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2021fri01jan0:00sun31(jan 31)23:59No live events possible until 31 January 20210:00 - 23:59 (31) stage:Improvisation Internationallearn:Weekend Workshopplay:Open Stage

Zeit/Time

Friday, 01. 01. 2021 | 0:00 - Sunday, 31. 01. 2021 | 23:59

Inhalt/Content

Due to the current Corona regulations, no face-to-face events are possible at the exploratorium until 31 January 2021.

To alleviate cultural deficiencies, our exploratorium medicine cabinet offers instead:

We wish you good luck and look forward to better times!

2021sat16jan(jan 16)11:00sun17(jan 17)17:00Being at home in the momentimprovisation as an art of living – cancelled due to Corona11:00 - 17:00 (17) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clearn:Weekend Workshop

facilitator

Rainer Stolz

Zeit/Time

Saturday, 16. 01. 2021 | 11:00 - Sunday, 17. 01. 2021 | 17:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt/Content

Workshop in English. For more information see German version.

The workshop has to be cancelled due to Corona

2021sun17jan12:0014:00My Monthly MakamNot applicable until further notice12:00 - 14:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Regular Courses

facilitator

Tayfun Guttstadt

Zeit/Time

Sunday, 17. 01. 2021 | 12:00 - Sunday, 17. 01. 2021 | 14:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D

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Welcome to our monthly meeting for makam-based improvisation!
Once a month on Sunday, we will meet at noon to play and improvise together in a given makam or two for two full hours. The improvisation will be lead by Tayfun Guttstadt on the Ney. Theoretical aspects will be worked on, too, but the focus is on playing together and feel the mood of the respective makam. Typical forms of oriental music will also be introduced, everything by playing and feeling.

All instruments including voice and all levels welcome.  
Can take place again with up to ten people.
 

Dates until June 2021: (please not the changes in December)
22.11. (postponed by 15.11.) | 13.12. (14 – 16 h!) | 17.1. | 28.02. | 21.03. | 18.04. | 02.05. | 13.06.

Not applicabe until further notice

In times of Corona, special rules also apply in the exploratorium, which are summarized here: link

Please note that pre-registration is required for all events due to the limited number of places. The registration form can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

2021sun17jan19:0022:00Open stagefor improvisers in music, dance and other arts - due to Corona not applicable until further notice19:00 - 22:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cplay:Open Stage

facilitator

Matthias Schwabe

Zeit/Time

Sunday, 17. 01. 2021 | 19:00 - Sunday, 17. 01. 2021 | 22:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt/Content

The Open Stage is an offer for experienced improvisers in music, dance and other arts. It provides the opportunity of monthly artistic explorations in varying adhoc ensembles. There are no restraints for playing, the performances emerge solely from mutual perception and (re)acting.

Listeners/spectators are welcome, too.

The dates until June 2021:
17.1. |  14.03. | 18.04. | 09.05. | 13.06.21

Not applicable until further notice due to the current Corona rules.

 

In times of Corona, special rules also apply in the exploratorium, which are summarized here: link

Please note that pre-registration is required for all events due to the limited number of places. The registration form can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Please note that the elevator of the exploratorium berlin will be out of service until at least March 31, 2021!

2021sat23jan11:0019:00I’d love to but don’t dareMaking music without fear – cancelled due to Corona11:00 - 19:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Weekend Workshop

facilitator

Matthias Schwabe

Zeit/Time

Saturday, 23. 01. 2021 | 11:00 - Saturday, 23. 01. 2021 | 19:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D

Inhalt/Content

Workshop in German language. For more details see German version.

The workshop has to be cancelled due to Corona

2021sat23jan15:0017:30Crossing BordersExperimental field voice, sound and movement - cancelled15:00 - 17:30 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dplay:Open Stage

Zeit/Time

Saturday, 23. 01. 2021 | 15:00 - Saturday, 23. 01. 2021 | 17:30

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D

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Only in German language. For more details see German description.

Upcoming dates until January 2021:
22.8. | 3.10. | 28.11. | 23.1.2021

 

In times of Corona, special rules also apply in the exploratorium, which are summarized here: link

Please note that pre-registration is required for all events due to the limited number of places. See Details: Registration

This event is cancelled

2021sun24jan19:3022:00Improvisation as a Way of Life!?Trace 12: Metamorphosis in creative expression – postponed to fall 2021 due to Corona19:30 - 22:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cplay:Art of Living

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Sunday, 24. 01. 2021 | 19:30 - Sunday, 24. 01. 2021 | 22:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt/Content

Trace 12: Metamorphosis in creative expression

Workshop & discussion with Lothar Hahn (Essential Theatre) and Rainer Stolz

Event in German language. For more information see German version.

The event has to be postponed to fall 2021 due to Corona

2021wed27jan20:0021:30Vocal improvisationcancelled due to Corona20:00 - 21:30 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Regular Courses

facilitator

Christian Wolz

Zeit/Time

Wednesday, 27. 01. 2021 | 20:00 - Wednesday, 27. 01. 2021 | 21:30

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D

Inhalt/Content

Workshop in German language. For more details see German version. 

 
Cancelled due to Corona

2021fri29jan19:0019:45Berlin by Listening – explo soundwalkscancelled until further notice due to Corona19:00 - 19:45 exploratorium berlin, Meeting point in the courtyard at entrance Cplay:Specials

Zeit/Time

Friday, 29. 01. 2021 | 19:00 - Friday, 29. 01. 2021 | 19:45

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Meeting point in the courtyard at entrance C

Inhalt/Content

John Cage said, “A sound is perceived as disturbing – unless you listen to it.”

R. Murray Schafer went even further in 1971 in his study The Tuning of the World and recognized the sounds of our everyday environment as essential for the well-being and even the health of human beings. To improve and stabilize the quality and balance of these regular consonances of soundscapes (sonic landscapes) is the main concern of the worldwide movement of “acoustic ecology”.

The explo-soundwalks are relaxed excursions into the varied “symphony of everyday life”. The group undertakes a listening journey through various interesting sounding places around the exploratorium.

The soundwalks take place before one of our concerts and will be scheduled so that all participants are back in the exploratorium right in time for listening to the concert.

 

Dates until May 2021
Sun 22.11. | Fri 29.01. | Thu 18.03. | Fri 28.05.

cancelled until further notice due to Corona

2021fri29jan20:00Sound & Lecture N° 16: Aspect Seeing – An Artistic Re-ReadingPostponed due to Corona - new date: 13.08.202120:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cstage:sound & lecturethink:Sound & Lecture

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Friday, 29. 01. 2021 | 20:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt/Content

New date due to Corona: 13. August 2021

Sound & Lecture N° 16: Aspect Seeing – An Artistic Re-Reading
Nicola L. Hein (DE) – guitar, electronics
Christian Grüny (DE) – text, philosophy
Simon Rose (UK/DE) – baritone saxophone
Claudia Schmitz (DE) – moving image on sculpture
Maria Colusi (AR/DE) – dance

Moderation: Mathias Maschat

The Denkraum series Sound & Lecture combines the presentation of an artistic project with an artist talk moderated by Mathias Maschat. Guests are Nicola Hein, Christian Grüny, Simon Rose, Claudia Schmitz and Maria Colusi with Aspect Seeing – An Artistic Re-Reading.

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein described the nature of our perception, to understand a word, an image or a sound in context, as ‘aspect seeing’. The interdisciplinary project Aspect Seeing – An Artistic Re-Reading starts with this phenomenon. Music, philosophical text, dance and video meet each other and meet in improvisation. Aspect seeing, as well as the associated ability of aspect change, is reflected artistically and philosophically on several levels. One of the concerns is to question the potential of Wittgenstein’s engagement with perceptual psychology and construction of meaning in a reinterpretation by the arts, in their interaction and relationality.

The performance is the start of the symposium Sinn und Präsenz in Improvisation.

 

Admission: 12 / 10 / 6 Euro (normal price / reduced / Berlin-Pass)

19 h: soundwalk with Thomas Gerwin

2021sat30jan(jan 30)10:00sun31(jan 31)16:00Symposium: Sinn und Präsenz in ImprovisationPostponed due to Corona - new date: 14.-15.08.202110:00 - 16:00 (31) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cthink:Symposium

Zeit/Time

Saturday, 30. 01. 2021 | 10:00 - Sunday, 31. 01. 2021 | 16:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt/Content

New date due to Corona: 14–15. August 2021

SINN UND PRÄSENZ IN IMPROVISATION (“MEANING AND PRESENCE IN IMPROVISATION”)

6th symposium at the exploratorium berlin
An event by the DENKRAUM IMPROVISATION

29.–31. January 2021

***Please note that the conference will predominantly be held in German.***

Keynotes:
Christian Grüny: Diagrammatische Improvisation und der Sinn des Heterogenen
Nicola L. Hein: Das Paradigma der Präsenz und Modi der Temporalität in den Critical Improvisation Studies
Mathias Maschat: Präsenz als improvisationsästhetische Kategorie

Further contributions:
Christoph Baumann, Jean Beers, Carl Bergström-Nielsen, Reinhard Gagel, Thomas Gerwin, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Jin Hyun Kim, Doris Kösterke, Urban Mäder, Annemarie Michel, Alex Nowitz, Nina Polaschegg, Ingo Reulecke, Ursel Schlicht, Wolfgang Schliemann, Fransziska Schroeder, Sabine Vogel and Andrew Wass

***DOWNLOAD SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMME***

The DENKRAUM IMPROVISATION will host, mostly in German language, from 29.–31. January 2021 the symposium Sinn und Präsenz in Improvisation (“Meaning and Presence in Improvisation”). The focus here is on the terms meaning and presence as independent entities, as opposing moments as well as overlapping and complementary aesthetic categories.

Whether and to what extent sound can be a bearer of meaning, or whether sound can represent meaning, has historically been the subject of numerous aesthetic considerations and debates around music. The question about it culminated, for example, in the dispute between program music and absolute music or in the demand for an abstract hearing of concrete sounds in the musique concrète. Before any ascription of meaning, however, sound is first of all there, present, immediate and phenomenal. If one leaves aside the grounding of any music in cultural contexts for a moment, the category of presence is without a doubt a strong moment of musical experience in general. Following this, the question arises to what extent meaning and presence in connection with improvisation or improvised music can be treated as independent categories, to what extent they must be negotiated as mutually exclusive opposites or, on the contrary, as aspects of improvisation or improvised music that are necessarily related.

Both meaning and presence are ambiguous terms that are used differently in different contexts. On the one hand, meaning stands for the referential meaning of language and signs in a semantic, semiotic or symbolic reading. On the other hand, meaning encompasses the reason, aim, intention, fulfillment, or higher purpose of an action. Presence can spatially refer to a being-there and at the same time temporally to a being-in-the-moment. The term functions as a description of a characteristic of a purely phenomenal world, quasi as a reference to the assumption of something non-representational. In addition, presence can refer to an auratic or to charisma.

The focus of the symposium on the pair of terms in their combination stems from the philosophically introduced, sometimes criticized juxtaposition of meaning and presence as separate or at least tense spheres of experience and interpretation of the world. In precisely these discussions, presence opens the gates into a world of direct experience, into a world behind or next to that which can be explored through interpretation and hermeneutics – beyond any concrete content. With regard to improvisation, all of the horizons of meaning mentioned can certainly shed light on relevant perspectives. Overall, however, the moment of presence experience in a predominantly abstract art form such as contemporary improvisation appears to have priority over conveying and deciphering meaning. But what happens in other forms of improvisation that combine concrete content with specific musical structures and conventions? What happens in contemporary improvisation when elements of the linguistic are integrated? Or when freely improvised pieces are given titles afterwards? What happens when improvised music is combined in an interdisciplinary manner with other art forms and abstract sounds come into relation with more concrete forms of artistic expression? What about the referential character of art or levels of intertextuality?

While presence should be questioned in its full range, with regard to meaning, the question of elements of clear referential meaning is in the foreground. In addition, however, the constitution of meaning can also be questioned and described as a fulfilling meaningfulness of improvisational activity.

The symposium starts on Friday evening (January 29) at 8 p.m. with the performance Aspect Seeing – An Artistic Re-Reading by Nicola L. Hein (guitar, electronics), Christian Grüny (text, philosophy), Simon Rose (baritone saxophone) , Claudia Schmitz (moving image on sculpture) and Maria Colusi (dance). It takes place as part of the exploratorium berlin’s Sound & Lecture series, which combines performances with artist talks moderated by Mathias Maschat.

Call for Papers (German only)

»Sinn und Präsenz in Improvisation«, leading article by Mathias Maschat for field notes Magazin #20 – Zeitgenössische Musik und Jazz in Berlin, January/February 2021, p. 2–4

The symposium has to be postponed to fall 2021 due to Corona

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