Market for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge

Markt für nützliches Wissen und Nicht-Wissen Nr. 20, Mobile Akademie Berlin, Hamburg 2016, photo: Thomas Aurin

Mobile Akademie Berlin / License No. 11
Market for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge

Haus der Berliner Festspiele
14 October 2022
19:00 – 23:00
Check-in begins at 18:30
Free of charge, ongoing entry
Registration required
1:1 conversation costs 1 Euro and can be booked at the event

Overview of topics and experts at the „Market for useful knowledge and non-knowledge. End of Repetition“

The pandemic is not over yet, war is here again, and the climate is changing inexorably. Absolute faith in progress, expansion, and extraction on the one hand, and incessant, unvarying repetition on the other, are not contradictions. They co-create one another and give rise to the normality from within which we circle the abyss. First comes tragedy, then farce, then the series. Is it possible to interrupt the eternal return, to act, to remember, to live together with a true difference?
Climate activists demand exnovation instead of innovation: to take a real pause in the breathless onrush of political, cultural, economic pursuits, to make space, to give things up. Postcolonial, anti-racist, and queer theory and action sharply interrupt white and patriarchal repetitive loops. Habits of speech are under scrutiny and contemporary politics of memory seek ways out of entanglement in historical memorial rituals.
In the arts, on the other hand, repetition is often a critical practice. Loops, citations, parody, and drag contradict concepts of originality and individual authorship, dissolve gender binaries, and shake up traditional representations.
Arranged side-by-side in an arena and running according to a strict administrative rhythm, 100 experts from the arts, activism, theory, and a wide variety of professions present their expertise in support of and against the repetitive. Which routines need to get kicked to the curb, given fresh meaning, or taken up anew? Or is everything already there and we’re just repeating the wrong things?
The Market for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge is a site of knowledge exchange, an archive, a market and a consultation center all at the same time. Book an expert for a one-on-one conversation—just 1 Euro for 30 minutes! Or listen in over a pair of headphones!

Conversations in Arabic, Bosnian, Catalonian, Croatian, French, German, Greek, English, Hebrew, Italian, Kiswahili, Lingala, Montenegrin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romani, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Singhalese, Somalian, Spanish, Spider-language, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Live translation into German Sign Language will also be offered for some conversations. 

Event information

A Mobile Akademie Berlin project, produced by the Fonds Darstellende Künste in the framework of the “Bundesweites Artist Labor der Labore” and in cooperation with the Berliner Festspiele. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.

Licensed to: Fonds Darstellende Künste / Licensed by: Hannah Hurtzig / Curator: Florian Malzacher / Dramaturgy and Research: Cory Tamler / Production Manager: Peer Stark / Advisors: Alexander Karschnia, Necati Öziri, Promona Sengupta


Fatuma Musa Afrah, activist for women’s & human rights & founder of United Actions Women & Girls e.V.
Mohammad Al Attar, playwright & theatermaker
Neta Alexander, film & media theorist
Fikri Anıl Altıntaş, author, #HeForShe Ambassador / UN Women Deutschland
Ulf Aminde, artist / weißensee kunsthochschule berlin
Robin Arthur, theatermaker / Forced Entertainment
Biplab Basu, activist / Kampagne für Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt (KOP) & ReachOut Berlin
Burkhard Blienert, Commissioner of the Federal Government for Drug & Addiction Policy
Boris Buden, philosopher & author
Jörg Buttgereit, director & author
Hamze Bytyci, curator, activist & founder of RomaTrial e.V
Miguel Canal, new media artist & mycology researcher
Stefanie Carp, dramaturge & festival director
Vasyl Cherepanyn, cultural scientist & curator / Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv
Andrei Chitu, former social media streetworker
Radha D’Souza, legal scholar & attorney
Timo Daum, critic of capitalism & nonfiction author
Pablo Ruiz de Olano, philosopher of science / Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG)
Dennis Deep, sex worker
Viviana Druga, artist & tarot reader / Tarot de Berlin
Isa Edelhoff, Consultant for Theater & Dance / Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture & Media
Patrick Eiden-Offe, literary & cultural studies scholar
Holger Eisele, solid state physicist / Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg
Ruby Eshun, researcher
Caitlin Fisher, former professional football player, activist & artist
Christian Fritzenwanker, beauty expert
Ivo Garbe, union secretary, Department of Health, Social Affairs, Education & Science Berlin-Brandenburg / ver.di
Núria Muñoz Garganté, historian of science / Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG)
Alexis Goertz, founder of Edible Alchemy
Dominique Haensell, editor-in-chief / Missy Magazine
Alexandra Heimes, literary & cultural studies scholar / Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL)
Nele Hertling, Director of the Performing Arts Section / Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, artistic director / Akademie der Künste der Welt, Köln
Torsten Holzapfel, actor / Theater Thikwa
Heinrich Horwitz, director, choreographer & performer
Stefan Kaegi, theatermaker / Rimini Protokoll
Joy Kristin Kalu, theater scholar & curator
Alexander Karschnia, theatermaker & author / andcompany&Co.
Natasha A. Kelly, sociologist & communication studies scholar
Susanne Kennedy, theater director
Mina Khani, author & feminist
Anastasiia Kosodii, playwright & director
Prem Krishnamurthy, designer, writer & teacher
Thomas Kuczynski, economic historian & Marx editor
Şeyda Kurt, journalist
Joanna Kusiak, sociologist / Initiative Deutsche Wohnen enteignen
Jürgen Kuttner, radio moderator & theater director
Britta Lange, cultural studies scholar / Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Julio Linares, economic anthropologist / Circles UBI & Basic Income Earth Network
Hannah Marc, illustrator
Oliver Marchart, political scientist / University of Vienna
Luise Meier, philosopher, performer & activist
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, artist & Romnija activist
Daniel Moldoveanu, artist & essayist
Christian Morin, concert agent / headquarter
Alia Mossallam, cultural historian & author / Forum Transregionale Studien e.V.
Rabih Mroué, theatermaker & artist
Bodo Mrozek, historian / Berlin Center for Cold War Studies, Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History
Maria Muhle, philosopher / Akademie der Bildenden Künste München
Christ Mukenge & Lydia Schellhammer, artists
Tobi Müller, journalist
Ogutu Muraya, artist & storyteller
Lucía Muriel, trauma therapist & director of Klima Dekolonial und solidarisch / glokal e.V.
Anna Muzyka, journalist & PR-manager
Camila Nobrega, journalist & activist / Beyond the Green
Ahmet Öğüt, artist
Franca Parianen, neuroscientist & author
Matthias Pees, artistic director of the Berliner Festspiele
Michael Philipp, historian & curator / Museum Barberini, Potsdam
Berno Odo Polzer, curator & cultural studies scholar
Krishan Rajapakshe, artist / *foundationClass*Collective
Cord Riechelmann, journalist, biologist & philosopher
Kevin Rittberger, author & theatermaker
Yvette Robertson, intercultural competence trainer
Mohammad Salemy, artist, critic, founder of The New Centre for Research & Practice
Tomás Argentina Saraceno, artist
Madlyn Sauer, author & artist
Louna Sbou, CEO & artistic director / Oyoun
Fabian Scheidler, author for stage, print, opera & television
Miriam Schickler, sound artist & cultural studies scholar
Wolfgang Schneider, cultural studies scholar, Chairman of the Board / Fonds Darstellende Künste
Promona Sengupta/Captain Pro, artist, spaceship captain, activist & curator
Marc Siegel, film studies scholar / Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Marcus Steinweg, philosopher
Nora Sternfeld, curator & arts educator / University of Fine Arts Hamburg
Kathy-Ann Tan, curator, writer & Founder of Mental Health Arts Space Berlin
Marita Tatari, philosopher
Dejan Terzić, drummer & composer
Zoran Terzić, playwright, jazz pianist & cultural theorist
Oxana Timofeeva, philosopher
Margarita Tsomou, cultural studies scholar & curator
Kat Válastur, choreographer
Aimée van Baalen, activist / The Last Generation
Anja Voigt, operational strike leader of the Berlin Hospital Movement / Vivantes
Joanna Warsza, curator
Mai Wegener, psychoanalyst
Stefanie Wenner, artist & theater scholar
Daniel Wetzel, theatermaker / Rimini Protokoll
Petra Willer, memory trainer & educational therapist

Alexander Karschnia, theatermaker & author / andcompany&Co.
Necati Öziri, writer & dramaturge
Promona Sengupta/Captain Pro, artist, spaceship captain, activist & curator