The research, performance and exhibition project THAT, AROUND WHICH THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES brings visual artists, city planners, photographers, performers and theoreticians together in order to explore the interrelationship between space and time, memory, architecture and city planning. In Hamburg, the project will start with the life and work of one of the most vibrant and brave anti-colonial activists of the Hanseatic city: Mpundu Akwa from Cameroon lived in Hamburg at the beginning of the 20th century, where he opposed the German Empire’s colonial policies in publications and the political sphere. In a three-day program at Kampnagel and in public space, THAT, AROUND WHICH THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES combines interdisciplinary contributions in an open dramaturgy between exhibition spaces, performance interventions and debates.
[Thu] 19. October
Performance | A History of Lateness : Nathalie Mba Bikoro
20:00 (in English)
Conversation | From Hamburg’s Elolombe Ya Kamerun to The Negro Worker: The Silenced History of Black Radical l Publications: Natasha A. Kelly and Philipp Khabo Koepsell, moderated by Saskia Köbschall
Connecting Program in cooperation with Kampnagel K-Tunes:
21:30, kmh Greg Tate & Klaus Walter: DJ Lecture on Afrofuturism and the Bad Present - free entrance with a THAT, AROUND WHICH THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES –Ticket.
[Fri] 20. October
Performance (Reenactment) | Die Wit Man II: A Rumble in the Jungle. Requiem for King Rudolph Manga Douala Bell, 1884-2016: Tracey Rose
Performance | Kukunguruka (IV): Lucia Nhamo
19:30, k1 (in German and English)
Conversation | Making Voices Heard - The Coloniality of a Public | Louis Henri Seukwa, Vassilis Tsianos, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, moderated by Elena Agudio
Performative Intervention | Gintersdorfer/ Klaßen
[Sat] 21. October
City Walk | In/Visibilities of Colonialism in the City: Sonic city walk by Katharina Kellermann and Tania Mancheno, with closing remarks by Simone Dede Ajivi.
To participate, please register at: email@example.com
Meeting point U-Bahn Baumwall (Exit Elbphilharmonie, between elevator and city bikes)
Conversation | Un/Making the City - Artistic Intervention as Decolonial Tool: Vyjayanthi Rao & Simone Dede Ajivi,moderated by Saskia Köbschall (in German and English)
Performative Intervention | Gintersdorfer/ Klaßen with Hauke Heumann, Lloyd Nyikadzino, Franck Edmond Yao
Performance Lecture | RHYTHMANALYSIS | Greg Tate
Connecting Program by Kampnagel K-Tunes:
22:00, kmh AWA - SUPPORT: CRI$PY C / DJ DORK DISFO - free entrance with a THAT, AROUND WHICH THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES – ticket.
“What if we approached Hamburg's colonial history choreographically, by way of Henri Lefebvres concept of a rhythmanalysis that would introduce a play of encounter, drawing lines between past and present, between buildings, monuments, stories and the everyday movement of people through them?” (Savvy Contemporary)
The project is funded by the TURN fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
SAVVY Contemporary at Kampnagel is funded: im Rahmen des Bündnisses internationaler Produktionshäuser von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.
Duration: ca. 90 Min.
Tickets: 8 Euro (conc. 5 Euro, [k]-Karte 4 Euro)