Friday, October 04, 2013

Geographies of Collaboration, Berlin

After Year Zero - Geographies of Collaboration I Conference
Exhibition - Conference
Haus der Kulturen der Welt / Berlin

Exhibition / 19.09-24.11

The realignment of the world after the Second World War is not recounted
here with regard to the confrontation between the Cold War blocs, but with
a focus on the interweaving of European and African history in the process
of decolonization.

In installations, videos and films , artists such as John Akomfrah and
Jihan El-Tahri examine the attempts to transform the basic conditions of a
Western-dominated modern era. A conference takes up "Geographies of
Collaboration" with a view to the first Asian-African conference, which was
held in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955 and gave rise to the Non-Aligned

Conference  / 03-05.10.2013

The panel discussions take as their point of departure the Western,
ideologically dressed-up concept of freedom, of which the Congress Hall,
today the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, itself is a symbol. The building,
conceived as an architectural signal in the Cold War, exemplifies the
humanistic universalism of the "free West" that reordered itself after the
Second World War.