On Colonial Legacies
and Contemporary Societies

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Kolmanskop Dream

30.3.—22.6.2017

Upcoming Events

Status Quo Vadis

Thu, 27 April 2017, 6 pm, Party 9 pm
ACUD
Conversations, Book Launch, Party

with Contemporary And, Rolando Vázquez, i.a.

Gallery Reflections

Thu, 4 May 2017, 7 pm
ifa-Galerie Berlin
Series of public conversations

with Dr. Noa Ha (Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin), Trang Tran Thu (Berlin Asian Film Network) and Dr. Jonas Tinius (CARMAH/HU Berlin)

Public Program

Tue, 16 May 2017, 7 pm + Thu, 1 June 2017, 7 pm
ifa-Galerie Berlin
Conversations

with the Institut Français and the Centre Marc Bloc

Latest Podcast

Sonic panorama #1

To Be Or Not To Be – While In The Middle The Becoming

Saout Radio, 57’43’’, 2017

The first chapter dedicated to global relatedness takes as a starting point the idea of the “Tout- Monde” conceived by the poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant: the world as a mosaique of individual positions combined with an accelerated interaction between languages, peoples and societies. This space of mutual influence and exchange celebrates the encounter between a plurality of perspectives and subjective forms of knowledge, questioning universal, absolute and normative concepts. Glissant’s philosophy allows for exploring diversity and plurality as essential elements of our global realities. Therefore his position forms the basis of the dialogues for this chapter about the world being in relation. Through the „Art in Conversation“, the „Meeting Point“ and the „Digital Platform“, the first chapter will investigate if and how this idea could be translated into cultural practices and the everyday life.

Exhibition

KolmanskopDream

The opening exhibition is dedicated to Pascale Marthine Tayou. With his solo exhibition “Kolmanskop Dream”, Tayou creates a mental sculpture of the city of Kolmanskop, a former colonial German settlement and today’s ghost town in the Namib Desert. His question is if the argument of the strongest is always the best. (“La raison du plus fort est-elle toujours la meilleure?“).

Today the houses in Kolmanskop are indeed swallowed by the sand of the desert, but underneath the visible and obvious, the hidden colonial structures persist through memories and knowledge, social and cultural relations, mindsets and practices. Tayou interweaves forgotten stories, hidden memories and contemporary images as he investigates the colonial wounds and their present-day topographies as well as their places in our individual and collective memories.

“Pascale Marthine Tayou’s world,” as Bernard Blistène says, embodies what the poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant calls a “philosophy of the relationship” and the thought of a global relatedness.1 He embraces the world’s connected realities, bringing together nontangible impressions and materials, fragments of moments he collected from the succession of places he inhabited, whether for an hour or for ten years.

Tayou also plays with “exoticizing” stereotypes, mirroring the gaze back on Africa. In his installation, "Branches of Life", he takes the symbol of the African mask, transforming it from a fantasized figure of power into shiny and vulnerable crystal, delicately dangling from the branches. He challenges the meaning of the African masks, widespread over the West and denounces their usage as speculative commodities, in what Tayou calls a ‘voodooization’ of the everyday life.”2 Made of crystal from a traditional manufacture in Toscany, they become vulnerable objects.

With his installations, Tayou’s loud laughing shakes the neurotic, manicured colonial walls and shows that the argument of the strongest is not necessarily the best. Because, beyond the colonial separation, each one of us holds the wholeness of the world within himself, there just can’t be an everlasting strongest.

1 Bernard Blistène, catalog of the exhibition ALLWAYS ALL WAYS (tous les chemins mènent à…), Malmö Kunsthalle

2 "The voodooization of everyday life: Pascale Marthine Tayou" by Gemma Rodriguez, in catalog of the exhibition WORLD SHARE Fowler Museum UCLA

Program

Opening

Thu, 30 March 2017, 7 pmbr> ifa-Galerie Berlin
Linienstrasse 139/140, 10115 Berlin
Exhibition Opening

The grand opening of "Untie To Tie" at ifa-Galerie Berlin with our first exhibition “Kolmanskop Dream”, featuring Pascale Marthine Tayou, Contemporary And and Saout Radio. Join us there and have a look at our new exhibition, reading room and hearing station.

Status Quo Vadis

Thu, 27 April 2017, 6 pm, Party 9 pm
ACUD
Veteranenstrasse 21, 10119 Berlin
Conversations, Book Launch, Party

with Contemporary And, Rolando Vázquez, i.a.

Gallery Reflections

Thu, 4 May 2017, 7 pm
ifa-Galerie Berlin
Linienstrasse 139/140, 10115 Berlin
Series of public Conversations

with Dr. Noa Ha (Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin), Trang Tran Thu (Berlin Asian Film Network) and Dr. Jonas Tinius (CARMAH/HU Berlin)

Public Program

Tue, 16 May 2017, 7 pm
Thu, 1 June 2017, 7 pm
ifa-Galerie Berlin
Linienstrasse 139/140, 10115 Berlin
Conversations

with the Institut Français and the Centre Marc Bloch

Sonic Panoramas

Sonic panorama #1
To Be Or Not To Be – While In The Middle The Becoming

Saout Radio, 57’43’’, 2017

Radio show on audio art curated by Younes Baba Ali and Anna Raimondo for Saout Radio, commissioned by Alya Sebti for ifa-Galerie, Berlin

Written and edited by Anna Raimondo
Jingle & music selection: Chloé Despax
English translation: Jennifer Herth
Design: Stefan Pollak
Artists: Hannibal Andersen (Dk), Younes Baba-Ali (Ma), Maria Balabas (Ro), Youssef Ouchra (Ma), Karen Power (Ir), Anna Raimondo (It), Sama Waly (Eg)
Carte Blanche to Radio Papesse (It)

To be or not to be. Being, becoming. Identity has turned into one of the most politicized and slippery spaces. Poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant recognizes that identity is not a monolith idea. We are, because we are in relation with the other. Our roots are like the ones of a plant or a tree, they make us grow by the meeting of other roots and they meet like crossing hands. Guided by these ideas Saout Radio proposes an one hour immersion into a sonic panorama, exploring the notion of identity through different languages and formats, through different sensibilities and voices.

Tout le monde s’appelle Mohamed

Younes Baba-Ali (Ma), 1’29’’, 2013

Imagine a sound that could not only be produced but also heard by the listener, a sound he could physically and instinctively react to. Imagine a direct form of interaction based on sound. This is the beginning of this piece, where, in the street, a voice calls “Mohamed”, an exclamation addressed to any unknown male. A frank and brutal call which fills the gap left by the radio medium, where you can only imagine the listener’s feedback.

In the gap

Hannibal Andersen (Dk), 7’21’’, 2014

In my little seat, in this machine made of metal, I am destined to wait while I am being transported towards my destination. I am forwarded, swiftly, yet my body remains still. My senses unfold and sharpen as time and distance collapse in the gap between A and B. There is no letter between A and B, only a gap. And, in this gap, I discover the subtle harmonics in the humming of the engine. There is nothing between these harmonics either, except the ever-present background noise, demanding my attention.

Untitled (the stranger, the water and what I am)

Anna Raimondo (It), 1’31’’, 2012

“(…) Anna Raimondo is aware that every definition is a limitation, a frontier in itself, something that unites but also separates that can be impermeable. A stranger splashes her at each definition she declares about herself as a woman, as a feminist, as an Italian, as an artist in a metropolis such as London... each water bucket thrown against the performer carries the innocence and violence of games. By the way, being soaking wet, being baptized, are themselves rites of passage, alluding to fluidity, instability, permanent changeability. The action here aims at approaching one of the thorniest issues of the time: if identity has effectively become the battleground of political confrontation, what should we expect when finding that no space for self-definition is any longer available?”

by Maria Iñigo Clavo

Monologue

Sama Waly (Eg), 4’16’’, 2014

A bodiless voice speaks in first person, in attempt to define ‘I’ … When a voice becomes ‘nothing’, in this nothingness is reborn as language, it transforms into a breath, and eventually reaches silence; you have witnessed the existentialist crisis of language.

Glissando Papesse

Radio Papesse (It), 10’, 2016

A journey into Radio Papesse sonic archive in response to Glissant’s approach to relational identity.

Expiration récurrente

Youssef Ouchra (Ma), 2’33’’, 2013

Breath out, breath out again... Breath out in search of a limit. Fill in the creases.

A bag full of breath. Whisper in the veins. Breath the vacuum in and breath out, and breath out again. A regular exhalation.

Limitele Limbii Mele

Maria Balabas (Ro), 28’41’’, 2015

Ludwig Wittgenstein's text is the starting point for this artistic approach. I wished to research empirical the semantics which this phrase can receive through the simple translation from one language to another. For this, I used the social media and the foreign languages departments of the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation. O used every recording people sent me and the result is this collage in which Wittgenstein means not only translation, but different intonations, multiple recording mediums, an invisible international community connected through the very simple response to the question "How would you translate in your language the limits of my language mean etc etc..."

Fried rice, curried chips and a diet coke

Karen Power (Irl), RTÉ , 10’32’’, 2008

In recent times, I have become very interested in using the sound of words and syllables as musical material. I wish to draw on Trevor Wishart's view in support of my approach to words and language in the context of this piece. 'I am going to propose that words never 'mean' anything at all. Only the people 'mean' and words merely contribute toward signifying peoples' meanings.