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That, Around Which The Universe Revolves | Chapter V: Berlin | Nov 30, 2017 - Jan 28, 2018 | Thursday - Sunday 2-7 PM


SAVVY Winter Market | December 15-16, 2017 | 2-7 PM


Freeman's #4: The Future of New Writing | January 19, 2018 | 8 PM


how does the world breathe now? | Wednesdays


The SAVVY friends gift offer

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That, Around Which The Universe Revolves | Chapter V: Berlin

Exhibition at SAVVY Contemporary | Nov 30, 2017-Jan 28, 2018 | Thur-Sun 2-7PM

SAVVY Contemporary | Plantagenstraße 31

Searching for Love. Performance by Nancy Mteki during THAT, AROUND WHICH THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES | Chapter III: Harare (c) Jekesai Njikizana

I am the drum, you are the drum, and we are the drum. Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Everything and every human action revolves in rhythm. --Babatunde Olatunji (1927-2003)

The research, performance and exhibition project THAT, AROUND WHICH THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES brings together visual artists, urbanists, photographers, performers and theorists to investigate the interrelations of space and time, memory, architecture and urban planning through and beyond Henri Lefebvre’s concept of Rhythmanalysis. The cities of Lagos, Düsseldorf, Harare, Hamburg and Berlin are engaged in a network that investigates their specific urban epistemologies and histories. The cities serve as laboratories of an investigation into the temporal and spacial dimensions of everyday urban life, seen through the interrelations between the body, rhythm and urban structures. The Berlin chapter is the fifth and final chapter of our project. Echoes, memories and findings of two-yearlong research, performances and conversations within and beyond the framework of rhythmanalysis will be presented in an exhibition at SAVVY Contemporary and in a performance and discursive programme at Hebbel am Ufer.

The interconnection of a people's or society's memory and a specific space and time was a driving force behind the works of sociologist and philosopher Henri Lefebvre. In his posthumously published book Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life, Lefebvre puts a spotlight on the concept of rhythm in his effort to synthesize a new scientific field of knowledge through rhythmanalysis. In general terms, Lefebvre recognises rhythms in our everyday life, in our movements through space and our interactions with objects in space, i.e. in every interaction between the biological and the social. In this seminal work, Lefebvre tries to renegotiate the understanding of urban and rural space, things, media, politics etc. through the concept of rhythm. It is about analysing everydayness, the mundane, the repetitive, the 'interference of linear and cyclical processes', just as much as the cycle of life 'birth, growth, peak, then decline and end', and all these supply 'the framework for the analyses of the particular, therefore real and concrete cases that feature in music, history and lives of individuals or groups'.

Understanding and coping with the limits of Lefevbre’s perspective, the project proposes the artist as a contemporary rhythmanalyst who could chronicle a delimited space and people. Contemporary artists and performers are invited to investigate how heritage is produced, reshaped and unmade within cities as archives of rhythms. The performative interventions and discursive programs in Düsseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg invited African and Diasporic artists to also investigate the history of African presence and resistance in Germany to rethink temporal-historical and spatial-geographical urban concepts.

The project gives room for reflections on the intimate interrelations between African and German cities by investigating, for instance, German cities' fiercely debated colonial histories choreographically, by way of Rhythmanalysis that introduces a play of encounter, drawing lines between past and present, between buildings, monuments, stories and the everyday movement of people through them. The project's focus on urgent contemporary urban topics like gentrification, wage gaps, security zones, architecture and urban planning, exclusion, movements, creative spaces and communities through research and African artistic practice, seeks to play an important and innovative contribution to the reception of Lefebvre’s exceptionally significant philosophical and sociological theories that is being put into life and work, rhythm and contemplation within the circuits of this project.

Exhibition with: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Fikret Atay, Vartan Avakian, Allana Clarke, Eli Cortiñas, Masimba Hwati, iQhiya, Delio Jasse, Lamia Joreige, Maibritt Borgen/ Sofía Olascoaga/ Park McArthur/ Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyen and Sadia Shiraz, Christian Nyampeta, Trinh Thi Minh Hà

Programme with: Maryan Abdulkarim, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Jacques Coursil, Lamin Fofana, Petina Gappah, Marque Gilmore, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Noa Ha, Moses Leo, Dorothee Munyaneza, David Muoz, Omar Nagati, Emeka Okereke, Robin Rhode, Biniyam Schelling, Carole Sidney Louis, AbdouMaliq Simone, Awilda Sterling, Greg Tate, Trinh Thi Minh-Hà

Exhibition architecture (foyer): I-Ching by Lorenzo Sandoval


Artistic direction: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Curators: Elena Agudio, Anna Jäger and Saskia Köbschall

Management: Lema Sikod

Production Assistants: Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Johanna Wild


A Collaboration of SAVVY Contemporary with Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Q-Dance, Njelele Art Station, Hebbel am Ufer, FFT Düsseldorf and Kampnagel Hamburg

2016 – 2018 in Lagos, Düsseldorf, Harare, Hamburg and Berlin

The project is funded by the TURN fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.


SAVVY Winter Market

December 15-16, 2017 | 2-7 PM

SAVVY Contemporary | Plantagenstraße 31 | 13347 Berlin

We have the impression that this ending year was as eventful and busy for you as it was for us! We think it is time to unwind!

After a year filled with exhibitions, talks and concerts, a radio in the gallery (how exciting was that?), screenings and readings and dancing, we would like to invite you come together for warmth and laughter, Glühwein and waffles.

On this occassion, we will open our book storage of all publications we made in the last eight years—for you to browse and find a treat for yourself or a gift for dear ones.

Feel welcome to join us for a cozy afternoon.


Readings and Conversations with Elaine Castillo, Johan Harstad, Ishion Hutchinson, Elena Marcu and John Freeman

In collaboration with silent green Kulturquartier and The Reader Berlin

January 19, 2018 | 8pm

SAVVY Contemporary | Kuppelhalle at Silent Green

Gerichtstraße 35 | 13347 Berlin-Wedding


regular: 8 EUR | reduced: 5 EUR

combi (entrance plus magazine): 15 EUR

How thrilling to continue our tradition of hosting the Berlin launches of the fantastic literary journal Freeman's. The new year brings a special edition that asks all the right questions about the future of new writing.

Dissatisfied with the diminishment for literary culture to peer into the future of writing through narrowing confinements of nationality, genre or generation, Freeman’s: The Future of New Writing asks what happens if you take these restrictions off, and start reading across all fields?

The literary journal departs from the series’ progression of themes like Arrival, Family, Home. This special fourth installment instead introduces a list of twenty-nine poets, essayists, novelists, and short story writers from around the world who are shaping the literary conversation right now and will continue to impact it in years to come.

Drawing on recommendations from book editors, critics, translators, booksellers, and authors from across the globe, Freeman’s: The Future of New Writing includes pieces from a select list of writers aged twenty-five to seventy, from almost twenty countries and writing in nearly as many languages. This is a new kind of list, and an aesthetic manifesto for our times. Against a climate of nationalism and silo’d thinking, writers remain influenced by work from outside their region, genre, and especially age group. Serious readers have always read this way too—and Freeman’s: The Future of New Writing brings them an exciting view of where writing is going next.

“The greatest joy of reading for me is how it allows you to go anywhere, to be anyone. There’s an ethical dimension to this permission, though. And in our contentious times, it feels more important than ever to think of writing as a global enterprise, not a national one, and to try to peel back the layers of ageism, sexism, and regionalism which often encrust literary debate in that moment of regarding. I believe once we do that—and read the emerging writers assembled here—the future looks incredibly bright.”—John Freeman

In three issues, the literary anthology from leading editor John Freeman has gained an international following and wide acclaim: “fresh, provocative, engrossing” (, “impressively diverse” (O Magazine), “bold, searching” (Minneapolis StarTribune).

Elaine Castillo was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her debut novel America Is Not the Heart will be published by Viking (United States/Canada), Atlantic (UK), and Foksal (Poland) in 2018.

Johan Harstad is a Norwegian novelist, short-story writer, play-wright, and graphic designer. His novels include Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?—a Kirkus Reviews best book of the year, which has been published in thirteen countries—and Max, Mischa, and the Tet Offensive. He is also the author of 172 Hours on the Moon, which won the 2008 Norwegian Brage Prize in the young adult/children’s literature category; four plays; a collection of short stories; and a prose collection. He lives in Oslo, Norway.

Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of the poetry collections Far District (Peepal Tree Press, 2010) and House of Lords and Commons (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016). He teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University.

Elena Marcu is a partner and editor at Black Button Books, the first all-female run publishing house in Romania. She is a music junkie, formally the PR manager for a Romanian Independent Music Label. She is addicted to coffee, her headphones, her Kindle and Instagram.

John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, and Tales of Two Americas. Maps, his debut collection of poems, is out from Copper Canyon in fall 2017. He is the executive editor at Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review and has been translated into twenty languages.