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Meeting Place

Meeting Place, Kulturprojekte Berlin Podewil
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Berlinklusion is happy to be co-organizing Meeting Place Berlin all-day learning forum on Arts and Disability with Arts Access Australia, Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung and Förderband e.V. – Kulturinitiative Berlin.

To download the full program and to register go to: https://www.kubinaut.de/de/termine/meeting-place-berlin/

Meeting Place

Monday, 16 October 2017

9:00am – 5:30pm

Podewil, Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin

Arts Access Australia in cooperation with Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung are pleased to present Meeting Place.

This all-day event provides an inclusive learning space and critical platform to discuss and debate the latest in arts and disability1. Twelve local and international speakers will engage in powerful presentations, round table discussions and interactive workshops. Topics include planning through disability engagement, networking in inclusive cultural work, interpreting contemporary art from a disabled perspective, and discussing challenges and opportunities for improving access to cultural funding for people with disability.

Meeting Place is part of the Australia & Berlin Arts Exchange October 9-20, which presents a vibrant mix of arts workshops, music, dance and performances. As well as learning forums for cultural exchange between Australian and Berlin artists and arts and culture leaders with disability.

The Program was prepared through intense cooperation with Berlin partners Berlinklusion – Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture and Förderband e.V. – Kulturinitiative Berlin.

Host and project partner Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung is a project by Kulturprojekte Berlin that aims to foster diversity in the Berlin cultural sector.

Meeting Place will be followed by a reception and performance by Australian Indie rock band Rudely Interrupted from 5.30 – 8.00pm in the Podewil Foyer. 

1 We follow the social model of disability – this means that we view disability as a social construct where barriers are imposed on the individual, rather than the individual being defined by their medical condition or impairment. However we also recognise and respect that disability is defined by the individual and their lived experience. When we talk about inclusion and accessibility, we want this for all peoples, however they may identify.

Wheelchair accessibility is limited at the Podewil. Entry into the building is possible via ramps and elevators and we can offer assistance with opening doors. There are a wheelchair accessible bathroom and a relaxation room at the Podewil. The event will be translated into spoken German and English. The presentations and select workshops will be translated into German and British Sign language, too. The Program is available in Braille, large print and Plain Language.

The admission is to Meeting Place free, but due to space limitations registration is required.

Australia & Berlin Arts Exchange October 9-20

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Berlinklusion is happy to be project partner of Arts Access Australia on the Australia & Berlin Arts Exchange October 9-20. Check out the program and come along!

For more information about the project go to: https://artsaccessaustralia.org/project/berlin-exchange-project-october-2017/

The Program

The Australia & Berlin Arts Exchange October 9-20, presents a vibrant mix of arts workshops, music, dance and performances. As well as learning forums for cultural exchange between Australian and Berlin artists and arts and culture leaders with disability.

Following are some of the key program events. A number of private tours of museums and galleries will also be conducted, where Australian and Berlin artists will view exhibitions and discuss their access experience.

* Public events

Opening Ceremony, Tues 10.

The program will be officially launched at a small proceeding and will include performances from visiting Australian artists.

Stammtisch Artist Exchange, Brotfabrik, Wed 11. (5.30-7.30pm)

Australian artists join a meeting of local artists to discuss access and inclusion at Brotfabrik café/pub.

Dancer Exchange, Uferstudios, Thurs 12. (5.30-9.30pm)

Australian and Berlin dancers join dancing session of Tanzfähig Initiative at Uferstudios and exchange experiences.

*Art Workshop & Launch of Berlinklusion Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture, aquarium, Fri 13. (6-9pm)

Australian contemporary dancer Anna Seymour in collaboration with Berlin based artists will conduct a participatory performance and workshop incorporating sound, movement and visual art. The event will include a networking activity sponsored by Berlinklusion an international Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture based in Berlin.

*Art Workshop, Stephanus Stiftung (11am-3pm) & Pop-up Exhibition and Drumming Workshop-Performance, Brotfabrik (5-8pm), Sat 14.

Mixed-media art workshop between sculpture and painting co-led by Australian painter Chelle Destefano and Corry Siw Mirski, visual artist from Berlin at Stephanus Stiftung; Presentation of the workshop with pop-up exhibition at the gallery space of Brotfabrik followed by drumming workshop-performance by Australian drummers Andrew Hewitt and Josh Hogan (Rudely Interrupted). Everyone is welcome to attend and meet the Artists.

*Meeting Place Forum (9am-5.30pm) & Performance (6-8pm), Podewil, Mon 16.

This all-day event will provide an inclusive learning space and critical platform to discuss and debate the latest in arts and disability. Followed by performance by Rudely Interrupted one of Australia’s most unique independent rock acts. To find out more and register for Meeting Place go to https://www.kubinaut.de/de/termine/meeting-place-berlin/.

*What disability? We are just drummers from down under!, Just Music/Sky Live, Tue 17. (7-9pm) TBC

Come and be inspired, hear the stories of 3 Australian drummers who have overcome the challenges and struggles of a disability to become successful drummers performing all over the world. Andrew Hewitt, Josh Hogan and Todd James will share their journeys, share their passions and play drums.

*Closing Party & Performance, Alte Kantine Wedding, Thurs 19. 7pm

Everyone is welcome to join us in a celebration at Alte Kantine Wedding with performance by Australian contemporary dancer Anna Seymour, presentation of art project “Under My Tongue” by Australian performer Belinda Locke, DJ set by DJ Eltron, dance, and highlights from the festival.

Venues:

aquarium – Skalitzerstraße 6, 10999 Berlin

Stephanus Stiftung – Albertinenstraße 20, 13086 Berlin

Brotfabrik – Caligariplatz 1, 13086 Berlin

Podewil – Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin

Just Music/Sky Live – Oranienstraße 142, 10969 Berlin

Alte Kantine Wedding – Uferstraße 8-11, 13357 Berlin

Project Partners

Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung, Kulturprojekte Berlin, Berlinklusion – Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture, Förderband e.V. – Kulturinitiative Berlin, ABSV – Allgemeiner Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein Berlin gegr. 1874 e. V., Alte Kantine Wedding, Brotfabrik, Stephanus-Stiftung, tanzfähig, Uferstudios, Just Music

This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia now Germany 2017 program.

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Non-Sight Seeing Tour

Parcours der Nichtsehenswürdigkeiten (Non-Sight Seeing Tour), workshop and guided tour by Jovana Komnenić and Dirk Sorge, part of Die Auflösung des Sehens (The Resolution of Sight), Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, 2014

The project Die Auflösung des Sehens” was a creative reflection about the dominance of sight in art and everyday life. The project wants to point out the mechanisms of exclusion and to work in the opposite direction by inviting blind and visually impaired audience in the gallery. It explicitly addresses these audiences, but it is relevant for sighted people as well, because it points out the creative potential hiding in other ways of viewing things, the ability of invisibility to broaden the meaning. The overall goal was to bring awareness for this theme by using irritation and reflection.

The exhibition venue was the building of a former monastery situated in a large park area in the west of Germany. The whole project consisted of three parts and lasted one year (January to December 2014) with the project grant KunstKommunikation which supports a participatory approach in the arts. One part was a series of workshops with blind and visually impaired participants with the goal to develop a tour through the park, the second part was the production of a tactile map with audio output to guide visitors to the stops of the tour. The third part was the artistic intervention inside the historic building with site-specific installations.

For  further photos and a video of the installations please visit http://dirksorge.de/aufloesung.htm and http://www.jovanakomnenic.com/file/work/Pages/die_auflosung_des_sehens.html.

Further information on the project and Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst (German only):

http://www.da-kunsthaus.de/dirk_sorge.html

Werkzeug Wahrnehmung (Perception as a Tool)

Werkzeug Wahrnehmung (Perception as a Tool), experimental art mediation walk at 6th Berlin Biennale by Birgit auf der Lauer, Jovana Komnenić, Silja Korn, Anja Winter and Dirk Sorge, 2010

Perception as a Tool was a moderated walk through the 6th Berlin Biennial exhibition of contemporary art. It took visitors through the exhibition and its surrounding in the public space. The concept of the walk made reference to the curatorial idea of the exhibition, but reacted to it in a participatory and playful way. The curator Kathrin Rhomberg posed questions about reality. She asked the audience: “Do you believe in reality?”

Our idea was to test the senses of the participants on the walk. To examine together how different perceptions convey different information, how they consciously and unconsciously connect with diverse memories and produce meaning in that way. In that sense, our focus was on the individuality of perception, on acceptance of diversity, and on the exchange within the group.

Another potential we saw was the possibility to focus on hidden or invisible stories in the surrounding of the exhibition.

BODY BILDER

BODY ↔ BILDER, workshop and exhibition between seeing and touching by Jovana Komnenić and Dirk Sorge, Schillerpalais, Berlin, 2013

In this workshop the participants built tactile pictures that are not flat, but have a relief surface and are supposed to be touched – not seen. The pictures were exhibited in a completely dark room and thus became invisible for the entire audience. It may seem strange to call them “pictures”, since they are not to be seen at all, but they are not sculptures either, they exist between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional realms.

In the exhibition we learned a lot about the mechanisms of the visual art system and the conventions that rule it. For touching a picture and following a line with your finger, you usually need much more time than you need when looking at it. When touching a picture, it is most suitable to only have one person standing in front of it. These two differences forced the audience of the exhibition to slow down in the dark room.

Not every picture could be recognized in the sense that it displayed concrete objects. Many were abstract and the process of touching itself was the subject of the art work.

For the sighted visitors it was an important experience to use their sense of touch. This sense is used a lot in everyday situations, but most of the time it happens without paying attention to it.