B.A.L.L. – Program

B.A.L.L. – Bundesweites Artist Labor der Labore
at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele
14. and 15. October 2022

The Fonds Darstellende Künste is offering an invitation to a federal 360° overview onto independently produced art with a two-day, open and performative dialogue format. Crises are layered on top of each other like tectonic plates, and art is serving as a seismograph, earthquake and rescue squad. What conclusions can be drawn from this? What moves the independent performing arts in and after crises? How have work methods changed; which reasonable changes remain to be made? Which changes in content and aesthetics seem to be occurring and can be expected? Can consequences regarding the audience be specified?

30 artist laboratories, which researched and shaped results throughout all genres throughout the republic during the summer, join under the patronship of the State Minister of Culture Claudia Roth. In a participative exhibition set up, the artists and laboratories are asking themselves about the future of the independent performing arts in changing times. In parallel developing laboratory situations, we will discuss new work methods, pose the question of the audience in a new way and shape change – not just in the arts. As open spaces, talks, films, keynotes, experiments, work circles, making zines, crossover meetings, drinks and impulses.

Friday, 14. OCTOBER 2022

12:00 am – 2:00 pm
First hello! [lower Foyer]
Registration + info
Enjoy your arrival, meet the laboratory members and participants. Here you will receive all the information for the event and have the opportunity to confirm, change or add to your registration.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Start + construction – First view into the laboratories DIY [upper foyer]
A laboratory of labs starts the same way a lab should start: with a common overview of the parts and a common creation of a suitable work context. This is what we want to do! The artist and stage designer Philine Rinnert has made an interactive inventory available to us that is founded on the contents, manifestos and suggestions and serves as a reference for discussion. Which subjects belong together? What is created, where? Can you keep it short? Let’s get active together so we can be active.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Opening [main stage] [DE/ENG, DGS] [stream]

  • Welcome: State Minister of Culture Claudia Roth, Matthias Pees (Berliner Festspiele) and Holger Bergmann (Fonds Darstellende Künste)
  • Impulse by Dr. Sibylle Peters – Das Recht auf Forschen and Ogutu Muraya – On decomposition and the allegory of lions and goats

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Pause + meeting in the laboratory situations

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Laboratory Situation I: Work methods or how we want to produce
Parallel experiments, discussions and panels: The B.A.L.L. is not just a conference or platform for exchange, but above all also a work meeting. Over the course of two days, the entire plenum will be divided three times into 2 – 3-hour laboratory situations that operate in parallel. The subjects are transformed work methods, art in a time of change and audiences.

BEIM GELD FÄNGT ES AN // IT STARTS WITH MONEY – laboratory by Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft [rehearsal studio] | DE
In their TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN, which they have been rehearsing since 2019, Antje Pfundtner and Anne Kersting have collected a great number of questions and speculations on the issues of sharing money and its redistribution. For that last year now, with the fund they have founded with numerous other artists, they have been researching what work methods and intentions to share purpose-defined money this fund creates. How does it then inspire us, when it doesn’t just belong to one artist? Which alternative currencies become relevant when the money is (re-)distributed?
Especially for the B.A.L.L., Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft is opening a laboratory situation in which it will take distribution literally: What happens if a group of people shares the questions about the future of cultural funding for two hours and then disperses.

DANCING ABOUT LABORS– laboratory by Gob Squad [Universität der Künste] | ENG
According to the German/British performance collective Gob Squad, certain contexts, dynamics and commitments can only be cleared on the dancefloor. For this reason, they are inviting everyone to the laboratory situation to dance about labs and collective work: as ritual access, as a shaking cure, as group therapy, as a prop made of props. Only in movement can the form and content of artist labs come together. Let‘s turn off our minds and let bodies talk. Or perhaps it’s more about exploring it in this experiment. Two, three, four – – and…
// No previous experience or dance education necessary – quite the contrary! //

URBANE AUFSTELLUNG // URBAN PLACEMENT – laboratory by Philine Velhagen [outside] | DE
An applied stock-taking via Bluetooth headphones: How are we doing? Where have we landed? Where do we want to go? What do we want to share and what do we want to keep to ourselves? Who understands us, who doesn’t?
Under direction, this outside laboratory explores positioning and professing the coordinates of approaching and distancing at an urban place close to the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. In the process, everyone meets everyone and everything: the instructor, the city and the soundtrack of the coming dusk.
// Weatherproof clothing advisable //

AUF TUCHFÜHLUNG // UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL – discussion laboratories by either or
Liz Rech (BEYOND RE/PRODUCTION) | DE
Josa Kölbel (Berlin Circus Festival) | DE
Matan Zamir and Gal Naor (The progressive wave) | ENG
Joana Tischkau | DE
In a total of five work circles, artists, stakeholders and activists of the independent performing arts who would like to enter into a concrete exchange with their colleagues join together. Inspired by a shared thought, discovered lab ideas, carried by an initiative that should be continued or founding impulses that should be sown, they enter into a discussion-based exchange in a small group.
Negotiating and rededicating processes of artistic and collective work methods are the focus here.
[upper foyer, side stage]

ANSTÖSSE + GESPRÄCHE // INSPIRATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS – hybrid laboratory stage with Monika Gintersdorfer (La Fleur, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen), Ben J. Riepe (Freiraum), Caspar Weimann (onlinetheater. live), Wilma Renfordt (Impulse Theater Festival), Sahar Rahimi and Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll)
Moderation: N.N.
Live and in color, the discourses and inspirations around working in the performing arts and the urgent questions about the future disperse from the streaming+stage at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele direct and undisguised for posterity or parallel universes. This laboratory situation’s format is based on a mini-conference and is just brimming with frontal contents. The things that are spread and get out of hand in the other situations are condensed here in the form of impulses, interviews and short panel discussions.
At the beginning, the representatives of this round will primarily examine the production methods between the continents and media. What free spaces open up? Which spaces disappear if we don’t know how to stop that from happening?
[streaming stage] | DE/ENG, German sign language

ZU PAPIER // ON PAPER – collective zine workshop hosted by Hannah Müller and Max Gadow
The common continued writing of thought thoughts and noted notes, written texts and found images has many names: zine-making, hobby hour, making collages. In this laboratory situation, the hosts Hannah Müller and Max Gadow bring together all these forms and give you the opportunity to ventilate your experiences, what has been presented to you or labored through as a collectively produced brochure. To be newly written and sent back to the B.A.L.L.
What do we want to emphasize, to rewrite, to think further? At the same time, you are invited to bring your notes, lab texts or other scratch paper to make them available for further work/recycling/publication in the sense of sustainability.
[lower stage] | DE/ENG

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mobile Akademie / License Nr. 11.
Market for useful knowledge and non-knowledge.
The End of Repetition [main stage] | DE/numerous languages, German sign language [stream]
admission from 6:30 pm
Unconditional belief in progress, expansion and extraction are no contradiction to an incessant repetition of the same. Is it possible to interrupt endless repetition, to act differently, remember differently, live together differently?
In an arena, clocked in the rhythm of administrative time, 100 experts from the fields of art, activism, theory and different daily lives of work present their expertises for and against the repetitive. Which routines will finally be ended, re-valued or newly practiced? Is everything already there, and are we just repeating the wrong things?
The “Market for useful knowledge and non-knowledge” is simultaneously a place for knowledge transferal, an archive and reading room, market and advice center. Book 30-minute individual talks for one Euro or access the conversations via headphones.

throughout the day
FROM THE ARTIST LABS – film documentaries
When 30 artist labs with many participants work on artistic practices and innovative positions over the course of weeks, an immense archive is created with new thought patterns that need to be erased and newly learned. The Mediafoyer brings together collected practice knowledge and delivers a self-determined insight into the republic, genres and emphases that are being set.
[Mediafoyer]

Saturday, 15. October 2022

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Opening [main stage] [DE/ENG, DGS] [Stream]

  • Impulse by Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst –  Art – In praise of the lab in difficult times  and Dr. Jörg Albrecht – Es hurt nicht auf

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Pause + meeting in the laboratory situations

11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Laboratory Situation II: The public or for whom do we do all of this
Parallel experiments, discussions and panels: The B.A.L.L. program is not just a conference or platform for exchange, but above all also a work meeting. Over the course of two days, the entire plenum will be divided three times into 2 – 3-hour laboratory situations that operate in parallel. The subjects are transformed work methods, art in a time of change and audiences.

AUF DIE PLÄTZE, FERTIG, ZUSAMMENARBEIT // ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, COOPERATE – laboratory by i can be your translator
On the basis of an inclusive basic attitude, the artists from i can be your translator have been researching new forms of collective cooperation and its artistic realization for approximately the last 10 years. In this informative and simultaneously performative laboratory, they will first share their approach and then at the end invite the participants to develop and test strategies with them for collective and self-determined work. Freely according to the motto: we do everything that happens to get in our way. This mental work quickly moves into our legs and from there into our entire bodies.
[rehearsal stage] | DE

WIR MÜSSEN DRAUSSEN REDEN // WE HAVE TO TALK OUTSIDE – laboratory by Anna Kpok
The collective art producer Anna Kpok from Bochum has been working for over a decade on performative formats of gaming in the context of interaction with audiences. For the B.A.L.L., she is inviting those of you who are open to contact to enter into encounters with people outside of the lab bubble and let yourself be inspired by them. In addition, various digitally supported, experimental methods will be implemented in which urban space, image-based imaginative power and playful conversational situations will all be connected.
// Feel free to bring your charged smartphones and get ready for the so-called outside //
[outside] | DE/ENG

DER GÖTTERBAUM MUSS WEG! // THE GOD TREE MUST GO! – laboratory by Club Real
Everyone is talking about natural laws. But corona viruses, bed bugs and god trees are a part of urban nature. On a tour through the surroundings of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele (including the parking garage), in the lab on agency and resistance we will meet controversial living beings in their habitats and work on an apology of the undesirable.
// weatherproof clothing advisable // [outside] | DE/ENG

DENKMAL FÜR EINEN SAMSTAG VORMITTAG // MONUMENT FOR A SATURDAY MORNING – laboratory by Ligna auf aporee.org
To begin to understand the depth and expanse of the audience phenomenon in this laboratory situation, Torsten Michaelsen from LIGNA is inviting participants to an applied study of historic preservation. Together with the urban media artist, we will explore people in public space and allow them and their movement habits to become performative sculptures. This laboratory researches the movement material on the Ku’damm, starts an audio map and thus creates instructions for action for posterity or for those who are connected in parallel. Where do they walk – the observers from tomorrow? Examined and immortalized by today’s lab workers.
// A charged phone with a dictation function would be helpful. So would weatherproof clothing. //[outside] | DE/ENG

AUF TUCHFÜHLUNG // UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL – discussion laboratories by either or
Ela Kagel (SUPERMARKT, GameChanger) | DE
Cilgia Gadola (Systemcheck, BFDK) | DE
Dan Thy Nguyen (Studio Marshmallow) | DE
Hannah Biedermann (pulk fiktion) | DE [upper foyer, side stage]

Artists, stakeholders and activists from the independent performing arts who would like to enter into a concrete exchange with their colleagues will join in these four work circles. Inspired by a shared thought, found lab ideas, carried by an initiative that is meant to be expanded or founding impulses that should be planted – they will enter into a discussion-based exchange in small groups.

Questions about access to society and diverse forms of societies will be the focus here.

ANSTÖSSE + GESPRÄCHE // INSPIRATIONS + CONVERSATIONS – hybrid laboratory stage by Ilia Papatheodorou (She She Pop), Aenne Quiñones (HAU Hebbel am Ufer), Marijke Hoogenboom (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste), Luise Meier, Herbordt/Mohren und Yunus Can Ersoy (Maxim Gorki Theater), Moderation: Fatima Çalışkan
Live and in color, the discourses and inspirations around working in the performing arts and the urgent questions about the future disperse from the streaming+stage at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele direct and undisguised for posterity or parallel universes. This laboratory situation’s format is based on a mini-conference and is just brimming with frontal contents. The things that are spread and get out of hand in the other situations are condensed here in the form of impulses, interviews and short panel discussions.
This time it’s more about the opening for new audiences and the confrontation with social questions concerning co-determination and participation in times defined by crises.

[streaming stage] [DE/ENG, German sign language] [stream]

ZU PAPIER // ON PAPER – collective zine workshop
hosted by Hannah Müller and Max Gadow
The common continued writing of thought thoughts and noted notes, written texts and found images has many names: zine-making, hobby hour, making collages. In this laboratory situation, the hosts Hannah Müller and Max Gadow bring together all these forms and give you’re the opportunity to ventilate your experiences, what has been presented to you or labored through as a collectively produced brochure. To be newly written and sent back to the B.A.L.L.
What do we want to emphasize, to rewrite, to think further? At the same time, you are invited to bring your notes, lab texts or other scratch paper to make them available for further work/recycling/publication in the sense of sustainability.
[lower stage] | DE/ENG, DGS

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Lunch + pause

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Laboratory Situation III: Art in change or how things should continue
Parallel experiments, discussions and panels: The B.A.L.L. program is not just a conference or platform for exchange, but above all also a work meeting. Over the course of two days, the entire plenum will be divided three times into 2 – 3-hour laboratory situations that operate in parallel. The subjects are transformed work methods, art in a time of change and audiences.

WHAT ABOUT SENSES? – laboratory by Ben J. Riepe & Team
For the second time, the Ben J. Riepe Team realized „What about the Senses? – School of Experience” as a knowledge transfer format that was dedicated to the virulent questions about the reality and relevance or our physical live experiences. In the eponymous workshop, Ben J. Riepe and two performers from his team trace the practices and experiences from the “School of Experience” and focus on breathing and the possibility to have an effect on the body and consciousness with it. In simple but highly effective breathing techniques and intense impressions of light, sound or fog, the channels of both sensual and cognitive perception will be opened and balanced so that an increased permeability of your own reception on both levels can be made possible.
// Previous experience is not necessary; comfortable clothing is recommended. //
[rehearsal stage] | DE/ENG

PROTESTLABOR // PROTEST LAB – laboratory by Progranauten
Grumpy Bear from the Care Bears will not miss this meeting of the independent performing arts to give B.A.L.L. the tools it needs to give this assembly political clout. Grumpy and his (band) colleagues will open the lab “How to Demoplakate” with you and study a 1A protest song. May politics and the public take care of art and its protagonists. Who cares?!
[low garage] | DE

AUF TUCHFÜHLUNG // UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL – discussion laboratory with either or
Julia*n Meding (Dissolving Our Market Value) | DE
Philine Rinnert (Studio Ukraine) | DE
Mable Preach (Lukulule) |DE
Kevin Rittberger (Gruppe Neues Theater (AT)) | DE
Barbara Santos (Theatre of the Oppressed) | ENG
Adele*Mike Dittrich Frydetzki & Lara Chahal (ISaT) |DE

Artists, stakeholders and activists from the independent performing arts who would like to enter into a concrete exchange with their colleagues will join in these five work circles. Inspired by a shared thought, found lab ideas, carried by an initiative that is meant to be expanded or founding impulses that should be planted – they will enter into a discussion-based exchange in small groups.

The symbiosis of agendas of political change and structural hierarchies as well as how these can be balanced will be the focus here.

[upper foyer, side stage]

ANSTÖSSE + GESPRÄCHE // INSPIRATIONS AND CONVERSATIONS – hybrid laboratory stage with Franziska Werner (Sophiensӕle), Heinrich Horwitz, Oliver Roth (Labor Theater HORA), Beate Baron (Zeitgenössisches Musiktheater Berlin) and Philippe Bischof (Pro Helvetia) among others
Moderation: Frauke Meyer
Live and in color, the discourses and inspirations around working in the performing arts and the urgent questions about the future disperse from the streaming+stage at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele direct and undisguised for posterity or parallel universes. This laboratory situation’s format is based on a mini-conference and is just brimming with frontal contents. The things that are spread and get out of hand in the other situations are condensed here in the form of impulses, interviews and short panel discussions.
Especially the representatives of institutions and initiatives will have a voice in the round who have introduced or are still introducing change to their infrastructures.

[streaming stage] | DE/ENG, German sign language] [stream]

ZU PAPIER // ON PAPER – collective zine workshop
hosted by Hannah Müller and Max Gadow
The common continued writing of thought thoughts and noted notes, written texts and found images has many names: zine-making, hobby hour, making collages. In this laboratory situation, the hosts Hannah Müller and Max Gadow bring together all these forms and give you’re the opportunity to ventilate your experiences, what has been presented to you or labored through as a collectively produced brochure. To be newly written and sent back to the B.A.L.L.
What do we want to emphasize, to rewrite, to think further? At the same time, you are invited to bring your notes, lab texts or other scratch paper to make them available for further work/recycling/publication in the sense of sustainability.
[lower stage] | DE/ENG

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pause + snack

6:00 pm – 6:50 pm
Film preview: Dennoch – zur Lage in den Freien Künsten [main stage] [stream]| DE/ENG, German sign language
The documentary “Dennoch – zur Lage der Freien Künste (AT)” reflects current challenges and transformations in the contemporary independent performing arts and simultaneously shows their special qualities as well as their national relevance. The cinematic evaluation of the federal artist labs becomes a document of the artists’ social, political and artistic issues, the associated production venues as well as the support programs designed and realized by the Fonds Darstellende Künste in the context of NEUSTART KULTUR.

6:50 pm – 8:00 pm
The market will not manage this [main stage] [stream] | DE/ENG, DGS

Impulse by Dr. Andreas Görgen (Ministry Director BKM) and Panel discussion with: Dr. Andreas Görgen (BKM), Helge Lindh MdB (SPD), Anikó Glogowski-Merten MdB (FDP), Erhard Grundl (MdB kulturpolitischer Sprecher Bündnis 90 /Die Grünen), Moderation: Janis El-Bira (nachtkritik)

“The market will not manage this” offers the opportunity to move from artistic practice to the practice of cultural politics.
If contemporary art shapes new forms, issues and practices in a future society, then what kind of cultural politics do we need now? Can we understand the federal landscape of the independent performing arts as a large decentral cultural institution of national relevance that, in a time of overlapping crises, requires substantial and sustainable commitment on the part of federal politics?
This and other questions will be discussed by representatives of the governing parties and the head of office of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, moderated by the cultural journalist Janis El-Bira.

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come Together with free champagne + music [stream] | DE/ENG, German sign language 

For the first time, federally active protagonists are joining together as hosts: The Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste, Netzwerk Freier Theater, flausen+bundesnetzwerk and the Fonds Darstellende Künste are all inviting politicians, cultural professionals and artists to a reception for cultural policy and to talks about the future of the independent performing arts.

In a musical set-up by Parisa Madani // PSORIASIS aka B1txx3$k?llah* fka The Persian Princis of the Gorgeous House of Gucci and the Iconic HOF Kiki House of Juicy Couture Muva Bubu Pillow Talk Say Ha Name residence of resistence: PARIYESTAN

throughout the day
FROM THE ARTIST LABS – film documentaries [Mediafoyer]
When 30 artist labs with many participants work on artistic practices and innovative positions over the course of weeks, an immense archive is created with new thought patterns that need to be erased and newly learned. The Mediafoyer brings together the collected practice knowledge and delivers a self-determined insight into the republic, genres and emphases that are being set.

Barrier-free / Accessibility
The entire program, including evening events, will take place in architecturally accessible spaces or in the urban space. Excluded: events at the Universität der Künste.
For individual German sign language or further assistance needs: anmeldung@fonds-daku.de

Children + care
Many of the laboratory situations (such as Zu PAPIER, all events OUTSIDE and on the REHEARSAL STAGE) can be attended by accompanied children above the age of six.

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