Program

May

Training program:

Friday 13th May 2016, 20h,
Warm-up: Performance „π” by Las Hipókritas (span/engl)
In the exhibition space


El montaje π crea un espacio en el que el sonido se presenta en muchas de sus múltiples formas, desde el ruido más insoportable, pasando por la voz, hasta la melodía más dulce. Poesía y música se funden durante 50 minutos en los que las actuantes defienden un discurso surgido del pensamiento utópico feminista, creando así un espacio de reivindicación y lucha sin límites.

Se trata de poesía y música creadas por las actuantes durante más de 7 años de investigación y estudio feminista, literario y teatral. El nombre π hace referencia a la interminable lista de poemas que hemos escrito y seguimos escribiendo y a la infinita profundidad e importancia del discurso feminista en el mundo actual.

π is a space conjugated by sounds that can go from insufferable noise to the sweetest melody transiting through a field of voice. Poetry and music get distracted with each other in these 50 minutes when/where the actants defend a discourse that stems from feminist utopian thinking, drawing the lines of a limitless room for political demand and struggle.
The poetic and music materials in the piece are the result of 7 years of literary and theatrical feminist research by Las Hipókritas. The name, π, therefore addresses the endless list of poems resulting from such investigation, that have been written and are constantly written, addresses the incommensurable nature of feminist discourse and its importance in the moment we live in.
Friday 20th May 2016, 19h,
Opening and Performance „Lesbian Trash Queen“ by MC Xuparina (port/dt)


In this performance MC Xuparina declares the non-need of having a gender and she follows her true paradigms of a funk-pop-lesbian-trash warrior and reclaims the dress she once lost in a homage to the Queen of Samba.

MC Xuparina was born in a favela in the centre of Rio de Janeiro. As a child she was taught by her grandmother how to cook for a future husband. In the meantime, she was secretly making plans how to get rid of the enforcement of wearing a dress. Growing up, she went out on the streets to grab the mic to express herself in the funk scene. But as a MC, she was picked on by male musicians, who didn’t like a woman in the game. Since then, MC Xuparina proclaims herself as a black, lesbian against the oppressive system, and a defender of women’s justice.

 

Saturday 21st May 2016, 14-17h,
Workshop* „Feminist Repair Café“ (dt/eng)


by Elisa Garrote Gasch (Kunst-Stoffe e.V.) with Elektra, Flora Könemann & Birte Gerstenkorn (Flirtefunk)
Reparing electrical appliances, figuring it out together

*** What is being repaired? ***
Smaller appliances: broken radios, lamps, headphones, tea kettles, CD players, hand blenders, mobile phones, etc. No printers / TVs / amplifiers – because there is not enough time and we don’t have the appropriate tools. Please, bring only 1 to 2 broken things pro participant.

*** REGISTRATION ***
Limited number of places. Participation only possible after registration at: noplay@ngbk.de

*** Why a Feminist Repair Café? ***
Without the volunteering “experts” the Repair Cafés would not exist. But unfortunately there is still too often the case that men are reinforced as experts of soldering iron and women in repairing the sewing machines. In our Feminist Repair Café we want to break these gender structures and create a space where women, lesbians, Inter and Trans* people would also engage and stand in the foreground of the electric field and act as “experts”; where they help each other in repairing stuff and inspire others to take on this otherwise male dominated area. For more general information about the Repair Café movement see: http://repaircafe.org/

more: flirtefunk.wordpress.com
www.there-is-something-wrong-with-the-view.net

 

Sunday 22nd May 2016, 20h,
Performance COOL FOR YOU: SEPARATISM (eng)


In her work, Vika Kirchenbauer discusses the troublesome nature of ‘looking’ and ‘being looked at’ as well as its affective impacts on the individual in larger contexts including labour within post-fordism and the experience economy, modern drone warfare and its insistence on unilateral staring, the power relationships of psychiatry, performer/spectator relations, contemporary art display and queer representational politics as well as the everyday life experience of ambiguously gendered individuals.
Her examination of enhanced modes of vision, institutional barriers and the casualties of political conviction finds further expression in COOL FOR YOU: SEPARATISM; a performance conceived especially for No play – Feminist Training Camp at nGbK.

COOL FOR YOU is the music/performance project of artist Vika Kirchenbauer

http://soundcloud.com/coolforyou
http://vk0ms.com

Tuesday 24th May 2016, 19h,
Listening event „Rhythm in the Archive“ by Andrea Zarza (eng) with Miranda Lossifidis

“No camera, no image or series of images can show these rhythms. It requires equally attentive eyes and ears, a head and a memory and a heart. A memory? Yes, in order to grasp this present otherwise than in an instantaneous moment, to restore it in its moments, in the movement of diverse rhythms.” – Henri Lefebvre

In the listening lounge you can listen to sound recordings which address the uses of the “reassuring” female voice, feminist self-defense, prison abolition, bodies and technology, reproductive labour, breaking things and utopian/dystopian sounds. These recordings include field recordings, interviews, oral histories and contemporary music sourced from the British Library Sound Archive (London, United Kingdom), Pacifica Radio Archives (Los Angeles, U.S.A) and the Her Noise Archive (London, United Kingdom).

On May 24th, join us for a collective listening session to discuss the themes that are audible in ‘No play’ and the listening lounge.

Friday 27th May 2016, 14-18h and 20h,
Haptic Technologies, Workshop + Mixed Performance Practice Performance by Noha Ramadan & guests (eng)

14-18h „Haptic Technologies“
How we touch and how we are touched by the world informs how we act and in turn continue to perceive it. By working very specifically with touch we enable specific ways of perceiving and acting. Touch is a transfer of knowledge which occurs directly and in despite of ourselves, bypassing verbal and cognitive process.
At the beginning of this 4 hour session, we’ll lay down on the floor and seriously relax. Then by conversing with the principles of weight and bones and pressure, and through our skin and hands, we’ll charge up the body (including our perceptual apparatus) with information that offers us possibilities for movement that are different to what we might be used to. We’ll also use movement to explore the interrelationship between imaginative and material processes.

20h Mixed Performance Practice Performance
Continuing the theme of ‘touch’, this performance/event brings together a group of artists who will attempt to perform their practices in an artificial and decidedly compromised situation of close proximity.
This (potentially noisy) co-habitation of dancers, a curator, a critic, a sound artist, a writer, a filmmaker and a visual artist, will be underwritten by a time-coded sequence of appearances, tasks and responsibilities. The event can only be speculative, and will find itself through testing the edges and behavior of different practices, which are simultaneously self-driven and completely dependent on the external situation. Hosted by someone addicted to knowledge but who owns none, the performers will somehow do what they usually do, bumping up against each other and attempting to communicate what we/they don’t yet know.

Participants:

Hanna Bergfors and Kornelia Kugler
Alessandra Eramo
Ebba Fransen Waldhör
Sarah M Harrison
Clara Lopez Menendez

 
Saturday 28th May 2016, 12-18h,
Workshop* „Bodies, Brains & Boundaries – Practice of Protection“ Part 1 (dt/eng)
by Sabrina Saase & Lanca

Mutual empowerment for defending ourselves

emPOWERranger

fighting back – being heard – supporting each other – celebrating our strength – share stories & strategies – exchanging tactics & techniques – figuring out individual strategies – learning skills to feel strong – getting ready to stay safe – overcoming inhibitions – understanding body mechanics – acknowledging our boundaries – speaking up & being loud – experiencing our capabilities – punching like a Grrrrrrl

Finding ways of saying NO and making it mean NO cause our bodies are ours, our boundaries are not negotiable and we do not intend to take their shit anymore!

Open to all genders!

For those who just can’t get enough of the training or feel the need to talk through it all some more, we will be around and keep the space open for you an additional hour after the workshop ends.
Tuesday 31st May 2016, 19h,
Filmscreening „Born in Flames“ by Lizzie Borden (eng)


1983, 90min

 

June

Friday 03rd June 2016, – 05th June.2016,
Workshop* „Collective FUTURISTIC SPELL!“ by Naomi Rincón Gallardo (eng)

Friday, 3 June, 17-20h

Saturday, 4 June, 12-18h

Sunday, 5 June, 14-18h

A 3 day-workshop exploring different strategies to collectively sketch a sci-fictional multi-lingual feminist spell.

 

 

Sunday 05th June 2016, 19-20h,
Listening event „No play – A Radio Play“ (eng)
by Anna Bromley & No play for reboot.fm – in the frame of “Lautstrom”),

Tuesday 07th June 2016, 19h,
Filmscreening „A collectively curated filmscreening“ (eng)
by Cinenova Feminist Film and Video Distributor with guest Karolin Meunier


[Film still: Watch that Lift by Martine Lumbroso, UK 1986]

Cinenova is a volunteer-run organisation based in London dedicated to preserving and distributing the work of women/feminist film and video makers. It was founded in 1991 following the merger of Circles and Cinema of Women, each formed in the early 1980s. Cinenova currently distributes over 500 titles that include experimental film, narrative feature films, artists’ film and video, documentary and educational videos made from the 1920s to the present.
What kind of skills or knowledge could Cinenova possibly contribute to a training camp: How to programme a feminist film screening? How to distribute women’s film and video? The collectively curated screening responds to NO PLAY’s call to negotiate and practice different strategies of resistance in different times – and asks what it means to actualise these images without historicising them.

 

 

Friday 10th June 2016, 18h,
Reading „In our own words“ by International Women’s Space (eng)


The IWS will present their work and read from their book.
Saturday 11th June 2016, 19h,
Coversation „Partisan_in statt Partizipation“ with Nora Sternfeld and nn (tba)

 


Tuesday 14th June 2016
, 19h,
Filmscreening „Bambule“ by Ulrike Marie Meinhof (dt/eng U)


1970, 90min

 

 

Friday 17th June 2016, 14-20h,

Workshop* „Bodies, Brains & Boundaries – Practice of Protection“ Part 2 (dt/eng)
by Sabrina Saase & Lanca

Mutual empowerment for defending ourselves

emPOWERranger

fighting back – being heard – supporting each other – celebrating our strength – share stories & strategies – exchanging tactics & techniques – figuring out individual strategies – learning skills to feel strong – getting ready to stay safe – overcoming inhibitions – understanding body mechanics – acknowledging our boundaries – speaking up & being loud – experiencing our capabilities – punching like a Grrrrrrl

Finding ways of saying NO and making it mean NO cause our bodies are ours, our boundaries are not negotiable and we do not intend to take their shit anymore!

Open to all genders!
The Participation in Workshop part 1 is not a requirement.

For those who just can’t get enough of the training or feel the need to talk through it all some more, we will be around and keep the space open for you an additional hour after the workshop ends.
Saturday 18th June 2016, – 19th June. 2016, (starts Saturday, 15h),
Workshop* „Being in Crisis Together“ (dt/eng)
by Feministische Gesundheitsrecherchegruppe Berlin (Julia Bonn, Alice Münch, Inga Zimprich)

Workshop input 3 to 6 pm and subsequent overnight stay
>> pre-registration required, limited number of participants, de/en or en depending on needs

[Illustration from Solving Women’s Problems by Hogie Wyckoff, Grove Press, 1977]

In this workshop we want to introduce methods and exercises from our research on feminist therapy forms and groups, and try them out together. What can we learn from feminist approaches to therapy for our collaborations as cultural workers? Which assumptions, but also concrete references are important for us today? With inputs and exercises we want to figure out which roles women*’s spaces, common agreements, and women* friendships can play in our interactions, and how they can strengthen and politicize our work. We stay over night at nGbK in order to commonly imagine new spaces and relations.

We are a group of women* artists, that meets on a weekly bases in Berlin. As a feminist research group we negotiate how we gather and distribute knowledge collectively and we allow this process of learning to have an impact on our lives. We work by trying out methods and exercises within the group, and by visiting and learning from initiatives, groups and institutions, which have developed alternatives in health care. We publish our research in workshops and zines.

www.illness-into-weapon.info

 

* this workshop requires pre-registration. Please contact noplay@ngbk.de
nGbK project group: Freja Bäckman, Enna Gerin, Merja Hannikainen, Annika Högner, Vappu Jalonen, Clara López Menéndez
design identity: Vela Arbutina

In 2013 at nGbK the group (with Bogg Johanna Karlsson) investigated the pronoun ‘we’ with the project WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY). Their practise is informed by the idea that the structure of HOW we come together strongly influences WHAT we can do together.

Supported by:

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