Performances / Talks PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE 2021

Performing Architecture 2021 © Mischen

22 May - 21 November 2021

S.a.L.E. Docks

Magazzini del Sale
Dorsoduro 265

Events of the Goethe-Institut on the occasion of the 17th Venice Architectur Biennale, 22.05.-21.11.2021

Performing Architecture 2021: Absence, Community and Future
Throughout the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia the Goethe-Institut is working in collaboration with the German Pavilion. Not only is it giving access through its global network to the content of the Pavilion but it also brings performative discourse to Venice. It opens with the international project Training for the Future, created by Jonas Staal and Florian Malzacher and developed further into 100 Ways to Say We for Performing Architecture. Then it presents Habibi Kiosk which is a co-production with the theatre Münchner Kammerspiele. It concludes in November with the performance Conference of the Absent, a co-production between the Goethe-Institut and the artist collective Rimini Protokoll.
With Performing Architecture, the Goethe-Institut looks at the performative dimension of architecture and its interface with choreography and performing arts, in the context of the International Architecture Exhibition. In interplay with other arts, architecture becomes a newly sensual experience and expresses its current social and political relevance. The Goethe-Institut uses the exceptional urban space of Venice as a venue for artistic and discursive contentions, visions and questions, which orientate thematically towards the exhibition at the German Pavilion in the Biennale's Giardini. The exhibition 2038. The new Serenity has been taken by the curator team out of the physical space into the arena of a virtual pavilion.
With local artistic work in experimental performative formats such as discussions and installations, whether at the German Pavilion, in theatre rooms or in the streets and squares of Venice, Performing Architecture sets a goal of establishing new interdisciplinary experience and thinking spaces. These spaces are opening up, within the restrictions and new local and global realities we are experiencing under the Corona pandemic, in physical spaces – in empty, vacant, occupied and public spaces – as well as virtuality.
The Goethe-Institut is collaborating with the German Pavilion, with Jonas Staal and Florian Malzacher, with Rimini Protokoll and with Habibi Kiosk. Within this artistic research, experimental forms of representation take centre stage – as physical presence of absence as much as a media window for stories of a future community – along with the productive function of this presented future which leads to a changed view of ecology and civil society, cohesion and collectivity.
Jonas Staal and Florian Malzacher have developed a new and expanded version of their project Training for the Future specifically for Venice in collaboration with Marco Baravalle/ S.a.L.E Docks and Hayat Erdogan, Nicolai Prawdzic/ Theater Neumarkt. Decentrally eleven physical trainings have already taken place – on the 6th and 7th of March in Argentina, Italy, Columbia, the Philippines, Rojava, Switzerland, South Africa and in the USA. During the Architecture Biennale these trainings will be physically followed up in the German Pavilion with 100 Ways to Say We, set then in the year 2038. This utopian marathon in a time of dystopian presence unites 100 formulations of a future "We" as an archive of the future, which in the words of Hashim Sarkis "highlights architecture as a collective form and forms of expression."
  • Training the Future
    22th June 2021, 7 pm

    In the German virtual pavilion, Architectural Biennale Venice

    Online strategy meeting with Lisa Ito (art historian, Concerned Artists of the Philippines), Savitri D.(art activist, The Church of Stop Shopping), Zayaan Khan (artist and food activist) and Alessandro Schiattarella (choreographer, Army of Love). Moderated by Florian Malzacher and Jonas Staal (dramaturg/curator, artist, co-organizers of Training for the Future). 
Main program 16th October until 9th November (tbc) Venice
Rimini Protokoll's Conference of the Absent is a play which no-one travels to. A performance where none of the main actors appear physically. Instead they are each represented by one person from the audience. For the German Pavilion this has been extended as a loop performance about global cooperation in a global crisis. But it takes place locally – in the name of the world, without CO2-producing journeys, without flatscreens, but as a performative telepresence. It is offline, by means of the theatre. A local crisis meeting in form of a play, that always takes place in a unique and immediate way. In addition, the Goethe-Institut, with Rimini Protokoll, has organised a series of academies, with the aim of promulgating this technique of performative telepresence to other civil society players.
June/July 2021 Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Mousonturm Frankfurt/ November 2021 German Pavilion Venice, until spring 2022 non-traveling guest performances in Brussels, Lisbon, Luxemburg, Madrid, Paris, Rome
The Habibi Kiosk (together with the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Goethe-Institut) explores the question of how a community centred around collective active participation can function – in spite of distances and differences. Habibi means „darling“ in Arabic. People here are smiling with their eyes. The kiosk wants to casually merge the city's various narrative strands to create new knowledge and to develop the future in partnership. A space for many perspectives. A space for an error culture. Collective goals can only be approached when we talk about them together. We can only do this digitally in times of the Corona pandemic but with the help of community radio we can prepare for what the Kiosk should one day become in its physical form.
17.-24. October (tbc) Venice/ Munich
Performing Architecture is a program series from the Goethe-Institut on the occasion of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, in cooperation with the German Pavilion. Partners: S.a.L.E. Docks, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, City of Munich. Project coordination: Susanne Traub and Joachim Bernauer
Training for the Future 2021 is a Jonas Staal production, curated and co-programmed by Florian Malzacher, co-produced by the Goethe-Institut/Performing Architecture and Theater Neumarkt, Zurich
The Conference of the Absent is a production by Rimini Protokoll, in co-production with Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and the Goethe-Institut. The concept was sponsored by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education.
Habibi Kiosk is a community radio platform and an exhibition and performance space in cooperation with Münchner Kammerspiele and the Goethe-Institut. With Sulafa Hiljazi, Wangari Grace& Sven Kacirek, Rania Mleihi, Sebastian Reier, u.a.
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