Category: Workshop

the digital ornament


manYdancing the digital ornament aims to reflect on what it means to form a collective body today, to activate and produce body knowledge through dance-like movement. The workshop and performance combine metropolitan body practices of the early 20th century with the crisis-like experiences of a present in which algorithmic governmentalities and biotechnologies molecularize bodies and translate them into data sets. We draw references to “epileptically dancing white European bodies” (dance rage and dance addiction) in the aftermath of the First World War and approach queer lines of subjectivity informed by blackness, femininity and class consciousness of post-slavery dance forms.

AntiColonial Records


AntiColonial Records will include a three-day programme including working groups, film screenings, presentations and discussions revolving around the question of social justice born out of the postcolonial situation. The encounter is set up to facilitate collaborative explorations of the potential of the creative work to disrupt ingrained ideas and representations through affecting the senses and imagination. It forms a continuation of discussions started during the “Black Lens” seminar held at Khiasma and La Colonie last March in Paris.

Untraining the Ear
A Listening Exhibition on José Maceda


For UNTRAINING THE EAR LISTENING SESSION N°4, SAVVY Contemporary, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and CTM festival present a special archival exhibition and workshop and a performance-based listening session on the works of the experimental musician and maverick composer José Maceda (1917–2004).

The Curfew
Exhibition and talk

27.01.2018 – 18.02.2018

A public talk on the occasion of the exhibition by Katarina Sevic and Gergely Laszlo. With Hajnalka Somogyi / OFF-Biennale Budapest (HU) Agnieszka Polska & Janek Simon / Szalona Galeria (PL) and Andrej Mirčev, Berlin.

A troupe roves the streets of Budapest. They push in front of them a three-meter high egg-shaped, multiplayer megaphone. They stop at busy public squares to perform their play as a speaking choir about the transfiguration of a group of security guards. They are helped by the magical “talking egg” in which the voices reborn and amplify.

How Does the World Breathe Now? N°41


For the 41st session of SAVVY Contemporary’s weekly film series, Rachel O’Reilly introduced aboriginal community activist and Gumbaynggirr man Roxley Foley, part of the current generation of grassroots activism in Australia to present films and a discussion.

Some Name Some Noun Simply


The premiere of the short play Some Name Some Noun Simply, written and directed by Nicoline van Harskamp, took place at Archive Kabinett during Berlin Art Week 2017. It was performed three times by Serge Fouha, Kenneth Philip George and Monica Reyes.

The Cinema of
Med Hondo

20.08.2017 – 10.09.2017

An exhibition by Theo Eshetu, as part of Cours, cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi – The Cinema of Med Hondo, a collaborative project at Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Archive Kabinett, silent green Kulturquartier and SAVVY Contemporary.

Safrana ou le droit a la parole


The screening of Safrana ou le droit a la parole by Sidney Sokhona took place at Arsenal Cinema. The film was presented by Raphaël Grisey, visual artist and filmmaker and Bouba Touré, photographer, co-founder of the Somankidi Coura Cooperative and an actor in the film.

Sowing Somankidi

30.06.2017 – 05.08.2017

An exhibition, a seminar, a screening programme, and a book. Sowing Somankidi Coura is a long-term research endeavor by Raphaël Grisey in collaboration with Bouba Touré around the permacultures and archives of Somankidi Coura, a self-organized cooperative.

How Does the World Breathe Now? N°29


Sînziana Paltineanu presented an encounter with a film by Moyra Davey. A work of autofiction, 50 Minutes approaches the world first and foremost through the personal archive. The screening and discussion were part of SAVVY Contemporary’s weekly film series.

Extending the


On June 24th the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, Archive Books, and the ERSTE Foundation presented the publication Extending the Dialogue on June 24th, at Archive Kabinett, with Ekaterina Degot, Antonia Majaća, Urška Jurman, and Christiane Erharter.

How Does the World Breathe Now? N°28


Winta Yohannes presented the film Compliance by Craig Zobel, a troubling psychological indie thriller exploring the relationship between obedience, authority and responsibility. The screening and discussion were part of SAVVY Contemporary’s weekly film series.

How Does the World Breathe Now? N°27


Diana el Jeroudi presented two experiences of documentary as stretching and blending into reality: Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait by O. Mohammed and W.S. Bedirxan and Santiago by João Moreira Salles. The Screening was part of SAVVY Contemporary’s film series.

Portable Polis
Working Group


Portable Polis is a Berlin-wide public-participation project based on oral, close reading of texts by German-American thinker Hannah Arendt. The readings will occur at several sites around Berlin from texts related to the activities and focus of the site where each session occurs.

A reading
from Sci-Fi literature


On the occasion of Gitte Villesen’s exhibition I stick my hands into the earth, and I think for a while at Archive Kabinett, there was a reading of sequences from Sci-Fi literature with artist Emma Haugh and sociologists of science Tahani Nadim, on May 26th 2017.

Gitte Villesen

29.04.2017 – 02.06.2017

The opening of Gitte Villesen’s exhibition I stick my hands into the earth, and I think for a while and the release of the publication by the same title, published by Archive Books. Gitte Villesen showed several of her works including a display of the new publication.

Fractal Thinking
A conversation


Susanne M. Winterling will be joined by Denise Ferreira da Silva to talk about poethical ethics, the practice of the ‘what If’, and fractal thinking. The conversational project Pandora Box explores possibilities of forming alliances and creating networks of solidarity to think the world anew.

The Dig
Jan Peter Hammer

18.02.2017 – 26.03.2017

The Dig is part of Jan Peter Hammer’s ongoing research project The Art of War, which comprises several chapters, all of which revolve around the illegal trade in stolen antiquities — an epiphenomenon of a new global order, emerging on the margins of the nation state.

Dieffenbachstraße 31


We are moving out! A full evening to give a proper goodbye to our space in Dieffenbachstraße 31, which we inhabited for more than 7 years and hosted 101 events. An occasion to thank all the people who helped shape Archive and supported us from the very beginning.

Anguish Language
Writing and Crisis


Presentation of the anthology Anguish Language: Writing and Crisis, edited by John Cunningham, Anthony Iles, Mira Mattar, and Marina Vishmidt. On the occasion of the book launch the editors will be joined by some of the contributors: Sean Bonney, Karolin Meunier and Mattin.

Hello Comrade


Meetings and reading group. Second part of the discussion group series organised by Archive, Eléonore de Montesquiou, Romana Schmalisch and Robert Schlicht. The series further includes lectures, performances and screenings.

19 Hours at the


A project by Studio Miessen in frame of the exhibition Between Walls And Windows. Architecture and Ideology curated by Valerie Smith. Located at the roof kiosk of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Book selection by Archive Kabinett.

Hello Comrade


Labour Journal. Reading by Marina Vishmidt and Susanne M. Winterling. Marina Vishmidt is co-editor of LABOUR, the first issue of a publication project on the work of women and the work of women artists initiated by Melissa Gordon.

Studies in Sculpture
22 fragments


Launch of the book Studies in Sculpture — 22 fragments by the artist Assaf Gruber. It was published on the occasion of the Gruber’s exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. At Archive Kabinett a video-installation will be on display.