Our research aim – “Listening Bodies”

Our research aim – “Listening Bodies”

Gabriele Reuter, Marcelo Schmittner, Charlotte Virgile

For our project ” Listening Bodies”, we are working with a team of 6 participants who want to engage with the building of the Humboldt Forum and the controversial history of this place. In several joint meetings between the end of August and the beginning of October this year, we will develop an artistic work together- several short performative listening walks that will accompany future visitors of the Humboldt Forum through the current building, and also remind them of previous architectures such as the Palace of the Republic. The audio walk summarizes the group’s observations, memories, and critical discussions that will emerge during the collaborative work process that is taking place during our residency. Together with excerpts from interviews of contemporary witnesses of the last 50 years and small observation, perception and sensorial tasks,it will then become a kind of audio puzzle for a very individual experience of the place, an invitation to listen, and to create space to relate to each other.

Connecting to our body, body memories

Instant improvisation

Creating a group movement

Exploration, interaction, disruption

Finding a safe space

Accompanying / Exchanging

Creating a shift in the manner the body exist in the museum space.


Moving The Forum – Chapter 1: Approaching

On October 9, 2021, from 4pm to 9pm, four teams of artists will be presenting the results of their work created for the first chapter, entitled Approaching, on site of the Humboldt Forum. 

With Restless Objects, Hagar Ophir questions the display of “absence” and proposes a rehearsal of emptying the exhibition space from its objects.

Tamar Grosz, Guilherme Morais, Marcelo Omine, and Emilio Gordoa work in Das ist kein Spiel with a group of young students to undermine hierarchies and structures of control with perspectives of the young.

Listening Bodies, an investigation by Gabriele Reuter, Marcelo Schmittner and Charlotte Virgile into the last forty years of the Humboldt Forum site, explores companionship and aural history as intersectionality is addressed in one-on-one formats. Due to limited number of participants, pre-registration at the information desk is necessary for Listening Bodies. Start: 16.30 / 17.10 / 17.50 / 19.10 / 19.50

Miguel Witzke Pereira‘s performance and video installation Warrior traces lost events and reclaims occupied space. The starting point of his artistic research is the Skulpturensaal am Schlüterhof.

The performances will be looped and accompanied by discursive events that take up the topics of the works.We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on site.

‘Listening Bodies’ is a series of individual audio walks accompanied by a performer. Using the body as a listening tool, it connects the biographies of a heterogenous group of performers with the controversial layers of history of the site.


A series of individual audio walks through the building, each accompanied by one performer. Built as a sensory audio puzzle, “Listening Bodies” connects the biographies of a heterogeneous group of performers with the controversial history of the site. These sensorial and immersive walks navigate around themes such as the manifestation of power on the body, intersectionality and opposing perspectives on history. The topics are negotiated via the body as a tool to listen, to create space and to relate.

Research Questions

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)?
Intersectionality and Responsibility - How can we understand what we are not? How can we develop a simple practice of moving, sensing and listening, that helps us to relate to representations of power?
Access - How to involve technology without being exclusive and what is Companionship?

Gabriele Reuter

Marcelo Schmittner

Charlotte Virgile