Wednesday, 28. and Thursday, 29. October 2009


- a performance about depression

Lonely Rider is series of goodbyes, splits and abandonments. An important part of the content as well as aesthetics are the masks. A mask –like depression – can be a second skin to its carrier.

The tools of this performance are: an actor, a role, a mask; a
situation where things are being performed, being looked at, and being in the centre of attention. A depressed person can be his own centre of attention. Depression can be a mask. The performance studies depression as suffering of prevented appeal to death. Lonely Rider grabs at the issue with grotesque and carnevalistic hands. Marilyn Monroe and Lonesome Cowboy, for example, are being seen as embodiment of depression.

Lonely Rider is a part of Todellisuuden Tutkimuskeskus (Reality Research Center) –group’s performance series titled as “Emotions”. Todellisuuden Tutkimuskeskus –group is an “arts garage” in Helsinki run by theatre/performace arts professionals who are devoted to question the prevailing concept of reality. What is reality? How can we observe, experience, describe, define, reflect, discuss, present or
represent it?

Actress Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck is one of the founders of the Club Real –group.
Tuire Tuomisto is an an actress working in Helsinki contemporary theatre sceens. The Lonely Rider performance series had premiere in Helsinki 15.9.09.

Lonely Rider working group in Berlin performances:
Visualization, concept, texts: Tuire Tuomisto
On stage: Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck and Tuire Tuomisto
maskassistance: Georg Reinhardt


Saturday, 26. September 2009



präsentiert von La Moustache


24.September 09

Doors open
films start


Marcio Miranda Perez - Tauri
(7 min - BRA - 2009)

When did your very first contact with the male world take place?

Roy Andersson - World of Glory
(14 min - SWE - 1991)
The central theme of the film is the responsibility of humanity in our time towards historical events. The film’s examination of “collective guilt” urges discussion of the guilt concept, but was answered mostly with strong criticism of its dark scenes and its black portrait of “modern” Sweden.

John Smith - Girl Chewing Gum
(12 min - UK - 1967)

In The Girl Chewing Gum an authoritative voice-over pre-empts the events occurring in the image, seeming to order not only the people, cars and moving objects within the screen but also the actual camera movements operated on the street in view.

Kasumi Hiraoka - Red-Light District Graffiti
(28 min - JP - 2007)

In a red-light district in an obscure corner of a city, business is booming. Tired of pampering their customers night after night, the prostitutes find amusement in toys they buy at the black-market stall and drawing graffiti with the patrol man. Towards the end, they begin to speak in a dialect unique to their district, which others cannot understand.
Visually, the film is a feast for the eyes, capturing the vibrant colours one might find on a children's playground. The women run through the streets, dance in brightly decorated garments, and engage in wild activities, addressing the audience directly with infectious creativity and anarchic enthusiasm.

Standish Lawder - Necrology/The Roll Cast of the Dead
(12 min - USA - 1969)

"In one continuous shot Standish Lawder films the faces of a 5:00 PM crowd descending via the Pan Am building escalators. In old-fashioned black and white, these faces stare into the empty space, in the 5:00 PM tiredness and mechanical impersonality, like faces from the grave. It's hard to believe that these faces belong to people today. The film is one of the strongest and grimmest comments upon the contemporary society that cinema has produced." - Jonas Mekas.

Rita Macedo - Non-Film in three Acts and a Prelude
(12 min - GER/PT - 2009)

How can a film be a non-film? What kind of internal struggles make it consciously rebel against its own name and categories? Has the non-film become so personified, it looks upon its own form as humans so often do upon their hopeless humanity?
Shot entirely in Super8, “Non-film in three acts and a prelude” is an absurd ride conducted by a bodyless head, two invisible characters counting stones as bodies, a filmmaker muffled by her own film and two loner virgin-mary-like creatures.


19.September 09



Mary and the Baby Cheeses

Bianca Kruk


17.September 09

Doors open 20:00
films start 21:00

/// H IS FOR HOUSE ///

On Thursday night we'll screen a programme that puts together various pearls of experimental film each of them giving different interpretations on the concept of "house and home". It reaches from an early film by Maya Deren to more recent works from artists like Corinna Schnitt. For further information please check out the programme description below.

Maya Deren - Meshes of the Afternoon (14 min - USA - 1943)
"This film is concerned with the interior experiences of an individual. It does not record an event which could be witnessed by other persons. Rather, it reproduces the way in which the subconscious of an individual will develop, interpret and elaborate an apparently simple and casual incident into a critical emotional experience." —Maya Deren

Gunvor Nelson - My Name is Oona (9 min - USA - 1969)
No film of hers is at once so dazzling in form or effortless in its lyricism. Be curious about the amazing avantgarde soundtrack.

John Smith - Blight (14 min - UK - 1996)
The film revolves around the building of the M11 Link Road in East London, using images and sounds of demolition and road building in conjunction with the spoken words of local residents. Taking these actualities as its starting point, Blight creates its own enigmatic stories, transforming the mundane into the mysterious. The musical qualities of the speech fragments and natural sounds form the basis of the score.

Peter Greenaway - H is for House (10 min - UK - 1973)
A voice-over that recites words beginning with the letter ‘H’. Greenaway plays with the confusing nomenclatures that occur in the process of ascribing meaning and words to objects, and in a nod to the late paintings of Surrealist René Magritte, he juxtaposes the words with images and create a fascinating dialectical relationship between image, sound and text.

Corinna Schnitt - The Sleeping Girl (8 min - Germany - 200!)
With one long shot the camera presents the surrounding of a suburbian colony of single family houses. A clean ideal, but deserted and with a ghostly atmosphere. Only at the end of the film there is a sign of human presence: a message is left on an answering machine. An insurance agent talks about the possibilities of life- insurance, the perfect pension scheme and his lost ball-pen.

Matthias Müller - Alpsee (15 min - Germany - 1994)
Photographed with an exquisite eye for interiors and a restless invention, ALPSEE stages a boy’s coming of age, that painful rend between infant dependency and mature individuation. Nearly wordless, Müller proceeds by analogy and synecdoche, gathering up precisely framed moments within the home and collecting them as evidence.


14.September 09

17:00 c.t.

Geschlechtlichkeit elektronischer Musik? - über die Anfänge elektronischer Musik in Europa und den USA

öffentliches Seminar des DoktorandInnenkolloquiums der Musikhochschule Köln

In der 50jährigen Geschichte des weltweit einflussreichsten Studios für Elektronische Musik des WDR in Köln hat nicht eine einzige Frau eine elektronische Musik gemacht. Diese unsägliche Einseitigkeit hat mich zu der Suche nach Frauen in der Geschichte der elektronischen Musik veranlasst. Im Seminar möchte ich die europäischen und US-amerikanischen Orte, an denen ich Frauen in der Männerwelt elektronischen Musikschaffens aufgefunden habe, vorstellen sowie die Musiken dieser dort Vorgefundenen. Ich möchte mit den SeminarteilnehmerInnen in den Photoalben der pionierhaften Studios elektronischer Musik blättern, dazu Musik anhören und Interviews ansehen, so dass ein erstes Bild entsteht. Was sind die Gründe für die deutliche männliche Vorrangstellung in Bezug auf elektronische Musik in den Anfängen dieses elektrifizierten Musikschaffens? Diese und andere Fragen werden im Seminar zu diskutieren sein.


12. Spetember 09

doors open 19:00
show starts 20:00


Sister Spit, the awesome lit/spoken word/performance troupe led by celebrated author Michelle Tea of 'Rent Girl' and 'Without a Net' fame is coming over to the UK and Europe this September with a whole new line-up of celebrated queer/grrrl artists, writers, zinesters and performers.

Michelle says: 'I write books, and host readings for other people who write books, to be listened to by people who like reading books. My last novel is called Rose of No Man's Land and is about a teenage genderqueer loner who gets mixed up with a speed freak mall rat and falls in love. Or something. My last anthology is called It's So You and it's full of essays by stylish people about how they came to look so great, such as Eileen Myles, Kim Gordon, Jenny Shimizu, Kate Bornstein, Ali Liebegott, Tara Jepsen, Beth Lisick and other modern role models. I run the Radar Reading + Salon series in San Francisco, and every so often pile a bunch of bitches in a van and set off across the country under the guise of Sister Spit: The Next Generation.'

...and the intro for their tour: 'Sister Spit: The Next Generation is hitting the road again, with a whole new all-girl lineup of zinesters, fashion plates, novelists, performance artists, slam poets and fancy scribblers. Inspired by the legendary Sister Spit Ramblin' Roadshow of the 90s, Sister Spit: The Next Generation is hauling a vanload of killer underground female talent across the USA and Europe and into your town. The latest gang hits the road soon, carrying on the tradition of rowdy, raucous literary adventure. Come and meet your new favorite performers'

The confirmed line-up for the UK/Euro tour is as follows:

Michelle Tea (
"The much beloved Michelle Tea is nothing if not prolific. Author of three memoirs, a book of poetry, editor of two anthologies and contributor to dozens has most recently collaborated on an illustrated novel, and has been working on both a screenplay and a science fiction novel. Her work is often brutally honest, both about growing up in impoverished Chelsea, Massachusetts, and in writing about her sexuality in a way that often gets her labeled "transgressive." She was awarded a Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction and was co-founder of the now legendary all-girl poetry roadshow Sister Spit" -

Cristy C Road (
CRISTY ROAD, author and illustrator of Indestructible and Bad Habits, about self-medication, punk rock, feminism, Cuban-American families and girl crushes! Iconic illustrator who has designed zine covers, graphic novels, album covers, logos and all kinds of memorable works in the punk rock sphere.

Rhiannon Argo (
RHIANNON ARGO, skater, future librarian, present novelist. Author of the queer tour-de-force The Creamsicle, which takes you into the lives of pill-popping, pole-dancing, heart-breaking, gender-fucking young queers as they try not to get evicted from their San Franciscan flophouses. Rhiannon will make you giggle and gasp with tales of squalor and splendor!

Kat Marie Yoas (Search her on myspace and facebook)
Kat Marie Yoas is a working class performer, writer and rascal about town. Catch her work in We Don't Need Another Wave.

Em Ledger (
Based in the UK, Em runs riot grrrl collective Lola and the Cartwheels and writes 'The World's A Mess and Yr My Only Cure' zine.

presented by LA MOUSTACHE
entrance: donation


9.-11. September 2009

11:00 - 18:00

Dance Camp 2009/addressing movement

Dance Camp 2009/addressing movement is a series of 9 short workshops run over three days, Sept 9, 10 & 11th
Addressing movement, as analysing tool, a tactical approach for dealing with the multi-difficulties of moving inside an urban environment and its flexible choreographies: We’ve invited 5 Berlin- based artists concerned with movement, performance or dance to run a workshop or movement segment.
So far our program covers a wide range of movement styles and theories including: Danceobics | body and structural awareness | life choreography | style imitation | dance floor mpressions | pastiche | and refusal.

Daily program, running from 11am to 6pm, includes:
3 workshops, warm-up session, space for discussion & a light lunch.
Workshop program available from next Thursday.
Registration (via email) is appreciated but not necessary.
Participants may join workshop segments individually, however
participation in the program as a whole is encouraged. Participation is open (no previous dance/movement knowledge required) and free of charge.

Curated by Hanna Bergfors, Lydia Hamann & Sarakaka.

contact: kakaonly1fromhere [at] gmail [dot] com

our concept brief:
Addressing Movement as analysing tool, a tactical approach for dealing with the multi-difficulties of moving inside an urban environment and its flexible choreographies.

In this workshop we’ll use movement, poses and dance deliberately, consciously and indulgently! integrating response, bodily work and languages to perform bodily translations of entangled moving, of new modes of working/collaborating, with an emphasis of working together,
development, discovery/enjoyment. The analysing everyday movement, the citations, using plagiarism, re-thinking and modes of palimpsest to (co)produce unpredictable and erratic exits.

3-day workshop (In rejection of the constant pressure to produce and perform) as starting point for a longer project? or maybe a dance troupe; a weekly meeting of non-professional life choreographers; a rebel aerobics class; or an interventionist bounce gang.


10.September 09

Doors open 20:00
films start 21:00


Finnish artist Nina Lassila is visiting us to present her beautiful work that is based on gender and feminist issues.

In my recent work I’ve been working with questions of identity – specifically identity affected by social barriers and conventions based on gender and upbringing. There is something provocative about a physical woman; even a loud laughter can provoke some people. There is a prevailing notion that a loud physical woman is somehow deranged, out of control. (Nina Lassila)

the programme:
Piiskaa! Beat it! 2005 1.13min
Girl 1 2007 1.15min
Ilona 2007 2.03min
Nainen Työssä / Woman at Work 1 2008 1.17min
Nainen Työssä / Woman at Work 2 2008 2.23min
Nainen Työssä / Woman at Work 3 2008 2.13min
The happy Birthday 2008 3.28min
Girl 2 2009 3.37min
Woman 2009 00.58min
Tele-Pets 2006 7.43min
Spiritual Guidance 2009 3.04min
Then What 2009 8.47min


8. September 09


Filmreihe zur Kritik der globalen Care Ökonomie

R: Tomer Heymann, Israel/Schweiz 2006
Nach Beginn der zweiten Intifada schloss Israel seine Grenzen für Arbeiter_innen aus den palästinensischen Gebieten, diese arbeiteten vorranging in der Care Ökonomie. Weiterhin auf Arbeiter_innen für diese Bereiche angewiesen, wurden Anreize zur Migration geschaffen. U.a. kamen phillippinische Transsexuelle. Sie pflegen orthodoxe jüdische Männer und einmal in der Woche treten sie als Drag-Queens in Tel Aviv auf.


03.September 09

Doors open 20:00
films start 21:00


a programme of 4 short/medium length films that all deal with the topic of HIV. We hope you can join us to watch the following rarities.
Kurt Raab's (who many might know as a long-year-collaborator of R.W. Fassbinder) requiem "Yearning for Sodom", a sad and intense piece, gives us an intimate insight over experiencing and dealing with an "AIDS outlaw status" in the 80's.
Canadian filmmaker Mike Hoolboom's first-person Super 8 films "Letters from Home" and "Passing on" approach HIV related questions in an amalgam of poetry and HIV positive activists' voices from the 80's and 90's.
Matthias Müller's "Pensão Globo" is based on Hoolboom's diary notes. A beautifully shot Super 8 fiction depicts a man's journey to Lisbon in order to die there. In double-exposed pictures we find the inner view of a person who doesn't see himself in the mirror anymore but the disease.

by Kurt Raab, Hanna Baethe, Hans Hirschmüller / 45 min / germany / 1989

by Mike Hoolboom / 14 min / canada / 1996

by Mike Hoolboom / 20 min / canada / 1997

by Matthias Müller / 15 min / germany / 1997


Donnerstag, 27.8.09
doors open 20:00
films start 21:00


London filmmaker and poet Julian Hand will come to visit us and present his poetic Super 8 films!
He also prepared a wonderful performance for us: Based on his archive of neon signs he filmed in London Julian wrote a long poem that he will recite while the the neon lettres are bashing against the screen.
His work revokes names like Derek Jarman and is a sensitive mix of a mesmerizing imagery and poetic preciseness in words.
The rest of the programme will feature some of my all-time-favourites and lead us from early found footage experiments over sound based collage film to more recent extraordinary examples of poetic first person film.
Filmmaker Per Olaf Schmidt will also be present.


by Bruce Conner, USA, 1958, 10min

by Arthur Lipsett, CAN, 1961, 7min

by Roger Beebe, USA, 2001, 10min

by Per Olaf Schmidt, GER, 2008, 1min30sec

by Bill Morrison, USA, 1992, 6min

by Julian Hand, UK, 2001, 40sec

by Juilan Hand, UK, 2002, 4min

by Julian Hand, UK, 2002, 3min

by Julian Hand, UK, 2003, 1min20sec

by Julian Hand, UK, 2006, 4min

by Julian Hand, UK, 2008, 4min

performance by Julian Hand, UK, 2009, 6min


Dienstag, 25.8.09
film starts 20:30

Filmreihe zur Kritik der globalen Care Ökonomie
Wer macht die gesellschaftliche Pflege- und Putzarbeit und zu welchem Preis? Die Filme in unserer Reihe thematisieren wie Arbeitsverhältnisse und Geschlechterverhältnisse im Kapitalismus der Gegenwart sich gegenseitig bedingen und verändern.

R: Janina Möbius D 2009
Drei Szenarios von Familie und Haushalten. In Mexico sind Kindermädchen bis heute fester Bestandteil der Mittelstands-Familie. Der Film zeigt, wie emotionale Bindungen, Lohnarbeit und Hierarchien am Arbeitsplatz Haushalt aufs engste miteinander verknüpft sind. Eine Produktion des Hebbel am Ufer Berlin im Rahmen des Festivals "Your Nannie Hates You", gefördert von der Kulturstiftung des Bundes.


Dienstag, 11.8.09
film starts 20:30

Filmreihe zur Kritik der globalen Care Ökonomie
Wer macht die gesellschaftliche Pflege- und Putzarbeit und zu welchem Preis? Die Filme in unserer Reihe thematisieren wie Arbeitsverhältnisse und Geschlechterverhältnisse im Kapitalismus der Gegenwart sich gegenseitig bedingen und verändern.

Unsichtbare Hausarbeiterinnen
R: FrauenLesbenFilmCollectifBerlin 1999
Fünf Frauen erzählen was es für sie jeweils bedeutet, in Deutschland ohne Papiere zu leben: die ständige Gefahr, abgeschoben zu werden; von ihrer Arbeit in Privathaushalten in extremer Abhängigkeit von den Arbeitgeber_innen aber auch von den Strategien, die sie entwickeln, um sich in dieser Situation zu behaupten.

Bei gutem Wetter grillen wir ab 19:30, oder nach dem Film

31 July 2009
21:00 h

A Night of Style Clashing Spandex Casiotonic Thrash Experimental Sportswear with
KNÖTARÖT (hollabrun/amsterdam/sydney)
electro-thrash messengers of an ancient tribe from the future and Urubugalihnas (Berlin/Amsterdam)
sweet acoustic dischordant, harmonic and melodic plus the rubber flexibilities, sychronistic sensibilities and rhythmic genious of
Fifi Bonlady (Melbourne/Berlin)
buffing the ponies (you) for the audio/visual dance frenzy of
DJs Dennis Rodman (Duneden/Berlin) & DJ Kaka (Sydney/ Berlin).
30 July 2009
20:00 h

short film screening

CORPO REALITIES curated by Alex Gerbaulet

Per Olaf Schmidt, DE 2005, 3 Min.
Upside down, the camera almost touching the lawn I was trying to come up with the motivation keeping a man endlessly brooming in front of the Bremen art museum. At the same time, I did not want to steal his image, although it seemed extraordinary. After the super8 film had run through the camera I simply asked him. "You have to be doing something", was his answer, lacking any motivation but the action itself. This video is my burning intent to establish a poetic order in the everyday occurance.

Alex Gerbaulet, DE 2009, 13 Min.
A life on the outskirts of Braunschweig between dream and reality, highway and front yard. „In Alex Gerbaulets films our geographies of home, become visible as closed institutions, which are based on exclusion. The artificial enclosures are also metaphors for our consciousness. They provide information about the personally and collectively repressed.“ (K.Sykora)

Chantal Akerman, BE 1968, 13 Min.
Chantal Akerman's first film prefigures the most progressive aspects of her later work. She plays a young woman who finds a new solution to the problem of housework. The whimsical nature of the story is rendered serious by the quality of the claustrophobic framing and the oblique camera angles.
She is a Belgian Jewish film director and artist. Her grand-parents and her mother were sent to Auschwitz, but only her mother came back. This is a very important factor in her personal experience and her mother's anxiety is a recurrent theme in her filmography. Renowned for a "hyperrealist" style, Akerman's work seeks to inscribe the "images between the images."

Gunter Deller, DE 2007, 7 Min.
High Noon in Athens: In the big heat stray dogs are sleeping in the shadow of the shopping malls. Sometimes their sleep is nervous. Poetic montage-film about urban life and the use of mobile communication.

Peter Weiss, Hans Nordenström, SE 1957, 19 Min.
Enligt Lag is the most dense and striking documentary film of Peter Weiss. The film portrays the life and daily routine of inmates in a youth prison in Uppsala: their work in the garden or in the metal workshop, the distribution of the meals, the walls of the cells full of pictures of naked women, the visit from the women of a charitable organization. In the middle of it, the watchmen that mechanically lock and unlock the doors. The agreement with the prison authorities to not show the faces of the inmates furthermore enhances the subjugation and deprivation of human dignity through punishment, as the inmates are turned into an anonymous mass in the film. Just at the beginning and at the end, in a metaphorical scene, one inmate stands out in his hopeless attempt to escape. Weiss and Nordenström's only commentary beyond the subtle montage of images and original sounds is placed at the very end in form of a quote by Henry Miller: "Justice without love is revenge."

Alex Gerbaulet, Mirko Winkel, Sebastian Neubauer, DE 2007, 14 Min.
The film deals with the political expression of tattooing by an example of a model project in the youth prison Neustrelitz/east-Germany, which allows young offenders, to cover up their unconstitutional symbols. It’s also about the tension between tattoos as an expression of the individual and as part of a language of power, which is also the power of pictures and access to the body.

Matthias Müller, DE 1989, 28 Min.
“In the various hand-processed treatments undertaken on its image, AUS DER FERNE – THE MEMO BOOK displays an emphatic tension between the aesthetic expression of ephemeral states, like dreamwork and memory, and the stark reminder of the film’s materiality. By emphasizing the materiality of the film, Müller sets up one of its most striking metaphors — the film as body.“ (Roger Hallas)


28 July 2009
20:30 h

neue filmreihe

Blaufrau: Filmreihe zur Kritik der globalen Care Ökonomie
Wer macht die gesellschaftliche Pflege- und Putzarbeit und zu welchem Preis? Die Filme in unserer Reihe thematisieren wie Arbeits-verhältnisse und Geschlechterverhältnisse im Kapitalismus der Gegenwart sich gegenseitig bedingen und verändern.

Wir starten mit
Other People's Children, R: Beth M. Botshon USA 2007
Tausende von meist migrantischen Frauen in New York arbeiten als Nannies. In den USA bilden sie eine unsichtbare, aber wichtige Stütze weißer Mittelschichtsfamilien, wie der Wirtschaft. Beth M. Botshon begleitet drei Nannies durch ihren Alltag zwischen Sorge um ihre Schützlinge, Ausbeutung durch die Arbeitgeber_innen und Sehnsucht nach den eigenen Kindern.


5 July 2009

Residenzpflicht - Invisible Borders


2 July 2009

information event

Informationsabend im Rahmen der Kampagne gegen die Residenzpflicht, die gemeinsam mit den Flüchtlingsräten Brandenburg und Berlin veranstaltet wird.
Es wird u.a. die Sozialwissenschaftlerin Beate Selders, basierend auf ihrem Report ›Keine Bewegung! Die Residenzpflicht für Flüchtlinge — Bestandsaufnahme und Kritik‹, über die Entstehungsgeschichte der Residenzpflicht, über Behördenpraxis, Polizeikontrollen, Strafen und die Verhandlungen vor dem Bundesverfassungsgericht und dem Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte informieren.
Vertreter der FIB (Flüchtlingsinitiative Brandenburg) berichten über ihre Erfahrungen eines Lebens in "parzellierten Räumen". Breiten Raum wird die Diskussion über Interventionsmöglichkeiten einnehmen.

Mehr Informationen zum Report auf der Webseite des Flüchtlingsrats Brandenburg, Link zur Webseite des Flüchtlingsrats Berlin, Link zur Webseite der FIB


30 June 2009

information event

Informationsveranstaltung zum Gutscheinsystem in Hennigsdorf mit u.r.i.(United against Racism and Isolation) und zu den monatlich stattfindenden antirassistischen Einkäufen.

Mehr Information / More information:

medibüro Berlin
Krank und ohne Papiere?!
Das Büro für medizinische Flüchtlingshilfe ( berichtet über die medizinische Versorgung illegalisierter Flüchtlinge und Migranten_innen in Berlin und lädt zur Diskussion ein. Weshalb sind Menschen ohne Papiere von der Gesundheitsversorgung ausgeschlossen?
Welche praktischen und politischen Antworten gibt es darauf?
Das Medibüro existiert seit 1996 als selbst-organisiertes,
nicht-staatliches Projekt und vermittelt Menschen ohne Aufenthaltsstatus und ohne Krankenversicherung eine anonyme und kostenlose Behandlung durch medizinisches Fachpersonal. In der politischen Arbeit strebt das Medibüro seine Selbstauflösung an.

Sick and without papers?!
The office for medical assistance for refugees (Buero fuer medizinische Fluechtlingshilfe, reports on the medical supply for undocumented refugees and migrants in Berlin and invites to discussions.
Why are undocumented migrants exculded from the regular health system? What practical and political responses are there?
The Medibüro exists since 1996 as a self-organised and non-governmental organisation and arranges treatments provided by qualified health care professionals for people without residence permit status and without health insurance - anonymous and free of charge. The aim of the political action of the Medibüro is its own liquidation.


26 June 2009

project presentation
film screening

Thomas Kilpper introduces his project ›A Lighthouse for Lampedusa!‹
Afterwards film screening ›Tod auf hoher See — Warum Flüchtlinge sterben‹ and discussion with Enrico Montalbano

›A Lighthouse for Lampedusa!‹
Jahr für Jahr versuchen etwa 20 000 zumeist afrikanische Migranten über die italienische Insel Lampedusa nach Europa zu kommen. 2008 stieg die Zahl laut italienischem Innenministerium sogar auf über 35 000. Tausende ertrinken - Hilfsorganisationen schätzen, dass annähernd jeder Zehnte bei der gefährlichen Überfahrt stirbt. In Zusammenarbeit mit Architekten, Ingenieuren und Ortsansässigen will Thomas Kilpper auf Lampedusa einen Leuchtturm mit angegliedertem Kulturzentrum errichten.
Ein Leuchtturm mit einem maximalen Lichtstrahl könnte entscheidende Orientierung auf See geben und Lebensgefahr verringern. Er signalisiert den Flüchtlingen auch: „Hier sind wir, wir verstecken uns nicht.“ Für die Menschen auf Lampedusa soll der Turm Raum bieten für Begegnungen und Gespräche, Ausstellungen, Konzerte und andere kulturelle Veranstaltungen.
More information:

›Tod auf hoher See — Warum Flüchtlinge sterben‹ (Dokumentarfilm, D/It 2008, 35 Minuten, von Martin Hilbert, Angela Huemer und Enrico Montalbano). Im Anschluss an den Film diskutieren wir mit Enrico Montalbano.


25 June
ab/from 16:00

film loop
audio theatre

16:00 Barbecue in front of the exhibition
18:00 and 19:00 film loop:›Forst‹ and ›Revolutionärinnen des Alltags‹
CD-presentation ›Nur Freiheit‹ by The Most Wanted and Vickson
20:00 audio theatre ›Im Ausland wie Glas‹ by TAD (Theater Arbeit Duisburg)

›Forst‹ ist ein Portrait. Der Dokumentarfilm erzählt von einem Wald, der inmitten Europas jenseits von Urbanität und Zivilisation eine eigenartige Gemeinschaft von Verbannten beherbergt – eine gestrandete Welt. Eine diffuse aber doch totale Kontrolle sorgt sich darum, dass sie nicht hervordrängt, dass sie nicht in unserer Wirklichkeit auftaucht und dort ihr Unwesen treibt. In Forst verkünden die Verbannten ihre eigene Wahrheit und erzählen die Geschichte ihrer Emanzipation. Denn langsam entsinnen sie sich ihrer Identität als politische Flüchtlinge und beginnen Befreiungspläne zu schmieden... Der auf 16mm-S/W-Material gedrehte Film ist in Zusammenarbeit mit den Flüchtlingen entstanden, die sich großteils selbst spielen. Mittels montierter Interviewpassagen erzählen sie die Geschichte ihrer Ohnmacht und ihrer Ermächtigung.
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Danach zeigen wir eine fünfmitünige Szene aus der Filmdokumentation von ›Revolutionärinnen des Alltags‹, einem 2007 realisierten Theaterprojekt von Maike Lex und Konstanze Schmitt, in dem Sherifa ihre Geschichte als Flüchtling in Deutschland erzählt.

CD-Presentation: Nur Freiheit. In Deutschland, Frankreich und anderen europäischen Ländern erleben MigrantInnen die gleiche Situation: Ausgrenzung, Diskriminierung, Kriminalisierung gehören zu ihrem Alltag. Die Situation von Flüchtlingen ist noch dramatischer, da ihnen jegliche Perspektive auf ein menschenwürdiges Leben verschlossen bleibt. Mit dieser CD brechen Flüchtlinge das Schweigen und tragen ihre eigenen Erfahrungen an die Öffentlichkeit. ›Nur Freiheit‹ von ›The Most Wanted and Vickson‹ heißt die aktuell erschienene CD mit acht Songs. Themen dieser CD sind u.a. die Residenzpflicht, das Schicksal von in Flüchtlingsheimen geborenen Kindern, rassistische Übergriffe und Fragen der Integration.
Die Flüchtlingsinitiative Berlin/Brandenburg (FIB) will mit dieser CD ein hörbares Zeichen setzen, dass Flüchtlinge sich nicht länger in den Schatten der Gesellschaft drängen lassen. Wir senden damit unsere Botschaft gegen Rassismus und kämpfen weiter für die Verbesserung unserer Lebensbedingungen.


23 June

film screening

›Rien ne vaut que la vie,mais la vie même vaut rien‹
D 2002/2003, Regie: Moise Merlin Mabouna und Brigitta Kuster

anschließend Diskussion mit Moise Merlin Mabouna

Der Film ›Rien ne vaut que la vie, mais la vie même vaut rien‹ (übersetzt: ›Das Leben ist nichts, aber nichts ist wie das Leben ‹, schildert das Leben in einer Flüchtlingsunterkunft bei Zerbst in Sachsen Anhalt. Im Anschluss an den Film diskutieren wir mit Moise Merlin Mabouna.


18 June 2009 -
5 July 2009

ausstellung | exhibition
Residenzpflicht - Invisible Borders


Für Flüchtlinge im Asylverfahren oder mit Status der Duldung existieren in Deutschland an alltäglichen Orten unsichtbare Grenzen. Sie dürfen sich z.B. aufgrund der sogenannten "Residenzpflicht" nur innerhalb eines ihnen zugewiesenen Bereiches bewegen. Gleichzeitig werden sie verpflichtet, in Flüchtlingsheimen und -lagern oft am Rande oder außerhalb von Siedlungsgebieten zu wohnen.
Gutscheinsysteme statt Bargeldleistungen, aber auch Personenkontrollen von als "fremd" wahrgenommenen Menschen an Bahnhöfen und in Zügen führen zur Markierung von Flüchtlingen und tragen zur gesellschaftlichen Isolation bei.
Die Ausstellung ›Residenzpflicht — Invisible Borders‹ dokumentiert anhand von Modellen, Plänen, Texten, Fotografien und einem kurzen Film die dabei produzierte Geografie mehrfacher Einsperrung und Ausgrenzung, die durch sie verursachte Raumwahrnehmung aber auch Strategien des Widerstands.

Die Ausstellung ist geöffnet vom 18. Juni bis 5. Juli 2009.
Montags bis Freitags 14 - 20 Uhr, samstags und sonntags 12 - 20 Uhr

Refugees, while they are either in the asylum process or live in Germany with a so-called 'Duldung', are facing invisible borders in their everyday life. For example they are only allowed to move within a certain area due to the 'Residenzpflicht' ('duty of residence'). At the same time they are forced to live in refugee homes or camps, that are often at the edge or outside of regular settlement areas.
Voucher systems instead of cash benefits, but also police controls in train stations and trains targeting people who look 'foreign', stigmatise refugees and intensify their social isolation. Utilising models, plans, texts, photographs and a short film the exhibition ›Residenzpflicht — Invisible Borders‹ documents the resulting geography of multiple inclusion and exclusion, its impact on the perception of space, but also strategies of resistance.

The Exhibition is open from 18 June until 5 July 2009.
Weekdays 14h - 20h, Saturdays and Sundays 12h - 20h


11 June 2009

Door: 20:00
Films: 21:00


film screening
short queer films by wayne yung (who was present)

Wayne Yung is a writer, performer and video artist who explores issues of race and identity from a queer Chinese-Canadian perspective. Moving from Vancouver to Berlin in 2001, he then spent six years in Hamburg and Cologne, before recently moving back to Berlin.


Peter Fucking Wayne Fucking Peter
Canada 1994
4:31 | English with German subtitles
A queer love letter using poetry and sexual imagery to describe the romantic tensions caused by differences in age, race, and HIV status.

Lotus Sisters
Canada 1996
4:59 | English
Two young gay Asians banter about the West Coast queer asian experience.

Search Engine
Canada 1999
4:09 | English with German subtitles
A gay asian uses technology to remember boyfriends past, in the search for boyfriends future.

Davie Street Blues
Canada 1999
12:35 | Cantonese with English subtitles
After his boyfriend leaves, a young man is lost in nostalgia and depression, until a mute streetkid tries to distract him from his melancholy. A moody and romantic homage to the film noir of Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai.

Field Guide to Western Wildflowers
Canada 2000
5:33 | English with German subtitles
The first Asian kiss: fantasizing about it, talking about it, doing it.

My Heart the Travel Agent
Canada/Germany 2002
1:30 | English
A dream about subways and foreign boyfriends, part of My Heart Series III.

My German Boyfriend
Canada/Germany 2004
18:29 | English & German with German & English subtitles
A gay Chinese-Canadian encounters ethnic stereotypes as he seeks his ideal boyfriend in Berlin.

Miss Popularity
Germany 2006
6:20 | English & German with English subtitles
A gay man uses archival footage to describe how he juggles the demands of multiple relationships.

TOTAL: 58 minutes

4 June 2009

Door: 20:00
Films: 21:00

film screening

This week we focused on Finish artist Nina Lassila's work who will come to the Raumerweiterungshalle for a full retrospective later this year. For now we watched two of her filmsinstallation loops - Beat It! and Girl - together with a series of films by artists such as Maya Deren, Martha Rosler, Corinna Schnitt, Helke Sander, Matthias Müller and Jesper Just. All of them reflect on gender roles from different angles while still touching other topics.

In my recent work I’ve been working with questions of identity – specifically identity affected by social barriers and conventions based on gender and upbringing. There is something provocative about a physical woman; even a loud laughter can provoke some people. There is a prevailing notion that a loud physical woman is somehow deranged, out of control. (Nina Lassila)


GIRL by Nina Lassila
1.15 min - 2007 - Sweden
A girl lying on the living room carpet.

PIISKAA!BEAT IT! by Nina Lassila
1.13 min - 2005 - Finland
In Piiskaa! Beat it! we see a woman cleaning a carpet. Though clearly she is beating the carpet she angry and why

AT LAND by Maya Deren
15 min - 1944 - USA
In this film Deren is a creature from the sea crawling into cramped, claustrophobic society, her mermaid-out-of-water slithering among well-dressed city types going about their business, looking through her nymph-self without noticing. As in a spooky nightmare.

13 min - 1986 - Germany
The film reverses the idea of gluttony, namely the compulsion to feed. In Sander's reinterpretation of the biblical Fall of Man Eva chases Adam.

6 min - 1975 - USA
From A to Z, Rosler shows and tells the ingredients of the housewife's day, giving us a tour that names and mimics the ordinary with movements more samurai than suburban.

HOME STORIES by Matthias Müller
6 min - 1991 - Germany
She screams. She falls silent. The expectation of terror makes her terror. But what she faces is nothing but the observer's view. She is the observed. Cliches of melodrama unite into a drama of stereotypes. The brillian montage of cases in point reveals the mechanism of voyeurism in film.

8 min - 1999 - Germany
The film focuses on rituals of middle-class existence. A young woman stands on the balcony of her flat and shakes out a sweater for several minutes. Schnitt uses the audio track to comment on the woman's somewhat neurotic behaviour.

10 min - 2007 - Denmark
Jesper Just seeks to emphasise the absurdity of gender roles and the way in which cultures generate them. He presents charged relationships that could be perceived as anormal and endows them with beauty and dignity


29 May 2009

starts 20:00
concert 21:00

with barbecue in our new garden, djs and vjs, live acts and performances and lots of surprises

re-opening party raumerweiterungshalle

20:00 garden chill-out with tasty barbecue (vegetarian/carnivore)

22:00 LIVE

dj*n Wiebke
dj Heinz Schnauze

dj*n Orange Sunshine
dj Wild Oscar

(new wave euro pop hip hop)

plus: punchy punch


28 May 2009

Door: 20:00
Films: 21:00

film screening

13 minutes - denmark 1967
This film shows a man and a woman, both labelled 'the perfect human' in a detached manner, functioning in a white boundless room, as though they were subjects in a zoo.

FEST DER LIEBE by Tom Weller
8 minutes - germany 2005
"Fest der Liebe" is a provicative copy of Leni Riefenstahl's "Fest der Schönheit". Is there an eros beyond normativity?

BOYZ LIKE US by Tom Weller
15 minutes - germany 2007
From a queer point of view "Boyz like Us" depicts the concept of performative identity in military structures. Inevitably its protagonist gets caught up in gender trouble.

8 minutes - denmark 2004
"Bliss and Heaven" draws on the visual language and high production values of cinema, to depict a charged encounter between two men.

REPRODUKTION by Vika Kirchenbauer
10 minutes - germany 2008
Society carries fear-driven values and conventions from one generation to the next and the most essential question seems to be: a boy or a girl?

MAIKÄFER by Tom Weller
3 minute loop - germany 2008
An intense and sensitive installation piece on the process of a voice changing.

25 April 2009

new halle

Die Halle ist sicher auf ihrem neuen Stellplatz gelandet!
Einen riesigen Dank an alle Helfer_innen!

The Halle landed safely on her new place!
Thanks again to all helpers!