Participating VAW Artists

Le Malentendu Colonial, 78:00:00, 2004. (Prof. Kangue Ewane), by Jean-Marie Teno
Black Box/Chambre Noire, 22:00, 2005, by William Kentridge
Black Magic At The White House, 03:46, 2009, by Jeannette Ehlers
A Children's Book of War, A [Not So] Secret War. Terra Nullius and the Permanent State of Exception, 1:46, 2010, by Sumugan Sivanesan

Be.Bop 2012. Black Europe Body Politics

Transdisciplinary Roundtable and Screening

Submitted by: VideoArtWorld

Written by: Alanna Lockward

Start date: 04-05-2012
End date: 04-03-2015
Location: Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin & Madrid, Durban, Johannesburg, Windhoek, London, La Habana
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Transdisciplinary Roundtable and Screening - A Project of Art Labour Archives in collaboration with Allianz Kulturstiftung and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse. Cooperation partners: VideoArtWorld, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University, Digits Without Borders, Spanish Ministry of Culture, Savvy Contemporary, NiNsee (National Institute for the study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy).
Ballhaus Naunynstrasse
Naunynstr. 27 / 10997 Berlin / + 49 (0) 30 75453725
May 4-6, 2012
From 10:00 – 18:00
Free and open to the public
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Macu Morán, Manager
Alanna Lockward, Curator
Jose Manuel Barreto (United Kingdom) / Manuela Boatca (Germany) / Artwell Cain (The Netherlands) / Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio (The Netherlands) / Gabriele Dietze (Germany) / Simmi Dullay (South Africa) / Elvira Dyangani Osse (Spain) / Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark) / Fatima El Tayeb (Germany) / Heide Fehrenbach (USA) / Quinsy Gario (The Netherlands) / Ylva Habel (Sweden) / Ulrike Hamann (Germany) / Nico Horn (Namibia) / Grada Kilomba (Germany) / William Kentridge (South Africa) / Michael Küppers-Adebisi (Germany) / Rozena Maart (South Africa) / Tracey Moffatt (Australia) / IngridMwangiRobertHutter (Germany) / David Olusoga (United Kingdom) / Minna Salami (United Kingdom) / Robbie Shilliam (United Kingdom) / Sumugan Sivanesan (Australia) / Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Germany) / Robert A. Stemmle † / Emeka Udemba (Germany) / Rolando Vazquez (The Netherlands)
Walter Mignolo, Advisor
BE.BOP 2012
BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS is an international screening program and transdisciplinary roundtable centered on Black European citizenship in connection to recent moving image and performative practices. It will take place at The Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, a translocal theatre space which serves as point of arrival for artists from (post) migrant communities and beyond, founded in 2008 by Shermin Langhoff with the support of Fatih Akin.
The framework of this meeting is circumscribed within decolonial theories which expose how the idea of citizenship is linked to current racializing configurations and hence with the limits of humanity. In that sense, the racial hierarchy of human existence, originating in the Renaissance and prescribed legally during the Enlightenment, established current (white-male-heteronormative-Christian-Western) European notions of who is Human and who is lower in that hierarchy, thereby designating citizenship, one of the most important legacies of modernity. The time-based positions discussed at this meeting have been selected because they contest (racializing) fantasies on European citizenship.
By means of analyzing these narratives of re-existence, BE.BOP 2012 aims at facilitating a long-term exchange between specialists in disciplines unrelated to visual arts and time-based art practitioners of different contexts of the Black European Diaspora. The idea is to create multiple dialogues across the fields of history, legal studies, theatre, art and political activism.
This meeting is motivated and theoretically embedded to Decolonial Aesthetics and more specifically to Decolonial Diasporic Aesthetics, a term coined by curator, Alanna Lockward. In the spirit of the transformative and liberating qualities of performance art, this event is free and open to the public.
Friday, May 4th
10:00-11:00 Screening of works by Jeannete Ehlers, IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio, Emeka Udemba and Tracey Moffatt
11:00-11:30 Pause
Walter Mignolo, Duke University. Decolonial Aisthesis and Other Options Related to Aesthetics.
Alanna Lockward, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Decolonial Diasporic Aesthetics: Black German Body Politics.
IngridMwangirobertHutter, artist
Moderator: Rolando Vazquez, Roosevelt Academy
13:30-14:15 Lunch
Rolando Vazquez, Roosevelt Academy. Decolonial Thought and the Exteriority of Modernity.
Manuela Boatca, Freie Universität Berlin.The Mark of the Non-Modern: Citizenship as Ascribed Inequality in the Global Age.
Gabriele Dietze, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
Artwell Cain, Director Ninsee (National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy). Migration, Integration and Citizenship: Surinamese and Antilleans in The Netherlands.
Moderator: Walter Mignolo, Duke University
16:30-16:45 Pause
16:45-18:00 OPEN MIC
Moderator: Robbie Shilliam, Queen Mary University, London
Moderator: Alanna Lockward, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Saturday, May 5th
11:30-11:45 Pause
Simmi Dullay, independent scholar. Uprootings and Belongings. Mapping the Black Body in a Scandinavian Exile
Ylva Habel, Sodertorn University. Invulnerable but Touchy: White Governmentality, “Race” and the affective Economies of the Post-Political In Swedish Media Discourse on the Transatlantic Slavery.
Jeannette Ehlers, artist
Moderator: Alanna Lockward, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
13:45-14:30 Lunch
David Olusoga, author. ‘Death through Exhaustion’
Jose Manuel Barreto, Goldsmiths College London. The Politics of Amnesia. The Herero-Nama Genocide in the context of European and German Strategies of Denial
Ulrike Hamann, Goethe University Frankfurt. Duala – Confrontations of “Res Nullius’’
Nico Horn, University of Namibia. Eddie Mabo in Namibia 
Moderator: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Director of Savvy Contemporary
16:30-18:00 OPEN MIC
Moderator: Michael Küppers-Adebisi, Director of AFROTAK TV cyberNomads
Moderator: Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio, artist
Sunday, May 6th
Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio, artist. Ni ‘Mamita’ ni ‘Mulatita. Caribean women's sterotypes and the Diaspora.
Grada Kilomba, author. Diversity in Adversity
Rozena Maart, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Black Europe as Black Flesh
Minna Salami, Writer/Blogger. Fashioning Womanhood in Africa through the 20th Century – The Culture and Politics of Dress
Moderator: Robbie Shilliam, Queen Mary University, London
13:00-13:45 Brunch
Michael Küppers-Adebisi, Director of AFROTAK TV cyberNomads. Multi-Media-Archives of Survival. Occupy!
Robbie Shilliam, Queen Mary University, London. Keskidee Aroha: Translation on the Colonial Stage.
Quinsy Gario, artist
Moderator: Ylva Habel, Sodertorn University
15:30-16:00 Open Mic
Moderator: Walter Mignolo, Duke University 
Moderator: IngridMwangiRobertHutter, artist
SESSION 1 / 04.05.2102
Jeannette Ehlers
Black Magic At The White House, 3:46, sound, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Art Labour Archives.
Synopsis: Ehlers performs a Vodoun dance in Marienborg, an old building which has a strong connection to the trans-Atlantic trade. It was built as a summer residence for the commander Olfert Fischer, in 1744. It is now the official summer residency of Denmark's Prime Minister.
Three Steps of Story, 3:35, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Art Labour Archives.
Synopsis: We see Jeannette Ehlers waltzing in a big mirrored hall, where the colorful and rebellious governor Peter von Scholten scandalized the white citizens by inviting then the then “free Negroes” to the ball. It was also von Scholten, who proclaimed emancipation of slaves on St. Croix in 1848.
Jeannette Ehlers studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and The Funen Academy of Fine Arts. She has exhibited in several cities in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa; her works explores the Danish slave trade and colonialism worldwide through digitally manipulated photographs and video installations. 
Neger, 4:16, sound, 1999. Courtesy of the artist and Art Labour Archives.
Wild Life, 01:33, sound, 1998. Courtesy of the artist and Art Labour Archives.
Masked, 5:16, no sound, 2000. Courtesy of the artist and Art Labour Archives.
Synopsis: In Wild Life, Niger and Masked, Mwangi transforms herself into beastly images that derive from the discriminatory imagination of the West. By becoming first a roaring caged animal in Wild Life, and a minimalistic self locked “haired” entity in Neger and Masked, Mwangi’s videos blend beautiful images with the edge of brutality embedded in racial stereotypes. (By: Laurie Ann Farrel)
Ingrid Mwangi and her husband Robert Hutter work together as video, photography and performance artists. They came to consider their practice as inseparable, “one artist two bodies”, and thus exhibit under their combined names. The issues that they have tackled have included race, sex and relationships.
Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio
Hommage à Sara Bartman, 4:00, 2007. Courtesy of the artist and Art Labour Archives.
Synopsis: This performance is the result of an investigation on the Black performing body, and on how Blackness has become an act in itself. Sara Bartman's iconic status is a consequence of the well documented “legitimate” scientific and voyeuristic rape of her body.
Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio is a Dominican visual and performance artist and researcher that lives and works in Amsterdam, she graduated as a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie 2007 and Master in Fine Arts from the Dutch Art Institute 2009. Her research challenges hegemonic constructions on “reality”.
Emeka Udemba
Dancing with the Star, 11:46, no sound, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Art Labour Archives.
Synopsis: This work explores the conceptual twists and turns of fluidity and impalpability of the body as a social and political context. Issues of tradition, religion and gender are chartered from image to body and body to image.
Emeka Udemba studied Art Education at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His artistic practice focuses on the use of installations, video, photography, drawing and painting  used as complementary to each other. His works focuses mainly on communication in the social and political sphere.
Tracey Moffatt
Other, 7:00, sound, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and The Momentum Collection.
Synopsis: Moffatt explores the ways in which societies define so-called minorities as the Other, using film collage to elicit poignant and insightful understandings of stereotypes and cultural attitudes.
Tracey Moffatt is highly regarded for her formal and stylistic experimentation in film, photography and video, her work draws on history of cinema, art and photography as well as popular culture and her own childhood memories and fantasies. She studied visual communications at the Queensland college of Art.
SESSION 2 / 05.05.2012
Jean Marie Teno
Le Malentendu Colonial, 78:00:00, sound, 2004. Courtesy of Les Films du Raphia.
Synopsis: This film looks at Christian evangelism as the forerunner of European colonialism in Africa, indeed, as the ideological model for the relationship between North and South even today.
Jean- Marie Teno studied audiovisual communication and worked as a film critic for Bwana Magazine and as chief editor at France 3. He produces his own films with the company Les Films du Raphia.
Sumugan Sivanesan
A Children's Book of War, A [Not So] Secret War. Terra Nullius and the Permanent State of Exception, 1:46, sound, 2010. Courtesy of the Artist and The Momentum Collection.
Synopsis: One interpretation of international law has it that people can prove their sovereignty by their ability to make and maintain laws, and their ability to declare war. Looked at that way, war is not only something civilizations do – it is something they must do in order for their right to self–rule to be respected.
Sumugan Sivanesan is an anti-disciplinary artist. He is a member of the weather group_U, an experimental documentary collective focused on indigenous-non-indigenous exchange and collaboration. He lectures Experimental Film and Video at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.
William Kentridge
Black Box/Chambre Noire, 22:00, sound, 2005. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.
Synopsis:The development of visual technologies and the history of colonialism intersect in Black Box/Chambre Noire through Kentridge's reflection on the history of the German genocide of the Herero and Nama in Southwest Africa (now Namibia) in 1904.
William Kentridge is a South-African artist best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films. Aspects of social injustice that have transpired over the years in South-Africa have often acted as fodder for his pieces.
SESSION 3 / 06.05.2012
Michael Küppers Adebisi
Best Practice, culture and integration, sound, 2010. Courtesy of AFROTAK TV cyberNomads.
Synopsis: AFROTAK TV cyberNomads, the Black German Social Media, Culture and Education Network, was set up in 2001 to document the exchange of socio-cultural communities of the black German diaspora reaching out to global transatlantic networks.
Michael Küppers-Adebisi (a.k.a. Sun Leegba Love a.k.a. Black Hyperion) works for AFROTAK TV CyberNomads - The 1st Black German Media, Culture & Education Archives since 2001. In 1996, he was the 1st Afro-German lyrical ambassador for the Goethe-Institute New York. For the African Diaspora in Germany he modernized Social Media Activism. 
Quinsy Gario
The Bearable Ordeal of the Collapse of Certainties, 2011, theater & poetry, photo by Brett Russel.
Quinsy Gario is a spoken word performer and is currently following the MA program Comparative Women’s Studies in Culture and Politics at the Gender Studies Department of the University of Utrecht. He makes art under the banner of NON EMPLOYEES.
Final screening followed by reception in partnership with AfricAvenir
5:00 p.m. Hackesche Höfe Kino
Robert A. Stemmle
Toxi, 89:00:00, sound, 1952. Courtesy of Goethe Institut.
Synopsis: As one of the first and most successful films to directly tackle the problem of “race” in post-fascist Germany, Toxi arguably has been instrumental in the (re)construction of the German nation as exclusively white.
Robert Adolf Stemmle (1903 – 1974) was a German screenwriter and film director. He wrote for 86 films between 1932 and 1967. He also directed 46 films between 1934 and 1970.
+ ARCO. Imagery Affair. Matadero Madrid. 18.02.2012. 8:00 p.m.
+ Kwa-Zulu Natal Society of Arts. Durban. 20.04.2012. 9:00 p.m.
+ The Bioscope. Independent Cinema. Johannesburg.  22.04.2012. 5:00 p.m.
+ National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek. 24.04.2012. 8:00 p.m.
+ Goldsmiths University of London. 22.05.2012. 5:00 p.m.
+ Oncena Bienal de La Habana. 15.05.2012. 5:00 p.m. 
Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University / DEFA Film Library / Goethe Institut /  Goldsmiths University of London / Kwa-Zulu Natal Society of Arts / Imagery Affairs of Digits without Borders / National Art Gallery of Namibia / Savvy Journal / Transational Decolonial Institute / The Bioscope Independent Cinema. Johannesburg / VideoArtWorld
AfricAvenir / AFROTAK TV cyberNomads / Exberliner / /
Manager: Macu Moran
Curator: Alanna Lockward
Advisor: Walter Mignolo
Publisher: Kultursprünge e.V. im Ballhaus Naunynstraße
Artistic Director: Shermin Langhoff 
Executive Producer: Wagner Carvalho
Editors: Alanna Lockward, Walter Mignolo
Coordination: Fereidoun Ettehad
Production: Christian Wolf
Presse: Verena Schimpf
Art Direction: Esra Rothoff
Graphics: Marcelo Vilela
Text Editorship: Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio
Finances: Duygu Türeli
Technik: Yavuz Akbulut, Thomas Sanne, Jens Schneider
Catering: Ali Yildiz
Intern: Melissa Palacio
Catalog Cover: IngridMwangiRobertHutter. Thing, 2007 
PRESS: – cultural online radio in Berlin.
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