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Graduale 16: No New Kind of Duck – 7 ways of carving out space for conflicting realities

This is an exhibition by Ralf Baecker, Lizza May David, Jeremiah Day, Bjoern Erlach, Azin Feizabadi, Nuria Núñez Hierro and Alex Martinis Roe, curated by Jan Verwoert. It is the Graduale, the biannual showcase of the Graduate School programme at the Berlin University of the Arts.

"No New Kind of Duck" is about art and music that talk back to reality. It’s an exhibition by artists and composers who seek to get their hands into the way things work, so as to carve out spaces to which we could go and grasp how things can be done differently.

Making such a claim is to raise the stakes when the chips are low. Smart people today tell you that art and life alike are about knowing to bluff. So we might as well get our decoy ducks in a row and have the highest bidder pay for shooting them. "Le cynique, c’est chic." Agreed, things look bleak on the political front too: What good is creative thinking when power bluntly asserts its capacitiy to shape the world in its image? In 2004, an aide to Bush Jr. told journalist Ron Suskind: “We’re an empire now and when we act, we create our own reality (…) and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” If that were still true, whoever put a big duck on the pond first, ruled the waters.

It’s hard to argue with bluntness. That doesn’t mean one had to accept imposed realities, and be stuck with studies. The trick is to slip behind the back of what people treat as established fact. One may need to sidestep the tyranny of the contemporary and delve into the depths of lived memory where the ghosts of traumatic pasts are as alive and active as the spirit of political change. In any case, the challenge is to pry open the cracks in the real, and reach down to the level below, where things are still volatile, hence open to change, so codes may melt into music, and conflicting forces can be brought to bear.

This is what the artists and composers in "No New Kind of Duck" set out to do. The show aligns the urgency of research into the deep archive of lived politics with a surrealist drive towards crafting different forms of life and art, on the edges of reality.

The event is co-funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin.

Thursday, 20th October to Sunday, 23rd Oktober 2016

Grüner Salon in der Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 2
10178 Berlin

Yvonne Lambert
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 45
10178 Berlin

Kunstverein am Rosa–Luxemburg–Platz
Linienstraße 40
10119 Berlin

Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30
10178  Berlin

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reception, concert and performance Thursday, 20 October 2016
5pm Yvonne Lambert 6pm L40 & 9pm Grüner Salon

Works by Lizza May David, Alex Martinis Roe, Jeremiah Day
Yvonne Lambert
Friday 12-8pm
Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm

Works by Bjoern Erlach, Ralf Baecker
Friday 12-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm

What happens
concert by Bjoern Erlach
Thursday, 8pm
Friday, 9pm
Saturday, 5pm
Sunday, 5pm

performance by Jeremiah Day
Grüner Salon
Thursday 9m

experimental music-theatre for people aged 6 years and older
by Nuria Núñez Hierro
with ensembles DieOrdnungderDinge
Grüner Salon Friday 3pm
Saturday 1pm, 3pm & 5pm

lecture performance
by Azin Feizabadi
Friday 6pm

Book launch & talk by Jan Verwoert
hosted by Meeting Einstein
Grüner Salon
Sunday 3pm