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Selda Asal presented her current project "com'on come here i cannot hear you", realized in Denmark this year. The project dealt about war, peace, the way we exist and questions who we are and how we think? 
Selda Asal is involving certain groups of the public in the developement of her projects, which she mainly presents in form of video works, simultaneously shown as projections or TV screenings.

 Bergamaschi proposed to several Rio de Janeiro photographers to depict interiors (houses, workpalces, etc)

within communities living under the constant threath of violence.
The interiors will show everyday life in closed territories, where the lines between peace and conflict are
especially subtle.

In the installation the Brazilian images are projected, overlapped and merged over distant European interiors.
This operation creates displacement and opens the pictures to a new tridimensionality.

The entire piece of work, including its audiovisual performance as part of the installation, does not deal primarily with the subject of peace. Instead, "still/silent" uses peace as its subtle leitmotif. On musical and visual levels, it is portrayed as a beneficial state of tranquillity and calmness, as the absence of noise and turmoil. 
These musical and visual levels are complemented by a concrete, yet abstract expression, similar to that of the friction between the private and public spheres in which people act and interact with one another day-by-day

Trough a presentation of the work of the artist Mark wallinger "State Britain" , we will open a discussion about : art as a form of  "protest for peace", and about the reconstitution of  the action of Brian Haw who was fighting agains Irak war in front of the London parliment.

Images, drafts, concepts and foremost the deliberation of peace as central public concerns have been greatly neglected and marginally displaced without discussion ? and under social and political, regional and global conditions this is broadly disquieting.

Design2context (Institute of design research) is currently pursuing the leading hypothesis that in the powerful presence of images there is a loss in the ability to imagine peace, leading to increase a disquieting space. In opposition, we have set up a research project in search for visual representations of peace. We are gathering these representations in a variety of historical, cultural and political contexts, and bringing them together in research constellations. These constellations allow for a renewed ability in imagining peace and should contribute to forthcoming debates and controversies that encompass a vital presence of peace in political, civil and everyday life contexts.

>>  >>  friendship originates through dialog - a travel log or how an encounter with actors of the National Theatre Bagdad developed into a German / Iraqi theatre project

project presentation/talk in german language

Antje Hobucher and Eduardo Fernández-Tenllado gave a visual presentation about their experiences with the 2005 founded, International Open Theatre Berlin/ I.-O. - Theatre Berlin. The I.-O.-Theater Berlin was founded from the iraqi director Ihsan Othmann and the actress Antje C. Hobucher in June 2005.

In this installation choreographer Klaas Devos introduces a peace concept to the spectator that can only be revealed through its own destruction. Even then only revealing the emptied-out, post-ideological and commercialized make-over of its previous powers.


Within the spaces of the grotesque body and carnival laughter as defined by Mikhail  Bakhtin, philosopher and literary theorist, we find a world continually unmade. Carnival forms of laughter contribute a key role in this unmaking and upending of all that is established and official. The laughter is communal, an all people's laughter that does not separate itself from it's object, the world. In this collapse of distance between subject and object, I suggest we locate a model to rethink what peace can mean and how it can function. Regenerative  modes produced through the social and political collapse of power in the grotesque offer new definitions of peace which move beyond concepts of passivity and inaction. It points to a continually active, growing definition that cannot be contained or completed mirroring the grotesque itself.

The female body in dance epitomizes the concept of peace. The dichotomy of peace, which calls for the negation of the opposite idea such as conflict or war, is the perfect analogy of what dance is considered to be. In this lecture performance, we attempt to show how Peace is described in artistic performances, intertwined with the femininity and the national/cultural/bodily boundaries.

Ornamental Building Blocks - the transmissivity of borders 

Borders have to be continuously negotiated:
historically, (geo)politically and as well socially, ideally and personal. Every border which often is grounded artificially can be skirted, shows loop holes and is in certain ways transmissive.

After 1945 the vocabulary and the way of thinking of the war was taken over by the economy. The weapons were incredibly efficient: marketing techniques, persuasion methods, and strategies. A new vocabulary appeared: "commercial strategy", "how to conquer the markets? Capture the clients? ", "cue-to-action", etc. If we listen to the economical vocabulary, which we are used to, we realize that the aggressive, quarrelsome character of it has become normal for us, it isn?t shocking anymore.

To question what we call peace is also maybe to be ready to question the establishment, or even the established disorder that is created in order to conquer the markets, the implicit violence that is imposed without taking care of the relationship it creates between human beings.

The project Internal Peace is a visual research and exploration into self-awareness
and tolerance.
The politologist Mehtap Soyler transforms herself into three different personalities. Based on authentic stories of turkish woman, she explores different outside and inside viewpoints.  This work is symbolizing and questioning each of us, linked to our own cultural and personal backgrounds and inside a society, filled with conotations  and prejudices.
In collaboration with photographer Masa Yuasa, who developed picture- and word settings, this research shifts onto a visiual level. It opens up to and involves the audience during a live presentation and discussion.

An articel about this project by philosopher Fulya Ozlem
was published under the following link:


Kibuye is based on Clea Koff?s book The Bonewoman or Die Knochenfrau.
At 22 years old, just graduated as forensic anthropologist Koff leaves the US for Kibuye, Rwanda, to help open up a massive mass grave.
With a sort of professional distance and a great moving care and engagement Koff speaks about the difficult work and the histories behind it. A post modern tragic tale with an ancient ring.
Clea koff is our present day messenger. In Kibuye like in the old Greek plays the violence is described but not shown.


Filippo Tritto questions his status as an immigrant through different states and approaches in his photographic artwork. His focus lies on alienation, power of language, placing and de-placement.

In his photographic work he is visualizing his individual experience of urban and suburban places. With sensitivity he is shifting schedules of validation into chances for positive encounters.

In this video artistic researcher Elke Van Campenhout deals with the negative definition of 'peace' as the non-war, non-violent, no-strings-attached, non-dictatorial . In addressing the term from both, performative, philosophical, political and every-day understandings, she tries to construct a positive content for the term, as a space, an intention, an action, or a possible starting point for thinking. This way re-establishing both the desire and the inherent polemical core of the term.

Taped video performance shown in arttransponder project room during the documentary exhibition "peace - utopia or real space?"

Can sweets, one of our desires, be used as a tool for communication?
Can the abstract power of sweets force communities to connect; can sweets add value to cultural differences and emphasize the importance of intercultural dialogues?
This project is an attempt to reach different communities and connect them by transforming a traditional molasses recipe into a tool for communication. The recipe has been used for many centuries to produce sweets in Anatolia. The so produced sweets can be eaten and send by post.

interactive project presentation_discussion in english language, Wednesday 15 October 7pm

interactive installation

In her workshops and art projects Anna Zosik works with a variety of social groups with focus on social relevant themes.

During the project ?peace ? utopia or real space?? she is realizing the interactive installation ?peace-discussion-space? which invites for active participation and contributions to the peace theme

Falling may seem as an act of resignation but it is a gesture which grounds us to reality. I relate the act of falling and of witnessing falling to some feelings connected to our (western) relation to peace and to the idea of peace: i.e. embarassment, impotence, guilt complexe, passivity, pity.
I would like to create a situation where the spectator can personally experience these feelings. The falling will behave like a sort of virus and so will the rumor, spreading and dispersing this event. 

The project is an open invitation to all interested and takes part on Sunday, 5th of October, 2-6pm between Ausland (Lychener Strasse) and arttransponder.  For those who want to share the results, meet us at 6 at arttransponder.

To take action relates to inner potential, abilities and sources of power and the necessary awareness and believe in their existence. To contribute action for common and societal purpose it needs to reveal limitations and contradictions, self made and given through society and culture. The text video, is transmitting individual statements of circumstances we use as a justification for why we can´t do something. The words on the pillows refer to our given abilities like culture, language, experience, emotion ?
By reflecting the sources of power individuals are capable of this installation creates a setting for dialog, discussion and negotiation, a place to rest and communicate.

Linked to the exhibition peace - utopia or real space? and its quest for conditions of peace art can create and support, this installation was embedded in the exhibition space as an integral part, not only to look at it as an artwork but also for practical use by the artists, scientists and audience during the events.

Installation_Text Video_Participatory Elements