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The Armen Avanessian & Enemies series in the Roter Salon begins its second season on 13 September

Stage set for Armen Avanessian & Enemies in the Volksbühne’s Roter Salon – Photo: Maciej Chmara

For the past year, philosopher and literary critic Armen Avanessian has been presenting a popular discuss-think-theatre series in the Volksbühne’s Roter Salon under the title Armen Avanessian & Enemies. On 13-14 September, the series is kicking off its second season with a book presentation and a grand opening party. Subsequent events include: a literary performance with Sam Williams, Sir Henry and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on 23 September, a book presentation with Georg Diez (Das andere Land), a conversation with philosopher Isolde Charim on 26 October, as well as three consecutive evenings with Peter Sloterdijk on Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood? on 5-7 November.

Armen Avanessian & Enemies is interested in new political theory and theory formats that consider a different and better future. In what Berlin do we want to live, in the year 2118? How should we organize ourselves when globalised neo-liberalism bids us farewell and a feudal retro-nationalism is on the rise?

In order to develop answers to these questions, a variety of formats will be experimented with, from performances and installations to talk shows and games, all on a specially designed, flexible stage set by the design studio chmara.rosinke. Guests so far have included authors, artists and philosophers such as Paul Mason, Quentin Meillassoux, Leif Randt, Tom McCarthy, the group Disrupt Democracy, Britta Thie, Robert Misik, The Agency, Manu Luksch and Iain Grant.

Host Armen Avanessian, born 1973 in Vienna, worked at the Freie Universität Berlin, was a visiting fellow in the German departments at both Columbia and Yale Universities, and has been a visiting professor at various art academies in Europe and the USA. He is an editor at the publisher Merve Verlag Berlin and co-founder of both the bilingual research platform Speculative Poetics and the Bureau of Cultural Strategies.

Upcoming dates:

13 September, 20:00
Book presentation Ethnofuturismen, published by Merve-Verlag, with Mahan Moalemi and Monira Al Qadiri

14 September, 18:00
FAM_Eventbude. party to re-open the Roter Salon and to destabilize the patriarchal codes of our social life, organised by feminist label FAM_, with One Mother (live), Camelt:O & Daycare aka Hitprovider (DJs)

19 September, 20:00
Current topic & topical guests - to be announced on 12 September at

23 September, 20:00
Corresponding with Ghosts - a staged reading with music on the legacy of debt, a joint project by Sam Williams, Armen Avanessian, Sir Henry and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

3 October, 20:00
Book presentation Das andere Land (The Other Country) by Georg Diez. It was a social upheaval, a moving, generational event - and was sunk mercilessly: taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees in the summer of 2015 would have been an opportunity to re-establish Germany, to create a different, more open civil society. Why did this fail to take place? And what are the consequences of this failure? Armen Avanessian discusses this topic with Georg Diez and others.

21 October, 20:00
Current topic & topical guests - to be announced on 14 October at

26 October, 20:00
Book presentation Ich und die Anderen (I and the Others) by Isolde Charim. Diversity changes everyone, whether we like it or not. Philosopher Isolde Charim and Armen Avanessian discuss what living in a pluralised society means for the individual.

5-7 November, 20:00
3x Peter Sloterdijk. As part of a cooperation between the Volksbühne and Deutschlandfunk Kultur, philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, known for his argumentativeness, will discuss Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood? over three evenings.

A series produced in cooperation with the Nemetschek Foundation.

More info at Tickets are available online, at the Volksbühne box office and by telephone on +49 (0) 30 2406 5777.

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