22–28 April 2020: Online cultural events
Improv theatre, crisis comic strips and awarding-winning German writer Judith Schalansky
Need a solid dose of culture? That’s especially important in these times of lockdown and isolation. So here are some cultural events you can enjoy online this week.
Wednesday 22 April, 8 pm
LIVE INTERVIEW WITH JUDITH SCHALANSKY: A LIST OF SOME LOSSES
PHANTOM LIMB PAIN. World history is full of things that have gone by the board – wilfully destroyed or consigned to oblivion over the course of time. Judith Schalansky’s latest book, Verzeichnis einiger Verluste (“A List of Some Losses”), is all about transience – faded echoes and blurred traces, rumours and legends, narrative ellipses and phantom limb pain – and the people who struggle against it. You can watch presenter Karolien Berkvens’ interview with Schalansky (in German) online – and ask her anything you’ve been dying to know.
>>> Border Kitchen
23 April, 6–11 pm, & 24 April, 5–9.30 pm
FESTIVAL | “HERKUNFT” (“ORIGINS”) AT BERLIN’S LITERARY COLLOQUIUM
DAHOAM IS DAHOAM (“there’s no place like home”) isn’t just a saying in Bavaria, it’s also the theme of a literary festival this week, in which writers are exploring the subject of “origins” in figures of speech, essays and discussions. And people’s origins are still a major issue in political discourse. Authors José F.A. Oliver, Anna Kim, Enis Maci, Ulrike Draesner et al. will be thrashing out issues that we often forget, repress or deny. In addition, the live festival will also feature exciting contributions from rural areas, thanks to the initiative “Und seitab liegt die Stadt” (“And over yonder lies the city”).
>>> Festival Herkunft
New contributions daily
COMICS | ERLANGEN COMIC SALON: DRAWING(S) FROM HOME STUDIOS
HUH? UH-OH … BAM! Cartoonists and comic-strip artists are sending graphic signs of life from their home studios every day. Some funny, some melancholy, some in astonished disbelief – these drawings present critical takes on social distancing, isolation and the madness of everyday life in the corona era. You can check ’em out on the website of the Erlangen International Comic Salon:
>>> Comics from home
Friday 24 April, 8 pm
TALK | GOETHE INSTITUTE TOKYO: STUDIO 202X
MORE THAN RUN-OF-THE-MILL CRISIS MANAGEMENT. The Goethe-Institut Tokyo’s talk format #Studio202X provides new perspectives on the current situation. Host Daisuke Tsuda talks to local and international artists and experts in a wide range of different fields, from philosophy and law to sociology and psychology, about significant aspects of the current crisis and scenarios for social change that it might set in motion.
PODCAST: “PAARDIOLOGIE” (COUPLEOLOGY)
RUNNING THE GAMUT FROM THE BANAL TO THE PROFOUND – the ups and downs of a long-term relationship are the subject of Paardiologie (i.e. Coupleology), a podcast by author Charlotte Roche and her husband Martin Kess that has won two German awards this year. Every week the couple analyse and thrash out their relationship – and they don’t beat around the bush ...
>>> Paardiologie on Spotify
Friday 24 April & Saturday 25 April
HERE&NOW: CONNECTIONS – DAMASCUS-DIMASHQ
EVERYDAY LIFE IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY – though for once it’s not about the present pandemic. In 2017 and 2018, Berlin-based artist Natalia Ali travelled several times to Damascus. She shot short videos there, mostly from the windows of her mother’s flat, showing what she calls the “banality of war”: “Even in war, life goes on, a concert, a reading, an explosion. The events leave me disturbed at first, and yet I become part of it.” The resulting montage, called Damascus-Dimashq, will be viewable for 48 hours on the Vimeo channel of the Connections initiative.
>>> Here and Now: Connections (in Arabic with English subtitles)
Saturday 25 April, 8 pm
IMPROV THEATRE | The Quarantine Improv Stream
LEARN FROM THE PROS. These days we’ve all got to more or less play it by ear. So it’s worth taking a look at how the pros wing it: At Improtheater, four actors from Dresden improvise scenes in all sorts of different make-believe situations and locations. Drawing on input from the viewing audience, every scene they ad-lib on stage is a world premiere.
>>> The Quarantine Improv Stream
Looking to livestream international cultural events? Kulturama brings the global arts scene right into your living room, including house concerts live from Buenos Aires, puppet theatre from Munich and live acts from the Berlin club scene. Organizers and artists list their cultural events on the Kulturama platform calendar, which opens them up to an unlimited international audience. Users will find the dates and times of upcoming events and can make donations to support artists of their choice. Together and in solidarity through this time.
EXHIBITION | HANNAH ARENDT AND THE 20th CENTURY
ISSUES THAT WERE IMPORTANT and still are: this is what the exhibition Hannah Arendt and the 20th Century is about, parts of which are now available online. Totalitarianism, anti-Semitism, segregation, student protests and feminism – Hannah Arendt had firm views on all these issues and more, and those views still pack a wallop today. Unfortunately, the physical exhibition at the German Historical Museum couldn’t open as planned due to the current crisis. But a photo gallery and sound collages now provide a form of virtual access to the philosopher and her work.
>>> Hannah Arendt and the 20th Century
Tuesday 28 April, 8.15 pm
HOUSE CONCERT | MIRA LU KOVACS
QUIRKY POP APPEAL: Austrian singer-songwriter Mira Lu Kovacs combines courage and clear-cut messages in her lyrics with some off-the-wall quirkiness. Her songs are both fun and dreamy. So check out this effective blend in her house concert on tvnoir. By the way, all the proceeds from this concert series go to the musicians.
>>> Mira Lu Kovacs house concert