This year’s edition of 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin’s largest free arts festival, takes place from June 24th to 26th (Friday, 7pm to Sunday, 7pm). Around 230 artistic projects at over 180 venues will explore the festival theme “Kafayı yemek / Ich esse meinen Kopf” (I eat my head). Kafayı yemek is one of the most widely used phrases in the Turkish language and translates as “to eat one’s head”. The idiom can be used as a violent, unexpected reaction in dramatic moments, both positive and negative, and its use in daily life is very diverse. The artists participating in the festival have been inspired by this theme to create contributions in a wide variety of genres – from visual arts to performances, music and theatre.
Since this year, a new management team is responsible for the festival: Sharmila Sharma and Siri Ermert organise the 48 Stunden together with the curatorial team of Canberk Akçal, Laura Awad, Viviana Medina, Sadaf Vasaei and Elif Yildirim. For the coming editions, they will successively develop new formats. The previous focus on art in public space, including the tried and tested format of “Signals”, has already been expanded for this festival edition. The new team’s main concern is to strengthen the decentralised structure of the festival, which takes place throughout North Neukölln, in order to provide the artists working here with optimal conditions for presenting their work. Another focus of the work will be the dismantling of barriers in general and a more diverse design of the festival. For this reason, there is already increased cooperation this year with various initiatives and event formats in Neukölln and beyond, including the IÇ IÇE festival for new Anatolian music and the art education programme Ubuntus e.V., which focuses on political contemporary art and, among other things, the topic of “access to the art sector”. International cooperations such as the collaboration with the Danish Trekant Festival, which has been in place since 2017, will be continued.
The augmented reality installation “ENNUI” by Funda Zeynep Ayguler shows two digital figures sitting bored and tired at an abandoned petrol station (Sonnenalle 9).
In Richardplatz, the nine-channel sound installation “I love you, Seni seviyorum, Ich liebe Dich” by Shona Stark explores the diverse meanings and emotions behind the most important statement in our language of love.
” Du siehst mich mit einem Auge, ich seh’ dich mit zweien” (You see me with one eye, I see you with two) is an interactive video installation by Wael Toubaji in the…
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