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Sparwasser Hq

Offensive für zeitgenössische Kunst und Kommunikation
Torstrasse 161
10115 Berlin Mitte
Telefon 0174-2577729
Öffnungszeiten: Mi -Fr 16-19 Uhr, Sa 14-18 Uhr
aktuelle Ausstellung / current exhibition
vorausgegangene Ausstellung / previous exhibition

Mi-Fr 16.-19., Sa 14-18
Erweitete Eröffnungszeiten wärend art forum berlin 2007:
Samstag, 29. Sept. 18 - 22 Uhr + Dienstag, 2 Oct 2007 18-22 Uhr


Artists Talk mit
Søren Lose und Lise Harlev
Samstag / Saturday 6. Oktober um 20:00 Uhr


Die Sprechere sind Künstler der Ausstellung
/ Harlev and Lose are artists of the exhibition
I know the World, 1
in Sparwasser HQ :

die Ausstellung endet diesem Samstag
/ the exhibition ends this Saturday


is a Berlin based visual artist working with photography, video
and installation.

Søren Loses project "Ud!Ude.Hjem!", of which a part is currently shown in
Sparwasser HQ, is taking a starting point in the classical Grand Tour to
On a residency in 2004, Søren Lose followed the beaten track of the Danish
artists going to Rome in the beginning of the 19th Century. Ironically
many of these places are exactly the same as modern tourists are visiting
today, however in a very different perspective and with another purpose.
By juxtaposing both found holiday snapshots, postcards and his own
photographs, the project is discussing the meaning of place and
representation in a historical as well as contemporary perspective.

How is it possible to work with a super-mediated and overloaded place like
Rome as a contemporary artist today, bearing the countless historical
representations and the 10.000 tourist snap-shots taken every day in mind?
Does mass tourism as a phenomena and the massive accumulation of
representations that follows along with it, change the way we emotionally
and physically experience a certain place?
Can we, in this context, talk about a visual "exhaustion, or does the
desire to travel and see simply become stronger due to our omnipresence
and unlimited visual access on the internet, etc. ?

Søren Lose is currently on a 4 month residency in Istanbul.

During the artist talk some of these questions will be addressed in an
open discussion and the artist will also present examples of his previous


In her presentation, Lise Harlev will show examples of her work from the
past five-six years. Since 2000 her work has been an investigation of national
identity and other factors which influence how we define ourselves. Harlev
touches on the insecurities, but also curiosities related to speaking a new
language, travelling in foreign cultures, living together, etc. These issues
are "cooled down" through the use of visual codes from public and corporate
design and the short, humorous statements in her works.

Lise Harlev was born 1973 in Odense, Denmark, and lives and works in Berlin.
Recent solo shows include 'Speak like Americans' in Galleria Maze, Turin, and
she recently took part in group shows in Museu de Pollença, Mallorca, and
Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk. She is currently developing a work for the
re-opening of Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, in January 2008.



13. September - 6. Oktober
I know the World 1
Lise Harlev, Søren Lose, J&K, Sascha Pohle


Opening on Wednesday 12. September the exhibiton 7-11 p.m

I Know The World, 1


Aus der Reihe von
I Know The World
präsentiert Sparwasser HQ volgenden Vortrag:

Samstag 1. September um 20:00 Uhr
Sparwasser HQ, Torstrasse 161, Berlin Mitte (U-8 Rosenthaler Platz)

Frederikke Hansen erzählt und zeigt Videos von
"Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts".

(Vortrag in dt. Sprache)

5.-8. September
Mittwoch-Freitag 16:00-20:00 Samstag 14:00-20:00
DVD mit mehr als 18 Stunden Ton- und Videodokumentation sowie Kunstwerke und Essays des Projekts "Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts" sind zugängig für das Publikum Sparwassers.

Das Projekt erstreckte sich über acht Länder im Norden und setzte sich in Ausstellungen, Performanceevents, öffentlichen Diskussions-veranstaltungen und Tagungen mit den heutigen Auswirkungen des nordischen Kolonialismus auseinander. (Pressemittelilung unten im Mail)


:::: English ::::

Saturday at September 1. at 8 pm (presentation in German)

Frederikke Hansen talks about and shows videos from
"Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts".

September 5.-8.
Wednesday-Friday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
DVD containing more than 18 hours of sound and video documentation along with art work and essays from the exhibiton preject "Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts" available for the public.
(see press release below)


:::: Biografie :::

Through curating and writing, Frederikke Hansen has been engaging feminist and queer politics within Western contemporary art since the mid-1990s. Situating herself and her practice in a critical dialogue with fellow cultural workers and activists, she is steadily developing a curatorial methodology that is consistent with her social and ethico-political principles. In short, her principles and practice could be described as deconstructing privilege. Part of that process entailed emigrating from increasingly xenophobic and right-leaning Denmark and settling in Kreuzberg, Berlin in 1997 and, eight years later, founding the curatorial platform Kuratorisk Aktion together with Tone Olaf Nielsen.

Hansen has been involved in running and curating several independent art spaces, including LXX (Aarhus), Galleri Campbells Occasionally (Copenhagen), and Frø (Berlin). From 2000-04, she was working as curator at the Shedhalle in Zurich, Switzerland and from 2005-06 she worked as co-curator at NIFCA, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland.

Projects include:
* Pedigree Pal: New Definition of Family (2001),
* Making Peace: Shifting Paradigms of Peace and War (2003),
* Musik Didactique: Content and Message in Electronic Pop-Music 'After' Techno (2003),
* Citizen Queer (2004), and
* Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts (2006).


:::: press release ::::

from (2006)

Nordic Amnesia

The colonial history of the Nordic region is a dark chapter that seems to have slipped the memory of
some of the Nordic populations. A comprehensive exhibition project titled Rethinking Nordic
Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts will shed light over this memory loss
and at the same time show that lines can be drawn from the colonialism of former times and
contemporary problems of intolerance, xenophobia, and nationalism in the Nordic countries today.
NIFCA, The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, has initiated this visionary project, which
combines exhibitions with workshops, conferences, hearings, and happenings in the locations of
Iceland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, and the Sámi area of Finland. 56 internationally recognized
artists, theorists, politicians, and grassroots activists from all over the world participate in the project,
which runs from March 24 - November 25, 2006.


For centuries, the European nations have seized new foreign territories and exploited them,
disregarding that these territories were already inhabited. Where colonialism has interfered in the
native societies, great destruction and oppression has resulted. When European colonialism was at
its height in the 1930s, it covered 84 percent of the world. The colonial history of the Nordic region
must be seen in relation to this process, where in keeping with a hegemonic mindset it was thought
justifiable to colonize other peoples and extracting more riches from the colonies than was being

A Postcolonial Nordic Region

Even if the Nordic colonies are (almost) dismantled, colonialism is not a closed chapter. The region
today could be said to be in a postcolonial state with clear traces of colonialism. In the former
colonies, one can encounter frustration at not being heard, understood, and respected, as well as
split feelings towards the colonizers of the past. Among those former colonizers, on the other hand,
one can encounter romantic and trivializing conceptions of the colonial era, for instance the idea
that colonization was a gift to the native people, who were provided wealth, development, and skills.


Rethinking Nordic Colonialism revisits the colonial past of the Nordic countries in order to locate
the root of some of the hierarchies, inequalities, and intolerances that structure the Nordic societies
today. In addition, the project wants to show that the region's postcolonial state also provides a
breeding ground for cultural clashes and short-circuits, which in turn lead to new qualities and
values. Qualities and values that are often overlooked, but which nonetheless pose fruitful
alternatives to existing values.

A Remarkable Project

This project is a first attempt at writing a comprehensive history of Nordic colonialism. It is the first of
its kind in the region and remarkable in its format inasmuch as it mixes art forms such as visual and
video arts, film, performance, music, and action art, with postcolonial critique and political theory. It
involves all the Nordic countries and is based on extraordinary partnerships between important art
and culture institutions in the region: The Living Art Museum and The Reykjavik Academy in
Iceland; Greenland National Museum and Archives as well as the Teachers' Training School of
Greenland in Nuuk; The Faroe Islands Art Museum and The Nordic House in Tórshavn; The Arctic
Centre and Finnish Railways Remise in Rovaniemi in Northern Finland (Sápmi).

Nordic Relay Race

Rethinking Nordic Colonialism is structured as a relay race in five acts, with each of the first four
acts consisting of an exhibition on a specific theme combined with a workshop, conference, hearing,
or happening. Each of these acts runs three weeks and it is an inbuilt premise that each act delivers
the baton to the next. The result is a continuous accumulation of experiences and a continuous
communication of the project's conclusions. In the fifth act, the results of the project will be
documented on a DVD, which is released on November 25, 2006 during simultaneous
events in the four Nordic metropolises. These launches constitute the finishing line of the relay race.

List of Participants

M. Jacqui Alexander (works in Canada), Pia Arke (Greenland/Denmark), Nadiah Bamadhaj
(Malaysia/Indonesia), Bolette Benedictsen Blaagaard (Denmark/The Netherlands), Stephanie
(USA), Randi Broberg in collaboration with Tine Bryld (Greenland/Denmark & Denmark),
Center for Land Use Interpretation (USA), Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld (Denmark), Godfried
(Ghana/United Kingdom), Anida Yoeu Esguerra (Cambodia/USA), Paul Gilroy (United
Kingdom), Tamar Guimarães (Brazil/Denmark), Archana Hande (India), Laila Hansen
(Greenland), Julie Edel Hardenberg (Greenland), Marja Helander (Sámi, Finland), Imani Henry
(The Caribbean/USA), Richard William Hill (Cree, Canada), Geir Tore Holm (Sámi, Norway),
Høgni Hoydal (The Faroe Islands), Inuk Silis Høegh & Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen
(Greenland/Denmark & Denmark), Maryam Jafri (Pakistan/USA/Denmark), Ívar Jónsson
(Iceland), Isaac Julien (United Kingdom), Jane Jin Kaisen & Tobias Hübinette (South
Korea/Denmark & South Korea/Sweden), Rauna Kuokkanen (Sámi, Finland/Canada), Moshekwa
(South Africa/The Netherlands), Reina Lewis (United Kingdom), Mikela Lundahl (Sweden),
Aviâja Egede Lynge (Greenland), Kobena Mercer (Ghana/United Kingdom), Kent Monkman
(Cree, Canada), Rannvá Holm Mortensen (The Faroe Islands), New Meaning (Norway), Alanis
(Abenaki, Canada), Steve Ouditt (Trinidad, West Indies), Pratibha Parmar
(Kenya/United Kingdom), Humphrey Polepole (Tanzania), Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy), Kaisa Raitio
(Finland), Henriette Rasmussen (Greenland), Ruangrupa (Indonesia), Vandana Shiva (India),
Katarina Pirak Sikku (Sámi, Sweden), Paul-Anders Simma (Sámi, Norway/Sweden/Finland), Slut
(Sweden), Makere Stewart-Harawira (Waitaha, New Zealand/Canada), Fatimah Tuggar
(Nigeria/USA), 200 (The Faroe Islands), Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir (Iceland), VISION - den om lighed
(Denmark), Voima (Finland) & Kara Walker (USA).
of September... in Torstrasse 161, 10115 Berlin (U8- Rosenthaler Platz



September 13. - October 6.
I Know the World, 1
Lise Harlev, Søren Lose, J&K, Sascha Pohle

Mittwoch, 12. September 19-23 Uhr

Artists Talk
Samstag 15. September um 20 Uhr: Sascha Pohle

Erweitete Öffnungszeiten während art forum berlin
Samstag, 29.September,18-22 Uhr
Dienstag, 2. Oktober, 18-22 Uhr

Artists Talk
Samstag 6. Oktober um 20 Uhr: Søren Lose

Specialists Talk
Dienstag, 9. Oktober um 20 Uhr: Russell Martin, Artquest, London


I Know the World
Event- und Ausstellungsreihe::

29. August
the world as a world map
(and other cartographic experiments)

Lize Mogel, Artists Talk

31. August
Astrid Mania präsentiert Kain Picken und Rob McKenzie (Künstler magazine SLAVE)

1. September
Präsentation von Kuratorin Frederikke Hanse
5.-8. September Mitwoch-Freitag 16-20 Uhr, Samstag 14-20 Uhr, Video-archive



Artists Talk with Sascha Pohle

Samstag 15. September um 20 Uhr:
/ Saturday at 8 P.M.
in Sparwasser HQ Torstrasse 161, 10115 Berlin (Rosenthalerplatz U-8)



Sascha Pohle is a participating artist in the exhibition I Know The World, 1, which opened in Sparwasser HQ on Wednesday, he is therefore visiting Berlin and we used the great oppertunity to invite him to present two of his newest works, on Saturday evening at 8 P.M., The talk will be held in English or German, according to the wish of our audience present.
There will also be the oppertunity to see his video in the exhibition, "The Swimmer", just before and just after the talk.


Pohle, educated 1996-2002 in Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule), Frankfurt am Main, lives and works in Amsterdam, where he is an artist-in-residence in the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten. In 2005 he was an artist-in-residence in Ssamzie Space, Seoul. He participated in 2007 in +Plus+, Vordemberge-Gidewart, Museum Wiesbaden und Nassauischer Kunstverein and in 2004 in group exhibitions in 22Wallstr., Frankfurt am Main and Zeithaus, Wolfsburg and in 'realityreal' in Galerie Gebrüder Lehmann, Dresden, In 2004 he also showed in 'Situations construites' in Espace d'arts contemporaines - Attitudes, Genève, and in 2003 in 'Make it new' in Portikus in Kooperation mit Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Frankfurt am Main, DE.





13. September - 6. Oktober
I know the World
Lise Harlev, Soeren Lose, J&K, Sascha Pohle

Artists Talk
Samstag 15. September um 20 Uhr: Sascha Pohle

Öffnungzeiten wäremd Art Forum Berlin 2007:
Samstag, 29. Sept. 18 - 22 Uhr + Dienstag, 2 Oct 2007 18-22 Uhr

Artists Talk
Samstag 6. Oktober um 20 Uhr: Søren Lose

Specialists Talk
Dienstag, 9. Oktober um 20 Uhr: Russell Martin, Artquest, London




13. Oktober - 10. November
I know the World 2
Tamar Guimaraes, Tanja N. Paulsen/ Grete Aagaard (Künstler-in-Residence Oktober-November) Tommy Stöeckel
Eröffnung Freitag 12. Oktober um 19. Uhr

17. November - 15. Dezember
I know the World 3
J&K und Künstler
Eröffnung Freitag 16. November um 19. Uhr



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