Blue Skies
Bodies in trouble

Blue Skies - Körper in Aufruhr

The growing impact of technology on life as we know it brings changes to our bodies, our communities and the environment — what can we do? How can we understand and shape these changes collectively?

Unbridled technological advances and radical developments in biochemical research are increasingly interfering with life itself: hybrids of machine and organism are already reality, technical interventions and materials becoming one with the body. However, the latest developments in genetic engineering promise to make humans modifiable before birth. The foundations of our existence and of our social and public coexistence are changing profoundly. In the alluring technological promises of big corporations, the freedom to make the body, social dynamics and our environment completely shapeable and changeable sounds like a universal solution. Others fear a hopeless social scenario in which the individual's power to act falls victim to comprehensive technical reductions, mathematical operations and filtered knowledge. But how or in what forms might critically nuanced responses to these polarizing positions find expression? 

Over the course of five days, PACT and shine an investigative light on active interdisciplinary perspectives on new narratives, speculative visions of the future and alternative practices in the company of international artists, scientists, activists, publicists, students and audience members.

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  • Wed 10.07.19Sun 14.07.19
  • Wed 10.07.19 17:30 h – 23 h
  • Sun 14.07.19 11 h – 14 h

›Bodies in Trouble‹

Aliens in Green, FAM_, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, knowbotiq, Mary Maggic, Špela Petrič, Silke Schönfeld, Jenna Sutela, Luiza Prado de O. Martins

  • Wed 10.07.19 18:30 h

Blue Skies - Bodies in Trouble

  • Wed 10.07.19 21 h
  • Sat 13.07.19 21 h
  • Thu 11.07.19 10 h – 13 h

Aliens in Green
›Xenopolitics, a performative workshop on hormonally active agents‹

Free admission
  • Thu 11.07.19 11 h – 13 h

Life Science – Life Writing (Justus Pötzsch, Madeleine Böckers & Oliver Kuchenbuch)
Graduiertenkolleg Life Sciences - Life Writing

Free admission
  • Thu 11.07.19 14:30 h – 15:30 h

The Agency / Prof. Dr. Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky
›Medusa Bionic Rise‹

Free admission
  • Thu 11.07.19 16 h – 17 h

Johannes Paul Raether

Free admission
  • Thu 11.07.19 17:30 h – 18 h

Marie-Luise Angerer
›A new zone of non-consciousness – where life and technology meet‹

Free admission
  • Thu 11.07.19 18 h – 18:30 h

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky
Google_Baby and the Concept of Life‹

Free admission
  • Thu 11.07.19 20:15 h
  • Fri 12.07.19 20:15 h

The Agency
›Medusa Bionic Rise‹

  • Fri 12.07.19 10 h – 13 h

Aliens in Green
›Xenopolitics, a performative workshop on hormonally active agents‹

Free admission
  • Fri 12.07.19 10 h – 13 h

Paula Pin
›Biotranslab _ transOrgansOnChip!‹

Free admission
  • Fri 12.07.19 10:30 h – 11:30 h

Nada Schroer / Klaas Werner / Fabian Saavedra-Lara
›Bodies in trouble‹

Free admission
  • Fri 12.07.19 12:15 h – 13 h

Emilia Sanabria
›Speaking Plants: decolonial perspectives on ayahuasca, animism and healing‹

Free admission
  • Fri 12.07.19 14:30 h – 15:30 h

›Deep Access – molecular joy and abstract sex‹

Free admission
  • Fri 12.07.19 16 h – 17:30 h

Jens Hauser / Aliens in Green / Špela Petrič
›Microperformativity and Biomediality‹

Free admission
  • Fri 12.07.19 17:45 h – 18:30 h

Senthuran Varatharajah

Free admission
  • Fri 12.07.19 21 h – 23:59 h

FAM_Karaoke & FAM_Bar

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 11 h – 13 h

›DNA positiv DNA negativ – Open Workshop‹

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 11 h

Tabita Rezaire
Artist Talk

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 11:30 h

Johannes Paul Raether
›Transformalor – Transformella malor []‹

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 12 h

Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Artist Talk

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 14:30 h – 15:30 h

Luiza Prado de O. Martins
›A Topography of Excesses‹

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 16 h – 17:30 h

Kaushik Sunder Rajan / Emilia Sanabria
›On the question of value in biomedicine‹ / ›Fluid Drugs, Plastic Bodies‹

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 18 h – 19 h

Gabriele Gramelsberger
›Towards Wetware Computing‹

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 19:30 h – 20:30 h

Xavier Le Roy
›Untitled, a lecture‹

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 22 h

acting in concert

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 22:30 h

Nguyễn + Transitory
›Bird Bird, Touch Touch, Sing Sing‹ (work in progress)

Free admission
  • Sat 13.07.19 23:30 h


Free admission
  • Sun 14.07.19 00:10 h


Free admission
  • Sun 14.07.19 01 h – 04 h

DJ-Sets: Asita Shirali, tryniti, N7zza

Free admission
  • Sun 14.07.19 13 h – 14 h
Film Screening Screening

Silke Schönfeld
›Dacă plouă, nu mă plouă / If it rains, it doesn’t rain on me‹ (working title)

Free admission

Concept ›Blue Skies‹:
Stefan Hilterhaus, Fabian Saavedra-Lara

Programme team Büro Kirsten Möller, Nada Schroer, Mary Shnayien, Klaas Werner, Sonja Wunderlich

Tickets and Registration
Admission to the talks, lectures and workshops (registration:, concerts and exhibition is free! Tickets for the performances can be purchased in advance via PACT’s ticket agent or at PACT’s box office.

Wheelchair Access
All events except for the performance ›Transformalor - Transformella malor []‹by Johannes Paul Raether are accessible to wheel chair users. PACT Zollverein is fully wheelchair accessible (ground level entrance, elevator, disabled WC). Please contact us in advance of your visit if you require disabled seating or if you need any additional assistance.

PACT Zollverein
Choreographisches Zentrum nrw Betriebs GmbH Bullmannaue 20 a 
D-45327 Essen 
Parking /Areal B 
Building 45 

Further information:
Tel +49 (0)201.289 47 00 
Fax +49 (0)201.289 47 01

Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

The office of and the festival ›Bodies in Trouble — Körper in Aufruhr‹ are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW (the office is hosted by Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund). Supported within the framework of the »International Visitors Programme« of the NRW KULTURsekretariat.