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BOOK OF ESSAYS WHERE WOMEN AUTHORS REFLECT ON THEIR WRITING PROCESS — SCHREIBTISCH MIT AUSSICHT

BOOK OF ESSAYS WHERE WOMEN AUTHORS REFLECT ON THEIR WRITING PROCESS — SCHREIBTISCH MIT AUSSICHT

What does a woman need to be a writer? “Money and a room of her own,” Virginia Woolf answered in her 1929 essay “A Room of One’s Own”. Almost a century later, this basic thesis holds true. The 24 authors who contribute to Schreibtisch mit Aussicht (“A Desk with a View”), a collection of essays by women writers, all point to the value of financial and, above all, creative independence in their work. In this book, Zeitmagazin editor Ilka Piepgras invites some of the most important voices in contemporary literature to reflect on their relationship to writing. Names like Deborah Levy, Zadie Smith, Sheila Heti and Antonia Baum divulge how their novels get written, and consider how becoming wives and mothers has influenced their writing process. In doing so, the women contrast clichéd images of the lone, male literary genius with the reality of everyday life. Sometimes soberly, sometimes poetically, these novelists reveal writing for what it really is: an act of strength, a feeling of happiness and a product of hard work. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)

Schreibtisch mit Aussicht: Schriftstellerinnen über ihr Schreiben, edited by Ilka Piepgras (2020, Kein & Aber, in German)

@keinundaberverlag

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JAZZFEST BERLIN: WEDDING MEETS BROOKLYN FOR FOUR DAYS OF TRANSATLANTIC MUSIC STREAMS

JAZZFEST BERLIN: WEDDING MEETS BROOKLYN FOR FOUR DAYS OF TRANSATLANTIC MUSIC STREAMS


Editor’s note: please check the Jazzfest Berlin website for the latest updates relating to Covid-19.

As riots raged in the 1970s, the late jazz artist Sun Ra was making renowned music influenced by spaceflight. Fast-forward to 2020 and protestors are again lining the streets, new moon landings are planned and Sun Ra is gaining the recognition he deserves as inspiration for the 57th edition of Jazzfest Berlin (05.–08.11.2020). This year the festival – streamed in its entirety by Arte – is sending music out into space (or rather down a wire) for four days of transatlantic performances. The program is hosted at two arts venues: Wedding’s Silent Green and Roulette in Brooklyn, New York, where on Friday 06.11.2020 musician Lakecia Benjamin will present a live homage to Alice and John Coltrane followed by music from trumpeter Lina Allemano here in Berlin. The online action continues with Off Stage, offering music from the likes of Jason Moran, who comes straight from his piano in Harlem – a place crucial to jazz’s development. Finally, the Outer Spaces series transforms Silent Green’s planetarium-like Kuppelhalle into a “space lab”, with cosmic-themed audio-visual performances. Sun Ra, you would be proud! (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Elisabeth Leitzell [left], Bernd Brundert [bottom])

Jazzfest Berlin
Performances at the venues will be screened online. Due to Covid-19, sales of tickets for in-person events have been suspended – check the website for updates.
@berlinerfestspiele

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A VIEW INTO THE DISTANCE: DISCOVERING WORKS BY GREGORY HALPERN IN THE REINBECKHALLEN

A VIEW INTO THE DISTANCE: DISCOVERING WORKS BY GREGORY HALPERN IN THE REINBECKHALLEN

There couldn’t be a better exhibition venue than the Reinbeckhallen for Gregory Halpern’s photographic land surveys. As Berlin’s Oberschöneweide feels like an industrial wasteland, so are Halpern’s motifs influenced by the melancholy of the periphery. For “ZZYZX“, an exploration of Los Angeles, the artist starts in the desert of Bernardino County. ZZYZX is not a fictional placeholder for this place of longing, but the real name of a village in the Mojave Desert, where Halpern’s journey begins. The impressions he collects along the way are as dreamlike and surreal as the name suggests – charred palm trees sprouting anew, a man with pink hair and a hand that no longer needs to reach for the stars because it’s already tattooed with them. Halpern also drifts through the American backcountry for the “Omaha Sketchbook” series. These photographs show the boys of Nebraska on football fields, in prison cells and front yards. By depicting vulnerability as well as stereotypical ideas of masculinity, Halpern succeeds not only in portraying a lost generation, but in showing the USA in a state of transformation. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Gregory Halpern (above and right) & Loock Gallery, 2020)

Loock Galerie, Reinbeckhallen, Reinbeckstr.17, 12459 Berlin–Oberschöneweide; map

Gregory Halpern: Omaha Sktechbook | ZZYZX until 01.11.2020
Wed–Sat 11–18h

@gregoryhalpern
@loockgalerie
@mack_books

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HOMECOMING — AN INTERACTIVE ONLINE-OFFLINE GAME FOR ADULTS FROM HAU AND MACHINA EX

HOMECOMING — AN INTERACTIVE ONLINE-OFFLINE GAME FOR ADULTS FROM HAU AND MACHINA EX

Some of us welcome the idea of spending lots of time at home, but are there really people who would voluntarily go into lockdown? Homecoming, an interactive game that is part of Hebbel am Ufer’s HAU4 online program, deals with exactly this topic. Developed by Berlin interactive theater group Machina ex, the game runs on your computer via the Telegram’s desktop app, taking you on a journey of investigation and intrigue. After purchasing your ticket for a specific time slot, you receive a mysterious letter in the post. Then, once Homecoming starts, you use your letter and a Telegram group chat to help a team of “lockdowners” solve the mystery of a shady organization that offers to protect people from Covid. The game is best understood by playing it, but just to warn you: this is not a performance for a passive audience. You are required to take tests, make phone calls and assist your fellow participants. This twisting and turning adventure is of course fictional, yet it brings the potential consequences of today’s real-life lockdowns into sharp relief. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Barbara Lenartz)

Homecoming, an online game from machina eX, runs on HAU4 until 08.11.2020 – check the website for dates. To allow for the post, tickets can be bought up to two days before the game starts.

@hauberlin

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SUBVERSIVE THREADS — SYLVIE FLEURY AT STUDIO MEHDI CHOUAKRI

SUBVERSIVE THREADS — SYLVIE FLEURY AT STUDIO MEHDI CHOUAKRI

Much like when US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows how feminist make-up can be in her recent video tutorial, Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury explores the subversive potential of the beauty and luxury industry. At her exhibition at Mehdi Chouakri’s studio, apparently abstract paintings turn out to be oversized reproductions of well-known eye shadow palettes from brands like Chanel. Fleury has knowledge of fashion and art history and sees herself as an actor in both systems: her garment-shaped ready-mades are thus always more than crude consumer criticism. Fleury also appears herself, as a personalised emoji, and indeed all her works can be read as embodiments of the self, including the Acne jumpers and fur jackets that are in her own dress size. What unites these works are the humorous asides aimed at her male artist contemporaries: like Donald Judd, she creates polished wall figures with rounded corners. A basketball is reminiscent of Jeff Koons, but while the ball is pumped up to the limit by Koons, Fleury lets the air out – a first step towards the abolition of patriarchy. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Ludger Paffrath, Berlin)

Mehdi Chouakri, Fasanenstr.61 (Fasanenplatz entrance), 10719 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Exhibition: Sylvie Fleury “Shame” until 31.10.2020
Bleibtreustr.41 (Mommsenstr.4 entrance), 10623 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Tue–Sat 11–18h
@mehdichouakri
@fleury49000

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