embodied reading lab
(Körper Lesen und Denken in Bewegung)

When: The last Sundays of the month from 2 to 4:30 pm, April through June 2024
Where: Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek, Blücherstr. 1, 10961 Berlin (near U-Bhf Hallesches Tor).
Language: German and English spoken

detox narcissism

As some of you might know, I have been researching the topic of narcissism for the last seven years. In the context of the ongoing “depowering explorations”, you can hear my audio reflection on this matter here:

Shown in the context of the group show “Zero Tolerance” at Spor Klübü, Freienwalder Str. 31, Berlin-Wedding on Friday, November 24, starting at 7 pm — and as a sticker popping up in various contexts.

Expanded Spaces for Encounters

In einem mit Kreide gezeichneten Kreis sitzen zwei Frauen und blicken auf eine dritte, stehende Frau. Die stehende Frau hält ein Schild hoch, auf dem "misplaced human?" steht. Eine der sitzenden Frauen macht mit dem Handy ein Foto von ihr. Im Hintergrund tanzen zwei überdimensional große Frauen miteinander. Ihre Hände zeigen elegant aufeinander. In der Collage befindet sich die im Kreidekreis stehende Frau genau in der Mitte dieser Hände. Ihr Oberkörper ist etwa so groß wie eine dieser tanzenden Hände.
Collage: S. Hanna — Fotos: T. Ostojic / C. Flamme

October 7th 2023, 2 – 8 pm
around Bürgeramt Rathaus Mitte and Kino International,
near U5 Schillingstraße

In preparation for the future lesbian and queer-feminist housing and cultural center of RuT gGmbH, we have been experimenting with cultural offerings that “queer” the neighborhood of Karl-Marx-Allee (KMA II). How and what can artistic-performative works contribute so that we encounter each other more honestly and directly?

On Saturday, October 7, 2023, the site-specific research by the artists Alice Chauchat, María Ferrara, Rike Flämig, Kollektiv TILT (Tamara Rettenmund and Türe Zeybek) and Tanja Ostojić will result in five artistic and performative “expanded spaces for encounters”. Between 2 and 8 pm, unusual forms of urban participation will be invited from various perspectives:

I can see clearly now (the rain is gone)

A performative sculpture made out of plastic packaging, right before your eyes.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
5:30-6:30 pm
James-Simon-Park, Berlin Mitte

Part of
@fishing_for_future by @kristina__popov with support by @boellstiftung

mit Augen und Figuren bemalte Plastikverpackungen in einer kleinen Marktkiste aus Plastik

Körper Lesen — embodied reading lab

When: The first Tuesdays of the month from 6 to 8 pm, April through September 2023

Where: Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek, Blücherstr. 1, 10961 Berlin (near U-Bhf Hallesches Tor).
The workshop takes place in public: In good weather we are outside under a large tent roof, in wet and / or cold we are inside in the salon of the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek.

Language: German and English spoken

You can find the announcement and reservation link on the library’s website:

Through September 2023, I facilitate a monthly embodied research of selected texts about corporeality from philosophical, somatic, and other surprising perspectives — as an offer by a public library, free of charge!

Combining meditation, movement and text, we explore how our thoughts can change through new and possibly unfamiliar positions and movements in space, how we can read, sense and think with our whole bodies. Different texts are processed from session to session, including poems and excerpts from philosophical texts.

We practice our body awareness in movement, and from that heightened perception, we explore texts, reading and listening with all of our bodies. What can we understand from an embodied perception? Where do the words end up? And how do we perceive from different perspectives of our bodies?

On April 4, we started with a text fragment by Silvia Federici from her book “Beyond the Periphery of the Skin” (PM Press, 2020).

On May 2, we continued with embodied readings of poetry by Rupi Kaur, the Last Poets, Patti Smith, Paul Celan and Christian Morgenstern.

Tuesday, June 6, we explored the indifference to the reports to the Club of Rome of 1972 and 2018 with the poem “Choices” by Kae Tempest and with the embodied awareness of our skeletal system.

Tuesday, July 4, we explored trust, tenderness, connection and the Patriarchy through a poemby Ocean Vuong, and text excerpts from Gerda Lerner´s “The Origins of Patriarchy”. And of course, we sensed the possibilities of their meaning with and through our bodies.

On August 1 we explored text excerpts from “An Immense World. How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us” by Ed Yong.

And in the upcoming last session on September 5, we will dive into an essay by Kübra Gümüşay from the compilation “Unlearn Patriarchy”.