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Wednesday
Apr152015

Metropolis M - April/Mei 2015 Haben und Brauchen

Tuesday
Apr072015

Shared Office #3 - at HAU3 Berlin

Dear friends and colleagues,

this is an invitation to the “shared office #3”on the 13th,14th and 15th of April at

HAU3 Berlin.

The shared office project sets up spaces for individual writing and common concentration in the occasion of upcoming application deadlines in Berlin. This time's occasion is the HKF deadline on the 15th of April for which we found space and kind support from Hebbel am Ufer.

You are very welcome to join if you are writing an application for HKF but also if you are doing your emails, write your reports or make your budgets and simply need a place to share your presence!

Shared office

With the shared office project, we want to change if not the economic conditions of our work then at least the social ones. We want to find a form of solidarity that does not deny different practices, perspectives and ambitions and yet finds a place where we can be together, give each other concentration in silent late night sessions, sit next to each other sweating on deadlines and be the context for each other's ideas. We would like to provide a concentrated space that allows for the verbal or non-verbal exchange, potential cigarette talks, coffee zips and the simple courage that appears when being together. Believing that we could be a scene in many more occasions than when meeting at each other's shows, we want to invite you to share the crucial moment of (application) writing with us. The shared office strives for being solidary in a pre-dominant competitive relation and for a little more fun while working hard.

 

Practicalities

The office will be open on the 13th, 14th and 15th of April between 10am and 6pm.

It is located in HAU 3, Tempelhofer Ufer 10, 10 963 Berlin

We will provide a quiet and concentrated working area with tables and chairs, wifi, coffee machine, water boiler, some blankets for cold feet and some ice for hot minds.

 

We hope to see you there!

How do we work it*

 

Support

Hebbel am Ufer

Tanzbüro Berlin

Uferstudios/Life Long Burning Project

*How Do We Work it is a new initiative of Berlin choreographers to meet, speak and reflect current working conditions in contemporary art in Berlin and internationally. We continued meeting after being once invited to the workshop “how do we work it” in the frame of the Life Long Burning Project. Rather than a group, How Do We Work is a platform for anybody who is interested to share experiences, knowledge and ideas

Background

Dance and choreography have become to a great extent conceptual, administrative and managerial practices in the past years. With the concept of the dancer as maker against the background of precarious working conditions, writing one's emails, working out budgets, conceiving project plans, conceptualizing working methods and – last but not least – preparing applications at the kitchen table became part of almost everyone´s artistic practice in the field. An extended understanding of what dance or a dance maker is/could be and the discursive quality of this practice, strangely tends to individualize the work of dancers and choreographers. A large part of the working process is no longer taking place in a common rehearsal space in the theater but at the aforementioned kitchen table. Freelance project management and the pressure for the individual maker that goes along with it greatly affects a number of aspects in life and work that we care about: personal confidence, working atmospheres, artistic risk-taking, the exchange of ideas, the reflection on artistic practices and the support of others.The shared office is meant as a step to modify both, the working conditions as well as the mood.

 

Beyond the very practical or daily life effects, the loneliness of the kitchen table also reinforces parameters in artistic production that we thought to have a critical eye on: individual authorship and the competition with ideas and knowledge. Not denying the de facto economic and artistic competition which we are in and which we cannot simply put away with good will, we nevertheless want to support an understanding of artistic production that strives for collaboration and contextual working. We want to become a scene that gives context to each others works and creates a social, political and artistic discurse together .

 

After two previous times in September 2014 at Uferstudios and in March 2015 at Sophiensaele, the shared office project now goes into its third round. Turn it.

Wednesday
Apr012015

CHOREOGRAPHIC RADIO - FIRST MEETING

We Love Radio

The Choreographic Radio relates to our interest in creating and producing a different context and a new canon for developing discourses on dance and choreographic related art. In building audibility and connecting people to a medium that is not obviously used in our choreographic working field. In taking up the challenge to visualise dance with words and sounds. The Radio will give us the possibility to create an ongoing discourse beyond geographic and physical borderlines. It fits the nomadic life that is so embedded in our daily artistic practice and that generates a scattered community. The medium can help us overcome distances and can connect with people, close by and far away.

 

This platform can facilitate the development, continuation and deepening of a dialogue among us and can take the dialogue to the next level. We aim for a playful, inspiring as well as intellectual environment, in which our voice will function as an intermediary. Its strength is its on-going continuation that will give us time to investigate, experiment with, and build oral methods for communicating on dance and choreographic related art. A medium that is open to all people interested in the topics discussed, choreographers and dancers as well as cultural workers and audiences. The Radio therefore is also a try to establish a connected scene, how diverse and spread out it may be. 

And we will work on a Manifesto!!!

 

Next meeting

Tuesday, April 14, 19.00 (Please, let me know if you want to join)

First try-out Choreographic Radio
Tuesday, April 28, 17.00

Thursday
Feb262015

Shared Office #2 - at the Theatre Sophiensaele 

Dear friends and colleagues,

 

this is an invitation to the “shared office #2” that is taking place

on the 3rd and 4th of March in Sophiensaele theater at the foyer of the Hochzeitssaal from 10h to 18h.

 

The theater was kind enough to open its doors for the occasion of the upcoming “Tanzstipendium” application whose deadline is on the 5th of march at 18h.

We want to create a space for individual writing and common concentration. You are also welcome to join if you are not applying for this specific application but working on any other assignment and need a common place to share your office time.

 

Shared office

If we cannot yet change the economic conditions of our work, then lets at least change the social ones!

The shared office project seeks a form of solidarity without assimilation. Without denying the differences of our practices, perspectives and working-ambitions we want to establish a place where  we can be together, give each other support or be disturbed by each other, where we can sit next to each other while sweating due to deadlines, where we can provide a context for each other´s concepts.

We would like to provide a space that allows for verbal or nonverbal exchange, potential cigarette talks, coffee zips or simply the encouragement that being in company entails. The assumption is that we could be a “scene” - also outside of the theatre and not only when watching each other's shows. We invite you to share the crucial moments in the preparation of applications and concepts with us.  For a little more fun while working hard

 

Practicalities

The foyer of the Hochzeitssaal will be open on tuesday the 4th and Wednesday the 5th of March, from 10am until 6pm.

Sophienstraße 18, 10178 Berlin-Mitte

We will provide a quiet and concentrated working area with tables, and chairs, wifi, coffee machine and water boiler to use for free.

 

 

Support

Sophiensaele

Tanzbüro Berlin

Uferstudios/Life Long Burning Project

 

Hope to see you there.

Best,

How do we work it*

 

*How Do We Work it is a new initiative of Berlin choreographers to meet, speak and reflect current working conditions in contemporary art in Berlin and internationally. We continued meeting after being once invited to the workshop “how do we work it” in the frame of the Life Long Burning Project. Rather than a group, How Do We Work it is a platform for anybody who is interested to share experiences, knowledge and ideas.

 

 

 

 

Background

Dance and choreography have become to a great extent conceptual, administrative and managerial practices in the past years. With the concept of the dancer as maker against the background of precarious working conditions writing emails, working out budgets, conceiving project plans, conceptualizing working methods and – last but not least – preparing applications on one´s kitchen table became part of almost everyone´s artistic practice in the field.

An extended understanding of what dance or a dance maker is/could be and the discursive quality of this practice, strangely tends to individualize the work of dancers and choreographers. A large part of the working process is no longer taking place in a common rehearsal space in the theater but at the aforementioned kitchen table.

Freelance project management and the pressure for the individual maker that goes along with it greatly affects a number of aspects in the life and work of a dancer/choreographer such as personal confidence, the working atmosphere, artistic risk-taking, the exchange of ideas, the reflection on artistic practices and the support of others. The shared office is meant to be a first step towards a more collaborative working atmosphere in the scene and attempts to modify both the working conditions and the mood of dance makers. It seeks to replace competitive thinking and a focus on personal authorship in exclusive working environments (parameters that have historically already been strongly contested) with practices of sharing and exchange and is based on a belief in the mutual enrichment that a social, political and artistic discourse cultivated together implies.

 

After the experience with “shared office #1”, which took place end of September 2014 in occasion of the HKF deadline, we started just now as well :

 

The Choreographic Office

is a multipurpose space that seeks to meet the needs of artists working in Berlin.

It is situated in the Uferstudios in Wedding and is free for the use of anyone who sees fit to do something there – no matter whether it is individual office work or if it is punctual meetings and lectures in a group. Because of its small size the space is not ideal as a rehearsal space or dance studio.

Twice a month a reading group will assemble there – open to anyone who likes to read and discuss texts in the community of others. The first book that will be read together is The man without content by Giorgio Agamben. The first meeting will take place on the 6th of March 2015.

The choreographic office is currently equipped with Internet, desks, chairs, coffee machine, water boiler and heating and will prospectively contain whatever you might want to contribute to the space.

The key can be picked up in the office of the Uferstudios. No prior reservation of the space is needed. So, it will always be a surprise whether and with whom you are sharing the space. If you you want to use it outside of the Uferstudios office opening hours Mo-Fri 8am to 7pm, please contact Juli Reinartz (julireinartz@gmail.com).

 

 

Monday
Jan262015

V.I.P. Performance - Lekker Belangrijk - TAC Eindhoven 

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