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Workshop Uferstudios
SODA Lectures 2019/20

SODA lecture and workshop seminar 2019/20

What does it take to belong?

Focus: Belonging, Solidarities and Alliances

The 2019/20 SODA lecture and workshop seminar looks at the notion and experience of Belonging from the perspective of bodies. It explores how belonging is constructed, rehearsed, performatively brought about and authenticated by body- and movement-based, sensorial and affective means and strategies: how can artistic practice and aesthetic experience be understood as a site of recuperation for homogenizing and static identity politics? But also, when do we become complicit in collectivizing and stereotyping bodies in our dances, choreographies, performances and writings?

Lecture & Dialogue
Britta Wirthmüller:
A certain longing

To learn ballet or to be a ballet dancer? Is there a moment when one transitions into the other? Which legitimation through institutions or peers, but above all, which rituals, practices and self-attributions are necessary to successfully pass as a dancer? Tracing her own experiences with ballet, which reach from her first children’s classes at a local dance school to a professional dance education, Britta Wirthmüller reflects about already belonging, or not yet belonging or not belonging anymore.

Britta Wirthmüller is a dancer and choreographer. She holds a position for artistic research and teaching at the HZT Berlin.

 

 

Solidarities and Alliances – Perspectives

Noa Winter is a researcher and curator specialized in disability arts and accessibility. Their work on queer and disability studies at the department of theatre studies at the University of Mainz is focused on cultural norms in academia, art and activism, disability-led art and aesthetics of access. Since 2015, they have been working for disability arts festivals and curated symposia on temporalities, accessibility and crip spacetime. All their work aims to interweave their own lived experience as a disabled, chronically ill activist, dramaturg and scholar. 

Max Liebstein studies fine arts at the UdK Berlin and is the representative of the General Students’ Committee (AStA) for networking and interdisciplinarity.

Anna Chwialkowska studied social and cultural anthropology and Spanish at the FU Berlin and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, and communication and cultures in Europe at the European University Viadrina. Her ethnographic research is grounded in her practice in artistic dance and focuses the intersections between knowledge production in dance, new materialism, and feminist science.
Currently, she is a coordinator in the transdisciplinary project Anthropocene Curriculum at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.

Curated by Prof. Dr. Sandra Noeth & the MA SODA students Michalis Angelidis, Michaela Bangemann, Michela Filzi, Armin Hokmi, Min-Suck Kim, Yusuke Taninaka and Xenia Vlachou-Kogchylaki.

Free Admission, in English (with live German translation available).

The lecture and workshop seminar consists of four days, each day addressing specific aspects of what it takes to belong. Please note that registration is required and possible for full days only. Email: soda_support[at]hzt-berlin.de; specific skills or previous knowledge are not necessary; please wear comfortable clothes for practical work.

Sunday, February 9 – 11am – 5pm
Belonging, Solidarities and Alliances

11.00 – 13.00 Lecture & Dialogue
A certain longing by Britta Wirthmüller
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 16.30 Solidarities and Alliances – Perspectives by Noa Winter (researcher and curator specialized in disability arts and accessibility); Max Liebstein (student Fine Arts & consultant for networking and interdiscipolinarity of the General Student’s Committee (AStA) at the UdK Berlin; and Anna Chwialkowska (social and cultural anthropologist and coordinator in the project Anthropocene Curriculum at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin).
16.30 – 17.00 Wrap-up with SODA team

Further dates and Note on the SODA lecture and workshop seminar What does it take to belong?

18.01.2020, 10:30-18:00, Studio 11
19.01.2020, 11:00-17:00, Studio 11

8.02.2020, 10:30-18:00, Studio 11
9.02.2020, 11:00-17:00, Studio 11

The notion of belonging continues to forcefully permeate cultural and socio-political debates today. The question of what it is that binds and holds us together opens up a field of complicity, affinity and kinship. At the same time, it carries the risk of relativism and essentialism when tied up too closely with identity politics which work towards collectivizing, compartmentalizing and stereotyping as well as conflating differences and specificities; also instilling notions of crisis, fear and exclusion of what seems to be ‘foreign’ or ‘strange.’ Belonging as experience is multi-facetted, unfixed and unfinished, it always suggests something but left behind, always yet to come: it evokes home, a physical structure or a geopolitical location and carries as well, an affective and emotional layer. It refers to a set of familiar routines, habits, to shared gestures, features or recognizable aesthetics; to values, rules and rights, ideas and visions. It designates a network of relations, a feeling of safety, trust and entitlement. Belonging significantly, upholds the possibility of non-belonging. Along numerous axes of power and differences and acknowledging that experience, imagination and representation are at the core of arts and politics alike, they combine co-constitutive elements and aspects in a dynamic process. Significantly, this makes clear that belonging is not just given or defined by overarching frameworks. The 2019/20 SODA lecture and workshop seminar takes on that assumption from the perspective of bodies. It looks at how belonging is constructed, rehearsed, performatively brought about and authenticated by body- and movement-based, sensorial and affective means and strategies: how can artistic practice and aesthetic experience be understood as a site of recuperation for homogenizing and static identity politics? But also, when do we become complicit in collectivizing and stereotyping bodies in our dances, choreographies, performances and writings?

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