Picture: Jacques Coursil
Jacques Coursil
Picture: Jacques Coursil
Gintersdorfer/Klaßen in Harare
Gintersdorfer/Klaßen in Lagos
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SAVVY Contemporary

That Around Which the Universe Revolves – On Rhythmanalysis of Memory, Times, Bodies in Space / Day 2

With Akinbode Akinbiyi, Jacques Coursil, Petina Gappah, Gintersdorfer / Klaßen, David Muoz, Dorothee Munyaneza

“That, Around Which the Universe Revolves”  brings together visual artists, urbanists, photographers, performers, and theorists to investigate the interrelations of space and time, memory, architecture, and urban planning as well as historical and cultural heritage through Henri Lefebvre’s concept of Rhythmanalysis. The cities of Lagos, Düsseldorf, Harare, Hamburg, and Berlin engaged in a network of research, exchange and artistic dialogues that interrogates their specific local urban epistemologies and histories, and connects them with those elsewhere in the world. The cities serve as laboratories of an investigation into the temporal and spatial dimensions of everyday urban life, seen through the interrelations between the body, rhythm and urban structures. The final chapter takes place in Berlin – with a discursive and performance programme at HAU and an exhibition at the gallery SAVVY Contemporary.

Programme Day 2

2 Dec 2017 / HAU2

Performance |  Dorothee Munyaneza: Passing Through Again

INVOLUNTARY NARRATIVES -  On Telling Time, Disaccords and Other Religions
Reading | Petina Gappah
Presentation | Akinbode Akinbiyi: Wicked rhythm in the city: Images from Lagos and Berlin from 1980s to now
Moderation: Anna Jäger und Ricardo Carmona
Performative Intervention | Gintersdorfer/ Klaßen with Hauke Heumann, Franck Edmond Yao, Gotta Depri:
Kurztrips Lagos und Harare, fragmentarische Ergebnisse streben zum Ganzen

The newly trained rhythmanalysists of Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, equipped with their bodies and Lefebvre’s slim volume Rhythmanalysis: Space, time and everyday life in their left hand for spontaneous consultation, keep their right hand empty - to shake those of welcoming hosts, guard their noses against the sudden car fumes and other exhaust gases of the cities they wander in, to halt taxis, snap their fingers to the beats booming out of corner shops, to emphasize their questions on the history and present of a place and the different perspectives on emerging urban structures and longlasting ruins.

Music Performance | Jacques Coursil:
Edouard Glissant, The Archipelago of the Great Chaos | Oratorio Fragments for Solo Trumpet and Voice
Past dates
December 2017
approx. 5 h
Artistic direction
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
Curatorial team
Elena Agudio, Anna Jäger, Saskia Köbschall
Lema Sikod
Production assistance
Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Johanna Wild
Exhibition architecture (foyer)
I-Ching by Lorenzo Sandoval
A Collaboration of SAVVY Contemporary with Gintersdorfer/ Klaßen, Q-Dance, Njelele Art Station, Hebbel am Ufer, FFT Düsseldorf and Kampnagel (Hamburg). Funded through TURN Fund of the Federal Cultural Foundation.