Gintersdorfer/Klaßen by Harare
Gintersdorfer/Klaßen in Lagos
Jaques Coursil
Awilda Sterling
Logo of the Hebbel am Ufer

SAVVY Contemporary

That Around Which the Universe Revolves – On Rhythmanalysis of Memory, Times, Bodies in Space / Day 3

With Jacques Coursil , Gintersdorfer / Klaßen, Trịnh Thị Minh Hà, Awilda Sterling, Maryan Abdulkarim, David Muoz, Biniyam Schelling

“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 3

December 3 2017 / HAU2

RHYTHM IS LIFE, THE SPACE OF TIME DANCED THRU - Rituals, Rhythm and Resistance
Performance | Awilda Sterling: En-Cierro (Enclosed)
Audio Piece | Maryan Abdulkarim, David Muoz, Biniyam Schelling: The Time Of
Autonomy. Third Act
Presentation | Jacques Coursil: Our Intuition of Global Space (Diaporama)
Presentation | Trịnh Thị Minh Hà: On Fourth Dimension
Moderation: Bonaventure Ndikung 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.
Past dates
December 2017
approx. 3 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.