Amplified Souls :: Gilles Aubry

Book Launch and Live Performance

Saturday, 1st November 2014, 5pm

SAVVY Contemporary | Richardstr. 20 | 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

On the occasion of the launch of his book “The Amplification of Soul” on the 1st November 2014 (in conjunction with All Saints' and All Souls' Day), Gilles Aubry will present a performance of improvisation with recordings documenting a spiritual deliverance service recorded in 2011 in Kinshasa, DRC. During collective praying sessions involving speaking-in-tongues and a massive sound-system, the church members oppose evil spirits causing various existential problems. The sound, powerful and over-distorted, attests both on their supernatural powers and their capacity for soul amplification. By extension, the performance also questions the devotion of noise music fans, addressing existing cultural boundaries between taste, faith and perception.

The publication will be presented by Gilles Aubry and Kathrin Wildner. In the book Aubry shows elements from his sonic research within Christian charismatic churches in Kinshasa. He explores the noise aesthetics of religious sound practices involving audio amplification, feedback, distortion and recording technologies. His documentation includes spiritual services, predications, sound-checks, rehearsals, a church video archive, film-soundtracks, as well as the preparation of an evangelization campaign in the city center. While focusing on material aspects of sounds Aubry finds signs which attest of the complex relationships between Christian faith, traditional beliefs, neo-colonial representations and urban politics in Central Africa. At the same time, he suggests correspondences with ”first-world” noise music aesthetics.

The CD contains a 34' excerpt of a spiritual deliverance service including collective prayers, predication and speaking-in-tongues, recorded at the Libambu Ministry Church in Kinshasa. The track The Amplification of Souls is a 30' audio-essay in which various sound sources have been combined together according to a material-based form of cultural interpretation.

The book comprises an interview with Aubry, an essay by musicologist and cultural anthropologist Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt, along with text fragments and photos from Aubry's research in Kinshasa.

Gilles Aubry is a Swiss sound artist living in Berlin. He uses location recordings, sound archives, music and interviews to create live performances, sound installations and 'movies without pictures'. Informed by researches on cultural, material and historical aspects of sound production and reception, his works address the politics of the audible.
In 2011, Aubry has been a guest artist of the Global Prayers project. His installations Pluie de Feu and The Laman Encounter have been presented at NGBK Gallery in Berlin and Camera Austria in Graz in 2011, and as a performance at the House of World Cultures (HKW) in Berlin in 2012. His work Notes via a Soundscape of Bollywood, based on a sonic research about the Mumbai film industry, was presented as an installation at the House of electronic Arts in Basel in 2013 and premiered as a movie at FID Marseille in 2014. His latest work and who sees the mystery documents a research with Zouheir Atbane on the return in Morocco of the Paul Bowles Moroccan music collection and was presented at Marrakech Biennale 2014.
Aubry is also a member of Berlin-based experimental noise band MONNO and has released several solo records on labels such as Winds Measure, Cronica Electronica, Gruenrekorder and Absinth Records.

The Amplification of Souls, Book/CD (Ed. Gilles Aubry & Kathrin Wildner), 2014, adocs publishing, Hamburg/Germany, metroZones, ISBN: 978-3-943253-09-2.

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Enabled Manifesto Project

Workshop and Performance Event, in the framework of the Month of Performance Art Berlin 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 6pm - 9pm

Curator: Rebecca Weeks

MPA-B Hub, Holzmarktstrasse 25, 10243 Berlin, Germany

The performance art project Enabled Manifesto Project will offer an international platform to inter-generational disabled performance artists/researchers, and able bodied peers who are committed to integration, to raising awareness of the on-going challenges and urgency around integration and the role of self authored performance towards positive personal and social change.

Through offering the opportunity for a diverse group of artists to dialogue, collaborate and compare their working practices and their concerns with regards to the current global, social, political and economic conditions around equality, integration and performance the transference of knowledge, skills and expertise will be achieved across languages, nationalities and generations within the group and with the audience. The participants will be active within an organic evolving workshop process and event that will engage with the physical and conceptual experimental space, generously offered by SAVVY Contemporary.

Engaging with the form of the manifesto as a vehicle for asserting a position or a desire to move towards positive change, and using performance as the medium, the initial outcome will be a performed manifesto that will address the participants individual concerns, needs, thoughts and desires in relation to disability and performance art.

The Enabled Manifesto project is part of the Month Of Performance Art –Berlin’s 2014 program of diverse, challenging and exciting events and performances happening across Berlin this May.

Participating Artists: Anna Berndtson, Dieuwke Borsma, Robin Brass, Lisa Gaden, Kamil Guenatri, Ann Haycock, Irene Loughlin, Henry MacWilliams, Kaite O'Reilly, Josefin Poehlmann, Roland Walter.

The project is facilitated by Rebecca Weeks, Ian Whitford and Marcel Sparmann and is supported by UK artist led space Cornwall Autonomous Zone, MPA-B Berlin, SAVVY Contemporary and Berlin based artist Joseph Patricio.

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Colab Editions - The Publication

Book Launch

Saturday, May 3, 7.00 pm

Art directors: Dr. Bonaventure S.B. Ndikung, Dr. Elena Agudio

SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstr. 20 I 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

Colab Editions 2012

With great pleasure we announce the launch of Colab Editions - The Publication along with a retrospective exhibition commemorating the Colab Editions performance series that took place in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. The publication follows the journey of these ten collaborations, which were an innovative investigation fostering new dialogues about performance, collaboration, and collective and individual memory. Tracing the arc of the programme through images, reviews and critical texts, the publication also examines some of the larger issues surrounding contemporary performance: archiving, authorship, the ephemeral, and the production of knowledge through performance. On display will be videos, interviews, objects and photographs that were produced during the programme.

Wathik Al-Ameri and Ali Al-Fatlawi (Iraq) – Invited artist Abdallah Shmelawi (Iraq/Austria)
Wathik Al-Ameri and Ali Al-Fatlawi both live and work in Zürich, Switzerland. Friends from childhood and their studies at the Bagdad Arts Academy the artists set off in 1994 on an odyssey, crossing the border into Jordan with false papers and only three US dollars in their pockets. While in Jordan they worked as copyists reproducing classic Arabic paintings until earning enough money to travel to Sudan, taking a truck through the Sahara into Libya, and finally arriving in Switzerland. In order to further develop their artistic work they founded the studio Urnamo (Zurich) in 2011 and have since been collaborating for over a decade. The artists were awarded the Performancepreis Schweiz (2011) and the prestigious Swiss Art Award (2012).

Shannon Cochrane
Shannon Cochrane (b. 1972) is a Toronto-based performance artist. Her work has been presented across Canada and internationally in over a dozen countries in Asia, Europe, UK, and the USA. She is the Artistic Director of FADO Performance Art Centre (, an artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation of international contemporary performance practices. She is one of the co-founders and co-curators of Toronto’s biennial 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art (, established in 1997.

Andrés Galeano
Due to organisational issues Andrés Galeano will not be performing.
Andrés Galeano was born in Spain in 1980. He holds a Philosophy degree from the University of Barcelona, a Photography diploma from the Freie Fotoschule, Stuttgart, and a Sculpture/Free Art degree from the Kunsthochschule Weißensee, Berlin. Andrés works with drawing, photography, video, installation and performance, and has realized exhibitions and performances in Europe, Latin America and Canada. His Berlin activities include curating the performance art program Extension Series at the Grimmuseum and ¡POESÍACCIÓN! at the Instituto Cervantes. He is also co-organizer of the Month of Performance Art in Berlin. Andrés lives between Berlin and Barcelona.

Featured artists: Alastair Maclennan (SCT), Andrés Galeano (SP/DE), Antoni Karwowski (PL), Essi Kausalainen (FIN), Ieke Trinks (NL), Jacques Van Poppel (NL), Jelili Atiku (Nigeria), Juha Valkeapää (FIN), Kimmo Modig (FIN), Kurt Johannessen (NOR), Lan Hungh (Taiwan), Leena Kela (FIN), Magnus Logi Kristinsson, (FIN/ISL), Márcio Carvalho (PT), Marc Patrick Tchambou (CM), Maurice Blok (NL/FIL), Nathalie Bikoro (GA), Nezaket Ekici (TUR/DE), Ruth Feukoua (CM), Serge Olivier Fokoua (CM), Stefan Riebel (DE), Tomasz Szrama (PL), Willem Wilhelmus (NL)

Text Authors: Jens Brockmeier, Shannon Cochrane, Márcio Carvalho, Bonaventure Soh Ndikung, Jaime Schwartz, Pauline Doutreluingne and Ioana Muntenescu

Curator: Márcio Carvalho
Director: Bonaventure Ndikung
Chief Editor: Jaime Schwartz
Designer: Joana Silva



BBB Johannes Deimling. A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss.
About wander, research, doubt, the teacher and the learner.

Friday, April 25, 7pm

Live Performances and Screening

Saturday, April 26, 7pm

Artist Talk with BBB Johannes Deimling: “There's no smoke without fire”

Artists: BBB Johannes Deimling and Lotte Kaiser, Corentin JPM Leven

Curator: Chiara Cartuccia

SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstr. 20 I 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

© Monika Sobczak

On Friday, April 25, within the frame of Present Tense Series, the performance art program of SAVVY Contemporary for 2014, BBB Johannes Deimling will present the 8th chapter of his performance cycle A Rolling Stone Gathers no Moss (2013-…), performing in collaboration with Lotte Kaiser (b.1999). During the same night the audience will get a chance to witness another performance piece, by Corentin JPM Leven (b.1993), one of BBB Johannes Deimling students from Norway Theatre Academy.

On Saturday, April 26, BBB Johannes Deimling will lead an artist talk on the topic teaching performance art, entitled “There’s no smoke without fire”.




Athi-Patra Ruga

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 7pm

Curator: To Whom It May Concern*

Art directors: Dr. Bonaventure S.B. Ndikung, Dr. Elena Agudio

SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstr. 20 I 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

(c) Athi-Patra Ruga

Since his emergence as an artist, Athi-Patra Ruga has worked on creating alternative identities that sublimate marginalized experience into something strangely identifiable. As a part of his agile, defiant artistic practice, Ruga broadly explores the tropes of myth as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Ruga presentED the performance The Future White Women of Azania (THE FWWOA), in which he addresses an idea intimately linked to the fiction of Azania of the apartheid era—the myth of the South-African decolonialised arcadia. Rejecting the long-established politicized interpretations underlying the ideology of a nation state, Ruga perceives of Azania as a region of tropical chromatic colours, populated with characters whose identities are in a state of constant transformation. In the centre of this panoply stands The Future White Woman, whose cosmetic metamorphosis in a cocoon of multi-coloured balloons appears as bitterly disturbing and abstruse, as something that questions the processes of troublesome cultural assimilation. It is here that the veracity of the myth of future arcadia is challenged, if not entirely rejected.

In this lavish self-portrait, Ruga places himself among other characters of Azania, playing the part of a clown or jester, and pushing himself to the niche of interpreter who is a cultural product of controlling forces. Ruga’s Azania is a world of pompous, motley and confusing transformations. This myth is not a place of peaceful harmony, but rather an attempt to move over the traumas of the last 200 years: place them at the distance and contemplate the wounds outside the frame of usual personalized grief and subjective defensiveness.

* To Whom It May Concern is the SAVVY curatorial collective, which consists of Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Dr. Elena Agudio and Saskia Köbschall.


Born 1984 in Umtata, South Africa, lives and works in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Exploring the border-zones between fashion, performance and contemporary art, Athi-Patra Ruga makes artwork that exposes and subverts the body in relation to structure, ideology and politics. Bursting with eclectic multicultural references, carnal sensuality and a dislocated undercurrent of humour, his performances, videos, costumes and photographic images create a world where cultural identity is no longer determined by geographical origins, ancestry or biological disposition, but rather is increasingly becoming a hybrid construct. Presenting a utopian counter-proposal to the sad dogma of the division between mind and body, sensuality and intelligence, pop culture, craft and fine art, his works express the eroticism of knowledge and reconcile the dream with experience.

Saturday, 16th November 2013, 3pm

PIETÀ, The Hammer, Mother & Child

A performance by NATHALIE MBA BIKORO

SAVVY Contemporary hosts a long-duration performance by artist Nathalie Mba Bikoro, in collaboration with AFIRIperFOMA, the Harare Performance Art Biennale.

The piece is performed as part of the AFIRIperFOMA programme and is live-streamed through the channel below:



Thursday, 5th September 2013, 7pm

Performance lecture: Orestes De La Paz (Florida International University)

Sound performance: Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt

Curator: Ismael Ogando

Founder and artistic director: Dr. Bonaventure S.B. Ndikung;

Co-artistic director: Dr. Elena Agudio

SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstr.20 I 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

The body is a material organism, but also a metaphor for various issues of modern society. Nowadays, the body is no longer merely a biological entity and a surface of beauty, but it has come to be a substrate for technological experiments conducted in a bid to attain an illusion of perfection and the chimera of beauty. Liposuction (variably termed ‘lipoplasty’ or ‘liposculpture’) is one of the ways by which mankind follows up the inherent craze and crave to sculpture their physical identity and shape their own body (body management), through a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes fat from a specific area of the body, e.g. the buttocks, abdomen, or thighs. It is against this backdrop that artist Orestes De La Paz incorporates liposuction in his project Making Soap and offers an insight into contemporary tendencies and possibilities of exploration or even exploitation of the human body.

SAVVY Contemporary offers De La Paz a platform to expatiate on his performative practice, accompanied by a joint session to collectively wash hands in innocence with the artist’s soap. The event will be followed by a musical intervention by composer Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt.


Friday 17th & Saturday 18th of May, at 7pm:

Video Theatral Performance

Artists: Daniel Daoudi & Sebastian Kurth

Noosphere - A Performance Series

At the root of the primary definition of noosphere is a dual perception: that life on Earth is a unity constituting a whole system known as the biosphere; and that the mind or consciousness of life - the Earth’s thinking layer - constitutes a unity that is discontinuous but coextensive with the entire system of life on Earth, inclusive of its inorganic support systems. A third critical premise arising from the first two is that the noosphere defines the inevitable next stage of terrestrial evolution, which will subsume and transform the biosphere. The Noosphere - literally, “mind-sphere” or Earth’s mental sheathe - is a word and concept jointly coined by Jules le Roi, French philosopher and student of Henri Bergson, Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Russian geochemist, Vladimir Vernadsky, in Paris, 1926.

In 2013 the performance series at SAVVY Contemporary evolves around the concept of the Noosphere conceived by the curator Teena Lange, founder and director of Grüntaler 9 in Berlin. The series consists of live performances and roundtables held during Berlin's Month of Performance Art.


The Unknown
Live Performance | Dinner | Conversation

Date: Sat, March 9th 2013

Time: 6:36 am - 5:59 pm

Dinner 7 pm

Artists: Dolanbay | BBB Johannes Deimling

Curator: Teena Lange

SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstraße 43/44 I 12055 Berlin-Neukölln

Part 0: The Unknown: How does the Noosphere manifest itself in everyday experience?

The noosphere denotes the sphere of human thought that emerges through and is constituted by the interaction of human minds. As the human mass continues to populate the Earth and organises itself into ever more complex social networks, the more the scope of the noosphere expands.

As the first part of the new performance and lecture series relating to themes of the noosphere, artists Dolanbay and BBB Johannes Deimling are invited to use SAVVY Contemporary as a space for a durational performance from dawn till dusk. However the notion of duration not only relates to the performance's length but also refers to the performance's allowance to continuously grow and intermingle, without a distinct beginning or end.

The artists have, as of yet, never performed together or experienced the other's performances live. Each of them received the noosphere concept as an (un)guided line and asked to use the space as an (un)common ground, without advanced planning. At the performance event a selection of materials and tools will be provided and the artists are asked to refrain from verbal communication.

Visitors are allowed to come by at any time throughout the duration of the live performance. A dinner will be offered at 7pm where the artists, invited spectators, and all the participants are invited to reflect, resume and reason about what happened. The leftovers of the performance will remain at Savvy Contemporary for viewing on Sunday March 10th from 2pm – 6pm.


Flusserian Philosophical Flux by MetafluxLab.

Wed, 5th 2013: Roundtable

Artists: Claudia Becker & Rodrigo Maltez Novaes (MetafluxLab) .

Moderator: Teena Lange

For the first Noosphere Reflection, the artists and philosophers Claudia Becker and Rodrigo Maltez Novaes from the MetafluxLab are invited to experiment with new forms of knowledge production based on their own developed methodology: The Flusserian Philosophical Flux (FPF). The FPF is a dialogic exploration of contemporary philosophical concepts inspired by the work of Vilém Flusser. For the Noosphere Reflections they will connect the ideas and thoughts by Wladimir Iwanowitsch Wernadski on the development of the Noosphere with Vilém Flusser's utopian vision of a telematic society.

MetafluxLab will develop a FPF based on Flusser‘s essay „Ex-perience“ published in Freedom of the Migrant, to explore the relations and connections between different thinking spaces and their physical manifestations. Within the philosophical happening »Ex-perience« MetafluxLab will investigate the conditions and relations of thinking, decisions and actions for performative processes:

„Let us imagine that our central nervous system were to extend around the globe like a net. Let us further imagine that it constitutes something like a net. What I‘m suggesting is not a science fiction but the model on which the telematic society now being built is based. [...] Such a neurosphere spanning the globe would function to compute into experience all stimuli incessantly streaming in from all directions and to transform these experiences into decisions and actions“ (V.F.)

Claudia Becker is an artist and philosopher. In her work she focus on the emergence of the technical images and their effect on thinking and being. Together with Rodrigo Maltez Novaes she created the MetafluxLab, which focuses on the de-automation of thinking and the development of alternative methods of knowledge production and transfer in an experimental way. Furthermore she was junior researcher at the Institute for visual Media at the Center for Arts and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM) works as scientific curator for the Vilém Flusser Archive at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Rodrigo Maltez Novaes is a visual artist, Doctoral candidate at the European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas-Fee and Research Fellow at the Vilém Flusser Archive at Universität der Künste Berlin. Affiliated to the Brazilian National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPQ) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Cultural Semiotics and Media (CISC) in São Paulo, Rodrigo is the translator and editor of the first English edition of Vampyroteuthis infernalis, by Vilém Flusser, published by Atropos Press, New York, 2011. With a BA from the University of Gloucestershire and an MA from the University of the Arts London, his main areas of activity are
painting, philosophy, media and communication. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Invited Guests

Andrew Fisher is a Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Currently he is working as a visiting researcher in the Kulturwissenschaft Institute at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Andrew is one of the founding editors of Philosophy of Photography, a peer reviewed journal devoted to the scholarly understanding of photography. His publications have focused on the history and theory of photography, photography and literature, photography in post-World War II art practices, phenomenological aesthetics and the phenomenological tradition more generally.

Annie Goh is an sound artist and researcher. Her works include installations, compositions and performances. In 2010 she completed her M.A. in Sound Studies at UdK Berlin with the topic of „Sonic Fiction“. Presently, she is doing research on generative art with Alberto de Campo and works as an assistant at the Villém-Flusser-Archive.

Vanessa Ramos Velasquez is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher from Brazil and the United States where she was a Fulbright scholar. She navigates through performance art, installation, videoart and experimental film. In 2011 she received the Vilém Flusser Theory Award Distinction at transmediale with Digital Anthropophagy and the Anthropophagic Re-Manifesto for the Digital Age.

The Noosphere Reflection Series is part of the
3rd Month of Performance Art Berlin.

Art Director: Dr. Bonaventure Soh Ndikung
Management: Saskia Köbschall

Director of Performance Programming at SAVVY Contemporary: Jaime Schwartz


AFROGALACTICA: A brief history of the future

29th of October 2012

Artist: Kapwani Kiwanga

Posing as an anthropologist from the future, Kiwanga reflects on some major themes in Afrofuturism and their role in the development of the United States of Africa Space Agency. Plunging into the past to retrieve archives of popular culture, she uses science fiction, to make projections about the future.
In her most recent works Kiwanga revisits her earlier training in the social sciences and often occupies the role of a researcher. Her methodology includes fashioning systems and establishing protocols as in scientific experimentation to delineate lenses through which one can observe culture and its characteristic propensity toward mutation. Whether masquerading as an anthropologist, astronomer, historian, or physicist, her modus operandi intentionally collapses divisions between elite and popular knowledge production by treating folk and academic sources with equal value.
Her work manifests in a variety of forms and is characterised by an attention to unusual anecdotes, overlooked facts, and their place within the overarching social-political context. Her practice treats fields as varied as anti-colonial struggle, belief systems, folk practices and Afrofuturism.
Truth and fiction are intentionally confused in Kiwanga’s work in order to unsettle hegemonic narratives and create spaces in which marginal and fantastical discourse can flourish. Whether through performances, sound installations, or videos; her particular fondness for oral traditions drives a continual exploration of the formal and experiential potentialities of orality.
Kapwani Kiwanga is an artist and filmmaker based in Paris, France. She studied Anthropology and Comparative Religions at McGill University. She was an artist in residence at: L’Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (France); Le Fresnoy: National Contemporary Art Studio (France), and MU Foundation, Eindhoven (the Netherlands).
As an award winning filmmaker, her documentary work has been nominated for two BAFTAs, while her artistic work has been exhibited internationally, including at: Centre Georges Pompidou (France), Glasgow Centre of Contemporary Art (Scotland), Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo Almería (Spain), Kassel Documentary Film Festival (Germany), Kaleidoscope Arena Rome (Italy), Paris Photo (France). She is currently developing a feature length film around the Maji Maji War, which transpired between colonial Germany and inhabitants of present-day Tanzania between 1905-1907.

Performing Memetics

30th September 2012

Artists: Jelili Atiku, Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Grace Morgan Pardo

Curator: Jareh Das

Memetics sees humans as particular instances, or collections of specific imprints, of culture features rather than originators of culture. Hugh T. Miller

Performing Memetics presents an investigative approach to understanding performance as a unit of culture, reproduced over time. This one day presentation of live performances by Jelili Atiku, Nathalie Mba Bikoro and Grace Morgan Pardo will present individual, collaborative performances and interventions at SAVVY Contemporary and its surroundings. Jareh Das, curator of the project is interested in analysing how performance, individually or collectively experienced, can be interpreted through time lapsing and how performance is reproduced through memory, specifically the memory of the viewer. Performing Memetics will investigate how meaning changes in the ephemeral presentation of performance, as well as if artists act as producers of a belief through performance, or is it the viewer whose interpretation becomes the belief system?
How Not to Dance Tchaikovsky Symphony - a performance, which is part of an ongoing body of work In The Red by Jelili Atiku - will be presented in collaboration with Grace Morgan Pardo. It will be performed at the Karl-Marx Platz Market Square and the Richardplatz, both in the vicinity of the SAVVY Contemporary art space. Using body,
movement, dance and fabrics as elements, the performance will also use theatre techniques to invoke the feelings of disharmony, imbalance, and emotional torture.
Since 2009, Grace Morgan Pardo has performed three different versions of a performance entitled Alterpiece. In the framework of Performing Memetics she will revisit this piece in collaboration with Jelili Atiku.
Nathalie Mba Bikoro’s interactive children’s game 34 and counting sees audience members partake in a game of hitting 34 bottles. Each winner is invited to make an addition to a sculptural installation outside the gallery space.

Performance Programme:
4.00 – 5.00 pm Panel discussion with Jelili Atiku, Nathalie Mba Bikoro and Grace Morgan Pardo, moderated by Jareh Das
5.00 – 6.00 pm Artists films on display at SAVVY Contemporary
6.00 – 7.00 pm Jelili Atiku’s intervention How Not to Dance Tchaikovsky Symphony at Karl-Marx Platz Market Square and Richardplatz, Neukoln, Berlin.
7.30 – 8.30 pm Nathalie Mba Bikoro’s 34 and counting
9.00 – 10.30 pm Grace Morgan Pardo's Altarpiece 4 performance around SAVVY Contemporary

Three Ideas In One

27th and 28th of April 2012

Artists: Christian Burnoski (USA) and Andrea Jenni (CH)

Abteilung für Alles Andere
Ackerstraße 18
10115 Berlin

Three Ideas In One is an installation and performance piece by Christian Burnoski and Andrea Jenni. An installation, acting as the background for the performance, consists of three elements inspired from a photograph taken by Ludwig Windstosser: a red wall, a blue canvas, and an orange green lamp.
The performance, extracting parts from the same Windstosser photograph, structures its movement on three postures: sitting, standing, and lying down.
Christian Burnoski is interested in presenting objects, which are no longer there or cannot be seen directly. His work displays various forms of collaboration beyond the conventional notions of it. He uses conceptual approaches and works in a wide range of mediums including assemblage, painting, film, and photography. Burnoski was born 1979 in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin (USA). He studied studio art at the Perpich Center for Arts Education and later at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He works and lives in Berlin, Germany.
Dominique Richards (Performer) concluded her education at SEAD Salzburg after studying in Cardiff, Zurich and New York. She has previously worked with Ewa Bankowska, Terese Isabella Mayer, Amanda Pina and Daniel Zimmermann etc. In addition to performing, Richards teaches Ballet and Contemporary Dance in Austria and Switzerland. Three Ideas In One will be her second collaboration with Andrea Jenni.
Andrea Jenni explores how geometric patterns and forms as a starting point can evolve into emotions on stage. Within that structure she likes to work with costume, pop music, roll-playing and taking joyful but critical mainstream images into her own context. She has been very pleased to work in the past with artist like Dominique Richards, Meredith Bove and Christian Burnoski. After graduating from the Salzburg.


18th and 19th of November 2011

Artists: Lala Nomada and Niña Yhared

Curators: Cilgia Gadola and Raisa Kröger

“Transparencies” is a project of the Mexican artists Lala Nomada (Gabriela Aldrete) and Niña Yhared, a cooperation work of performance art, in which installations will be produced and transformed during the two chapters of it. This work is the result of an intense communication process through different cities and sometimes continents. The common interest in fluid materials and specific colours will produce a live art piece in which the public won’t be just viewer but also feel part of it, playing an important role in the progress of the evening

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Performance by Balz Isler

14th and 15th of October 2011

Curators: Cilgia Gadola and Raisa Kröger

Balz Isler is moving whitin a composition of sound, space and material. The tension between installation and performance creates an artistic work that deals with the current clip- and documentary- culture. Balz Isler collects data from continuous streams useing different media and sources in his work to establish new relationships and new movements. Based on visual and acoustic set pieces Isler forms an impressive synthesis of physical and vocal performance as well as a media collage, drawn from divergent archives. In the exhibition area of SAVVY Contemporary Balz Isler´s insatallative concert will create a situation in which different materials and works come together.

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"Thinking in past tense"

27th and 28th of May 2011

"Thinking in past tense": Performance in the course of the exhibtion Here and now... amnesia.

Artists:Irene Cortina, Dino Spiri, Gesa Piper, Olaf Hollmann

Curator: Irene Cortina González

Concept: "Felt memory of time through body"
Memory plays a very important role in the time and society we are living in. Is there a necessary connection between memory and time? What exactly could this connection be? Through our body we experience time and it is our body that 'stores' memories. Every cell of the body holds a record of time that has passed. The constant movement of death and birth within our cells creates the map of textures, scars and colors that we call our bodies. This is a performance to play with these questions. Through dance and live music we express our thoughts by exploring two main concepts: the connection or disconnection between memory and time and the expression of memory through our body.
This performance offers a possibility to experience this theme and share different people's pasts. A space in the present where the past is just around the corner, a place where memory and perception meet in a timeless atmosphere.

"Every woman who had to wear the veil for years and is then depositing it, will bear witness to the fact that walking without it is difficult at first - as if the legs were unable to act in the right way because of their bareness."

Ayaan Hirsi Al

17th and 18th of September 2010

Artists: Chris Enke, Cilgia Carla Gadola, Simone Grindel, Romana Ramer, Livia Rutishauser, as well as the singer Karen Tortzen.

Everybody is tied or locked up to many attitudes and most of them are not even realized. Because we were taught in our childhood, what should or should not be done and thus many behavioural patterns have been solidified and considered to be right without any periodical re-evaluations. Why not take a different track on your way to the metro-station, so as to discover something new? Or maybe soup from a wine glass tastes better than from a soup bowl? Can we gain a new insight by doing so?

"I do not want to know where I come from, who I am, where I will go to."

Heiner Müller

16th and 17th of July 2010

Artists: Nobuhiro Mitani und Tomoko Nakasato, João Victor Toledo, Makiho (Violine)

Heiner Müller´s quotation of the upcoming third performance-presentation at SAVVY Contemporary describes the constitution of an identity without the consideration of the past or future. It is more a single person´s examination of his or her environment and person expressed in a very indiviual way in the form of a dance-performance.

„The thought, that my corpse will outlive myself, is creating a special relationship between me and my body“

Simone de Beauvoir

21st and 22nd May 2010

Artists: Florian Bücking, Rebecca Fratini, Daniela Gast, Signe Koefoed, Raisa Kröger, Nadia Lafi, Sarah Menger, Katharina Meyer, Saskia Oidtmann, Constantin Popp, Jakob Yaw, Dorina and Polina Djouglarska, Olivia and Patrizia Kowalak

Simone de Beauvoir, one of the leading masterminds of the European feminist movement, was born on the 9th of January 1908 in Paris. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne University and travelled around Europe, North Africa and later on around America. Her storytelling, dramatic and essayistic works are deeply influenced by her dialectic-material and existential ideology. „I wanted to make myself existing for others by telling them in a very direct way how I see my own life. I succeed in that: I got some real enemies, but I found within my readers also some very good friends. That was exactly what I was hoping for“. Simone de Beauvoir died on the 14th of April 1986 in Paris.

Two groups of performance artists have been working on this quotation by Simone de Beauvoir and will show their results in the form of a performance presentation.

„Every real feeling is in reality not translatable. To express it means to betray it. But to translate it means to hide it."

Antonin Artaud

19th and 20th of May 2010

Artists: Jung Sun Kim and Se-Rok Cohen-Park, Rachel Brooker and Laura Weiss

Voice/Sound: Summer Banks

Production: Anique Vered

The performance-artists Jung Sun Kim , Se-Rock Cohen-Park, Rachel Brocker and Laura Weiss were working with this quotation of Antonin Artaud. They will show their results in a performance- presentation at SAVVY Contemporary. The performance allows the visitors to see the different working processes and to be part at the artistic presentation.

Kim, Jung-Sun (born 1975 in Seoul/Korea) is choreographer, dancer and head of the 'Sun Day Project Group'. She studied corean dance at the Ihwa Women University and Choreographie at the Korean National University of Arts(KNUA).

Rachel Brooker is dancer and choreografer. She founded and is leading the Anima Dance, a company for contemporary dance and The Field Berlin, a branch office in New York for the support of artists. She has international experience as choreografin and teacher and also was a performer with Marc Bogaerts, Felix Ruckert, Sabine Dahrendorf, Jenny Haack and Dai Jian (Shen Wei Dance Arts). More information at

Laura Weiss is dancing since she was five years old. She studied dance and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago and at the Columbia College in 2005 to finish with a B.A. of the UofC. Since then she is working with Felix Ruckert, Audio Ballerinas, Next Zone Company and her own dance-projects.

Anique Vered is curator and cultur-manager specialisated on festivalproducation and cultural developement. At the moment she is sudying anthropology and is producing the performance The Body in Future Tense(d) and the Patches’ debut project Risk Collectors, a liberary of riscs, which is explored by interdisziplinary Media.

Se-Rok Park worked as actor, voice-artist, performer and teacher in Great Britain, Germany, Korea, Canada and Southamerica. She studied Physical Theater at the HKU, Utrecht, NL and got her MA in classical actor in London and studies in western canto, korean- traditional voice-technics and voice-body-work, influenced by Grotowskis´ methode. Since 2008 she is Co-Direktor of the Kosmos in Movement- Project and works in Europa and Southamerica.

Summer Banks is a writer and actor. Trained as a opera singer she also works as a moderator and comedian. In Berlin she work in The Antigone Project, Lindy Annis and ComedySportz Berlin as actor and regiseur.