Hiding In Plain Sight: Studies On Symbolic Violence

30 07 / 31 07 / 1 08 2021, 19.00
FLUTGRABEN, Berlin
Live with audience
Free entrance
Place reservation: studiesonsv@gmail.com
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Symbolic power and violence, discipline and domination are the mechanisms of control that are hiding in plain sight in almost every aspect of our society: from the dictatorships of totalitarian, capitalist, democratic or
viral character, to the naturalisation of self-surveillance, -optimisation and -exploitation. Despite being constantly surrounded by symbolic power, we are mostly unaware of it – just like fish that don’t know they’re wet.
How does symbolic power and violence affect the body and the mind? How can we recognise and make visible the symbolic mechanisms of power? How can art function as a site of resistance? Inspired by the philosophical discourse on the subject, personality cults in politics and art, as well as video-tutorial culture, “Studies On
Symbolic Violence” explores mechanisms of symbolic power in social and private contexts through performative and artistic means. Through the “studies” the four performers create diverse spaces that alternate between
home-workout and stand-up comedy, commercials and interrogation, political party gathering and a party.

By *S*ymbolically *V*iolent *O*verwoked *Y*oung *A*rtists:

Yana Novotorova – concept, development, performance
Sophia Seiss – development, performance
Véronique Langlott – development, performance
Vitalii Shupliak – development, performance

Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.

Supported by: event center Tor 28, Tanzfaktur Köln, IZONE Kiew, FLUTGRABEN Berlin, Tanzfabrik Berlin.

FLUTGRABEN Renovations

For 25 years, visual artists, performers and choreographers have been working at Flutgraben, creating their artistic works and developing public events series. The old, heritage-protected factory building – originally a vehicle repair shop – has long been in urgent need of renovation. A leaking roof and thermally outdated windows caused enormous heating costs. In 2012 FLUTGRABEN e. V. applied to the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin for the funding of an appropriate energy-saving and environmentally conscious renovation. After five years of planning and negotiations, the renovations finally started.

FLUTGRABEN board members Janine Eisenächer and Andrea Hofmann are largely responsible for the planning and implementation of the renovations. They are both pleased that a positive example has been set in the precarious working space situation for Berlin artists: “The artistic use of the house is secured for another 15 years thanks to the lottery funds. The interplay between responsible owners, committed and democratically organised tenants and the Lotto Foundation shows that a sensible and sustainable investment in the working space of artists and thus in the substance of the city’s artistic production can succeed” says Janine Eisenächer.

Together with the architects from Büro für Konstruktivismus significant renovations are being undertaken: all windows will be replaced, the roof will be energetically renovated, also sanitary rooms, and the kitchen will be renovated, and there will be barrier-free access to the project space.