für bildende Kunst
Workshop: »Reading Grounds – histories and presents of extractive agri-cultural politics and how to resist« with Naomi Hennig, Nicole WolfTuesday, 13 August 2019, 18:00 – 20:00
Entry: free / pls register
Organized by: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum der Freien Universität Berlin (BGBM), Martin-Elsaesser-Stiftung, Nachbarschaftsakademie im Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK)
6 + 13 + 20 August 2019, each time 18:00 – 20:00
We invite you to come to the workshop on all three days because the content builds on each other. Participation in only one day is also possible.
This workshop offers a space and time to read together, in the garden, in a supportive environment, with no evaluation. No preparatory reading is required, texts will be shared when we meet and we read together sentence by sentence with the possibility to sit back and just listen as well. Every participant can also be a facilitator and the collective reading practice can be developed together along the way. The suggested starting point is to read into and along the histories of current agri-cultural extractive politics through texts on colonialism and plantation politics and their impact on structural and material changes to land and soil that often form the background to current environmental disasters. Situated histories of experiences with land and soil also effect the possibilities and shape of forms of resistance and new or renewed relations to land and soil, repair might then not be a solution for all. In this way the violent histories of also German colonial plantation politics are direct precursors to current climate injustice and reading on diverse regional histories might inform how to think and act with the entanglements present at Prinzessinnengarten itself.
Naomi Hennig lives in Berlin, where she works as artist, curator and project coordinator. She has been involved in artist-run initiatives and institutions, including nGbK and District, Berlin. Her artistic work is based on moving image, as well as archival and multidisciplinary research, covering areas such as art history, antifascism, economics, gentrification and land issues. Her current research focusses on the history of neoliberalization and its ecological implications. Curatorial collaborations include Galerie im Turm exhibition program (2013-2015), Artist Placement Group (Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Berlin & Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2015/16), Oh So Solid, All That Air (Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, 2017).
Nicole Wolf is a film studies scholar, anthropologist and curator. Wolf is a lecturer at the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her most recent curatorial projects include "Moving Politics – Cinemas from India", a three-part film program at the Arsenal cinema to coincide with the "Being Singular Plural: Moving Images from India" exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010) and "No Man's Land", a film program for the "Lines of Control, commemorating 60 years of partition of the Indian Subcontinent" exhibition curated by Green Cardamon (London). Her publications include "Weg in Berlin – Aber echt! Dokumentarisch-fiktionale Randnotizen" / "Away in Berlin – Really! Documentary-fictional Side Notes", in: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Florian Wüst (Eds.), "Wer sagt denn, dass Beton nicht brennt, hast Du's probiert? Film im West-Berlin der 80er Jahre", and "Lovers of Life for Heterogeneous Time" in: "Identity Theft: Cultural Colonisation and contemporary Art." (Ed.) Jonathan Harris, University of Liverpool and Critical Forum Tate Liverpool, 2008.
The event is part of the project »Licht Luft Scheiße [Light Air Shit]. Perspectives on Ecology and Modernity« - a joint production of: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum der Freien Universität Berlin (BGBM), Martin-Elsaesser-Stiftung, Nachbarschaftsakademie im Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg and neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK).
Funded by the Bauhaus heute Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin