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Reopening of the Grüner Salon - Programme for February

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The Grüner Salon reopens in 2019 as a venue for visual art and discussion. Artists and thinkers as well as Berlin communities and initiatives will present their work in its intimate atmosphere. Whether it is used as a stage, a seminar room or a dance floor, it provides space for forms of care and hospitality, explores performativity and body politics and focuses on possibilities of dismantling inequalities and building new alliances. This is the February programme:

Politics of Data: Conversation with Nora Al-Badri and CryptoParty
Friday, 01.02.2019, 19:00, 5 / concessions 3 €

As part of the transmediale pre-festival programme, Nora Al-Badri and CryptoParty Berlin discuss the limits of freedom and transparency, and the relationship between freedom and democracy. In conversation with hackers, gamers, artists and media studies experts, they ask: How free are we when we surf the web? Who does our content belong to? Is our personal data less worthy of protection than, for example, the artifacts in cultural institutions? More Information


School of Disobedience: On Cryptoeconomics with Erik Bordeleau
Seminar: 06.02.2019, 13.02.2019 and 25.02.2019, each from 12-14:00
Free admission, pre-registration required
Discussion: Monday, 18.02.2019, 19:00, 5 / conc. 3€

The School of Disobedience is an experimental format that tests new ways of independent knowledge production in the 21st century. Each month, a different academic expert leads a seminar on his or her area of research, and invites people of all ages, professions and levels of experience to participate. There will also be monthly evening events, providing insight into that month’s topic suitable for the general public.

February’s expert guest is Erik Bordeleau (PhD, Université de Montréal). Bordeleau is researcher at the SenseLab (Concordia University, Montreal) and fugitive financial designer at the Economic Space Agency (ECSA). He works at the intersection of political philosophy, media and financial theory, contemporary art and cinema studies.

All events are held in English. To participate in the seminar please register by emailing More information

The School of Disobedience is supported by the Nemetschek Foundation.


Anas Maghrebi & COYG
Concert: Friday, 08.02.2019, 22:00, 5 / conc. 3 €

Anas Maghrebi is a musician and producer. In late 2012, in the midst of the Syrian uprising, he founded the indie band “Khebez Dawle”, produced the band’s debut album, and collaborated with many local musicians from various genres in Syria and Lebanon. He lived in Damascus before leaving to Beirut in early 2013 and then to Berlin in 2015..Maghrebi performs songs from Ici, a concept album produced for artist Saâdane Afif, as well as new tracks from his first solo album. After his set, his new band COYG (Congratulations on Your Graduation) performs for the first time. More information


Revisiting Reza Abdoh
Theatre workshop: Sunday, 10.02.2019, 13:00 (Pre-registration required)
Reading and discussion: Monday, 11.02.2019, 21:00, each 5 / conc. 3 €

Iranian theatre-maker Reza Abdoh (1963–1995) founded the dar a luz theatre company in New York City in 1991. Abdoh is known for his large-scale, experimental, confrontational and often shocking theatre productions. Volksbühne presents a selection of events in collaboration with KW Institute for Contemporary Art, coinciding with Reza Abdoh’s solo exhibition there.

Actors and original dar a luz members Tom Pearl and Tony Torn lead a theatre workshop in the Grüner Salon. Participants may choose to participate actively or as viewers. Limited capacity. Please register by emailing

For their evening event, original dar a luz members Tom Fitzpatrick, Tom Pearl, and Tony Torn will read from Abdoh’s plays Bogeyman, The Law of Remains, and Quotations From a Ruined City. The excerpts will be followed by a group discussion with the three actors, along with fellow dar a luz members Michael Casselli, Sandy Cleary, Peter Jacobs, Raul Enriquez and Brenden Doyle.


Whatever You Want!
The Art of the New Patrons: When citizens become patrons

Presentation and discussion: Tuesday, 19.02.2019, 19:00, 5 / conc. 3 €

The “Whatever You Want!” event series presents projects by the New Patrons and discusses civil society's underestimated potential to take its cultural needs into its own hands. The New Patrons have been developing constructive solutions for civic engagement for almost 30 years: they have already commissioned around 500 projects across Europe.

This first of six evenings features reports on projects that have ignited imaginations and creative abilities of locals and artists alike. Journalist Antje Stahl hosts a discussion with Susanne Burmester, Denis Bury, Holger Friese, Gerrit Gohlke, Kathrin Jentjens, Alexander Koch and Lena Ziese. More information

The Society of the New Patrons is supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. With the kind support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Die!Landschaft, goo goo g’joob!, Hannelore
Concert: Friday, 22.02.2019, 21:00, 8 / conc. 5 €

One evening, three bands, five musicians! Visual artists, critics and curators assemble in various constellations on the Grüner Salon stage: At times with brutal primal force, other times with rather minimalist qualities, and yet others with intricate vehemence. Featuring: Tom Früchtl, Catherine Lorent, Manfred Peckl, Andreas Schlaegel and Raimar Stange. More information


VariaVision: The Mutability – The Films of Anna Marziano
Film, Discussion: Wednesday, 27.02.2019, 20:00, 8 / conc. 5 €

In collaboration with curator Jesse Cumming, VariaVision presents a screening of Italian-born filmmaker Anna Marziano's works. Over the past decade, Marziano has primarily shot on 8mm and 16mm film in neo-realist, documentary and avant-garde styles. The programme features four of Marziano's finest films, each of which effortlessly balance intellectual and formal rigour with spontaneity and beauty: The Mutability ..., La Veglia, Orizzonti Orizzonti! as well as the Berlin premiere of her first feature film Beyond the One. More information


Cally Spooner & Jesper List Thomsen: A Talk in Two Parts with Painting
Performance: Thursday, 28.02.2019, 21:00, 5 / conc. 3 €

Artist Cally Spooner and artist/author Jesper List Thomsen each present a text that deals with the body in our current socio-political climate. List Thomsen’s Blackbirds tackles the relationship between body, image and language, while Spooner investigates forms of stagnation, as it may manifest in a subject’s psychology, in gentrified cities, in surveillance capitalism and in the stagnated muscles of a body. More information



Together with Hans Unstern and Orlando de Boeykens, author and performer Tucké Royale presents a new text and sound collage that centeres on love, bodies and friendship. The author collective Nazis & Goldmund launches their series of new narrative and intervention strategies against the uprise of the far right, and artist Kasia Fudakowski, together with additional guests, takes a playful look at Brexit.



From March 15 onwards, the pavilion at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz is re-named LVX! For the first exhibition, the pavilion is transformed into a starship with a group show by the Berlin artists’ initiative of the same name. Regular exhibitions of contemporary art to follow each give the pavilion a new appearance.


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