Perverse Decolonization

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With the participation of Academy Fellow Jan Sowa.

In this panel discussion, participants offer insight into the first discussions and debates around the central ideas of the Academy’s new long-term research project, Perverse Decolonization. Looking at the rhetoric of today’s right-wing movement, resurgent on a global scale, one often recognizes the uncanny return of rhetorical elements from the context of decolonization, which become arguments of new nationalist agendas insisting upon the right to essentialize their ways into a parallel dimension. Now is the time to look more closely at the background of “perverse decolonization”: at how postcolonial identities reproduce colonial violence, how identity politics deny the political dimension to postcolonial subjects, how “silent” majorities rise against cosmopolitan elites, and how alternative colonial projects export non-Western versions of progress no less brutal than the original European prototype. Can alternative notions like statelessness, “subaltern cosmopolitanism,” global socialist modernity, or dirty universalism lead a way forward out of a deadlocked postcolonial field?

Panel discussion participants: Hans D. Christ (Stuttgart), Cosmin Costinas (Hong Kong), Ekaterina Degot (Moscow/Cologne), Udi Edelman (Holon), David Riff (Berlin), Jan Sowa (Warsaw), and others
This event is part of the research project Perverse Decolonization. Find more information on this project here.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

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Orhan Esen – Cologne City Residency Programm

Orhan Esen is a freelance researcher, author and urban political activist. He designs and leads political education journeys and student excursions in the fields of historical and political urbanism in his hometown of Istanbul, which he understands as a political urban planning process. His current research interests are in the genesis and politics of public spaces, supported by the conflict in the symbol bearing Gezipark/Taksimplatz, which culminated in a massive uprising in June 2013. »»

Alper Canigüz – Cologne City Residency Programm

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Alper Canigüz was born and raised in Istanbul. His novels always play out in the crooked alleys of Beyoglu. He sends Alper Kamu, his five-year-old smart aleck master detective out there looking for clues, which is also where the bizarre advertising agency “Secret Agency” of the eponymous book is located. The city is an important character in his stories which winking, takes up the shallowness of Turkish society and its urban development. »»

Aufwachen in Istanbul – Istanbul’da Uyanış

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4. November 2017 

Do. bis So.  15 – 19 Uhr
Werft 5 – Raum für Kunst

Seit 1997 ist die türkische Metropole am Bosporus Partnerstadt Kölns. Mit der Einweihung des “Atelier Galata” im gleichnamigen Viertel des Istanbuler Stadtteils Beyoglu eröffnete 2009 das Residenzprogramm für Bildende Künstlerinnen, Künstler, Autorinnen und Autoren Kölns – in einer Zeit, in der Istanbul eine magische Anziehungskraft auf Kunstschaffende und Kreative ausübte.

Heute, fast zehn Jahre später und im 20. Jahr der Städtepartnerschaft Köln-Istanbul befindet sich die Kulturmetropole Istanbul im Ausnahmezustand. »»

Morphormata – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – FELLOWSHIPS 2018/19

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Junior and Senior Fellowships from October 2018 to September 2019
Deadline: October 23rd 2017

The Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Cologne is pleased to invite applications for fellowships for the academic year 2018/19. The fellowships are awarded to scholars working within the Humanities (“Geisteswissenschaften”), in the field of portraiture/life imaging and/or biography/life writing. The focus of this year’s call for applications lies on the topic of portraiture. Morphomata especially invites projects from international scholars, with a cross-cultural approach. Fellowships are granted for a period of 6 to 9 months. Fellows must be in residence in Cologne during the fellowship period. The latter must include the months of October through February and/or April through July. »»

Joshua Simon – Academy of the Arts of the World

Joshua SimonJoshua Simon (*1979 in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel) is a director and chief curator at MoBY: Museums of Bat Yam. He authored the book Neomaterialism (Sternberg Press, 2013) and edited the publications United States of Palestine-Israel (Sternberg Press, 2011) and Ruti Sela: For the Record (Archive Books, 2015).

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Josua Simon – Phantom-Politics in Palestine-Israel: From Double Negation to Double Erasure

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26 10 2017 – 21:00
Lecture, in English
King Georg, Sudermanstraße 2, 50670 Cologne, Entry: 3 €

In his talk, curator and theorist Joshua Simon explores some of the many reasons for the current condition of deadlock in Israel – a situation unique to the regime established since the occupation of the Palestinian territories. At the same time, it highlights and radicalizes several characteristics of contemporary models of sovereignty found all over the world especially since 2001 and the onset of the War on Terror. »»

Renan Laru-an – Academy of the Arts of the World

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Forecast Forum am 31.3. und 1.4.2017 im Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin

Renan Laru-an (*1989 in Sultan Kudarat, Philippines) is a researcher, curator, and the founding director of DiscLab/ Research and Criticism, a multidisciplinary platform for critical writing, theory, and research on Filipino contemporary art.

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Abdelali El-Kassas – ifa CCP Scholarship

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Home organisation: Takafes Art Center, Fez, Morocco
Host organisation: Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne

My name is Abdelali and they call me Ali the Sufi.

Five years ago, I packed a small bag and thought of taking a long journey on my own. I walked for miles in the land of ALLAH, seeking a certain peace within my soul amongst nature and its’ inhabitants. A day away was all I could manage, and I returned home, feeling weak and melancholy, with no desire to return on this journey anytime soon. »»

Lia Cunha – Quartier am Hafen

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Lia Cunha (*1987 in Salvador Bahia, Brazil) develops collaborative projects on integrated arts, investigates the artist’s book in its interdisciplinary possibilities through the label „Duna“, atelier and artist’s publishing house specialized in object books, artists’s books, illustrated books, children’s books and musical publications.
She is Interested in „non-places“ as well as the possibilities of the walk as a aesthetic and poetic practice.

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Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen

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Die Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen vergibt jährlich Wohn- und Arbeitsstipendien in den Bereichen Literatur, Komposition und Bildende Kunst. Zusätzlich gibt es die KWW-Stipendien für Projekte an der Schnittstelle von Kunst, Wissenschaft und/oder Wirtschaft. »»

Processual addiction 2

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DOZE, Still, Marrakech – Cologne, QQ Residency Exchange 2017, Photo: Simoehammed Fettaka, Film: Evamaria Schaller

September 9, 14 – 18 pm
Quartier am Hafen, Poller Kirchweg 78-90, 51105 Köln »»

Simohammed Fettaka & Evamaria Schaller – Quartier am Hafen

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Simohammed Fettaka
is a multidisciplinary artist, born in 1981 in Tangier.
Simohammed studied Philosophy and Signal Processing in Morocco and later trained in filmmaking at La Femis, Paris.
He founded the yearly Tangiers film festival Cinema Nachia. His work predominantly uses the medium of film, however it also incorporates photography and collage and extends to other art forms such as installation, sound art and performance. At the centre of his work is a reflection on the presentation of the image. »»

A Time for Seeds – Javier Tapia

 

Im Rahmen seiner zweimonatigen Residenz, entwickelte Javier Tapia (*1976, Chile) eine begehbare, labyrinthartige Installation in den Räumen von CAT Cologne. Die Installation befasst sich mit der, in Form von mündlich übertragenen Erzählungen, erinnerten und, in Form von gesammelten Bildern und Fotos, bewahrten Geschichte Kölns. Transparente Boards werden zum Träger von collagierten Bildern und Fotos. Diese stehenden und hängenden Wände geben vielfältige Blicke auf potentiell zusammenhängende Bilder frei und bieten Raum für individuelle Assoziationen. Die Willkürlichkeit der Anordung und weitere Möglichkeiten einer der Zuordnung einzelner Fragmente wird dabei unter anderem über die Sichtbarkeit der hinterliegenden Wände und die vielen Perspektivwechsel beim Verändern des Standortes offensichtlich.

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Javier Tapia – CAT Cologne

CAT2017_JavierTapia_A-Time-for-Seeds_02-1080x720Javier Tapia (*1976, Chile) has studied Fine Arts at PUC in Chile, Universidad de Barcelona, UCLA in Los Angeles and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark. He lives and works in Copenhagen. »»

Last Call – Pact Zollverein residencies

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Running all year round since 2002, the residency programme is at the heart of PACT Zollverein’s day to day work. Open to professional artists from home and abroad who work in the areas of dance, performance, media arts or music and closely linked to PACT’s two other core strands of activity in presenting work and facilitating research and development, the programme is a key element in PACT Zollverein’s profile as an Artists’ House supporting lively exchange between practice and theory. »»

Open Call – Ruhr Residence 2017

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Envisioning the german ruhr-region as a field for experimentation, laboratory, room for possibility and feasibility, thekunstvereineruhr, a consortium of about 15 art societies and art houses in the ruhr-area, developed the concept for »ruhr.residence«. »»

Popular Culture against Fascism

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In diesem kollaborativen Diskussionsformat gemeinsam mit der Temporary Gallery, der Universität Köln und der Akademie der Künste der Welt analysieren wir in gemütlicher Atmosphäre wie Filme, Computerspiele, Videos und Fernsehserien politische Ideen zum Ausdruck bringen und eine antifaschistische Agenda vorantreiben können. »»

Jan Sowa – Through a Dark Mirror Populism, Nationalism and Other Consequences of Neoliberal Assault in Central-Eastern Europe

Jan Sowa’s talk revisits recent Polish history from the point of view of walter Benjamin’s famous quip that “behind every fascism, there is a failed revolution.” he looks at a history of roughly 35 years, beginning from the early 1980s. the original revolutionary event is the appearance of Solidarność, a worker’s move- ment with a social message and little sympathy for private enterprise, crushed under martial law. Its ideals soon disappeared in the course of so-called communism’s collapse and the oppres- sive neoliberal transformation in the late 1980s and early 1990s. today, it is replaced by popu- lism as a reactionary, post-neoliberal formation. »»

Jan Sowa – Academy of the Arts of the World

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Social theorist and author Jan Sowa holds a PhD in sociology and a habilitation in cultural studies. His research assignments took him to several universities in Poland and abroad, recently to the University warsaw and the University of São Paulo. Sowa is the author and editor of numerous publications, including the volume of essays A Joy Forever: Political Economy of Social Creativity. »»

Niq Mhlongo – Academy of the Arts of the World

niq_mhlongoAuthor Niq Mhlongo has been called “one of the most high-spirited and irreverent new voices of South Africa’s post-apartheid literary scene.” he is strongly influenced by his hometown of Soweto as he pens his fiction in Soweto, about Soweto and in Soweto dialect. »»

Workshop – Rückwärts filmen – CAT Cologne

Joel Verwimp

Fast jeder von uns hatte schon mal eine Idee für einen Film.

In ‘Rückwärts Filmen’ geht es also nicht ums Rückwärtslaufen sondern darum, selbst Kurzfilme zu drehen und dabei den gesamten Prozess rückwärts zu erarbeiten. »»

Turkey´s Authoritarian Turn: When did it all start?

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With CÜNEYT CEBENOYAN, BANU CENNETOĞLU, TURGUT ERÇETIN (Fellow), EROL MINTAŞ

This special panel discussion in Oberhausen is organized by the Academy of the Arts of the World together with the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and deals with current alarming rise of authoritarianism in Turkey.  »»

New Fellows 2017 – morphomata

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Morphomata has selected an impressive group of international fellows from various disciplines. We are delighted to welcome: Daniel Baric (German Studies/History, Tours), Till Förster(Anthropology / Art History, Basel), Nicola Gess (German Literature / Comparative Literature, Basel),  Maria-Th. Leuker-Pelties (Dutch Language and Literature, Cologne),Christian Moser (Comparative Literature, Bonn), Ana María Presta (Latin American History, Buenos Aires), Joan Ramon Resina (Comparative Literature, Iberian Studies, Standford) and Gabriele Rippl (Literatures in English, Bern). »»

new artist in residence cologne/marrakech – Quartier am Hafen

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The programs brings one Moroccan and one German multidisciplinary artists with a high interest for crosscultural exchange and the desire together to research, work and reflect on individual and collective initiatives, through artistic work and critical discussions. »»