Decolonization and memory of living masks
Which mask at Humbolt forum for which body?
Post-humanistic bodies - how can the body be(come) an agent of rebellion?
How to achieve reconciliation with this controversial place that provokes resistance?
Architecture and History - How can we physically relate to different layers of experiences, actions, memories and relationships that make up this place (The Humboldt Forum and its historic site)?
How can we create radical change through connection (taking into account structures of oppression)?
How are high-value artefacts being delivered from one collection space to another and what institutional undercurrents does this procedure bring to the surface?
„If I ruled the world...“ Zeichen der Zeit
Who makes „history“?
Das ist kein Spiel
How to approach an artistic work, which in this case includes complex discourses, with a group of 7th grade young people?
Where and what will be the nature of the space to communicate with others?
The Living Room
Home as a reflection of a safe zone. How can we create a vulnerable and brave space inside the museum, which is designated for the construction of each individual’s home, within the conditions and discourse of the HtF?
What is identity? Who defines identity?
Can we depart from our origins simply by altering the space around us?
Moving the Forum – our bodies – our position – our dance is a participatory dance project that critically examines the contents of the collections at the Humboldt Forum, the associated themes and its history, including the demolition of the Palace of the Republic, the reconstruction of the palace, questions of restitution and decolonization.
40 Berlin-based artists work over the course of a year in the public spaces of the Humboldt Forum, involving participants from different communities in their research process and the creation of the artistic work.
The rehearsal process is open also to walk-in visitors – and is made accessible in the form of workshops, discourse formats and final presentations at the end of each chapter.
The core of Moving the Forum is the multiperspectivity of the artistic team, which, in thirteen projects, has chosen different approaches to address the issues related to the building and its presence in Berlin, and, in this research, to enter into dialogue with people who work in the institution.
It is about questioning existing structures, renegotiating hierarchies, power and presence, and redefining space and history.
To bring multiple voices and skill sets together in shaping Moving the Forum’s initiative, three curatorial teams focus on various aspects of the project planning. Members of these teams are also artists participating in the work, so their decisions take both their fellow artists as well as the audience into consideration. The teams are interdependent, and frequently collaborate to strengthen the overall focus of the project.
Michiyasu Furutani, Jana Lüthje, Susanne Soldan
- Locates the artistic thread running through a diverse range of projects, using it to highlight common themes
- Organizes and develops formats that open the artistic process to the public
- Partners with the Discursive Conversations curatorial team to plan and implement the overall dramaturgy for each of the four presentation days
Communication & Documentation
Telmo Branco, Jana Lüthje, Susanne Soldan | Hagar Ophir, Yotam Peled
- Collects contributions from the artistic teams, participants, and outside eyes for the website, social media, and documentation purposes
- Formulates texts for website, social media etc. in close interaction with the artistic team
- Works closely with the team of Public Presentation and Discursive Conversations towards a joint strategy for communicating project narratives, discursive public events, and presentation days
- Represents the project e.g. in interviews with journalists
In Conversation: Bodies, Objects and Actions
Nora Amin, Telmo Branco, Jana Lüthje, Marcelo Schmittner, Marie Yan
- Specifies the content and formats for discursive public events in the residencies
- Supports the project and the individual artists in articulating and/or implementing decolonial, anti-ableist, intersectional feminist practices and frameworks, encouraging practical knowledge and institutional change
- Commits to critically and genuinely engage with the audiences of the project, listen to, respond to and address questions or critics
- Creates links to groups (of participants, audience, outside eyes) that are not yet represented and invites people to engage in the conversations
- Proposes authors for texts or other formats to reflect on the project
- Develops a podcast series to visibilise the artists and their process and open up the thematics of the project
- partners with the Public Presentations curatorial team to plan and implement events for each of the four presentation days
- Can collectively or individually represent the project e.g. in interviews with journalists
Team – “PRUSAKI CORPS”
Dance is action. Our mission in this project is to incite/provoke/press the Humboldt Forum to take concrete ACTIONS towards decolonization rather than talking about it.We are here to use dance as a medium, NOT TO DECORATE and NOT TO ADD A SPARKLE OF DIVERSITY that will make the Humboldt Forum’s loftiness more palatable. We invite people in Berlin who agree with our mission to join us and create a critical mass that generates CHANGE in the Humboldt Forum.
Team – „If I ruled the world… Zeichen der Zeit“
First of all Moving the Forum offers us an opportunity to establish dance in a museum context. In our case that means urban dance, with our dance roots in Breaking, Hip Hop and Voguing. There we see an interesting interface where two different „worlds“ meet. Furthermore Moving the Forum offers an opportunity to gain attention within a broad public for the voices of our participants. It allows to give an insight on the diversity of young Berliners, as well as on opportunity to form an artistic frame for their interests.
Ahmed Soura (“Decolonization and memory of living masks”)
For me, it is a way of moving the lines of prejudice, of clichés between people and their identity. That is why I take the chance to work into the question of “how to decolonize a body? “. If the masks represent the identity of the people, to deconstruct them in space and time inspires me a lot.
Team – “Das ist kein Spiel”
Moving the Forum for us is about dealing with the unknown as a collective. It is about confronting different expectations, wishes, criticism and questioning our process as it goes. We try to work with the class at eye level and as active creators. Also to build an artistic space between and together with two complex institutions that are The School system and the HF.
Akemi Nagao (“BIO-DIVERSE-CITY”)
- the place to practice loving others as they are, as well as to practice loving myself as I am.
- the place to rethink together and listen to each other.
- the place to give and share, not to take or hide.
- the place to practice true equality.
- the place to slow down, and go step by step with everyone.
- the moment to celebrate our life
- the real magic.
- the moment to create new possibilities for our society.”