ATELIER No. 65 – Open Artist Studio
Meet our Guest Fellows

  • Fri 29.01.21Sun 31.01.21

Free admission

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Mostly in German

With contributions by: Princela Biyaa, Marny Garcia Mommertz, Fayo Said, Lütfiye Güzel, caner teker, Lea Letzel, Khosrou Mahmoudi, Lex Rütten & Jana Kerima Stolzer

ATELIER No. 65 takes the form of a virtual studio visit during which artists taking part in PACT’s Guest Fellowship programme guide us through a range of their current projects. Established in response to the Corona crisis, this programme has recently enabled 20 international, regional and local artists to continue their artistic research and build new networks. The 65th edition of our ATELIER series now sees them coming together on a digital stage to offer viewers live insights into their research and works. Join us for artist talks, readings, film contributions and other diverse formats chosen by the artists to share and reflect on aspects of their highly varied and stimulating worlds of thought and action.



Lea letzel
Katrin Binner

Lea Letzel, ›Hanabi-Fu‹

As a scholarship holder of the Goethe-Institute in Kyoto, Japan, in 2019, Lea Letzel explored the culture and history of Japanese fireworks and, in the course of her research, came across the work of the chemist and fireworks designer Takeo Shimizu. Letzel was particularly fascinated by the fact that Shimizu brought the art of fireworks into conjunction with music: »Around 1956, Shimizu developed a notation system based on conventional Western musical notation. He called it ›Hanabi-Fu‹ - the fireworks score. Shimizu wanted to use this system to plan and document fireworks performances. He added small graphic additions to the notation, for example, to describe the different colours of effects.«

As part of the exhibition ›Inhabiting Basis‹ in autumn 2020 at the Frankfurt exhibition space, basis e.V. which is cooperation partner of the ›INHABIT‹ Artist in Residence Program of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Lea Letzel performed her own arrangement of the fireworks score ›Hanabi-Fu‹ in collaboration with Akiko Ahrendt (violin), Florian Zwißler (analog synthesizer).

Als Teil der Ausstellung ›Inhabiting Basis‹ im Frankfurter Ausstellungsraum basis e.V. (Herbst 2020), die im Rahmen von ›INHABIT‹, dem Residenzprogrammm des Max Planck Instituts für empirische Ästhetik, stattfand, wurden die Feuerwerksnoten von Akiko Ahrendt (Geige), Florian Zwißler (analoge Synthesizer) und Lea Letzel (Pyrotechnik) zum Klingen gebracht.

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Lex Rütten & Jana Kerima Stolzer
Lex Rütten & Jana Kerima Stolzer

Lex Rütten & Jana Kerima Stolzer, ›Pawāaraibu – filling the vacuum. Episode 02 – wandering the archive‹

Jana Kerima Stolzer and Lex Rütten have been working together since four years on installations and performances exploring humans’ entanglements with their technological environment and the associated emotional demands. With ›Pawāaraibu – filling the vacuum‹ we enter a world which humans have long since turned their backs on. The earth remains as a museum of flora, fauna and their evolution, maintained and cared for by artificial creatures and technological devices. In several episodes, ›Pawāaraibu – filling the vacuum‹ follows an artificial intelligence which, embodied by a small drone, circulates as one of the last living beings on the post-human earth.
›Episode 02 – wandering the archive‹, which can be experienced as a virtual space within the framework of this ATELIER, leads us into an environment without time-space attribution. We are in the head of the drone, traveling through its archive of processed data made up of fragments of the former world. These remaining excerpts stand as a proxy for forgotten histories lost to brutal incisions in landscapes caused by exploitation of earthly resources.

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Explore ›Pawāaraibu‹
Lütfiye Güzel
Lütfiye Güzel

Lütfiye Güzel, ›marxlohmontage‹

10 Minuten fahren und laufen
durch Duisburg-Marxloh.
Die gleiche Strecke. Immer und immer wieder.
Dazu Zeitungsausschnitte im Kopf.
Wer ist nur noch Einzeln am Ende?
Stehenbleiben. Nachdenken. Weiterfahren.
Stehenbleiben. Stigmatisieren. Weiterleben.
Ein Blick von außen. Ein Blick von innen.
Wer lacht hier unter Dauerverdacht?

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Marny Garcia Mommertz Association for Black Art_ists e.V.
Fayo Said for the Association for Black Art_ists e.V.

Marny Garcia Mommertz, ›Black Hair in The Hague: Conversations during the Pandemic‹

The Association for Black Art_ists e.V. was founded in June 2020 in Dortmund with the goal to empower local Black artists in Germany, the Netherlands and France. In her presentation Marny Garcia Mommertz will give an overview of the founding process and address the crucial question of the necessity of Black artistic space in Europe. Furthermore, she’ll also introduce the association’s first project ›Black Hair in The Hague: Conversations during the Pandemic‹, that founding members Princela Biyaa, Fayo Said and Marny Garcia Mommertz worked on during their PACT Guest Fellowships in 2020.

Princela Biyaa
Megha Kono Patel

Princela Biyaa

»About 8 years ago Ines Johnson-Spain started writing down her story. She visited Pankow, Togo, Benin and Mülheim to get answers she was denied for a long time. Answers to uncover the silence about her identity, her belonging and home.«

In cooperation with Alexis Rodríguez, Interkultur Ruhr and Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund | Köln, the Association for Black Art_ists is conceptualizing a day-long program around the film screening of ›Becoming Black‹, the autobiographical documentary by Ines Johnson-Spain. »We are aiming to create a space for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPoC) to discuss what we can learn from Ines Johnson-Spain’s experiences on a personal and communal level. Her story is relevant to so many BIPoC living in the diaspora. What can returning and finding home mean to us? How can we refuse circles of silence and the fall into oblivion in a society that claims to have a commemorative culture? How do we find a sense of belonging?«

Fayo Said
Lis Camelia / Marny Garcia Mommertz

Fayo Said, ›Oromia Records‹

As part of her fellowship, Fayo Said worked on the project ›Oromia Records‹, a digital art archive for the remembrance and preservation of the culture, history and art of the Oromo, one of the largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia. »The Oromos have a rich (musical) history that is worth disclosing and archiving. Many classic but also lesser known records are scattered throughout the diaspora on cassettes. Therefore, it is my intention to digitalise and organise these records so that they are more easily accessible. ›Oromia Records‹ is a place where music fragments, snippets of live performances, (vintage) pictures, cultural dances and practices are curated and displayed.« Currently ›Oromia Records‹ can be found on Instagram, but in the future Said would like to make the archive accessible and experienceable through its own website.

caner teker
Steve Hopson

caner teker

From a Western perception, when watching Turkish Köçek dance, contradictions arise and expectations are broken. The dancers, who are hired, for example, for weddings, move in a feminine manner, wear skirts and appear androgynous. At first glance all this seems contradictory to a society that is often perceived as religious and conservative. What is the history of this dance? Who are the dancers and what is their position within Turkish society today? In their research, caner teker, together with Sofie Luckhardt, takes a look at the history of Köçek and its transcultural interconnections.

Meet our Guest Fellows!

Meet our Guest Fellows!

In response to the challenges and constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic, PACT has created 20 new Guest Fellowships alongside its established long-term Fellowship Programme. These fellowship awards are not project specific or commission based, but rather aimed principally at enabling the recipient artists to continue with their current work and research and to build new networks.

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