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Breathe.SODA Lecture Series 2020/21 – Online verfügbar

Sven Hagolani

The lecture questions how resistance can find expression in the figure and the act of breathing.

Breathing is an unavoidable, vital act. Yet, it can not be taken for granted as the experience of the pandemic, profound changes in our environment, but also structural, racist discrimination make clear. In the physical act of breathing that often stays unnoticed, we are symbolically and materially radically thrown back on our own bodies - and connected to the bodies of others at the same time. In conversation with artists, theorists and experts from different fields of practice, the lecture series explores how the protection of bodies is unequally and ambivalently distributed. It questions how resistance can find expression in the figure and the act of breathing, as well: an insistence on presence, a demand for existential, political, symbolic and ethical recognition.

Breathe: Nov.  2020 – Jan. 2021, with: Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme (artists); Hope Ginsburg (artist); Maikon K (artist); Bojana Kunst (philosopher); Francesca Raimondi (philosopher); Vanessa Eileen Thompson (social scientist), and others. Curated by Sandra Noeth (HZT Berlin – MA SODA).

More information on the program will be available from the end of October at
The presentations will then be available online on the website until the end of March 2021.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 – 6pm

Guest: Maikon K. (artist)
Zarabatana: air to concrete
Wednesday, Nov. 18 - 6pm
Guest: Prof.  Dr. Bojana Kunst (philosopher, Institute for Applied Theatre Studies Gießen)
Some questions on the ‘international’ art education: on studying, breathing and reciprocity
Wednesday, Nov. 25 – 6pm
Guest: Prof. Dr. Francesca Raimondi (philosopher, Academy of the Arts Düsseldorf, Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M.)
Freedom to Breathe
Wednesday, Dec. 2 – 6pm
Guest: Prof. Hope Ginsburg (artist, Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts)
Meditations on Amphibiousness
Wednesday, Dec. 9. – 6pm
Guest: Miriam Jakob & Jana Unmüssig (choreographer, performer)
Breathing With
Wednesday. Jan. 13 – 6pm
Guests: Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (artists)
Wednesday, Jan. 20 – 6pm
Guest: Dr. Vanessa Eileen Thompson (social scientist, Europe Viadrina University Frankfurt Oder)
Blackness, Conditions of Unbreathing and the Possibility of Abolition