In What Century Will the Earth’s North and South Poles Change Polarities?
– On, Of, For, With Ben Patterson
OPENING AND INVOCATIONS 19.03.2022 15:00–00:00
WITH Benjamin Patterson, The String Archestra with Giuseppe Bottiglieri, Dr. Dr. Daniele G. Daude, Anthony R. Green, and Jessie Montgomery; Maria Colusi, Lucrecia Dalt, Maulwerker with Prof. Dr. Ariane Jessulat, Christian Kesten, Tilmann Walzer, and Steffi Weismann; Prof. Dr. George Lewis, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Dr. Tsitsi Ella Jaji, Linda Philomène Tsoungui, Dr. Christopher Williams
Please note that the event will take place first at SAVVY Contemporary and then at silent green. A limited number of free tickets for the second part of the programme in the Betonhalle will be available at the box office from 18:00 in silent green on the day of the event.
Event with 3G rule and mask.
SAVVY Contemporary is a ground floor wheelchair accessible space for further assistance please send us an email (email@example.com), Entry to the Betonhalle is via a long ramp at the main entrance. If you prefer to avoid the long ramp, please get in touch with staff.
AT SAVVY Contemporary
|Berno Odo Polzer and Kamila Metwaly ”I am glad you asked me this question” INTRODUCTION|
|Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung A Word Introduction|
|Valerie Cassel Oliver Born in the State of FLUX/us LECTURE|
|Maulwerker “enter open or closed space/…” PERFORMANCE|
|Tsitsi Ella Jaji Callaloo - Ten Years Since POETRY INTERLUDE|
The String Archestra Ben Patterson: An interplay with The String Archestra: “Music for Violin and Cello” (Ben Patterson score, 1988) CONCERT
|Tsitsi Ella Jaji Paper Pushing POETRY INTERLUDE|
|Christopher Williams Variations for Double-Bass PERFORMANCE|
|Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung A Word Interlude|
|Maria Colusi Solo for Dancer DANCE INTERLUDE|
|Maulwerker A Very Lawful Dance (1962), „enter open or closed space/ …“ PROCESSION|
|BREAK // SHIFT TO BETONHALLE|
Betonhalle at silent green
|Linda-Philomène Tsoungui Variations over Paper Piece PERFORMANCE|
|George Lewis Benjamin Patterson’s Spiritual Exercises LECTURE|
The String Archestra Ben Patterson: An interplay with the String Archestra: Music for Violin and Cello (Ben Patterson, score, 1988) & Bolero (Ben Patterson, score, 1994) CONCERT PERFORMANCE
|Maria Colusi Drip Music DANCE INTERLUDE|
Maulwerker Performing works of Ben Patterson:
|Tsitsi Ella Jaji Therapeutics POETRY INTERLUDE|
|Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung A Word Interlude|
|Maulwerker and guests A Simple Opera (Ben Patterson, score 1996/99) PERFORMANCE|
|Tsitsi Ella Jaji Child´s Play POETRY INTERLUDE|
Maulwerker and guests Paper Piece (Ben Patterson, score 1961) PERFORMANCE
|Curators and team Thank you note|
Lucrecia Dalt DJ-Set
With this INVOCATIONS programme we cordially invite you to open the exhibition IN WHAT CENTURY WILL THE EARTH’S NORTH AND SOUTH POLES CHANGE POLARITIES? – ON, OF, FOR, WITH BEN PATTERSONwith us.
Amidst the uncertainties, clamancies and nebulosity of our times, we must still find space to intro- and retrospect. Or is it to intro-audite and retro-audite? Indeed, we must find space and time to listen in and listen back. This project is a deliberation on and celebration of the seminal work of African-American artist Benjamin Patterson (1934–2016). It is an attempt to unsilence, re-enact and re-interpret the extensive body of work of one of the founding members of the Fluxus movement. It is a possibility to listen at ear level.
Six years after he transitioned to the greater beyond, it is time to take stock and time to commemorate Benjamin Patterson with a first comprehensive solo exhibition in Berlin. This exhibition will bring together original scores, texts, artworks, objects, videos, compositions and other archival material by Benjamin Patterson.
For the public INVOCATIONS programme, SAVVY Contemporary together with the Patterson Estate and MaerzMusik invites artists, curators, scholars and co-travellers to reflect and revive Patterson’s work of five decades. While being based on a multi-disciplinary curatorial approach that stems from Patterson’s worlds, this project wants to move beyond Fluxus, historically and artistically – a play on and with time, an archive in action.
This is a long term research by SAVVY Contemporary, which brings together works from five decades by Benjamin Patterson, including “When Elephants Fight, It Is the Frogs That Suffer (2016–17)”, commissioned for documenta14 (Athens and Kassel, 2017).
(1934 in Pittsburgh/USA – 2016 in Wiesbaden/Germany)
was a musician, artist, and composer as well as a classical double bassist and early co-founder of the Fluxus movement: a trailblazer of performance and action art. With irony, humour, and a full understanding of his own method of notations, Benjamin Patterson crosses the borders between varied art forms and opens spaces of collective possibilities, questioning the canon while opening the limits of what we call music.
Patterson received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1956, and his first professional stint in classical music performance began under the auspices of the Halifax Symphony Orchestra in Canada. In 1958, the United States Army conscripted him into its only symphonic orchestra based in Stuttgart, Germany. During the early 1960s, he collaborated with comrades creatives. When news media cemented “Fluxus” within a broader public in and around September 1962, exhibitions and events quickly manifested. Alongside Dorothy Rudd Moore, Steve Chambers, and Carmen Moore, Patterson co-founded the Society of Black Composers in 1968.
Much of Patterson’s artistic career was worldwide in scope, taking him to places such as Japan, Israel, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Namibia, Brazil, and Los Angeles. To mention some, in 2010, Patterson’s first and major career retrospective opened at the Museum for Contemporary Arts Houston in Texas, which travelled to the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden. In 2012, Patterson assisted with devising and planning the 50th anniversary of Fluxus in Wiesbaden. Since 2012, Patterson accepted numerous invitations for re-performance of works, for participation in exhibitions and events. His last work before he passed on to the beyond was "When Elephants Fight, It Is the Frogs That Suffer" (2016–17) presented at documenta14.
ARTISTIC DIRECTION Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
CURATION Kamila Metwaly, Berno Odo Polzer
Curatorial & Production Team Exhibition Billy Fowo, Nancy Naser Al Deen
Curatorial & Production Team Invocations Lili Somogyi, Manuela Garcia Aldana
MAERZMUSIK PRODUCTION TEAM Sonia Lescène, Helena Boysen, Ina Steffan, Stella Wegmann, Ivana Wirtz
General Management Lema Sikod
Project Management Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Lia Milanesio
Communications Anna Jäger
HANDOUT Aditi Kapur
MAERZMUSIK TECH TEAM Florian Schneider, Birte Dördelmann, Benjamin Brandt, Dirk Venske
SOUND Uferlos Studios, Martin Kautzsch
LIGHT Emilio Cordero, Thomas Schmidt
LIVE-STREAMING Boiling Head
INTERN Hubert Gromny
Collaboration This project is the sixth collaboration between SAVVY Contemporary and MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, with works commissioned by Deutschlandfunk Kultur. In this edition we are also grateful for our collaboration with Barbro Patterson, the Patterson Estate, and Elke Gruhn at Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden.
Funding The project is funded by MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues and Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Visual Benjamin Patterson and Maulwerker © Pietro Pellini