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Episode 4

Season 2 | Episode 4: November 30-December 6 2020

Dear friends, colleagues, guests, dear public,

On last Wednesday we learned about the prolongation of the current lockdown “light” until the end of December. This “lightness” means no live art, no audience, no getting together in the same room.

Our 4th episode of Flutgraben Performances 2020 is scheduled for next week (Nov 30th until Dec 6th) and it is affected by this ongoing “no” to any live audience.

We decided not to cancel this episode. We want to do something, we want to continue making art. But we do not want to simply jump online, stream what is meant for physical encounter, put on zoom what is not made for screen. With this “no” to live audience we are left with the question of how to address you, how to involve you, where and how to find you, and whether to aim for a remote “you” at all. We cannot pretend that it is clear to us how to go public now and we don’t want to fake a relation that we do not feel, sense, believe in.
It takes time to get there where you are right now or to make up new places where we can meet.

We are 12 artists, and naturally, we are having different perspectives, emotions, thoughts on what is going on right now and how to handle the situation.

What we will do in this episode #4 is to meet every day in two groups and work on possible encounters between us. Some of us will experiment with remote liveness and stream, others will film, write, draw, move and dance, we will work with images, scripts, tasks, guided settings etc. In doing so we try to figure out how and why (not) to address each other and you under the current circumstances. There will be windows to join in, an open session on Sunday afternoon and some of us might work on things that take longer than this week and will come to you later.

It is open what will happen on our search. We will keep you updated from our time with/out you and hope to see, hear, feel you soon!

Yours,

Asaf Aharonson, Christina Ciupke, Stella Geppert, Jared Gradinger, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez, Milla Koistinen, Clément Layes, Moritz Majce, Sandra Man, Sergiu Matis, Jefta van Dinther, Jasna Layes Vinovrski

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies

Flutgraben Performances Residencies | Open Call #2 | 2021

We are happy to announce the second call of our artist-in-residence program Flutgraben Performances Residencies. This residency is open to Berlin-based choreographers and artists from the fields of choreography, performance art and contemporary dance. Each artist can work in the studio for the period of one month, following the research, exploration, practice or project they are aiming to deepen or develop. There is no prescribed theme or obligation.

Who we address

This opportunity is for both emerging and established professional choreographers and artists who are active in Berlin. We are committed to supporting artists of marginalised communities and we would like to explicitly invite women, people of color, trans people and others discriminated by the current dominant norms to submit your proposals. We are limited though in inviting disabled people as the building is not yet equipped for mobility handicaps (the building is currently being renovated and will become more barrier-free by the end of 2021).

Duration and period of the residency

Each residency lasts four weeks.

In this call we offer 3 residencies from March to July 2021. Please indicate your preferred time period in your application.

Fees and support

No application fees.

The residency includes access to a 80m2 studio, artistic exchange with Flutgraben Performances artists team, and basic technical support.

A financial support of €2000 is offered per artist or artist group.

Other facilities: WiFi in the studios and use of a common kitchen.

Application deadline

22 December 2020.

The results will be announced by the end of the year.

Application

Application language is English.

Please send

• a motivation letter (max. 2 pages) why you want to work in the frame of Flutgraben Performances Residencies. Please be specific on what you want to do artistically. We are all artists here and what we are interested in is to get a feeling of your artistic approach of working.

• a short biography

• information about your artistic work (e.g. website, video and textual documentations – please check your links and passwords.)

to this email address: residency@flutgrabenperformances.org

If you have questions please use this email address for contacting us.

Please be aware that this call is only for Berlin-based artists.

How we decide

In this round three jurors will be selected out of the Flutgraben Performances core team and out of the artists from Flutgraben Performances Seasons #1 and #2. Each juror has to decide for one artist and present her*his decision in front of the complete FPR team, additionally publishing a statement on our website.

Who we are

Flutgraben Performances is a series of events located at Flutgraben, an artist-run studio building in Berlin Treptow. The series Flutgraben Performances is dedicated to the exploration, growth and transformation of live art. Each year a group of 10–12 artists comes and works together. Individually, the artists follow their own artistic tracks without any limits in form and content. They use the time to test, develop, re-think and discuss their artistic practices and believes. On a collective level the group invents new forms of meeting the public, aiming for an encounter of artist, art work and art lover as a fertile, intimate and joyful act. With Flutgraben Performances Residencies we are extending and complementing our vision of an artist-run initiative for experiments and exchange.

Flutgraben Performances and Flutgraben Performances Residencies are independent projects initiated 2019 by artists Clément Layes, Moritz Majce, Sandra Man and Jasna L. Vinovrški.

Flutgraben Performances Residencies is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Flutgraben artists house

With our project we are one species among others, adding to the diversity of the Flutgraben artists house biotope. The Flutgraben artists house is administered by Flutgraben e.V. (www.flutgraben.org)

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies

Flutgraben Performances Residencies | First Two Resident Artists 2020

We are very happy about the great interest in our Flutgraben Performances Residencies program for Berlin-based artists!

Out of over 80 applications two artists were selected for 2020. These are Pauline Payen and Ivan Björn Ekemark.

We wish you a productive and satisfying time during your residency, and are looking forward meeting you!

Many thanks to all artists who applied. We enjoyed striving through your worlds of imagination, ideas, and desires! You are all welcome to submit your applications for the call for next year. The second call for 2021 will be announced by the end of 2020.

The two jurors for two artists for this round were selected out of the Flutgraben Performances Team and out of the artists from Flutgraben Performances Season #1 and #2. For next round a new juror team will decide.

Here are the jurors statements:

Photo: © Ivan Björn Ekemark, 2020

Ivan Björn Ekemarks investigation of a transitional collectivity contains non-homogenic materials, colours, costumes, and performative elements that create a choreography of attention, sometimes with traces of humour. In his work the surface of what is shown acts as an entry point into deeply intimate sediment layers underneath, speaking of isolation, rejection, obsession.

(Text and Invitation by André Uerba)

Photo: © Pauline Payen

Pauline Payens artistic approach combines a calm cheekiness with a sensitivity for both concrete corporeality and the poetic quality of language. With her specific perspective as a former video artist on body-based live art she takes the irreducible relations of body and image seriously, and commits herself to art as an exploration of affects.

(Text and Invitation by Moritz Majce)

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies

Flutgraben Performances Residencies | Open Call 2020

In the frame of Flutgraben Performances we encountered many artists, who while participating in our events expressed a strong desire to spend more time working and researching at Flutgraben. Finally this dream came true and we are very happy to announce that we now have the opportunity to offer artistic residencies to Berlin-based artists, which will allow them to work in the studio for a longer time and without financial concerns.
Clément, Jasna, Moritz, Sandra

We offer an artist-in-residence program called Flutgraben Performances Residencies that allows artists to create and research at the homebase of Flutgraben Performances, the Flutgraben artists’ house in Berlin. Each artist can work in one of two studios for the period of one month, according to the research, exploration, practice or project they are aiming to deepen or develop.

The residency is open to artists from the fields of contemporary dance, performance art and choreography. This opportunity is for emerging to established professionals who are active in the Berlin art scene. Artists of any sex, gender, race or nationality can apply.

Duration and period of the residency
each residency is 4 weeks, one period in October and one in December 2020
Exact dates will be fixed according to applicants and studio availability.

Fees and support
No application fees.
A financial support of €2000 is offered per artist or artist group.
The residency includes mentoring and basic technical support.
Other facilities: Wifi in the studios and use of a common kitchen.

Application deadline for 2020
18th September 2020, for 2 residencies

The Open Call for 2021 is coming up soon. Once it is announced, there will be 6 more residencies available to apply for.

Application
Please send
• a motivation letter (max. 2 pages) why you want to work in the frame of Flutgraben Performances Residencies
• a short biography
• information about your artistic work (e.g. website, blog, video documentations, all material where we can get informed sufficiently about your artistic activity)

to this email address: residency@flutgrabenperformances.org

Please send the text in english.

Flutgraben Performances is a series of events located at Flutgraben, an artist-run studio building in Berlin Treptow. It is dedicated to the exploration, growth and transformation of live art. Each year a group of 10–12 artists comes and works together. Individually the artists follow their own artistic tracks without any limits in form and content. They use the time to test, develop, re-think and discuss their artistic practices and believes. On a collective level the group invents new forms of meeting the public, aiming for an encounter of artist, art work and art lover as a fertile, intimate and joyful act.

Flutgraben Performances was initiated in 2019 and is run by Clément Layes, Moritz Majce, Sandra Man and Jasna L. Vinovrški.

Flutgraben Performances Residencies is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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Episode 3 Season2

Season 2 | Episode 3: October 5–11 2020

Asaf Aharonson made a trio as Public Insight into his ever new way of starting the creative process, Sergiu Matis showed sketches with Lisa Densem on his ongoing work on the contemporary theme of unrest, Stella Geppert continued her public studies on drawings as movement notations in video and live performance with Frank Willens and Joséphine Auffray, Ixchel Mendoza Hernández presented an excerpt from her current examination of gestures, Moritz Majce showed for the first time his models, which have accompanied his process of spatial choreography from the very beginning, Jared Gradinger together with Shelley Etkin invited to a performative round of talks on the subject of art and nature while forming an earth ball, Jefta van Dinther together with Johnny McMillan presented studies on unison, Jasna L. Vinovrški tested a new approach to the audience as a costume designer, Clément Layes continued his boat meditations for one person, Sandra Man showed the first cut of a video with the performer Laura Siegmund, Milla Koistinen installed a three-dimensional sound map of her future work and Christina Ciupke gave an insight into her movement material on monument and transience.

Photo: © Moritz Majce, 2020

Photo: © Moritz Majce, 2020

Photo: © Sandra Man, 2020

Photo: © Moritz Majce, 2020

Photo: © Moritz Majce, 2020

Photo: © Moritz Majce, 2020

Photo: © Sandra Man, 2020

Photo: © Sandra Man, 2020

Photo: © Moritz Majce, 2020

Photo: © Moritz Majce, 2020

Photo: © Moritz Majce, 2020

Photo: © Sandra Man, 2020

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Episode 2 Season2

Season 2 | Episode 2: June 06–14 2020

In the heart of the second episode of Flutgraben Performances 2020 there were ten encounters for single visitors. Each of the participating artists developed a trajectory into his*her artistic universe and shared it with an audience member. The meetings took place on various locations indoor and outdoor: visitors were taken on different kinds of walks by Christina Ciupke, Milla Koistinen, Sergiu Matis; they went on a boat trip by Clément Layes, and on a cab ride by Moritz Majce; they sat in environments – under an oak tree, invited by Jared Gradinger and in an installation by Sandra Man on a balcony that used to be the German-German border; they spent time in a kitchen talking with Asaf Aharonson and in studios with Stella Geppert and Jasna L. Vinovrški. Jefta van Dinther and Ixchel Mendoza gave insights into their future works.

In the main hall of Flutgraben there was an exhibition of drawings created by the Flutgraben artists group under the guidance of Stella Geppert, together with the presentation of an object inspired by Wilhelm Reich´s Orgon Accumulator and built by the group members under the direction of Moritz Majce, as well as a documentation of the ongoing talk series “What Makes an Artist?” by the group, initiated by Sandra Man. After a group dance choreographed by Milla Koistinen, there was the dinner performance by Asaf Aharonson for all guests.

One-on-Ones:

Asaf Aharonson: Kitchen Talks
Christina Ciupke: Walk Talking
Stella Geppert: One Within One – The Re-Construction of Touch
Jared Gradinger: Speaking to Oak
Milla Koistinen: Conversation-Hocket
Clément Layes: Untitled
Moritz Majce: Out Into The Open
Sandra Man: Public Elsewhere 02 | The Attenders
Sergiu Matis: 4 Stations for Restfulness and Restlessness
Jasna L. Vinovrški: Untitled

Photo: © Jared Gradinger, 2020

Photo: © Jared Gradinger, 2020

Photo: © Sandra Man, 2020

Photo: © Moritz Majce, 2020

Photo: © Sandra Man, 2020

Photo: © Sandra Man, 2020

Photo: © Sandra Man, 2020

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Episode 1 Season2

Season 2 | Episode 1: May 11–17 2020

The very first episode of the new season of Flutgraben Performances fell right into the lockdown caused by the outbreak of the Corona Virus. The twelve artists representing the group for 2020 could not meet and were spread and separated in various parts of Europe, each of them experiencing the crisis and the shutdown differently. Instead of cancelling or postponing the group decided to use the time planned. They met remotely and explored encounters over distance artistically and in manyfold ways. Deprived of any live audience the group took itself as the public, each artist finding a way of giving an insight into his*her artistic universe as well as an approach of making it accessible later on in future post lockdown times.

The encounters happened in various forms and media. The artists sent and received recorded audio files with tasks and responded to them by writing texts; they met on online platforms transforming them into a stage for appearing and disappearing; they sent texts to each other, turning the act of reading into a performance. They met in video chats and performed tasks together. They wrote letters to each other. The whole first episode was dedicated to the intense exploration of distance and the transformation of the technical tools given into sensual and spiritual means of connection.

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Invited Artists 2020

Asaf Aharonson
Christina Ciupke
Jefta van Dinther
Stella Geppert
Jared Gradinger
Milla Koistinen
Sergiu Matis
Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez