of Western art music that is still taught, played and listened to today. 76% of the works played by orchestras worldwide are by dead white men (Donne Report 2022). We want to change that. In this concert we focus on contemporary Latin American music that is feminist and climate policy oriented. This music is influenced by old techniques, everyday and natural sounds as well as electronic music.
is a student initiative at the UdK Berlin. Among other things, we organize concerts with music by artists who are not included in today’s canon due to various reasons of discrimination such as gender, race, sexual identity, disability or religion.
Tools of the Trade: Building Diversity infrastructure in Theatre Institutions
In 2018, Julia Wissert and Sonja Laaser (lawyer and dramaturge) drafted the Anti-Racism clause (www.antirassismusklausel.de). The clause is a tool to protect those involved in a contractual relationship from racist remarks and attacks by employees of the client. Julia Wissert, Joy Kalu, Merle Grimme and Karina Griffith discuss this and other concrete examples of active intervention in German theatre and film institutions. How can we design instruments in our arts practice the protect and encourage diverse approaches and perspectives? What tools can we craft to build sustainable diversity in art structures?
Joy Kristin Kalu
is a dramaturge and curator for international performing arts and has a doctorate in theater studies. Most recently, she worked as a senior dramaturge at the Berlin Sophiensaelen (2017-2023). She is currently teaching as a visiting professor for performative arts at the Berlin University of the Arts.
is a screenwriter, director and producer. Merle Grimme’s graduation project from the HFF Munich, the mini-series Clashing Differences, was nominated in all categories of the New German Cinema Award (Best Director, Best Production, Best Screenplay, Best Acting Performance). Merle Grimme won the award for Best Screenplay, as well as the Big Audience Award at the First Steps Awards.
is the current director of the Schauspiel Dortmund. In 2023, Wissert was a guest professor in the Institute for Art in Context in the visual arts department at the Berlin University of the Arts.
is a visual artist, film programmer and curator with a doctorate in cinema studies. She is currently lecturer for media theory and practice at the Institute for Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Critical.Costume: Memes for Self-Empowerment
In our workshop we would like to talk about our artistic practice as costume makers and think with you about what mutual empowerment could look like. We would like to network with you and discuss what developments you would like to see in the theater and film industry or other artistic fields. Hear what your working reality as a cultural worker looks like and what similarities and differences there are. Memes are a concrete way in which we collect experiences from costume designers and make the absurd situations of everyday work visible. We want to create memes with you that shows what costume creators are confronted with every day.
In German spoken language (bilingual friendly)
Critically engaging with institutions like art schools while studying and working in them can raise contradictions that are difficult to digest. In a multi-sensory exchange, we want to let these ambivalences melt in our mouths during a shared table conversation accompanied by bittersweet, crunchy, and sticky morsels. Participants: 20 (with registration)
German and English spoken language (as required)
Contact us by email to let us know your participation needs, allergies, or questions: email@example.com
Destina Atasayar, Lu Herbst, Lucie Jo Knilli, Charlotte Perka and Lioba Wachtel
collectively organize artistic exchanges about institutional exclusion, student unity, and utopias for learning. Their work is based on experiences as (former) students of the UdK Berlin, the HfBK Hamburg, Burg Halle, and the University of Vienna. The collaboration developed out of cooperation between the collectives Eine Krise Bekommen and In the Meantime.
www.newschool-summerschool.org / www.einekrisebekommen.xyz / www.in-the-meantime.net
Conversations on Care & Access
In this mini-workshop we, Claire and Angela, will first talk to each other and then with you about the topics of care and access. The starting point for the conversations are two short texts that we would like to share with you. Reading the texts is not a prerequisite for participating in the workshop. Between the conversations, we will offer a small rest practice.
– Critical Diversity Policy. Strategy for Antidiscrimination & Diversity Berlin University of the Arts, Chapter 2.6 Accessibility at/of Arts Universities, Universität der Künste Berlin, 2023.
– Claire Cunningham: “Equations of Care & Responsibility”, in: Danceolitics, ed. by Simone Willeit and Kasia Wolińska, Uferstudios GmbH, Berlin 2022.
In Englisch spoken language with German whispering translation
Please register and let us know your access needs: firstname.lastname@example.org
is the newly appointed Professor of Choreography, Dance and Disability Arts based at HZT and a performing artist and choreographer. Her research is concerned with Crip Techniques of disabled dance artists, Aesthetics of Access and practices of care.
is Claire Cunningham’s artistic collaborator in the newly established Choreography, Dance and Disability Arts department at HZT Berlin. Her artistic work is profoundly informed by the nature of her lived reality as a chronically sick woman.
The Self-Evident Nature of Classism at Art Schools
How can we avoid exclusion if it is constitutive?
Exclusions and discrimination at art schools operate intensely through classism, although almost always in an intersectional connection with other forms of discrimination. Results from the study „Art.School.Differences“ (2016) confirm institutional normativity in regards to class background. A look at the historical establishment of art schools shows that their existence has been based on classism from the start. In the first part we would like to explore what this means for members of the institution today. In a second part, we will discuss the possibilities of a more open and accessible art school based on reimagining rejection letters.
In German spoken language and German Sign Language
is professor of philosophy and aesthetic theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her current work focuses on: the constitution and history of Western philosophical aesthetics (in the context of racial capitalism), practice theories, cultural studies, critical theories and resistance research.
is a research assistant and teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts. One of her focuses includes institutionalized mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion from a feminist-postcolonial perspective (see here). Current projects focus on cultural participation and sustainability as well as representation.
Destina Atasayar, Lu Herbst, Lucie Jo Knilli, Charlotte Perka and Lioba Wachtel
collectively organize artistic exchanges about institutional exclusion, student unity, and utopias for learning. Their work is based on experiences as (former) students of the UdK Berlin, the HfBK Hamburg, Burg Halle, and the University of Vienna. The collaboration developed out of cooperation between the collectives Eine Krise Bekommen and In the Meantime. www.newschool-summerschool.org / www.einekrisebekommen.xyz / www.in-the-meantime.net
is a research assistant for media theory at the UdK Berlin. With a doctorate on paranoia as media pathology; she is currently working on the knowledge, media and cultural history of resilience and on filmic auto-sociobiographies.
The panel brings together some editors and authors of the recently published volume Decolonizing the Arts. Aesthetic practices of learning and unlearning (Fink Verlag, 2023), which, among other things, emerged from the contributions to a series of lectures at the UdK Berlin that took place in the winter semester of 2017/18. Based on this, we will talk together about the concept and practices of unlearning at the art university.
In German and English (as required) and German Sign Language
studied semiotics, theater studies, media art and curatorial cultures. Her main interests are the intersections of knowledge production and aesthetic practices; as well as the political potential of the presentation of art and culture. She is currently researching and teaching at the Weißensee Academy of Art in Berlin.
Julian Sverre Bauer
recently completed his dissertation project “Racialization as a technology of moving images” at the UdK and most recently worked at the HBK Braunschweig. In addition to media studies issues, he is particularly interested in science and technology studies, post+colonial studies and queer theory.
is a cultural and media scientist and lives in Berlin. Her work focuses in particular on intersectional gender/queer media studies, postcolonial media theories, and transnational moving image media. She is co-editor of the volume Decolonizing the Arts. Aesthetic practices of learning and unlearning (transcript 2023).
is an art and media scientist and is interested in queer of color criticism in visual culture. She positions herself as a German-Turkish femme and recently completed her doctoral thesis on the subject of “Queer Artists of Color. Negotiations of disidentification, survival and un-archiving in the German context” concluded. She worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Media Studies at HBK Braunschweig and at the Helene Lange Kolleg Queer Studies and Intermediality: Art – Music – Media Culture at the University of Oldenburg. Since 2023 she has been the full-time women’s representative at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. She also teaches, lectures and workshops on art, empowerment and anti-discrimination and likes horses.
World Café on Critical Diversity Policy
Organizsation: Alejandra Nieves Camacho and Mathilde ter Heijne
We would like to invite participants to exchange views on the six central fields of action of the Critical Diversity Policy and the Code of Conduct through discussions and personal encounters in alternating small groups. The aim is to promote interdisciplinary discussions on the way to the implementation of the Critical Diversity Policy. New knowledge and new ideas are more likely to emerge when relevant future issues are addressed together. Participants can choose the topics and issues relevant to them depending on their personal interests.
In German and English spoken language
Soundscapes of Institutional Learning
Where is the access to one’s own voice and how does it become audible? In the workhop, we identify body parts that are connected to university or school experiences and translate them into sound and text surfaces. Microphones, beats and effects equipment are available. Our improvisations focus on free experimentation beyond “right” and “wrong”.
In German spoken language (bilingual friendly)
Jakob* from the collective Gather
is performer with a focus on body, voice, digital performance. Part of the band collective “Die Schlangenknaben”, classical music from a queerfeminist perspective.
Gather is a participatory project with a shared intersectional interest in art/music and collective low-hierarchy learning.
Racism-critical perspectives on music-related fields and courses of study at the UdK Berlin
Organization: Isabelle Heiss, Johann Honnens and Christine Hoppe
Based on the three starting points of the symposium, canon critque–accessibility–methodologies, this section will look at music-related fields from a racism-critical and intersectional perspective. After three keynote speeches by Maiko Kawabata, Daniele Daude and Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt, the section will culminate in a discussion forum led by Tsepo Bollwinkel, which will focus on an exchange about exclusionary structures and “unlearning processes” in the music-related degree programs at the UdK Berlin.
Johannes Salim Ismaiel-Wendt: About auditions and precarious shacks
In this talk I reflect on my attempts at “dissonant participation” (Hark 2005) in the institutionalized hype of decolonization. I ask why I have the feeling that I always only build “provisional shacks” (Hark 2005: 370) in the established “institutions of knowledge” (Kretschmann, Pahl, Scholz 2004). Does this also have to do with the squares, universities, museums, etc. on and in which I or we build? Is it perhaps a good thing to continue to only place temporary constructions? Who will actually let me audition, when I do not have access to a reasonably viable material infrastructure? What deals do I agree to in order to be able to build small rehearsal rooms for fantasies of freedom from domination?
In German spoken language with English whispering translation
Johannes Salim Ismaiel-Wendt
is Professor for Music Sociology and Popular Music Studies at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. He is the author of tracks’n’treks. Populäre Musik und Postkoloniale Analyse (2011), post_PRESETS. Kultur, Wissen und populäre MusikmachDinge (2016), the editor of Postcolonial Repercussions (2022 with Andi Schoon) among others. Ismaiel-Wendt is a founding member of the collective ARK [Arkestrated Rhythm Komplexities], a collective for post-representative sound lectures and installations on globally entangled histories of music, sampling cultures and drum machines. ARK presents its work in diverse exhibitions and live sessions.
Daniele G. Daude: The myth of opera analysis – for a situated opera
As a sub-area of musicological analysis, opera analysis is still largely understood and taught as opera music analysis in German-speaking countries. The focus is on the description and interpretation of the individual elements and their relationship to each other. More than in other European countries, German opera research is based on the sharp distinction between “the musical” and “the non-musical” (Hanslick, 1875). Firstly, this means that opera analysis is reduced to the realisation (not the performance) of logocentric elements (music texts, libretti, letters, etc.), which secondly explains the scenic elements as an executive realisation of the work (Dahlhaus, Danuser). Thirdly, this leads to opera researchers never recognising their ideological and cultural influences as well as their social positioning as elements of the analysis and presenting their work as universal, objective and a-historical. With the study of critical musicologists and theatre scholars in recent decades, this belief has been questioned and has provided several alternatives for new techniques and methods of opera analysis. My contribution raises the question of how to deal with ideologically charged material, the criteria of opera analysis and a critical systematic with a pedagogical purpose.
Daniele G. Daude
is a French-German scholar and dramaturge. Already during their music studies, Daniele G. Daude founded and conducted choirs and string ensembles. After graduating with honours in music from the Conservatoire National (Aubervilliers region), Daniele G. Daude completed their doctorate in theatre studies at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2011, specialising in performance analysis, and in musicology at the Université Paris 8 in 2013, specialising in opera analysis. Since 2008 Daniele G. Daude has been teaching at German and French universities. 2013-2015 Daniele G. Daude is Visiting Professor of Performing Arts at the Campus Caribéen des Arts (Martinique). 2016-2022 Daniele G. Daude is Maître* de Conferences for Aesthetics and Philosophie. In the same year, Daniele G. Daude founded the ensemble The String Archestra to perform works by Black, Indigenous and PoC composers that have been erased from a canonical musical historiography and a standardised concert repertoire. In 2021, The String Archestra received the TONALi Award for their longstanding work. Daniele G. Daude has been working as a dramaturge for concert, opera and theatre since 2016.
Maiko Kawabata: The New ‘Yellow Peril’ in Western European Symphony OrchestrasClassical Music Performance
The ‘Yellow Peril’ – a term referring to the historical racist phobia of invasion by foreigners, specifically East Asians – also describes a current problem among professional Western European orchestras. My interviews with ethnically Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese musicians reveal that bullying, microaggressions, and discrimination occur in a range of settings from conservatoires to auditions, rehearsals, concerts, and tours. The reasons why the pervasive stereotypes of the soulless automaton or the perpetual outsider persist ultimately appear to be structural: the deeply entrenched Eurocentric hypocrisy that the ‘universal’ language of classical music belongs exclusively to white people reflects a white supremacist ideology. While U.S. scholars (Mari Yoshihara, Mina Yang, Grace Wang) have documented racism against East Asian and Asian-American classical musicians, Yellow-Perilism in Berlin, London or Vienna has received less attention in academic literature. To acknowledge existing inequality is a necessary first step if the sector is to become truly more diverse and inclusive.
(Reader in Music at the Royal College of Music and Staff Tutor in Music at the Open University) is an award-winning musicologist and professional violinist. She is the author of Paganini, the ‘Demonic’ Virtuoso and a co-editor of Exploring Virtuosities: Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Nineteenth-Century Musical Practices and Beyond. Her research interests include performance history, performance studies, gender studies, music and race. Maiko’s research into Japanese composer Kikuko Kanai was supported by the BBC and AHRC. She has played violin in orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the UK, USA, and Germany.
Tsepo Bollwinkel Keele
thinks, writes and speaks about racialized identities and whiteness and the politics of the global majority – and at the same time is the first solo oboist at a German city theater in its 35th season, which is why a power-critical view of the cultural sector is a focus of her work.
Questions towards the Logics of Canonization in Art & Design Histories
The logics of canonization in art and design history for what is considered relevant in teaching, research and curating are deeply rooted in the longue durée of the respective disciplines (19th century for art history and early 20th century for design history). The panelists are theorists, practitioners, and both who challenge these Eurocentric logics from different perspectives in a methodological effort to diversify, pluralize, de-hierarchize, and decolonize the structures of canonization processes. The panel seeks to gather, focus and discuss approaches to critical and more inclusive ways of dealing with the canonical legacies of art and design history in the unlearning academia.
Işıl Eğrikavuk: How to collaborate? Building dialogues, co-creation, interconnectedness
In her presentation, Işıl Eğrikavuk will speak about her ongoing project at the UdK, ‘the Other Garden’, which she is running with her students, as well as her PhD thesis in which she collaborated with art and ecology collectives from Turkey.
studied Western literature at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) then completed her MFA in performance art at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) with Koç Foundation scholarship. She earned her PhD degree in 2021 from Istanbul Bilgi University, with her thesis titled “From A Political Protest To An Art Exhibition: Building Interconnectedness Through Dialogue-Based Art”. Eğrikavuk lives in Berlin and works as a faculty member at Berlin University of Arts since 2017.
Mahmoud Keshavarz: In Search of Makers in Police Archives: Two Snapshots from Unlearning Histories of Making
What happens when police archives and not collections and museums become the canon for reading histories of making, craft and design? What do we see if we look at the histories of making and designing from the perspective of racialised deported makers and designers, whose criminalised making became the ground for deportation and exclusion from the national narratives of designing. This short talk, based on two snapshots from 1920s and 2000s taken from the Swedish police archive, sketches some ideas for unlearning the nationalised histories of making.
is associate professor of cultural anthropology at Uppsala University, Sweden. His work focuses on how borders are shaped by the materials, images, designs, and technologies that have emerged through colonialism and continue to be present in our everyday lives. He is author of The Design Politics of Passport: Materiality, Immobility, and Dissent (Bloomsbury 2019), co-author of Seeing Like a Smuggler: Borders from Below (Pluto Press 2021), a founding member of Decolonizing Design and previously co-editor-in-chief of the journal Design and Culture.
Carolin Overhoff Ferreira: How can art be decolonized in theory and practice?
Decoloniality is a challenge to the Western idea of modernity, as it must be remembered that coloniality, i. e. colonial patterns of thought and action, was its program. This must be named and changed through the inclusion of non-Western epistemologies. Art, its history, theory and practice must face this challenge, as the hierarchization of art and artefact has led to the humiliation of other cultures and their art production. Western art, its teaching and its study are called upon to adopt decoloniality as a method. The article advocates this by describing this challenge from a Brazilian perspective.
Carolin Overhoff Ferreira
is professor (Associada) at the Department of Art History at the Federal University of São Paulo. She was Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, postdoctoral researcher at the University of São Paulo, International Research Fellow at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Coimbra and Bristol. She has taught at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Art and Design Hanover. In 2022, her monograph Dekoloniale Kunstgeschichte. Eine methodische Einführung was published by Deutscher Kunstverlag.