Foto: Goethe-Institut São Paulo

Episodes of the South – The other way around

How do the North and South of the globe relate to each other now? Where does the North end and the South begin? What valuable possibilities can be opened up by a change of perspective? Is there one global history? How do artistic, ecological and social visions of the future appear from the perspective of the Southern hemisphere? What utopian concepts arise in different systems of thought? How can necessary knowledge beyond exoticism and colonialism be experienced in the other hemisphere?

In ‘Episoden des Südens’ the Goethe Institut’s Latin American region has developed a series of events which question ways of looking and thinking around the world, mix them in a refreshing new way and examine global resources aside from economic exploitation.

Using them as a basis PACT Zollverein has developed ‘the other way around’ for the Ruhrtriennale, an examination of the world from a rich variety of perspectives, starting right here with us: within an arena-like seating arrangement, the audience is invited to experience three kaleidoscopic evenings with different casts whose highlights merge into each other.

Whether the audiences join famous guests in speculating about objects from the collections of distinguished museums together, thus bringing them to life again, immerse themselves in soundscapes or become witnesses to an entirely different historical narrative, we intended to offer changes of perspective and playful lateral thinking on many levels.

Claudia Mattos

Professor, psychologist, and art historian


Professor at Unicamp and director of the project Expanding Art History: Teaching Non-European Art at Unicamp, funded by the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles.

Juana Paillalef Carinao

Museum's director


A Mapuche wife, mother and grandmother, originally from the Maquehue territory, a region in Araucanía, which today is called Comuna de Padre las Casas. She earned a Master’s in Intercultural Bilingual Education from the Universidad San Simón, Cochabamba-Bolivia. Subsequently, she took the position of Director of the Mapuche Museum of Cañete – DIBAM –, where she has been able to provide support for and work alongside museum studies specialists on the Mapuche subject, achieving a reinterpretation of the history of the territory defined by modernization and decolonization of the MMC.

Arnbjörg Maria Danielsen

Dramatikerin, Regisseurin und Produzentin

Island / Norwegen

Arnjörg Danielsen arbeitet mit zeitgenössischer Musik, Theater und Oper. Ihre interdisziplinäre Arbeit vereint Dramatik mit kuratorischen Ansätzen. Sie entwickelte interdisziplinäre Musiktheaterprojekte im Grenzbereich von zeitgenössischer und klassischer Musik, visueller Kunst, Literatur und historischer Forschung. In Reykjavik geboren, wuchs sie in Norwegen und Island auf und lebt in Berlin.

Christoph Bieber



Übernahm 2011 die Professur für „Ethik in Politikmanagement und Gesellschaft“ der Welker-Stiftung an der NRW School of Governance der Universität Duisburg-Essen. Er forscht und publiziert über Ethik und Verantwortung in der Politik, Transparenz und öffentliche Kommunikation sowie Demokratie und neuen Medien.

Johannes Ebert

Secretary-General of the Goethe-Institut


Johannes Ebert has been Secretary-General of the Goethe-Institut since 2012. He read Islamic Studies and Political Science in Freiburg and Damaskus and thereafter worked as a journalist. After periods as an instructor at the Goethe-Institut in Prien, as a language course consultant at the Goethe-Institut in Riga and as deputy head of the Public Relations division in the Munich head office, he was director of the Goethe-Institute Kiev from 1997 to 2002. From 2002 to 2007 he was director of the Goethe-Institut in Cairo and regional director for North Africa and the Middle East. Subsequently he served as director of the Goethe-Institut in Moscow and regional director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia from 2007 to 2012.

Ligia Lewis

Dancer and choreographer

Dominican Republic / USA

Ligia Lewis is a dancer and choreographer. She creates emotive choreographies while interrogating the metaphors and social inscriptions of the body. Her work has been shown at diverse venues and festivals, such as Flax/Fahrenheit (Los Angeles) and Palais de Tokyo (Paris).

Varna Marianne Nielsen Apaloo

Musician and performer


In her art she is inspired by the old traditions of east Greenlandic drum dancing. She stems from a long ancestral line of known drum dancers, tracing back to the legendary shaman and drum dancer Maratse.

Kimmernaq Kjeldsen

Musician and actress


Kimmernaq Kjeldsen, raised in Aasiaat (Greendland), discovered singing when she was a teenager, and released her first solo album in 2006. Ever since, she has become well known throughout Greenland through her music. Kimmernaq is currently living in Nuuk working as a professional actor.

Miké Thomsen

Actor, musician and traditional Inuit performer


Miké Thomsen is a Greenlandic actor, musician and traditional Inuit performer. He has worked in many productions with The Inuit Theatre Company, Caritas Productions and The National Theatre of Greenland. More recently Miké worked in Denmark with the successful Global Stories production Ni Hao Nuuk, where he was rewarded as Danish young actor of the year.

Natascha Adamowsky

Cultural scientist


She is Professor for Digital Media Technologies at the University of Siegen. Her work focuses on Media Aesthetics and Knowledge Culture, Practice as Research / Theory as Practice (Epistemology of Participation) and Media History.

Astrid Kaminski



Astrid Kaminski studied Cultural Criticism at Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (HFF) in Munich as well as dance and education in the Netherlands. She writes about dance, performance, literature and social policy for newspapers, magazines, web publications and specialist books.


Musician, Dj and producer


Ian McDonnell a.k.a. Eomac, best known as 1/2 of Dublin duo Lakker, has released genre-spanning club music via R&S RECORDS and most notably the 2014 LP ‘Spectre’ on Killekill, garnering internacional recognition.

Danae Theodoridou

Performance maker and researcher


She is a based in Brussels. Her artistic work currently focuses on the notion of social imaginaries and the way art can contribute to the emergence of social and political alternatives.

Laymert Garcia



Professor at Unicamp, he was the Director of São Paulo’s Biennial Foundation (2009-2010). He is active primarily in the following disciplines: biotechnology, technology and contemporary art. He currently coordinates the Laboratory of Culture and Network Technology.

Fernando Arias

Artist, curator

Kolumbien / Großbritannien

Fernando Arias works between Bogotá, the remote Colombian pacific coast of Chocó and London. Through video, photography, installation and interventions, the themes he approaches include conflict in relationships, sexuality and religion as well as social and environmental issues.

Kelly Gillespie


South Africa

Kelly Gillespie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Gillespie's research interests include criminal justice, legal anthropology, and the notions of history, race, and sexuality in South Africa. Her current work is on intimate violence and its refashioning of the relationship between public and private spheres, as well as of judgment in criminal courts. She will participate in the episode Observatory of the South.

Neo Muyanga

Musician and composer

South Africa

Neo Muyanga works as a conductor and tours with various companies and producers, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Handspring Puppet Company, Paco Pena’s Flamenco, and William Kentridge. In addition to being “resident composer” at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and at the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) at the University of California, his research focuses on black aesthetics in the genre of opera.

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Neo Muyanga spricht über das Projekt Episoden des Südens.

Jota Mombaça

Writer and performance artist


Is a non-binary faggot, racialized as brown, born and raised in the northeast of Brazil, who writes, performs and studies academically the relations between monstruosity and humanity, and queer studies among others.