what color is abstract

what color is abstract? Reading session with Nida Ghouse and Haytham El-Wardany

© Victoria Tomaschko

Is a word a concrete intervention or is it an abstraction of social relations? Is a color an abstracted property? Or is it an excess that can never be exhausted by any particularity? A reading session on color, language and community with texts by different authors.  

Nida Ghouse is a writer and curator (born in Bombay) living in Berlin. Her recent essay, The Whistle in the Voice, appeared in the publication accompanying Natascha Süder Happelmann’s presentation for the German Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). She co-curated Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (2017), is co-editing the forthcoming publication (Sternberg Press, 2020), and is realising an exhibition on an archaeology of sound in the framework of The New Alphabet (May 2020), all at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.  

Haytham El-Wardany is a writer (born in Cairo, Egypt) living in Berlin. His recent book is Book Of Sleep, published by Alkarma, Cairo 2017 and in 2013 he published How To Disappear in the Kayfa Ta (How To) Arabic publishing initiative. The book focuses on the nature of listening, and attempts to explore the potentialities of passive activities. He is currently interested in the legacy of ancient fables and speaking animals as political creatures.  

The reading will take place in English. As part of the exhibition "Station Point" by Saba Innab, curated by Omar Berrada; until 1 December 2019.

  • © Victoria Tomaschko

  • © Victoria Tomaschko

  • © Victoria Tomaschko

  • © Victoria Tomaschko

  • © Victoria Tomaschko

  • © Victoria Tomaschko