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2nd Event– Urgencies!

about the political powers at stake in the current Brazilian scenario 
an approach proposed by suely rolnik and tatiana roque

The landscape of Brazilian society is being shaken by practices of invention in endless proliferation. These powers pressure the atmosphere of reactionary and reactive powers that haunt us. How can we account for the multiple actions transforming various fields of society? Are the terms and practices of the left, or even the idea of the left, still enough to describe the variety and singularity of these actions? Is the traditional opposition between right and left still suitable for thinking about the relationship between the various powers at stake? Or will it be necessary to think on another scale, that goes from varying degrees of identification with the state of things to varying degrees of recognizing its points of asphyxiation? From varying degrees of wanting to preserve it to varying degrees of wanting to create deviations? How can we decipher the new strategies of the power of capitalism? How can we name and reflect upon the present so that we create alliances that mobilize us beyond the possible dichotomies between thought and action?

The second event of Urgências is an invitation to people who are seeking to reinvent the present in distinct aspects of social life, as well as to people interested and implicated in this debate, in an effort toward collective reflection. It is about trying to put into words the ongoing experiences, in order to favor possible collaborations between different intervention practices, whether they be activist, theoretical, artistic or other. Starting from these loci and from the joint effort to name them, we will be able to ask which of these practices still fit, or no longer fit, into the horizon of the many lefts.

The event will include the participation of Andreza Delgado (a militant of the black movement), Aluizio Martino (São Mateus em Movimento), Hailey Kaas (LGBTT movement), Lilith Cristina Passos (high school movement) e Ricardo Terto (screenwriter).

JUNE 4TH 2016 | 10AM-5PM
Goethe-Institut São Paulo
Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros
Registration: siehe Kontakt/see contact


    Claudia Andujar, Marcados; © Daniela Paoliello

    Claudia Andujar - Tomorrow must not be like yesterday

    Showing the photographic work of the artist living in Brazil for the first time in Europe. This exhibition at the MMK 1 of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main will be the first ever to provide extensive insights into the photographic œuvre of the artist Claudia Andujar (born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1931), a resident of Brazil.

    In the 1980s, in conjunction with her activist involvement in efforts to protect the Yanomami, Brazil’s largest indigenous ethnic group, she produced her important series Marcados (Portuguese for “The Marked Ones”). For the artist, these portraits were the beginning of an in-depth exploration of the Yanomami culture.

    In addition to the major Marcados series, the exhibition will present photographic workgroups dating from the 1960s to the present. The photographer’s subjective perspective is also mirrored in her helicopter shots of the seemingly endless modernist network of São Paulo’s streets and the circular communal structures traditionally built by the Yanomami in the midst of lush vegetation in the Amazon region. For the series Rua Direita, she sat down on the pavement of this crowded arterial road in São Paulo and photographed the passers-by with a wide-angle lens.

    In 1964, shortly before the coup ushering in the military dictatorship that was to last until 1985, Andujar produced the series Marcha da Família, documenting the demonstrations in which nationalist and conservative-minded people of São Paulo protested the founding of a Communist government. Not least of all in view of the continuing protests in Brazil and the country’s recently announced climate goals, Andujar’s œuvre is today as relevant and topical as ever.

    MMK Talks
    Saturday, 18 February 2017, 3:30 pm

    A conversation with Carolin Köchling (curator of the exhibition)
    Introduction: Katharina von Ruckteschell-Katte, director of the Goethe-Institut, São Paulo

    Price: €12 / €6
    Symposium: free admission
    069 - 212 30447

      24.01. – 28.01.2017

      Goethe-Institut São Paulo

      Museal Episode – on the global future of museums

      From January 24-28, 2017, fifteen museum directors and curators will gather in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, to talk about the challenges museums are facing today and those they will confront in the future. The participants are continuing a debate that began in October 2015 in Salvador da Bahia and in La Paz, Bolivia. On January 28th, at 1:30pm, the results will be announced and opened to public debate at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.

      How will work be done with collections in the future? Will museums eventually be transformed into more hybrid institutions? How democratic can a museum be and how can it avoid projecting a colonialist perspective? How can the neighborhood get involved in the work of the museum?

      Fifteen exhibit organizers and museum administrators from South America, Europe and Africa will discuss these questions at a meeting over several days, during which they will travel around Bolivia. The group has already met in Salvador da Bahia, in October 2015, for the inaugural event of the mobile conference “Museal Episode” and published an initial report. During the exchange, the focus is from the perspective of countries of the Global South. After Bolivia, the participants will meet in Johannesburg, before processing the results for the documenta 2017 event.

      Participants include:
      Marion Ackermann, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
      Zdenka Badovinac, Liubliana Museum of Modern Art
      Övül Durmusoglu, curator, Berlin / Istanbul
      Yilmaz Dziewior, Museu Ludwig, Cologne
      lvira Espejo, Musef, La Paz
      Marina Fokidis, documenta / Kunsthalle Athens
      Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
      Nydia Gutierrez, Museu de Antioquia in Medellín
      Pablo Lafuente, curator, Porto Seguro, Bahia
      Natalia Maljuf, Museu de Arte de Lima / Humboldt Forum Advisory Board
      Matthias Mühling, Galeria Lehnbachhaus, Munich
      Gabi Ngcobo, curator / São Paulo Biennial
      Hermann Parzinger, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Berlin
      Luiza Proença, MASP, São Paulo
      Marcelo Rezende, curator, Salvador da Bahia / São Paulo

      A series of events organized by the Goethe-Institut São Paulo and by German Federal Cultural Foundation


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        Anthropophagizing the South | Discussion among curators

        In the context of its project, "Episodes of the South," the Goethe-Institut São Paulo invites curators from three large exhibitions to reflect on the South, its relationship with other coordinates, like the North and the East and the importance and relevance of the North/South binary in its initiatives. Jochen Volz, curator of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial; Monika Szewczyk, curator of documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens; Yustina Neni and Sigit Piusder, curators of the Bienniale Jogja XIV Equator #4, from Yogyakarta, Indonesia (whose 2017 theme is Brazil), engage in conversation about the thematic intersections of their projects: “Living Uncertainty,” “The South as a State of Mind” and “Equator.”

        32nd São Paulo Biennial

        The 32nd Biennial, with its theme “Living Uncertainty,” under the curatorship of Jochen Volz together with co-curators Gabi Ngcobo, Júlia Rebouças, Lars Bang Larsen and Sofía Olascoaga, seeks to reflect upon art as a tool to imagine ways of living the uncertainties of contemporary life, engaging topics such as ecologies, cosmologies of beginnings and ends, collective knowledge, evolutionary myths and education models.
Jochen Volz is curator of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial. Between 2012 and 2015, he was Director of Programming of the Serpentine Galleries in London. He was curator of the Inhotim Institute, in Minas Gerais, since 2004, where he acted as General Director from 2005 to 2007 and Artistic Director from 2007 to 2012. Between 2001 and 2004, he was curator of Portikus, in Frankfurt.

        Documenta 14

        In his proposal to the committee that selected him to be artistic director of documenta 14 (The South as a State of Mind), Adam Szymczyk established the dislocation of the East/West axis, which had determined the location for the Kassel documenta in 1955. Szymczyk states that moving documenta 14 to Athens means opening up the more than sixty year-old artistic project to current political urgencies. Monika Szewczyk organizes exhibits, writes, edits and teaches – mostly in partnership with art institutions and graduate programs. Before joining documenta 14’s curatorship team in January 2015, she was Curator of the Visual Arts Programs at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.

        Bienniale Jogja XIV Equator #4

        After meeting India, the Middle East and Nigeria in its previous editions, the Bienniale Jogja XIV Equator #4 crosses the Atlantic to meet South America, Brazil in particular. Indonesians live on thousands of islands, but rather than believing the ocean to be a hiatus, they believe in the unifying force of the sea. Several questions inform this approach: Why are Brazilians so diverse? What knowledge about Brazil can be transmitted through the Biennial? Why must Indonesia meet Brazil now?
 Yustina Neni was director of the Yogyakarta Bienniale Foundation (YBF). Neni has just completed seven years as collaborator of the Foundation, and is now one of its board members. Sigit Piusder is curator of the Bienniale Jogja XIV Equador #4. Piusder is an artist, interested in simple exhibit formats in visual arts that allow for the sharing of the trivial experiences of daily life.

        November 28th | at 7pm | Goethe-Institut
        Rua Lisboa, 974 | Pinheiros | Tel. 3296 7000

        Simultaneous translation | Free


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          Goethe-Institut in Salvador inaugurates model artistic residency for the global South

          The Artistic Residency Program at Vila Sul, the third of its kind among the Goethe-Institut’s 159 units throughout the world as well as the first and only in the “Global South,” will be inaugurated on November 16th. “The Program seeks to contribute to the promotion of dialogue among artists and different populations, enabling an exchange that will bring their experiences and perspectives on the world,” says Manfred Stoffl, director of the Goethe-Institut in Salvador-Bahia. “Germany’s intention in investing in this is to take part in contemporary experiences, globally, which promote collaboration, freedom of expression and the social power of culture,” he continues.

          The choice of Salvador was not by chance. Brazil’s first capital, located in the state where the Portuguese had arrived 500 years ago, the city’s history symbolizes the realities of the Southern Hemisphere and is one of the points of what is called the Atlantic Triangle – the area that extended between the Americas, the west coast of Africa and Europe, and was used for commercial trade which, starting in the the 16th century included millions of enslaved Africans who were brought to the Americas. Until today, Salvador, with 83% of its population Afro-descendants, is considered the city to have the largest black population in the world outside of Africa. And for this reason, too, it is an opportune place to question, from its “southern perspective,” relations of power and global social conditions, as well as their academic discourses.

          The South is not, thus, only a geographical reference. For this reason, for the residencies, it is essential that the residents’ arrival be based on their genuine interest in questions that approach the theme from a particular perspective or that promote dialogue among countries of this hemisphere, and independent of their origin. Throughout 2016, 12 artists already carried out projects in the residence, in an experimental phase of this process. Inaugurating the actual lodging, five residents have been hosted, since October: Adolphe Binder, a Romanian based in Germany, a curator, playwright and producer, and artistic director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch; Grada Kilomba, a Portuguese writer, theorist and interdisciplinary artist, who works on questions of gender, race, trauma and memory; and three Germans: political scientist Christoph Bieber, whose research is on ethics, political responsibility, transparency, public communication, democracy and new media; set and costume designer Jürgen Kirner; and curator and playwright for dance and theater Sigrid Gareis.

          From then onwards, international guests will be received every two months. Initially, the residents – artists, journalists and interdisciplinary researchers – do not apply: they are selected by means of nomination by the Goethe-Institut’s international network and its partners. In the near future, a local jury will take over the selection. During their stay in Salvador, the residents will reside in four individual loft-style apartments and will share a large collective space, with a kitchen, dining tables, armchairs and all the necessary furnishings for socializing.

          The inauguration of the Vila Sul Program will take place starting at 8pm on 11/16, with DJs present: the Bahian ÀTTØØXXÁ bringing a convergence of sounds echoing from the world’s peripheries, starting with the planet’s musical epicenter, Africa. And Daniel Haaksman, coming from Berlin, a DJ, producer and journalist, who, since 2004, has been bringing the sound of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas to a global audience. His set mixes baile funk, house, trap, bubbling, kuduro and anything that gets the crowds going anywhere. During the inauguration, a few artistic interventions are to be expected, including performances by artist members of Dimenti, a design and cultural production space in Salvador. Finally, the legacy the residents will leave for the city after a year staying there will be displayed throughout the house.


            Conversations with objects at the Museu Afro Brasil

            Event brings together specialists around a surprise piece to discuss art history and material culture

            Why does art history always have to be discussed from the European perspective? How would a history of art be if it were narrated, for example, by African cultures or by Brazilian culture?   Seeking to consider other possible discourses in the field of art history and to examine the symbolic relationships that we establish with material culture, the Goethe-Institut is organizing, in partnership with the Museu Afro Brasil and the São Paulo Biennial, the fourth edition of the event Conversations with Objects.  

            The idea is to bring together specialists from various fields around an object regarded as part of non-European art history in order to develop discourses and to reflect on non-Eurocentric perspectives of art history. The object in question will be a Brazilian piece from the archive of the Museu Afro Brasil, which, until the time of the event, will not be revealed.

              The major particularity of the gathering is exactly the surprise element of the material encounter with the object: without prior preparation, specialists and the public are invited to take the same position as producers of knowledge about the piece in question, dismantling the age-old hierarchy in the discourse of art history.  

            The format of the event also seeks to disrupt: chairs are arranged in a circle, in a Fishbowl, in which all can occupy the position of “specialist”.  

            The 4th edition of Conversations with Objects will be held in São Paulo, on October 29th, Saturday, at 11am, at the Museu Afro Brasil (Parque Ibirapuera, Portão 10). Free and open to the public, the project is coordinated by Professor Claudia Mattos Avolese (Unicamp) with the participation of writer, critic and curator Marcelo Rezende, artist, curator and professor at UFRB Ayrson Heráclito, Israeli artist and participant in the 32nd São Paulo Biennial of Arts, Michal Helfman,  researcher and historian Juliana Bevilacqua

            Conversations with Objects is part of the project Episodes of the South, conceived by the Goethe-Institut, which seeks visions and contributions from the South in art, science and culture in a context of increasing globalization. Through roundtable discussions, seminars, research groups, residencies and artistic production, visions from the South in relation to global art history, the future of museums, possible utopias, mediation of knowledge, among other topics, will be brought to issue.

            October 29th | Saturday | 11am
            Museu Afro Brasil
            Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral, Portão 10, s/n
            Parque Ibirapuera
            Free | Open to the public
            Registration: siehe Kontakt/see contact
            Programming | Goethe-Institut São Paulo | Museu Afro Brasil


            Claudia Mattos

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

            Marcelo Rezende
            Writer, critic and curator, Marcelo Rezende was the director of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (MAM/BA) and artistic director of the 3rd Bahia Biennale (2014). He was also the curator of the project State of Exception – Come See Korea (See Yourself), at the Paço das Artes in São Paulo (2008).

            Ayrson Heráclito
            Visual artist, curator and professor. PhD in Communications and Semiotics from PUC São Paulo (2016), Master’s in Visuais Arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia - UFBA. Professor at the Center for Arts, Humanities and Languages - CAHL at the Universidade Federal do Recôncavo in Bahia – UFRB.

            Michal Helfman
            Senior member of the Master of Fine Arts program at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel and participant in the 32nd São Paulo Biennial.

            Juliana Bevilacqua
            Master’s in Social History from the Universidade de São Paulo and pursuing a PhD in Social History at the same university. Is author of the book Homens de Ferro. Os ferreiros na África central no século XIX, 2011 (Men of Iron. Blacksmiths in central Africa in the XIX Century) and co-author of África em Artes, 2015 (Africa in the Arts).


              Peter Sloterdijk and Laymert Garcia dos Santos in São Paulo

              On October 6th, the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk and the Brazilian sociologist Laymert Garcia dos Santos will engage a public discussion about the Global South at the Goethe-Institut in São Paulo. The debate will focus on the contemporary dominance of Western traditions of thought, the notion of the South as a terra incognita to be discovered by European explorers, and on the way medieval theosophy recalibrated the relation between centre and periphery.

              Peter Sloterdijk studied philosophy, history and German studies in Munich and at the University of Hamburg. In 1971, Sloterdijk presented his master’s thesis entitled “Strukturalismus als poetische Hermeneutik” (“Structuralism as Poetic Hermeneutics”). In 1972/73, he published an essay on Michel Foucault’s structural theory of history, as well as a critique of the linguistic constitution of objects entitled “Die Ökonomie der Sprachspiele” (“The Economics of Language Games”). In 1976, Sloterdijk earned his doctorate under the supervision of Klaus Briegleb, with a thesis entitled “Literature and the Organisation of Life Experience – The Genre Theory and Genre History of Autobiography in the Weimar Republic 1918-1933”. Between 1978 and 1980, Sloterdijk stayed at the ashram of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later known as Osho) in the Indian city of Pune. Since the 1980s, he has worked as an independent author. His book Kritik der zynischen Vernunft (Critique of Cynical Reason), published by Suhrkamp in 1983, is a 20th century philosophical bestseller. In 2001, Sloterdijk succeeded Heinrich Klotz as Rector of the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, where he also serves as Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics.

              Laymert Garcia dos Santos is a professor at the Department of Sociology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). He served as an advisor to the Ministry of Culture on the National Council for Cultural Policy (CNPC) and as Director of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo. Garcia dos Santos’ expertise covers the sociology of technology and contemporary art, especially issues related to biotechnology, film, information technology, traditional people and Brazilian politics. His academic works include “Desregulagens” (“Deregulations”, São Paulo, Brasiliense, 1981), “Alienação e capitalismo” (“Alienation and Capitalism”, São Paulo, Brasiliense, 1982), “Etienne de La Boétie - Discurso da servidão voluntária” (“Etienne de La Boétie - "A discourse on Voluntary Servitude”, São Paulo, Brasiliense, 1982), “Tempo de Ensaio” (“Testing Time”) and “Politizar as novas tecnologias” (“Politicising the New Technologies”).

              On October 6th at Goethe-Institut São Paulo.

              29.08. – 03.09.2016

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              Epistemic Risk: Education
              Event brings together intellectuals and artists from Latin America and Africa

              The recent protests in schools and universities, both in Latin America and South Africa, point to a line of questioning and criticism regarding the current educational system. Questions such as the capacity of educational institutions to generate knowledge in the contemporary world and which of the possible experimentations in this field can transform the work of knowledge will be brought up at the event “Epistemic Risk: Education”, which will be held from August 29th to September 3rd, in various locations in the city of São Paulo, encouraging daily interaction between researchers and artists from South Africa and Brazil.  

              Professors and researchers from sub-Saharan Africa will participate in the event, including Kelly Gillespie, Leigh-ann Naidoo, Zen Marie, Hibist Kassa (Wits University, Johannesburg). The South African musician Neo Muyanga will also be in attendance at the event. From Brazil, confirmed participants include professor and critic Suely Rolnik, artist Amilcar Packer, professor Tatiana Roque, and Jota Mombaça.

              The program will be held in São Paulo and will host activities open to the public and others for invited guests in various formats: visits to public elementary schools, open conversations at universities and cultural institutions in São Paulo, as well as a jam session with protest musicians.

              August 29th to September 3rd 2016
              Various locations in São Paulo


              august 29th, monday

              3pm | ufabc são bernardo do campo rua arcturus, n°3 - bloco beta - auditório 002
              “epistemic risk: education – knowledge, worldliness and practical life tasks”
              mediation by maria carlotto (ufabc)

              august 30th, tuesday

              3pm | praça das artes  av. são joão, 281 - centro, são paulo
              “between aesthetics and politics: practice and radical action in Brazil and South Africa” a conversation with zen marie and jota bombaça  

              4:30pm | praça das artes  av. são joão, 281 - centro, são paulo
              “black student organization and the myth of racial democracy: constructing transnational solidarity” a conversation with brian kamanzi, brunata mires and andreza delgado

              august 31st, wednesday

              12:30pm | fau/usp rua do lago, 876 - butantã, são paulo
              “epistemic risk: the crisis of institutions as producers of knowledge” as part of the “auh-meetings”, students, educators and staff are called upon to think education as possible laboratory for the invention of other worlds.
              mediation: renato cymbalista

              8pm | al janiah rua álvaro de carvalho, 190 - centro, são paulo
              revolting mass jam session participation of neo muyanga, ras davi, mano money´s, sarau do vinil, lello di sarno, érica navarro

              september 1st, thursday

              4pm | casa do povo rua três rios, 252 - bom retiro, são paulo
              “struggles and advances since the high school and university students’ movement” open conversation with students

              september 2nd, friday

              2pm | escola estadual prof. adrião bernardes estrada de Itaquaquecetuba, 9953 - ilha do bororé, sp
              meeting with students and professors from the school participation of youth from the groups em cena, quebramundo and midiart

              september 3rd, saturday

              10am to 6pm | goethe-institut são paulo rua lisboa, 974 - pinheiros, são paulo
              urgencies “epistemic risk: what do we want from education?” invited speakers: tatiana roque and cassia quezia
              registration | space limited | siehe Kontakt/see contact

                01.07. – 30.08.2016

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                New residents at Vila Sul in Salvador

                The residency program of the Goethe-Institut Salvador stands out as the first of its kind to be offered by the Institute in the ‘South.’ Salvador was chosen for its importance in South-South dialogues with reference to its geography (it is located in the Black Atlantic), history (it was the first Brazilian capital), and culture (for its Afro-Brazilian population).

                The residences are located on the premises of Goethe-Institut, which is itself surrounded by museums and theatres. The Institut has a black box theatre, two galleries, a courtyard, a library and several classrooms, offering ideal conditions for the cultural gathering, reflection, presentation and production.

                Vila Sul has hosted artists Diedrich Diederichsen, Rodrigo Alves, Rike Frank, Dimenti and Lucia Nhamo. In July and August, Vila Sul receives South African Helen Sebidi, Uruguayan Brian MacKern and Australian Liza Lim.

                The residency program is theme-oriented and is intended for well-known intellectuals, artists, scientists and writers in all disciplines as well as for people who work in interdisciplinary fields or research. The general theme of the residency is the “South.” From this perspective, the residents of the first two years (from 2016 to 2017) will participate in the intercontinental project ‘Episodes of the South’, developed in South America. The residents receive, in most cases, an invitation for a two-month stay in Salvador, in order to develop on-site research relevant to the “South” experience and connect with the cultural scene, the city and nature. 

                Helen Sebidi is a painter currently living in Johannesburg. She was raised by her grandmother, whose influence on her was fundamental to her view of the world, having encouraged her to develop creative activities. Initially, Sebidi focused on pottery, weaving and painting, designing and decorating calabashes. But, painting only became her profession after she worked for a few years as a maid and was erroneously arrested. Helen Sebidi had support from her professor and mentor John Koenakeefe Mohl, who stimulated her goals and encouraged her to establish a dialogue with the older generations, thus keeping her close to traditional African culture and making this the spirit of her art. As an artist, she finds her inspiration in pre-colonial Africa, but her works also reflect her own experiences. For Helen Sebidi, inspiring and encouraging the younger generations, especially artists, is very important. In 1986, she was the first black artist from South Africa to have her work on exhibit. Two years later, she was granted a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation to travel to the USA. The same year, she was awarded with the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Since the 1990s, she has made several trips and exhibited her art in various countries. In 2004, the then South African president named Helen Sebidi the recipient of the “Order of Ikhamanga” prize. 

                Brian MacKern (Uruguay) has been developing digital and hybrid net based artistic projects since 1995. MacKern is a musician, composer and developer of autogenerative and reactive audiovisual structures and environments. His artistic practice is focused in areas defined by memory and remembrance, by alternative representations of place, geographies, and urban cartographies, by sound, remix, speech and data bending. His work is concerned with the processes and structures that cross the digital with the real environment and explores interface design, the creation of sound games, digital transpositions of representation, audio/visual objects, video animation and realtime data, net art and sound art. Brian MacKern has presented his work and given workshops and lectures throughout Latin America and in Europe. His work has been exhibited at major art festivals and has received recognition from numerous institutions. He also works as a curator and a coordinator of art and education projects that involve contemporary technologies.

                Liza Lim is one of the most respected composers of Australia. Her work and concerts have been commissioned by the most renown orchestras of the world (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, BBC, WDR, SWR), by festivals (Festival d’Automne Paris, Salzburg, Lucern, Holland, Venice Biennial and all of the major Australian festivals) and by groups such as Musikfabrik, Ensemble Intercontemporain, ELISION, Ensemble Modern, Arditti String Quartet etc. Since 2008, she has been a lecturer of composition and director of the center for research on New Music, CeReNeM, at the University of Huddersfield. Some of her recent work includes her fourth opera, commissioned by the group Musikfabrik and by the Casa de Ópera de Colônia based on the cut-out book by Jonathan Safran Foers; Tree of Codes, a violin concerto; Speak, Be Silent, for the 40th anniversary of the opening of the season of the group Contrechamps, based in Genoa; and various solo pieces that explore new techniques for instruments such as the oboe (Axis Sun) and the euphonium (The Green Lion eats the Sun).

                  15.06. – 16.06.2016


                  Technoshamanis Seminar at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo

                  The seminar seeks to bring together ancestral knowledge and indigenous questions with the contemporary technological complex. Activities will include an informal chat with representatives of two Guarani tribes from the city of São Paulo, a discussion about the Baobáxia project, a musical presentation by the Mbya Guarani children’s choir, and a conversation with the Guatemalan artist Edgard Calel about Mayan ancestry. As part of the event, the publication TCNXMNSM will be launched by the Goethe-Institut, Invisíveis Produções (Invisible Productions) and Rede do Technoxamanismo (Technoshamanism Network).

                  Technoshamanism Seminar
                  June 15th & 16th 2016
                  Goethe-Institut São Paulo


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                    Conversations with objects in Belém

                    Event as part of the Goethe-Institut’s Episodes of the South project discusses art history and material culture and brings together specialists around Marajoara pottery as object.

                    Why does art history have to always be told from the European point of view? What would a history of art be like if it were narrated, for example, by indigenous culture?

                    Seeking to think other possible discourses within the field of art history and to examine the symbolic relationships we establish with material culture, the Goethe-Institut is organizing the third edition of the event Conversations with objects. The idea is to bring together specialists from various fields who are interested in material culture in order to develop a discourse about an object chosen for the occasion, with the goal of reflecting on non-European perspectives of art history.

                    The event, which has already been held in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro in 2015, will take place this time in Belém, an important center of artistic and cultural activities of the country, on June 14th, Tuesday, at 7pm at the Casa das Onze Janelas (Praça Frei Caetano Brandão, s/n – Cidade Velha). Free and open to the public, coordinated by Claudia Mattos Avolese (Unicamp), the event’s participants include professor Alexandre Sequeira (UFPA), artist Éder Oliveira, art historian Nelson Sanjad, and Cristiana Barros (Emílio Goeldi Museum), and professor Denise Shaan (UFPA).

                    In Belém, Conversations with Objects will be based on an object of Marajoara pottery. Claudia Mattos, coordinator of the project, tells a little bit about her choice of object: “[In this object] we are able to read the history of a culture which, in its time, was part of a rich and complex network of other cultures in the Americas. In Marajoara pottery, we can also read another version of the history of colonization in the Americas and of the geopolitical and cultural organization of the region. This is an opportunity for us to construct new narratives, about the presence of the “south” in a world history.”

                    As director of the Casa das Onze Janelas’s Cultural Space, Heldilene Guerra points out, “the event is important because it brings together institutions from Belém and São Paulo, like Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, the oldest in the country, and the Goethe-Institut, in addition to the Casa das Onze Janelas SIM/SECULT-PA and the universities.” Conversations with objects is a part of the project Episodes of the South, conceived by the Goethe-Institut, and is part of the collaborative cultural project Na Varanda (On the Veranda), and is also supported by, among others, the Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp).

                    Conversations with objects in Belem
                    June 14th, Tuesday | 7pm
                    Casa das Onze Janelas
                    Praça Frei Caetano Brandão, s/n – Cidade Velha

                    Free | Open to the public


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                      New diasporas: Haiti Episode

                      Project brings immigrants from Haiti to a video workshop and performative debate in São Paulo.

                      The project New Diasporas, conceived by the group Frente 3 de Fevereiro and sponsored by the Goethe-Institut, aims to generate knowledge through the voices of migrants and their experience, providing a space for listening to and sharing migrants’ lived experiences, addressed through different fields of knowledge.

                      The first edition of New Diasporas focuses on immigration from Haiti to Brazil, with events in June 2016. Using the country as a laboratory and a symbol of the transcontinental quilombola struggle, the Haiti episode anticipates several events at the Goethe-Institut. The first of them is a video-editing workshop for Haitian immigrants, led by Daniel Lima and Raquel Borges, which will happen from June 6th-10th at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo.

                      On June 18th, (Saturday), the Goethe-Institut will hold a performative debate open to the public, in varied formats: audiovisual presentations, work groups, short lectures, and culinary experiences. In addition to Daniel Lima, event participants also include actress and MC Roberta Estrela D’Alva, musical director Eugênio Lima, researcher Felipe Teixeira, Zimbabwean visual artist Lucia Hnamo and Haitian photojournalist Pierre Michel Jean, as well as Haitian musicians.

                      HAITI Episode
                      June 18th, Saturday | 1pm-10pm
                      Goethe-Institut São Paulo
                      Free | Open to the public


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                        Cycle of events Urgencies! debates issues to reflect on the present

                        The events titled URGENCIES!, to occur over approximately eight hours, including breakfast and lunch, are a platform for discussion about contemporary issues. Each edition includes the presence of guest speakers that are nationally and internationally acknowledged in the specific areas of the proposed debates. The guest speakers give short presentations in order to stimulate lines of thinking and questions, and will also act as discussants.

                        URGÊNCIAS! opens a space for debate about:

                        - the hegemony of the means of communication, management and manipulation of information, the production of meaning beyond the dominant centers of meaning;
                        - the empowerment of new manifestations and articulations of feminism as well as black, indigenous and trans movements, racism, homophobia, ethnocide, femicide, transphobia;
                        - the destruction of territories and ways of life; monocultural homogenization; capitalist decodification and conjugations of desire;
                        - the education, training, learning and research as critical and collective experiments for processes of decolonization and building of worlds;
                        - the society of control and the police state;
                        - the new neoliberal reasoning.

                        The events are free and take place on Saturdays at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo. Registration can be made by sending name and email address to siehe Kontakt/see contact The capacity for 70 spots will be filled in order of arrival. There will be a waiting list.


                        P.A.C.A. – the program for autonomous cultural action, expresses itself through regular activities, public and free, open seminars, textual production, work groups and other presentation formats, including collective dynamics of discussion and production.

                        With this, it seeks to contribute to the dislocation and the deinstallation of colonial and capitalist hegemonic cartographies, as well as to the dislocation of life, with a view to promote the construction of public and performative spaces for critical discussion, alternatives to the dominant politics of reproduction of subjectivity and of culture. P.A.C.A. was founded in 2014 and is organized by psychoanalyst and cultural critic Suely Rolnik, artist Amilcar Packer, mathematician and philosopher Tatiana Roque, and cultural critic Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz.


                        Narratives and counter-narratives: means of communication, production, distribution and information management; ethics and politics of production of subjectivity.
                        May 7th 2016 (Saturday)
                        10am to 6pm
                        Goethe-Institut São Paulo
                        Organized by Amilcar Packer, with the participation of national and international journalists and guests.

                          04.03. – 11.03.2016

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                          Revolting Mass vol. 2 brings artists Neo Muyanga and Grada Kilomba

                          Jam session with South African musician and activist and lecture-performance with Portuguese artist and academic are among highlights.

                          Protest music is once again the theme of a series of events organized by the Goethe-Institut São Paulo, as part of its larger Episodes of the South project. In order to show how protest is incorporated into music today and what forms of presentation have emerged, Revolting Mass Vol. 2 will bring the South African musician and performer Neo Muyanga, and his performance show Revolting Music – A Survey of the Songs of Protest that Liberated South Africa, and the Portuguese writer and performer Grada Kilomba, with her lecture-performance “Decolonizing Knowledge”. Kilomba is also participating in an open talk at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo. The Revolting Mass event will be held from March 4th to 11th in various locations in São Paulo.

                          Neo Muyanga presents his show “Revolting Music” at the Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), on the 4th, 5th and 6th of March, in partnership with the International Theater Exhibition of São Paulo (MITsp). Beginning with the songs of protest and their strongly engaged components of rebellion and revolt, and ending with contemporary romantic music, characterized by nauseating and sickening melodic elements, the show culminates in contagious libertarian sonority. Tickets for the show are available on the site:

                          Muyanga turns to pop musicality in order to re-imagine other possibilities for change and a possible new struggle to find love within a revolution. Born in Soweto, trained in classical music, the composer and activist Neo Muyanga immerses himself in the hybrid borders between music and thought, connecting traditional and contemporary genres. For more on Neo Muyanga’s work:

                          The musician will also be at the “Massa Revoltante” jam session on 11 March (Friday), at 8pm, at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo (Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros) together with the artists Giovani di Ganzá, Karina Buhr, Xênia Franca, Mano Money's and Lello di Sarno. The event is free of charge and tickets will be distributed on site one-hour prior to the beginning of the show. The musicians participated in a three-day residency on protest and resistance music on Bororé Island, with the aim to encourage free production and composition and to promote an encounter of diverse sonorities.

                          Another highlight of Revolting Mass is the presence of Grada Kilomba, writer, performer and professor at Humboldt Universität in Berlim. Kilomba will give the lecture-performance “Decolonizing Knowledge”, on March 6th, from 4pm to 6pm, at the Centro Cultural São Paulo (Rua Vergueiro, 1000), as part of the São Paulo International Theater Exhibition (MITsp).

                          On March 11th, at 6pm at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo (Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros), Grada Kilomba discusses with the public her work related to gender, racism, trauma, memory and postcolonialism. Moderated by academic, Jessica Oliveira, who has translated several of her texts. Registration must be made by email: siehe Kontakt/see contact.

                          With roots on the islands of São Tomé e Príncipe and in Angola, the interdisciplinary Portuguese artist Grada Kilomba works with the themes of gender, race, trauma and memory. Her writing has been translated into several languages and published in international anthologies, journals and newspapers. Kilomba is known for using a variety of formats, from printed publications to dramatic readings, combining as much academic writing as lyric poetry, thus creating a completely new literary style.

                          In 2011, she was indicated as the “Most inspiring Black Woman in Europe” by the BWIE, for her articles and performative readings. She is co-editor of Mythen, Masken und Subjekte (Myth, Mask and Subject, 2005), an anthology about critical testimony, and she is author of Plantation Memories, a compilation of daily episodes of racism, written in the form of psychoanalytical stories, launched at the International Literature Festival (2008), at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, and adapted for the stage by the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in Berlin in 2013. Grada Kilomba lectures at various universities throughout the world and is currently invited professor at the Department of Gender Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. More information about her work can be found at:

                          March 4th to 11th | various locations

                          March 4th, 5th and 6th | various times
                          Centro Cultural São Paulo (São Paulo Cultural Center)
                          Rua Vergueiro, 1000 – Metrô Vergueiro

                          In the International Theatre Exhibition of São Paulo (MITsp), the South African musician and performer Neo Muyanga presents the enraged voice of the protests spearheaded by student movements in the streets of Soweto using the ridiculous aspects of contemporary pop songs to satirize the vanguard of an incomplete revolution.

                          LECTURE-PERFORMANCE “DECOLONIZING KNOWLEDGE” WITH grada kilomba
                          March 6th | 4pm to 6pm
                          Centro Cultural São Paulo
                          Rua Vergueiro, 1000 – Metrô Vergueiro

                          The Portuguese-African writer and artist gives lecture-performance in the MITsp exhibition . Her work is known for using a variety of formats, from publications to readings and performances, combining academic writing and lyric poetry.

                          IN CONVERSATION WITH GRADA KILOMBA
                          March 11th | Friday | at 6pm
                          Goethe-Institut | Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros
                          Free registration: siehe Kontakt/see contact.

                          Grada Kilomba in conversation with the public about her work related to gender, racism, trauma, memory and postcolonialism. Moderated by Jessica Oliveira.

                          March 11th | 8pm
                          Goethe-Institut São Paulo
                          Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros
                          Free | Open to the public
                          Retrieve one hour prior

                          The Revolting Mass jam is a result of the residency for music groups and includes the participation of Giovani di Ganzá, Karina Buhr, Xênia França, Mano Money‘s, Lello Di Sarno and Grada Kilomba.


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                            Well living or living well: an invitation

                            In hammocks, guests spoke lying down, generating other, less hierarchical dynamics of attention and conversation.

                            Through an initiative of the Goethe-Institut La Paz in partnership with the Goethe-Institut São Paulo, an event was organized by the artist Amilcar Packer on 26 January 2016, open to the public, with a presentation by guests from South America. The event was organized around an invitation for those involved to spend a day, from breakfast to dinner, exchanging comments, stories and narratives, which in some way nourish reflection about the potential contributions of “living well” for the planet. The filmed conversations and the footage edited by Amilcar Packer will be used to make a film to be screened at the seminar, “Teilen und Tauschen,” (exchanging and sharing) in Weimar, Germany in 2016.

                            The space for the event, which was held in the city of São Paulo, had hammocks where the guests and other participants uttered their words, thus generating other, less hierarchical dynamics of attention and conversation. Packer’s proposal is based on the notion of thinking about “living well” in its temporal relation, reflecting on the differences between work as business (negation of leisure), business activity, disregard for human labor (colonial system), refusal to work (Paul Lafargue, Duchamp, Maurizio Lazzarato), work, leisure (Seneca) and laziness (Mário de Andrade, Macunaíma).

                            Invited guests: Elvira Espejo (Bolivia), Maria Galindo (artist and activist, Mujeres Creando/Women Creating, Bolivia), Oscar Vega (philosopher, Bolivia), Tício Escobar (writer, Paraguay), Baby Amorim (Ilu Obá de Min, Brazil), Daniel Munduruku (writer, Brazil), Manuela Carneiro da Cunha (anthropologist, Brazil).


                              Goethe-Institut São Paulo

                              The body and its various forms provide the theme for dialogues in the installation “At the table”

                              A dialogue installation of the Mobile Academy at Sesc Consolação brings together experts from different disciplines to dialogue about the body.

                              What is the limit of intelligence when we talk about technological changes and transformations of the body? To what extent are these transformations legitimate, even when they have therapeutic or socially integrative characteristics, for instance a pacemaker, dentures or a leg prosthesis?

                              Narratives of ongoing conglomeration between bodies and implants, between humans and devices, and the interfaces between the human body with artifacts and different technologies are the starting point for conversations in the Mobile Academy’s dialogue installation in five acts “AT THE TABLE – NARRATIVES OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL, THE IMAGINED AND THE DEAD BODY,” to take place on 5 December from 3pm-10pm at Sesc Consolação, with free admission.

                              The installation conceived by the renown German artist Hannah Hurtzig is part of “Episodes of the South,” a project initiated by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Sesc São Paulo, which aims to reflect on the metaphoric, cultural, social, historical and political dimensions of the so-called “South.”

                              In the installation, invited experts from disciplines as broad-ranging as neurologists, psychologists, artists, transvestites, transsexuals, sociologists and philosophers, sit down at the table and talk with us about the transformative potential of our body. The participation of philosopher Marcia Tiburi, artist Rita Wu, journalist and politician Jean Wyllys, professor and psychoanalyst Christian Dunker, cartoonist Laerte Coutinho, among other experts, are anticipated.

                              The public visiting the installation will receive headphones so that they can follow the conversations of the experts At THE TABLE and will be able to sign up to participate in the discussion. Visitors will also be able to speak at any time through a KARAOKE machine, a space with a microphone and the projection of images related to the themes at the tables. All dialogues are followed by 20 minutes of discussion with the participation of provokers, who will also intervene during the dialogues.

                              The dialogue installation’s program begins at 3PM with the first table “The Narrative of Bones: The Body as Mnemonic Device,” and ends at 8:45PM with the table “Current Speculation and Anticipation about a Future Body.” See programming and services below.

                              Entrance is free and it is not necessary to register to attend the discussions. Entrance is permitted after each table has begun.

                              PROGRAMMING “AT THE TABLE”
                              A projet of the Mobile Academy Berlin organized by the Goethe-Institut and Sesc São Paulo

                              The Narrative of Bones: The Body as Mnemonic Device

                              Dialogue with: Clara Ianni & Luiz Fontes

                              The 2006 Disability Act (Lei da Deficiência) and the 2010 Anti-Inclusion Manifesto: How the Right to Imperfection Is Challenging Society

                              Dialogue with: Marta Almeida Gil & Estela Lapponi

                              Deep Cerebral Stimulation I: Neural Prostheses for Parkinson’s disease

                              Dialogue with: Victor Rosetto Barboza & Erich Fonoff

                              Deep Cerebral Stimulation II: Neural Prostheses for Depression

                              Dialogue with: Christian Dunker & Erich Fonoff

                              Shamanism As Technology of the Body: How to Bring Together Virtual Worlds, Information and Interspecies Relationships

                              Dialogue with: Fabiane M. Borges & Laymert Garcia dos Santos

                              Current Speculation and Anticipation about a Future Body

                              Dialogue with: Laerte Coutinho & Amara Moira & Jean Wyllys

                              All dialogues to be followed by 20 minutes of discussion among invited and uninvited speakers: Marcia Tiburi, Max Hinderer Jorge Cruz, Lakshmi Lobato, Rodrigo Maltez Novaes, Benjamin Seroussi und Rita Wu.

                              Dialogue Installation
                              “AT THE TABLE – Narratives about the Technological, the Imagined and the Dead Body”

                              Date | Saturday, 5 December 2015
                              Time | 3PM to 8:45PM
                              Place | Sesc Consolação
                              R. Dr. Vila Nova, 245 - Vila Buarque, São Paulo
                              Telephone | 11 3234 3000
                              Free admission
                              Simultaneous interpretation into English

                                28.10. – 31.10.2015

                                Goethe-Institut São Paulo

                                The futures of the african diaspora

                                Videoconference brings together artists and intellectuals from Africa and the African diaspora in Europe, South America and North America providing a glimpse into the artistic production related to the continent.

                                “If you want to have an idea of the world that is coming, the world ahead of us, look at Africa,” says the African philosopher Achille Mbembe. How do artists and academics imagine Africa’s future? What forms and narratives of science fiction have African artists developed?

                                These are some of the questions the project African Futures, organized by the Goethe-Institut, will address from 28 to 31 October 2015. The Festival’s interdisciplinary events will take place simultaneously in three African capitals: Johannesburg (South Africa), Lagos (Nigeria) and Nairobi (Kenya), with the aim to explore the future through narrative and artistic expression – in literature, fine arts, music, cinema, and in various digital formats as well.

                                As part of the programming of “African Futures,” São Paulo will host the Circum-Atlantic Videoconference: The Futures of the African Diaspora, which will take place on October 30th (Friday), at 3pm, at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo (Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros). During the event, artists and intellectuals from Africa and the African diaspora in Europe, South America and North America will come together to envision their future and the future of their artistic production, characterized by a critical reflection on Africa and its reverberations outside the continent.

                                International speakers include Adrienne Edwards, curator, academic and writer with a focus on artists of the African diaspora and the global South, the curator Bonaventure Ndikung, founder and curator of the Savvy Contemporary Art Space in Berlin, and Kodwo Eshun, from The Otolith Group in London.

                                Daniel Lima, a member of the collective Frente 3 de Fevereiro, will moderate the videoconference in São Paulo with participants Leda Martins, poet, essayist and professor at UFMG, and Viny Rodrigues, sociologist and member of the collective Sistema Negro in São Paulo.

                                The videoconference “The Futures of the African Diaspora” is open to the public, registration is free via email: siehe Kontakt/see contact. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

                                Circum-Atlantic Videoconference: The Futures of the African Diaspora
                                October 30th (Friday), 3pm
                                Goethe-Institut São Paulo
                                Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros
                                Telephone +55 11 3296 7000
                                Free registration: siehe Kontakt/see contact
                                Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

                                  14.10. – 17.10.2015

                                  Goethe-Institut São Paulo

                                  The global future of museums

                                  Museum directors and curators from several countries debate about the future of museums and experiment with new models of presentation, mediation and dialog in the museum framework.

                                  What are the challenges museums will have to confront in the future? Are museums still adequate spaces for the presentation, documentation, mediation and archiving or even for the interaction between object and observer?

                                  With globalization, these questions take on increasingly international dimensions. Topics like the global purpose of collections, at times limited to the cultural sectors of Europe and North America, as well as the matter of digitalization and the possibilities of virtual reality give rise to discussions with respect to new models, methods and architectures that transcend conventional approaches to the topic.

                                  To encourage the exchange of thinking and stimulate new ideas and projects for museums, the Goethe-Institut and the German Federal Culture Foundation (KSB) will host the four-part conference series, Museal Episode, the first of which will bring together sixteen museum curators and directors from Brazil and around the world at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (Avenida Contorno, s/n – Salvador) from October 14th to 17th. The first meeting is by invitation-only, but there will be an event open to the public on October 15th at 5pm at the Goethe-Institut Salvador (Av. Sete de Setembro, 1809 – Salvador) at which the invited speakers will present on the issues under discussion.

                                  Marcelo Rezende, director of the MAM-Bahia, will receive the participants for the themed event series “Bring your museum to my museum”. The outcomes of each meeting will be documented and presented at a public event during the 2017 exhibit.

                                  For the first meeting of the Museal Episode, the participation of the following directors and curators is anticipated:
                                  Elvira Espejo | National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (La Paz)
                                  Gabi Ngcobo | independent artist and curator (Johannesburg)
                                  Hartwig Fischer | Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
                                  Klaus Görner | Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt)
                                  Luiza Proença | São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP)
                                  Marina Fokidis | Kunsthalle Athena
                                  Marion Ackermann | Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf)
                                  Marcelo Rezende | Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (Salvador)
                                  Matthias Mühling | Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (Munich)
                                  Nydia Gutierrez | Museum of Antioquia (Medellin)
                                  Övül Durmusoglu | independent curator (Istanbul/Berlin)
                                  Pablo Lafuente | independent curator (São Paulo)
                                  Reem Fadda | Guggenheim (New York/Abu Dhabi)
                                  Victoria Noorthoorn | Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires)
                                  Yilmaz Dziewior | Museum Ludwig (Cologne)
                                  Zdenka Badovinac | Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana).

                                  Debate Series
                                  Museal Episode on the Global Future of Museums
                                  “Bring your museum to my museum”

                                  October 14th to 17th 2015
                                  Museum of Modern Art Bahia
                                  Avenida Contorno, s/n – Comércio
                                  Salvador, Bahia
                                  By invitation only

                                  Event open to the public
                                  October 15th 2015, Thursday
                                  Goethe-Institut Salvador
                                  Av. Sete de Setembro, 1809 – Salvador, BA
                                  Telephone 71 3338 4700
                                  For more information: siehe Kontakt/see contact


                                    Episodes of the South

                                    On February 12, 2015, the first “episode” of the project of excellence Episodes of the South was launched at the Goethe-Institut in São Paulo. The format for this event was determined by a fishbowl discussion between intellectuals, curators and artists. The theme was the “South,” in all its symbolic, geographical, political, social, cultural and historical aspects.

                                    The Episodes of the South will analyze, over the next three years and through diverse projects in various fields, the “South’s” contribution to a globalized world. As the Goethe-Institut we are interested above all in that which we, as Europeans and Germans, can learn from these discourses and initiatives, but also what we can contribute as well.
                                    Representing the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who had to withdraw his participation in the meeting shortly before it began due to the crisis in Ukraine, the official opening of the project occurred in the presence of the German General Consul in São Paulo, Friedlich Däuble, the Municipal Secretary of Culture of São Paulo, Nabil Bonduki, and the Director of SESC-São Paulo, the main partner in the project, Danilo Santos de Miranda. The Brazilian performer Roberta Estrela d’Alva presented the Portuguese translation of the poem by Goethe, Death Song of a Prisoner. Brazilian.

                                    With the project Episodes of the South, the Goethe-Institut points to a certain disorientation in which geographies turn to liquid and axes such as East/West or North/South are diluted. Does a history of global art exist? How can we decolonize our minds? What artistic visions of the future are emerging? What utopias can be found/invented? What will the museum of the future be like? What will characterize the new paths for acquisition and mediation of knowledge? What effects does this have beyond the South? We, members of the Goethe-Institut, risk new ways of thinking and seeing Germany, Europe and the world, even though or especially because those points of view are still so little known.

                                    The Episodes of the South will analyze, over the next three years and through diverse projects in various fields, the “South’s” contribution to a globalized world. As the Goethe-Institut we are interested above all in that which we, as Europeans and Germans, can learn from these discourses and initiatives, but also what we can contribute as well.

                                      07.06. – 12.06.2015

                                      Photo: Rafael Muto Nagahama

                                      Protest music is the theme for workshops, performance classes and jam sessions

                                      Events series “Revolting Mass” brings a week of activities with the South African composer Neo Muhanga, the Nigerian musician Emeka Ogboh and Brazilian artists including Karina Buhr and Roberta Estrela D’Alva

                                      The series is part of the project Episodes of the South, created by the Goethe-Institut, in pursuit of new visions and contributions of the South in art, science and culture in an increasingly globalized world.
                                      Music has always been an instrument of political engagement and a means for approaching social and political issues. In Brazil, Caetano Veloso, Geraldo Vandré, Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, Cazuza and Legião Urbana are among the icons of protest music dating back to the era of military dictatorship in the country.

                                      But how does protest manifest itself through music today, in a democratic context two years after the so-called demonstrations in June that brought thousands of people into the streets? What aesthetic has developed from the protests? What musical styles and performance modes developed when music and poetry accompanied protest? What parallels can be drawn between the context of the South and that of the global? Which symbols and words are effective?

                                      Taking protest music and the culture of resistance as central themes, the Goethe-Institut brings to the public “Revolting Mass – a movement of voices from the South,” a series of workshops, performance classes and open rehearsals from June 7-12 in several venues and locations across São Paulo with the participation of national and international musicians, composers and scholars. The series is part of the project Episodes of the South, created by the Goethe-Institut, in pursuit of new visions and contributions of the South in art, science and culture in an increasingly globalized world.

                                      Revolting Mass was curated in part by the South African musician and composer Neo Muyanga, who published a study this year on protest music in the cities of São Paulo and Montevideo, drawing parallels between the artists and musical activism in the two cities, as well as in his native Johannesburg. During his research phase, he met with several Brazilian artists including Karina Buhr, Criolo and Roberta Estrela D’Alva, exchanging ideas and jointly conceiving the project’s activities.

                                      “Uruguay, as much as Brazil, has ways of making music that are entirely rooted in African aesthetics; afterall, both countries received captured and forcibly displaced Africans during the transatlantic slave trade.” The artist has worked as a conductor on various productions in South Africa and throughout the world, such as those of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is a composer in residence 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.

                                      Revolting Mass will have an intense and diversified programming with the participation of Karina Buhr, Roberta Estrela D’Alva, Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria), Barão di Sarno, Giovani di Ganzá, bloco Ilú Obá de Min, groupo Madeira de Lei and Coral Tradição, among others.


                                        Bildrecht: Brooklyn Museum CC BY 3.0

                                        Conference brings together specilaists for discussion of art history and material culture

                                        “Talks with objects” questions current discursive practices in the field of art history and examines the relationships we establish with things

                                        With the aim to propose dialogs with objects that are in a tense position when confronted with the universe referred to as “art,” the Goethe-Institut São Paulo, in partnership with the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), is organizing the conference
                                        The capacity of discourse and social performance of objects has become an important focus in the Humanities.

                                        With the aim to propose dialogs with objects that are in a tense position when confronted with the universe referred to as “art,” the Goethe-Institut São Paulo, in partnership with the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), is organizing the conference “Talks with Objects: art history and cultural material,” to be held June 25th (Thursday) at 7:30pm at the Goethe-Institut (Rua Lisboa, 974 – Pinheiros, São Paulo).

                                        The conference invites specialists from diverse disciplines, including Claudia Mattos Avolese (Instituto de Artes, Unicamp), Gabi Ngcobo (Centre for Historical Reenactments, South Africa), Bruno Moreschi (Unicamp), Amy Buono (Instituto de Artes, UERJ) and Omar Ribeiro Thomaz (Unicamp), to “have a conversation” with an object, which will sit in among the participants.

                                        Confronting the materiality of the object creates a favorable situation for questioning current discursive practicis, particularly in the field of Art History, and to eamine closely the relationships we establish with things. In this context, space will be dedicated above all to a non-European perspective on Art History.

                                        Registration for the event is free and can be done by email: siehe Kontakt/see contact. Another meeting of the same model is scheduled for August 25th, at the Escola Visual Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, time TBA.

                                        “Talks with objects” is part of the project Episodes of the South, created by the Goethe-Institut, that seeks visions and contributions of the South to art, science and culture, in a context of increasing globalization.

                                          05.08. ­­­­­­­­– 04.10.2015

                                          Foto: Pedro Victor Brandão

                                          Humboldt’s Parrot to exhibit in São Paulo

                                          Curated by Alfons Hug, the sound installation, created by 15 Latin American artists, rescues indigenous languages in danger of extinction. The exhibit opens at the Oca in Ibirapuera on August 5th.

                                          Upon entering the exhibition rooms, the visitor first hears an unspecified polyphonic whisper, made up of various voices sounding through an auditory device, reminiscent of a sacred space. As he approaches each of the speakers, he distinctly hears the sound of each Amerindian language, from among hundreds of endangered languages or those in critical danger. Individual text panels present the spoken content and provide an overview of the historical development of each of the languages represented.

                                          This large sound installation makes up the exhibition Humboldt’s Parrot, which opens on August 5th on the top floor of the Oca in Ibirapuera Park, simultaneously on display with Invention | The Revolutions that Invented Us. Created by the Goethe-Institut, sponsored by Oi Futuro and curated by Alfons Hug, the exhibit rescues not only a specific linguistic heritage, but also a way of seeing and living the world.

                                          Humboldt’s Parrot is inspired by the myth of the parrot that the German explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt acquired from the Carib tribe, in the jungle of Orinoco, on one of his voyages between 1799 and 1804 that led him to the countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Cuba and Mexico. Humboldt noticed that the parrot did not speak the language of the tribe he was visiting, but rather the language of the exterminated tribe, the Maipure. Actually, the parrot was the only living speaker of this language of the same name as the extinct tribe. It is worth recalling that Humboldt’s presence is shown in Brazilian literature in Macunaíma through the parrot that speaks at the end of the book, being the only one who knows the tribe’s language.

                                          More than 600 Amerindian languages

                                          Whereas in Brazil there are still 160 languages spoken, in Central American countries only a handful remain. 85% of the languages that originally existed in the year 1500 are already extinct. Latin America’s indigenous population is estimated at 28 million people – 6% of the total population. In all twenty countries, with the exception of Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, more than 600 Amerindian languages are spoken, which corresponds to 10% of the languages spoken worldwide. A third of them are under threat of extinction and another third is already in critical danger.

                                          While the numbers of speakers of Quechua (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia), Guarani (Paraguay), Aymara (Bolivia, Chile, Peru), and Nahuatl (Mexico) reach millions for each language, others, such as Arara (Brazil), Bribri (Costa Rica), Pipil (El Salvador) or Chorote (Argentina) maintain less than a thousand speakers. The Yamana language in the Terra do Fogo is spoken today by only one person, Cristina Calderón, born circa 1938 in Puerto Williams (Chile). The Chilean artist Rainer Krause interviewed this woman with the intention to preserve at least a basic vocabulary for this language. In the face of such a dramatic situation, it is quite encouraging to observe a new indigenism arising in various countries on the continent. The ways of traditional life are being discussed seriously – and not only in Bolivia, Ecuador or Venezuela, but also in Brazil and even in Argentina.

                                          Humboldt’s Parrot seeks to place people in contact with the reality of these Amerindian languages and, at the same time, to present the ways in which rebirth is occurring across these lands. By limiting the exhibit to sounds, the visitor is forced into intense aural concentration without visual elements, allowing him to plunge deeply into the cosmos of rare languages.

                                          For the exhibit, artists were selected based on their indigenous linguistic heritage. The selection of languages was determined not only by the historical and cultural relevance of a language and ethnicity, but also the degree to which it suffered the threat of extinction as well as its aesthetic appeal. 

                                          List of artists:
                                          Brazil: Adriana Barreto, Paulo Nazareth – Uruguay: Gustavo Tabares – Argentina: Sofia Medici & Laura Kalauz – Chile: Rainer Krause – Bolivia: Sonia Falcone & José Laura Yapita – Peru: José Huamán Turpo – Venezuela: Muu Blanco – Paraguay: Javier López/Erika Meza – Germany: Ellen Slegers– Ecuador: Fabiano Kueva – Guatemala: Sandra Monterroso – Costa Rica: Priscilla Monge – Nicaragua: Raul Quintanilla – Panama: Orgun Wagua

                                          Exhibit: Humboldt’s Parrot
Curation: Alfons Hug
Place: Oca –Ibirapuera Park (São Paulo)
Address: Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral – Portão 3
                                          Telephone: (11) 5082 1777

                                          Opening: August 4th 2015 (for invited guests)
Duration of exhibit: August 5 through October 4th 2015 

                                          Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 9am to 5pm
                                          Free admission



                                            “URGENCIES!” promotes conversation taking current Brazilian issues as a starting point

                                            First meeting of 2017 will take on the notion of “land” as a theme, with its various uses, meanings, conflicts and powers.

                                            The “URGENCIES!” meetings open a public forum for discussion about contemporary issues – a proposal of the P.A.C.A. (Program for Autonomous Cultural Action), organized in partnership with the Goethe-Institut São Paulo and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Each edition includes the participation of invited guests whose involvement has stood out nationally and internationally in the specific areas of the proposed debates. In 2016, themes such as media and construction of narratives, the political limits of the lefts, education and colonialism were discussed at three meetings. The first meeting of 2017 will be around the notion of “land”.

                                            Terra (Land) comes from the word “terra”, which comes from ters in Latin, meaning dry, and is distinct from mars, also in Latin, which means wet. And “from the water we say: land in sight.” Large for those on it, the Earth (the planet) is tiny compared to the space in which it is. With a lowercase letter, “terra” (land) is an organic mineral compound and can refer to the ground, soil, territory, country, nation, motherland, to the place from which one comes, to the birthplace: “my land is where I am from.” Land is also this world. And “world” comes from mundus in Latin, which means organized, elegant, clean, pure, and which also was the term used in ancient Rome to refer to a type of chest where women kept pens, mirrors, make-up. “World” is a reference to the terrestrial globe as well as the skies, the world that is inhabitable for humans, and to worlds potentially inhabitable for humans. World refers, therefore, to all humans. “World,” in its broader sense, is the infinite universe. Imundo (Unclean) means dirty, something disgusting, something that shouldn’t be touched. The “imundo” is a non-world, disorganized and unfit for human life. What brings together these meanings of world and what produces them is also the Greek kosmos, which describes “good order”: everything that is, was and will be created after caos (chaos), disorder.

                                            Fences, checkpoints, partitions, walls, bars, barriers, borders, gatehouses, prisons, customs, colonies, demarcation, barbed wire, electric fences, mine fields, security cameras, occupied territories, drones, passports, land titles, properties, exile, expulsions, executions, migration, immigration, evictions, court orders, injunctions, property reinstatements. For some, the world is totally open to them, to profit from the land as well as the sea and air, to extract its resources, to enjoy ownership status that supposedly attributes the right to the owner to be able to do virtually what s/he believes s/he can do. For many, the world means an emotional bond and a feeling of belonging, ancestry and traditions, communion and community, living and socializing together, subsistence and resistance, housing, responsibility and duties, sanctity and the ethic exercise of existence – well living –, caring for oneself and for others. For these, land is language, in flesh and bones, it is where one is from and where one is going. Right to the land, rights of the Land.

                                            Urgencies! “land” will welcome the participation of Daiara Tukano, Érica Malunguinho, Pai Flavio Kosta (Babakekere Oluko Kareka Kosta) and Bàbálòrìşà Renato Ty Logun Edé, Ruth Kadubla and Hasan Zarif.

                                            About the invited guests

                                            Daiara Tukano Human rights defender, is a member of the Tukano indigenous people from the Amazon, is a professor, plastic artist, militant indigenous feminist, and currently serves as a political correspondent on Rádio Yandê, the first indigenous radio station in Brazil. Is pursuing a Master’s in Human Rights researching the right to truth and indigenous memory in Brazilian elementary education. Lives in Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil.

                                            Flávio Donizete da Costa teaches Portuguese Language for Municipal Education of São Paulo and is an Umbanda Bàbákekere Priest at Ilê Aşè Alaketú Oba Ofá Omi.

                                            Renato Cândido Ramos
                                            is a student in Physical Education and Bàbálòrìşà of Ilê Aşè Alaketú Oba Ofá Omi.

                                            Ruth Camacho
                                            works as a lawyer. Was legal advisor at the Pastoral Center for Migrants / Peace Mission from 1993 to 2013. Founder of Latin American Presence (PAL) and of the Folkloric Cultural Association Brazil – Bolivia. Currently works at the Association of Bolivia Communicaters in Brazil (Ascombolbra).

                                            Hasan Zarif
                                            ,Brazilian-Palestinian, representative of the “Palestinian Movement for All” (MOP@AT).

                                            “Urgencies!” is part of the programming of Episodes of the South, a project that thinks other ways of seeing art, science and culture from non-Eurocentric points of view.

                                            EVENT INFORMATION
                                            11 March 2017 (Saturday)
10am to 6pm
                                            Free registration: siehe Kontakt/see contact 

                                            Capacity: 60 spots
Organization: P.A.C.A. / Amilcar Packer

                                            About P.A.C.A. PROGRAM FOR AUTONOMOUS CULTURAL ACTION
O P.A.C.A. – The Program for Autonomous Cultural Action offers regular activities, public and free, open seminars, textual production, work groups and other presentation formats, in addition to collective dynamics for discussion and production. Through this work, it seeks to contribute to the displacement and de-installation of colonial cartographies and hegemonic capitalists, as well as to the decolonization of life, with a view to promote the construction of public and performative situations for discussion.