Yugen Blakrok © Christopher Terhart
Yugen Blakrok © Christopher Terhart

The 20th poesiefestival berlin sets an example against populism and hate speech. The USA is the country under focus: In keeping with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York, two special events are devoted to LGBT writing; Walt Whitman's long poem “Leaves of Grass” is staged; and spoken-word-artist Sarah Kay performs. In Berlin, Argentine poet Sergio Raimondi gives the speech on poetry. In German and English.

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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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Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Kai Bienert
Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Kai Bienert

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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Bernar Venet. Photo: Jerome Cavaliere
Thursday, 20 Jun
Performance

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Bernar Venet

For the first time in Germany, Bernar Venet will present an evening of performances, including a re-enactment of a seminal 1968 performance at New York's Judson Church Theater, featuring poetry and marking the debut of new video and sound work. This special evening of performance will be preceded by an introductory lecture by the artist.

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Navtej Johar. Photo © Sumedh Tandon
Tuesday, 25 Jun
Concluding Presentation

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Black Box

Crafting Poetic Ambiance. Valeska Gert Visiting Professor Navtej Johar

Navtej Johar, dancer-choreographer, university lecturer, bharatanatyam and yoga expert joins dance studies students at the FU Berlin to provide a working understanding of the Indian theory of bhava-rasa aesthetics. The focus is on how a poetic ambiance may first be mentally constructed and conceptualised, then physically experienced and expressed.

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Photo: Espen Eichhöfer/OSTKREUZ
Friday, 28 Jun
Reading

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

A Critical Homeland Evening

As narration, mise-en-scène, political battle cry, and utopia; as a place of freedom and justice: Georg Seeßlen and Markus Metz circle around dialectical meanings of notions of homeland. This is a pilot event for Nationalistischer Trichter, an extensive installation on the devastating consequences of right-wing ideologies. A cooperation with the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). In German.

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What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today 24 August – 21 September 2019 more

Thomas Florschuetz. Zwischenzeit 24 August – 3 November 2019 more

Poetik der Mitte: Walter Kempowski 12 – 13 September 2019 more

Magic Media – Media Magic. Video Art since the 1970s from the Wulf-Herzogenrath-Archive 12 September – 13 October 2019 more

KONTAKTE ’19. Biennial for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art 25 – 29 September 2019 more