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In conversation with

Here you can find exclusive interviews with those involved in our cultural programmes and events.  

Visual art in the background of Carsten Nicolai playing live © Nikolaus Brade
Dis Fig with a microhpone and buckethat Daria Miasoedova

Dis Fig aka Felicia Chen

Dis Fig aka Felicia Chen joins the community for a three-month residency from February 2024, with a focus on developing new processes of production and performance which will delve more into improvisation. We caught up with Dis Fig to find out what she is looking forward to most about her time in London, her artistic mission for her new solo work and the other creative projects she is involved with. 

Shida Bazyar © Shida Bazyar

Literary Discussion: Sisters in Arms

In a compelling in-conversation event on 8th of February 2024, we were immersed in Sisters in Arms, an explosive feminist and anti-racist novel by acclaimed author Shida Bazyar. New Books in German's director Sarah Hemens and translator Ruth Martin also took part in the dialogue. 

As a follow up from the Q&A session, we spoke to Shida, Ruth and Sarah to find out more about how literature can help us address pressing socio-political concerns. 

SOL by Kurt Hentschlager - a light exhibition in the Berghain hall Timo Ohler

CTM's Jan Rohlf and James Grabsch

From the 20th until the 22nd of October, Berlin's infamous CTM festival will be transported to London for the first time through a collaboration with the ICA. We spoke to the co-founder and artistic director Jan Rohlf and the head of international events James Grabsch about what's in store. The festival is supported by the Goethe-Institut London and the Goethe-Institut in Exile. 

Carsten Nicolai sitting on grey chairs with arms crossed over Alberto Novelli

Carsten Nicolai

On the 26th of April, the pan-European orchestral collective s t a r g a z e, conducted by André de Ridder, will collaborate with electro-musician Carsten Nicolai aka Alva Noto for a live instrumental, audio-visual performance at the Barbican. 

Image of Tony durmming with woman in front out of focus © Dawid Laskowski

Tony Buck

From the 21st until the 23rd of April, we supported Tony in devising his 60th birthday party at the Cafe OTO in Dalston, whereby he invited "dear friends, esteemed colleagues and close collaborators, who make up some the music world's most respected and adventurous improvisers".

A photo of Christine sitting outside with sunglasses on Mark Abramson

In conversation with Christine Sun Kim: Part 1

We caught up with Kim and interpreter Denise Kahler-Braaten at the end of January to talk about residency expectations, unexpected Berlin love stories, and what it means to “own a space”.

Sign in the sky saying "The Sound of No Fight" © Lee Baxter for Manchester International Festival, UK

In conversation with Christine Sun Kim: Part 2

In the second part of the interview, we dug deeper into what it means to be not only a female artist, but also a mother, Christine’s most meaningful pieces and what she wants people to feel when they view her artwork.