Photo © Kai Bienert
Manos Tsangaris: winzig und der Elefant. Theater für ein Haus, opening night, 18.5.2019. Photo © Kai Bienert

Wo kommen wir hin.
Manos Tsangaris:
winzig und der Elefant

18 – 30 May 2019

Music Theatre Miniatures

On five evenings (18, 19, 24, 25 and 30 May), Manos Tsangaris, composer and director of the Music Section at the Akademie der Künste, is transforming the Akademie building on Hanseatenweg into a dense web of music theatre miniatures. winzig und der Elefant is the title of his playful work of music theatre, which uses contemporary station theatre to place listeners at the centre of a piece in which all the intersecting lines of the composition, space and the world come together.

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The Party, USA 1968, director: Blake Edwards, actors: Claudine Longet, Peter Sellers. Photo © United Archives GmbH / Alamy Stock Foto
The Party, USA 1968, director: Blake Edwards, actors: Claudine Longet, Peter Sellers. Photo © United Archives GmbH / Alamy Stock Foto

Individual spaces at the Akademie venue on Hanseatenweg are transformed into a labyrinth based on this figure of speech. Hall 1, the Studio for Electroacoustic Music etc. become part of a matrix of the unspeakable, of prevented conversation, of repressed conflict and misunderstanding. The result is an acoustic, visual and performative installation developed by Kathrin Röggla, Mark Lammert and Eran Schaerf, along with other Akademie members and guests.

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Photo © Malenafilm / Thomas Katsanas
Photo © Malenafilm / Thomas Katsanas

Wo kommen wir hin.
Moving Sand / Topos

29 — 31 May 2019

Dance, Film, Improvisation

The production Moving Sand / Topos by composer and musician Floros Floridis and filmmaker and Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel is an audiovisual essay that combines film, music, dance and text. This work pinpoints the changes and consequences that result from an ever-increasing use of artificial intelligence – how it impacts our lives and relationships to the rest of the world. In German.

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Christa and Gerhard Wolf in their study, around 1996. Photo © Roger Melis
Christa and Gerhard Wolf in their study, around 1996. Photo © Roger Melis

Erlesene Bibliotheken – Artists' Libraries
5 May – 19 Jun 2019

Exhibition

Libraries impart the foundations of our existence. In them the past and the future collide and their appropriation produces something new. In the exhibition rare books are on disply – orignially owned by authors like Heinrich Mann, George Grosz, Bernhard Minetti, Christa Wolf, et al. The exhibition provides insights into the more than 600,000 exceedingly fine volumes and collection holdings that are publicly accessible in the Akademie der Künste library.

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Eileen Gray – E.1027. Master Bedroom. 1:1 installation, Akademie der Künste, 2019. Photo © Andreas FranzXaver Süß
Eileen Gray – E.1027. Master Bedroom. 1:1 installation, Akademie der Künste, 2019. Photo © Andreas FranzXaver Süß

Eileen Gray – E.1027
Master Bedroom

12 Apr – 10 Jun 2019

Installation

In her first work, the E.1027 house, which she built from 1926–1929 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Mediterranean Sea, Eileen Gray (1878–1976) designed almost every element herself. The walk-in installation of the bedroom in the passage of the Akademie building at Pariser Platz provides a direct visualisation of the architectural design by an unjustly neglected pioneer of modernism. The bedroom was reconstructed at Austin School of Architecture at the University of Texas.

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Roof terrace of the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Roof terrace of the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß

The Akademie der Künste in Berlin is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe. It is an international community of artists that currently totals 411 members in its six Sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). The Akademie is an exhibition and event location. A key component of the  Akademie are its archives, which collectively form one of the most important interdisciplinary archives on 20th century art.

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Photo: Records from the Prussian Academy of Arts © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2016
Photo: Records from the Prussian Academy of Arts © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2016

The Archives at the Akademie der Künste may be used free of charge for scholarly, private, or press research. Since December 2015, the Archives Database offers a regularly updated online digital research tool. The database contains information on all of the collections in the Archives, which comprise around 1,020,000 archival materials as well as approximately 462,000 analogue and digital copies of archival materials.

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"Zukunftsbilder" workshop, in preparation of the exhibition "Karin Sander: Telling Art and Futures – Die Dialektik des Utopischen", 27.10.2018. Photo © Dana Giesecke
30 Apr – 2 Jun
Exhibition and Events

Hanseatenweg

Halle 3

Wo kommen wir hin. Karin Sander: Telling Art and Futures – Die Dialektik des Utopischen

The utopian is at the centre of the exhibition project by concept artist Karin Sander. There is a lot of unfulfilled future in the past, and visions of the future grow on the layers of the past. In the process, scientific and artistic classifications cross over, taking on new and unexpected roles.

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Salomon Liaskowski and Jacov Ornstein, Apartment building, Tel Aviv 1935. Photo: Wolfgang Pehnt
24 – 25 May
Symposium

Myths – Bauhauses – Dogmas

The two-day symposium appreciates and critically reviews the Bauhaus and its impact on 20th and 21st century art and architecture. On 24 May, Werner Durth, Wulf Herzogenrath, Wolfgang Pehnt, Vladimír Šlapeta and Wilfried Wang lead a scholarly discourse about concepts and alternative models to the Bauhaus. On 25 May, members, artists, architects and scholars look behind the myths and dogmas that surround “100 Years of Bauhaus”. Symposium in German.

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Kathrin Röggla. Photo © Marcus Lieberenz
Friday, 24 May
Performance

6 pm

Wo kommen wir hin. Getting the Elephant Out of the Room

Kathrin Röggla in discussion with Frank Raddatz (dramaturge). To carry out a literary experiment, Kathrin Röggla invites viewers to a series of talks from 21–25 May 2019. She uses the special features of the Akademie building on Hanseatenweg ‒ a venue that is a place of production, performance and artists' residences combined into one ‒ to delineate such sites in her performance. In German.

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Manos Tsangaris: winzig und der Elefant. Theater für ein Haus, opening night, 18 May 2019. Photo © Kai Bienert
Friday, 24 May
Music Theatre Miniatures

9:30 pm

Wo kommen wir hin. Manos Tsangaris: winzig und der Elefant

winzig und der Elefant is a music theatre game. On five evenings, the Akademie building on Hanseatenweg – with its meandering paths and unknown niches – is transformed into a dense web of theatrical musical miniatures. Either alone or with others, listening viewers are supposed to seek out their trail, but they always seem to find themselves back in the middle of the piece.

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A handwritten telephone directory by John Heartfield, Leipzig and Berlin, about 1951. Photo: Akademie der Künste, John-Heartfield-Archiv
Saturday, 25 May
Lecture

3 pm

John-Heartfield-Haus
Schwarzer Weg 12
15377 Waldsieversdorf

Heartfield’s Address Books

Address books are like an atlas showing a tapestry of relationships to their owner. Alongside prominent friends and colleagues, such as Johannes R. Becher, George Grosz and Stefan Heym, John Heartfield's two address books (housed in his archive at the Akademie der Künste) list his barber, the pharmacist, and the local gardening nursery on equal footing. Christine Fischer-Defoy has concerned herself with address books for many years and eliciting the secrets of their owners from them. In German.

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Kathrin Röggla. Photo © Marcus Lieberenz
Saturday, 25 May
Performance

6 pm

Wo kommen wir hin. Getting the Elephant Out of the Room

Kathrin Röggla in discussion with Patrick Kroker (lawyer). Röggla invites viewers to a series of talks from 21–25 May 2019 to carry out a literary experiment. Her guests come from varied fields of political, legal and dramatic professions. She will speak with them about their work experiences in an attempt to determine whether problems in communication. In German.

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Manos Tsangaris: winzig und der Elefant. Theater für ein Haus, opening night, 18 May 2019. Photo © Kai Bienert
Saturday, 25 May
Music Theatre Miniatures

9:30 pm

Wo kommen wir hin. Manos Tsangaris: winzig und der Elefant

winzig und der Elefant is a music theatre game. On five evenings (18, 19, 24, 25 and 30 May), the Akademie building on Hanseatenweg – with its meandering paths and unknown niches – is transformed into a dense web of theatrical musical miniatures. Either alone or with others, listening viewers are supposed to seek out their trail, but they always seem to find themselves back in the middle of the piece.

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Eileen Gray – E.1027. Master Bedroom. 1:1 installation, Akademie der Künste, 2019. Photo © Andreas FranzXaver Süß
Sunday, 26 May
Curator's Tour

12 pm

Pariser Platz

Foyer/Passage

Eileen Gray – E.1027
Master Bedroom

In her first work, the E.1027 house, which she built from 1926–1929 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Mediterranean Sea, Eileen Gray designed almost every element herself. The walk-in installation of the bedroom in the passage of the Akademie building at Pariser Platz provides a direct visualisation of the architectural design by an unjustly neglected pioneer of modernism. Curator's tour with Wilfried Wang. 4:30 pm: Special guided tour for blind and visually impaired visitors. In German.

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Photo © Malenafilm / Thomas Katsanas
Wednesday, 29 May
Opening Night

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Wo kommen wir hin. Moving Sand / Topos

The production Moving Sand / Topos, by composer and musician Floros Floridis and filmmaker Jeanine Meerapfel, is an audiovisual essay that combines film, music, dance and text. This work pinpoints the changes and consequences that result from an ever-increasing use of artificial intelligence – how it impacts our lives and relationships to the rest of the world. Moving Sand / Topos investigates differing narrative forms, their limitations and where they overlap or diverge. In German.

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