Judith Förster I 18.10.2018 18h I 19.10.2018 19h I studio 11

©Zhenya Salinski
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our mental environment is saturated by signs that create a sort of continuous excitation, which leads the individual as well as the collective mind to a state of collapse. most people construct their identities on the base of their work, friendships/ loves and homes, but since those notions are getting more and more scattered and virtualised, what is going to be the next thing to hold onto? how do we navigate in and with saturation?


choreography/performance: Judith Förster

co-choreography/performance: Hannah Levin, Hanna Kritten Tangsoo 

lights: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo

music: Sam Hertz

technical support: Nikola Pieper, Max Stelzl

mentoring: Jan Burkhardt

outside eyes: Jelena Alempijevic, Anna Nowicka


october 18th at 6pm
october 19th at 7pm
At Uferstudios in Studio 11
Free Admission

In the winter semester 2018/19, a new performance format for the HZT Bachelor's programme "Dance, Context, Choreography" will start with "First Works". Graduates of the programme can create and present their first artistic works during the semester break at the end of their studies. The HZT Berlin supports the graduating students' first "own" artistic works with rehearsal rooms and technical support. The "First Works" are no longer part of the programme and are neither examined nor evaluated. They give the graduates the greatest possible freedom for their first works in order to realize new and innovative ideas.

SODA LECTURES I On Decision-Making. A lecture and seminar series 


Composing is about decision-making: about strategies and rules, about making-sense and letting go of it again; about raising one’s voice, about the promise of being-together. In artistic processes, it unfolds between determined matters and hidden protocols and questions the elements and conditions that we ground our actions in. 

Next to relying on what seems available and desirable, possible and established, decision-making opens up to what is not yet given, not probable and still unknown. It opens up a process that does not primarily - or not necessarily - aim at fixation, affirmation or rigid form but measures out the relation between bodies, in ever changing formations. 


The lecture and seminar series gathers an international and trans-disciplinary group of artists - choreographers, sound and visual artists, filmmakers, and writers - to address the politics and poetics of decision-making. Grounded in their respective artistic and body-centred practices, they explore technical, affective, corporeal and discursive, ethical, political and social elements that drive their compositional choices in both, individual and collaborative work.


24.10.2018 I Dr. Didem Pekün: United Nothing: The ‘inarticulacy’ of Images in Representing Atrocities
07.11.2018 I Dr. Tom Tlalim: Noise-Control-Noise: The politics of composition

21.11.2018 I Dr. Natasha A. Kelly: Milli’s Awakening. Black Women, Art and Resistance

16.01.2019 I Ivana Müller: Body, Text, Collective - Choreographing the Imaginary

06.02.2019 I Paz Rojo: Dancing its do


Curated by Prof. Sandra Noeth (MA SODA) 

The lecture series takes place in english, it is organized by the MA-program SODA (Solo/Dance/Authorship) at the Inter-University-Center for Dance Berlin (HZT); it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Wednesdays 6pm at HZT I Studio 11 I Uferstudios I Wedding Uferstraße 23 I 13587 Berlin

Dr. Didem Pekün I 24.10.2018 I 6pm
United Nothing: The ‘inarticulacy’ of Images in Representing Atrocities

©Didem Pekün
>©Didem Pekün


This presentation takes its title from a graffiti in Srebrenica, where one of the darkest hours of humanity took place in the presence of United Nations. Araf is my most recent work in telling a version of this story: it was a road film drawing a psychogeography of a post-war country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from the point of view of an exilee, Nayia. 

This talk traces two pathways that overlap and constantly battle with each other: on the one hand I will talk about political violence as explored in moving image in its myriad layers (specifically about Araf), and on the other hand I will talk about the shortfall of image making of such injustice, what remains always un/der/mis/represented, about uncertainty and hesitation. This doubt is caused by being aware of how much we don’t and can’t know/understand; it is a sense of ‘inarticulacy’ and I argue that this sense of ‘inarticulacy’ is what gives the artist her compass in choosing the formal tools she opts in sound, words, and frames to generate their collision whilst continuing to tackle such delicate matters in our practices in the current urgency of ‘united nothing’.   


Biography Didem Pekün’s (1978, Istanbul) work explores both artistic research and practice; conceptually it deals with the production of subjectivities within violent geographies, displacement, and the different forms they take on-screen. Her studio practice includes documentaries and video installations, have screened internationally and have received awards. She has attended numerous artist residencies including Delfina Foundation, Greenhouse and ZK/U Berlin. Didem is a founding member of Beyond Istanbul: Center for Spatial Justice. Following a BA (Hons) in Music at SOAS, and an MA on Documentary at Goldsmiths, she holds a practice-based PhD from Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths. After being a full-time faculty member at Media and Visual Arts Department at Koç University, she is currently a Research Fellow at Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths and a joint fellow at the Visual Studies Platform and Institute for Advanced Studies at CEU, Budapest.


The lecture takes place in english, it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Studio 11 I Uferstraße 23 I 13587 Berlin

2030 I Art University of the Future
26.10.2018 I 10am-10pm

What do arts know? What does science dream of? How does administration work? What do students want? And what teachers? How to work together?


On october 26th 2018 all students, teachers and employees of the University of the Arts Berlin are invited to the University Day "Art University of the Future - UdK 2030"!


October 26th 2018, 10am to 10pm
Universität der Künste Berlin
Bundesallee 1–12
10719 Berlin


more informationen here



Open day HfS Opening of the new university building
26.10.2018 I 20h


All to the beginning - beginning for all

On ocober 26th 2018 the HfS will open the new university building at Zinnowitzer Straße 11, 10115 Berlin.


So make a start with them and come and visit the new building in Berlin-Mitte on october 26th 2018 at 8 pm.

Dr. Tom Tlalim I 07.11.2018 I 6pm
Noise-Control-Noise: The politics of composition

©Tom Tlalim
>©Tom Tlalim

Composing is never without its context. This is emphasised when working with bodies, images, sounds or objects that reflect a material reality of violence, as the political conditions become part of the composition process itself. Moving between developing and structuring materials becomes a border crossing exercise. - Working with participants whose bodies and voices testify on structural violence, emphasises the politics of composition while also presenting an opportunity for restructuring and reconfiguring how materials representation and power relations. These opportunities can emerge throughout the artistic process as well as in the context of presentation; the venues, their histories, traditions around temporal organisation, audiences and their geometry. All of these elements play part in the framing of the composition and give rise to ethical and political questions. In my talk, I will present some artistic and ethical considerations I have come across in my work process with sound, movement, images and objects of conflict, and in collaborative work with Arkadi Zaides and Susan Schuppli, and with recipients of technological sensory implants. I will try to present a broad field of investigation into the containing structure of a timed performance, its spatial organisation and the importance of facilitating a constructive process.

Biography Tom Tlalim is an artist, musician and writer whose work explores the relation between sound and political power. His practice includes installations, sound art, films and text. His recently-completed PhD at Goldsmiths, entitled “The Sound System of the State”, received full funding from the Mondrian Foundation. His artwork examines sonic artefacts, voice and spaces as ideological devices. He holds MAs in Composition and Sonology, and works as a Senior Lecturer at the faculty of Arts of University of Winchester. Tlalim’s work received numerous grants and is regularly exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include “The Future Starts Here” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, “Art in the age of Asymmetrical Warfare” at Witte de With in Rotterdam, “Hlysnan” at Casino Luxemburg, The Venice Architecture Biennale (with Susan Schuppli / Forensic Architecture). The Marrakech Biennale, and Stroom The Hague. His film was nominated for the Tiger award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and his regular collaborations with the choreographer Arkadi Zaides are performed widely to critical acclaim.


The lecture takes place in english, it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Studio 11 I Uferstraße 23 I 13587 Berlin

Dr.Natasha A. Kelly I 21.11.2018 I 6pm
Milli’s Awakening. Black Women, Art and Resistance

©Natasha A. Kelly
>©Natasha A. Kelly

Film-making is also about decision-making: about representation and depiction, about making-sense and deconstructing non-sense; about raising one’s own voice and giving voice to others. It unfolds between selected images and hidden protocols and reflects the structures – social, political, historical and cultural – which shape our understanding of how we (film-makers) arrive at our choices. Before screening my film “Milli’s Awakening”, which portraits the lives of eight Black German female artists, I will explain what types of factors influenced my decision-making throughout the film production process, how I arrived at my choices and which elements and conditions I responded to and how. The lecture is embedded in a wider project of ‘unthinking modernity’ in relation to body politics. As bell hooks explains, the Black female body has always been a “discourse terrain” – a multidimensional research object, a medium of imagination and a place for attempts at social order and, last but not least, political conflicts. How can we decolonize our bodies in this respect and by doing so deconstruct structural violence in present and future decision-making processes?


Biography Natasha A. Kelly has a PhD in Communication Studies and Sociology. Born and bred in the United Kingdom and raised in Germany, she considers herself to be an “academic activist”, two important features that can be seen individually, but never separately from each other. Rooted in the Pan-African culture of her Jamaican heritage, her political and academic works relate to the past, present, and future of the African Diaspora in Germany. This is also the focus of her numerous art installations that have been shown in museums throughout the country.  Since 2015 Natasha’s annual performance “M(a)y Sister”, which is dedicated to the Afro-German poetess and activist May Ayim, has been staged at the HAU Theatre in Berlin. Her first documentary film “Milli’s Awakening” was screened at the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art from June to September 2018 and is the winner of the Black Laurel Film Award 2018. For more information see:


The lecture takes place in english, it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Studio 11 I Uferstraße 23 I 13587 Berlin

SODA WORKS 2018 | Final works in MA Solo/Dance/Authorship


22nd + 23rd November 7pm and 8:30pm

Nicola van Straaten: 
i'm haunting you now 
Olympia Bukkakis
: Tales From a State of Shemergency

29th + 30th November 7pm and 8:30pm
Sneak Preview. Short works from next years emerging artists.

Liadain Herriott: 
The Last Ten Yards

7th + 8th December 7pm and 8:30pm
Michiyasu Furutani
: 18 (working title)
Evgenia Chetvertkova
: O C 


14th + 15th December I 7pm and 8:30pm
Mmakgosi Kgabi
: The Shape of Emotion - language is a shape, music is a shape, it is the shape.
Mariana Nobre: Vieira


Studio 14 I Uferstraße 23 I 13587 Berlin

Free entrance.


Ivana Müller I 16.1.2019 I 6pm
Body, Text, Collective - Choreographing the Imaginary

©Bernhard Müller
>©Bernhard Müller

In her lecture Ivana Müller will take the idea of “invisible” as a point of departure, and speak about the practices of choreographic and theatrical writing as processes through which we reveal and deal with different kinds of invisible(s). How are theatrical and social representations related to the invisible processes build through collective and individual imagination? How is an artist choosing material tools in order to shape the immaterial? Where do imaginary and invisible meet. What do we really share in theatre? How to work on structures that are not telling us what to think but open the fields of new points of view. Using the examples from her own work Ivana Müller will talk about how a stage work emerges through the invisible processes that have been at work between performer/spectator, stage/backstage, sound/image, text and body. 

Biography Ivana Müller is a choreographer, artist and author of texts. Through her artistic work and practice she re-thinks the politics of spectacle and spectacular, re-visits the place of imaginary and imagination, questions the notion of « participation » and “collective”, investigates the idea of value and its representation, and keeps on getting inspired by the relationship between performer and spectator. Croatian born, Paris based award winning artist, Müller has been creating and performing work for the last 15 years in the international dance/theatre context and occasionally in the visual arts frames, amongst others at Venice Art Biennale 2015. Ivana Müller equally curates artistic and discursive encounters and lectures at, amongst others, Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, School For New Dance Development, Amsterdam, Institute For Applied Theatre Studies Giessen, Université Paris 8, P.A.R.T.S. Brussels etc.


The lecture takes place in english, it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Studio 11 I Uferstraße 23 I 13587 Berlin

Paz Rojo I 6.2.2019 I 6pm
Dancing its do

©Paz Rojo
>©Paz Rojo

In this lecture and seminar, I will discuss the use of scores with a particular focus in dance as the matter-movement of the not-yet. How to commit to the future (what is not yet)? In movement there is nothing to pursue since what one follows responds to a potentiality that is contained already in the present. What is at stake here is a kinetics that lacks perspective. Or a dis-scoring. A way of working with scores, whose main function remains, however, indeterminate. Untraceable. Forgetful. Almost non-documentable. And yet, equivalent to the incorporation of a knowledge, which does not imply a desired end, but rather the opportunity to question, forget and transform the purpose or end to which it is directed at. Let’s say that the moving body could ignore the purposes which it is supposed to serve, demonstrating the potentiality of its function: the body is a living instrument, which although it is more or less obliged to be aware of what it must serve, chooses, however, to serve itself. 

Biography Paz Rojo (Madrid 1974). Choreographer and dancer who is currently a phd candidate at Stockholm University of the Arts, Stockholm (Sweden) with the research project "the decline of choreography and its movement: the subaltern pathway". Investigation in which she seeks for a dance’s mode of subjectivation outside the performance value situated in the current dynamics of immaterial labor and neoliberal logics. With a broad trajectory and linked to various institutions, self-organized contexts, exhibition frameworks, educational programs and independent initiatives in Europe and Latin America, this research includes the solo creation "whatever moving like this" (2011); the collective performance experiments "Inaugural Action" (2011), “The Gerries by Gerry” (2012); the video-essay "DANCISMO" (2014); the essay “what are we talking about when we talk about dancing through a destituent plane of perception? and the performance ECLIPSE : MUNDO (2018). Artistic director of the festival "What can a body do?" (La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2014-2015). She initiates and facilitates the collective research contexts: "ASSIM NÃO, PERO CÓMO?", (LOTE, Sao Paulo, 2017); "[CAMPO # 1] choreographing dissidence" (Teatro Pradillo, Madrid 2014); "What if we let go of being (artists)?" (La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2013); "A piece ... together?" (Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Vienna 2010-2011) and the itinerant laboratory "choreography: a problem to practice" (Madrid, Barcelona,​Sao Paulo, Vienna, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Brussels, Moscow, Stockholm and Mexico City 2011-2017).


The lecture takes place in english, it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Studio 11 I Uferstraße 23 I 13587 Berlin