That, Around Which The Universe Resolves. On Rhythmanalysis of Memory, Times, Bodies in Space

Chapter II: Düsseldorf

March 23-26, 2017

FFT KAMMERSPIELE | Jahnstraße 3 | 40215 Düsseldorf

Rehema Chachage. Kwa Baba Rithi Undugu (Still)

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

Everywhere where there is interaction between a place, a time and an expenditure of energy, there is rhythm. - Henri Lefebvre. Rhythmanalysis

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 Henri Lefebvre’s concept of Rhythmanalysis.

The cities of Lagos, Düsseldorf, Harare, Hamburg and Berlin will be engaged in a network that investigates their specific urban epistemologies and histories. The cities will 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 second chapter invites artists to engage with Germany's colonial past through the locale of Düsseldorf. Photographer Adéola Olagunjú and actor Lloyd Nyikadzino are invited for a 3-week residency to critically engage with rhythms of history within the city, by questioning how heritage is produced, reshaped and unmade as an archive of rhythms.

The artists Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Jan Lemitz, Christian Nyampeta and Rehema Chachage are invited to join them for the presentation and performance of works together with Gintersdorfer/ Klaßen at FFT Düsseldorf as well as in public space.


Further details also at FFT Düsseldorf.

Artistic direction: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Curatorial team: Elena Agudio, Anna Jäger, Saskia Köbschall

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