New Empathies: A Series of Programmes on Practicing the Empathic
In a climate of an increasingly diverging society, the concept of empathy is experiencing a renaissance. Whereas the ability to empathize is used as a means in the struggle against rage at the supposedly other, still others see in it the danger of a sentimental depoliticization. With “New Empathies”, radialsystem launches a series of programmes that approaches the possibilities of practicing the empathic in concerts, installations, choreographic works, workshops and discussions, while examining its potential in relation to artistic, technological, political and ecological issues.
The series startes in June 2019 with HARLEKING and EMPATIA –eight emphatic caprices by Enrico Ticconi and Ginevra Panzetti and will be continued in August 2019 by Begüm Erciyas with her performance Pillow Talk.
In Constructing Love, the first part of the new series “Pas de deux” by Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, choreographer Milla Koistinen and musician Paul Valikoski invite the audience to reflect on a reinvention of life and love. In his new work 7 choreographer Radouan Mriziga, currently artist in residence at Kaaitheater Brussels, sets out in search of the last wonder of the world: the human body – and contrasts the beauty of its movement with the geometric power of architecture and sculpture. André Uerba’s performance Burn Time offers the audience an intense experience of time, which arises through the successive ignition of strands of thread, creating a space that is undergoing change, and thereby unleashing a strong suggestive power into the darkness. In What’s That Noise?, artist Sandhya Daemgen invites us to attend an atmospheric listening party that, through live music, stories, and recordings, pays tribute to female artists and musicians of the past who have crossed musical and social boundaries.
Due to the current situation, the fourth “New Empathies” weekend at the beginning of May 2020 couldn’t take place as planned – and the question of how we can create resonance among ourselves as a basis for community, solidarity and social awareness despite keeping a minimum distance and the ban on contact has suddenly become a noticeable challenge.
Therefore, at the end of April we started our new online series “New Empathies – Far from a distance”, in which we want to create periods of encounters and shared aesthetic experience as well as explore and reflect on the possibilities and limits of virtual spaces as places of empathy. The series started with the workshop “What’s That Noise?” by Sandhya Daemgen and a performance by Juan Dominguez that focused on the voice and listening instead of physical-visual aspects. The Slow Reading Club invited us to read collectively and the collective Scores for Gardens planted virtual gardens. In June we continued with a lecture performance by sound-journalist Peter Cusack and an interactive sound-installation by Wojtek Blecharz…
Gefördert von der Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.