Current program

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2024
    20:00 UhrLettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21, Admission: free

    Talks with Hassan Ait-El-Ouali and Saleh Chaoui & music by Quasim Kzar

    The "Ibn Rushd Young" series provides a platform for young researchers,
    intellectuals, and artists to share and discuss their current projects with an audience of like-minded peers. With this unique format we are opening up an alternative space outside the confines of traditional academia— one that's non-hierarchical and embraces interdisciplinary dialogue on topics, issues, and projects holding significance for the Arab World.

    In our upcoming event, we're excited to host two sessions delving into the exploration of gender, religion, and social norms in literature.

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  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2024
    20:00Lettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21, 10€

    A Cross-Disciplinary Exploration of Experimental Arts. With Vincent Laju X Yurika Saito, Sam Albatros, Mire aka Andreea Hriscu X Renée T. Coulombe, Days Like Television
    Moderation:Tom Bresemann

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    CONVERGENC is an evening of experimental, multi-sensory performances organized by Kross Collective, which explore dialogues between sound, text and visuals.

    In their third event they present Vincent Laju X Yurika Saito showing improvisations and interactions between visual (inc. performative installation) and sound (cello, Shakuhachi) forms. We will then screen two short films, in the video-poetry genre, from the queer artist and poet Sam Albatros, featuring music from Von Jeglichem Wort.
    Two extended musical sets will follow - an immersive, sono-poetic and performance installation by composers Renée T. Coulombe of Banshee Media and Andrea Hriscu of Mire, that weaves together improvisation, automatic writing, resonant ambiences, and AI prompting to probe the collaborative possibilities of artistic intelligence in real time. Whilst Days Like Television will preview material from his upcoming album- ‘This Will Have Been the Past’ (released June 5 on Bonambi Records) in an A/V performance.


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  • Sat
    15
    Jun
    2024
    20:00Lettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21, free admission

    Performative Reading

    Programm SIESTA vor Spiegelkugel
    ©Pablo Hassmann

    On June 15, SIESTA celebrates its third and final Panoramas of Latin American Performative Literature in Berlin 2024, bringing together, for one last time, the emerging voices of three authors: Angélica Freitas opens the night with a vibrating and sharp performance on alopecia, sagging boobs, and menopause, pushing us to talk about how to survive the passage of time in a world made for men. Later, Franco Marcucci invites us to look through a deep cut into bacteria, fungi, & putrefaction, presenting living words that grow into network of breathing matter. Closing this last Panoramas, Cristian Forte brings us back to the stage with open ears, diving into the sound archives made of found footage-style-words-turned-into-poems.

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  • Thu
    20
    Jun
    2024
    20:00Lettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21, Admission: free

    Lecture with  Maher Masoud
    Moderation: Dr. Amany Alsiefy (Ibn Rushd Fund/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).
    The lecture will be held in Arabic.

    The Ibn Rushd Fund for Free Thought invites to the lecture 'The Body and Ethics Philosophically'. The lecture will explore the concept of the body in its relation to both love and ethics, as well as the role of social norms and political forces in constructing and defining the identity of the body and our perceptions of it.

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  • Fri
    21
    Jun
    2024
    20:00Lettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21, 10€

    Open Mic Ausschreibung/ Lesung

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    How compelling must a woman be to meet society's expectations? Feminine, vulnerable, but also strong, skilled in a variety of tasks, able to manage both housework, freedom, friendship, family and career. Able to fix a washing machine, have negotiation skills, manage the emotional labor in a couple and at the same time accumulate wealth. Remember to defend her territory when necessary, be attractive and take care of her appearance. Don’t complain too much, smile more, be fully available while self-caring, and maintain an aura of mystery while enduring pain. Be leftist, powerful and determined while being demure. All these aspects seem incompatible, like the contrast between a lioness and a lily, between a motherly saint and a witch. The ripples of this contrast still spread far and wide.
    And are not sustainable.

    In art, this contrast is perhaps most visibly represented. Cinema, literature, music, performance, as mirrors of society, have often been challenged for their stereotypical portrayal of women characters, often limiting them to superficial roles and to their physical appearance, instead of their ever-evolving, transformative, and perhaps uncomfortable bodies of work.

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  • Wed
    26
    Jun
    2024
    19:00Lettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21

    Lesung, Filmvorführung, Gespräch

    ©Lena Szankay

    Fragen nach menschlicher Intelligenz werden ins Sprach- und Filmlabor gebracht: KI-Petitions-Aktivistin Isabel Fargo Cole und jüngste Pulitzer-Preisträgerin Cristina Rivera Garza treten in Dialog: Welche Limits gelten für Sprachgeneratoren, wenn (verwundete) Territorien (Wüsten, Wälder, etc.) (sinnen)sprachlich erfasst und dann kulturell und historisch übersetzt werden sollen?

    Latinx I América Cristina Rivera Garza (Mexiko/USA) und Isabel Fargo Cole (USA/Deutschland) im Gespräch und Übersetzungsexperiment zu künstlicher Intelligenz und nicht nur menschlicher Raumerfahrung. Moderation: Andrea Garcés (Kolumbien/Deutschland) und Monika Raič.

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  • Fri
    28
    Jun
    2024
    19:30Lettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21, Eintritt frei

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    We’re back! And we too can hardly believe that it’s already been a fall and a spring of workshops and writing! But all these poems have been composed, essays envisioned, and fiction imagined. Time must have passed! Join us and the rest of The Reader Berlin community to hear what everyone's been working on this past year—and to celebrate the summer’s advent. Our writers in Berlin have been penning personal essays and memoirs, spinning out speculative flash fiction, writing poetry, and polishing short stories for submission. Stop by for a listen.

    Tutor and writer Sanders Isaac Bernstein will moderate the evening of readings.

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  • Fri
    05
    Jul
    2024
    19:30Lettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21, Eintritt frei

    Reading and discussion with Jane Flett, Sarah Van Bonn and Ambika Thompson

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    On July 5th, join us at Lettrétage for the Berlin launch of Jane Flett’s FREAKSLAW.

    Its the summer of 97 and the Scottish town of Pitlaw is itching for change.

    Enter the Freakslaw a travelling funfair populated by deviant queers, a contortionist witch, the most powerful fortune teller, and other architects of mayhem. It doesnt take long for the Freakslaw folk to infiltrate Pitlaws grey world, where the towns teenagers none more so than Ruth and Derek are seduced by neon charms and the possibility of escape.

    But beneath it all, these newcomers are harbouring a darker desire: revenge.

    And as tensions reach fever pitch between the stoic locals and the dazzling intruders, a violence thats been simmering for centuries is about to be unleashed

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