post-title Julius Eastman | SAVVY Contemporary | 24.03.–06.05.2018

Julius Eastman | SAVVY Contemporary | 24.03.–06.05.2018

Julius Eastman | SAVVY Contemporary | 24.03.–06.05.2018

Julius Eastman | SAVVY Contemporary | 24.03.–06.05.2018

until 06.05. | #1993ARTatBerlin | SAVVY Contemporary currently shows the exhibition WE HAVE DELIVERED OURSELVES FROM THE TONAL – of, with, towards, on Julius Eastman.

After last year’s kick-off with LET SONORITIES RING in the framework of the MaerzMusik Festival by Berliner Festpspiele, we are delighted to present the results of a year filled with research, reflection and inspiration through and on the life and work of Julius Eastman.

WE HAVE DELIVERED OURSELVES FROM THE TONAL – Of, with, towards, on Julius Eastman is an exhibition, and a program of performances, concerts and lectures that deliberate around concepts beyond the predominantly Western musicological format of the tonal or harmonic. The project looks at the work of the African American composer, musician and performer beyond the framework of what is today understood as minimalist music, within a larger, always gross and ever-growing understanding of it—i.e. conceptually and geo-contextually. Together with musicians, visual artists, researchers and archivers we aim to explore a non-linear genealogy of Eastman’s practice and his cultural, political and social weight, and situate his work within a broader rhizomatic relation of musical epistemologies and practices.

For the project, new substantial artworks and musical pieces have been commissioned and will be world-premiered in Berlin. These include a filmic work and performance by Annika Kahrs; a musical composition and a sculptural work by Hassan Khan; a sound installation by Pungwe (Robert Machiri and Memory Biwa); and an installation of minimalist drawings by Barthélémy Toguo. The exhibition also includes drawings by Malak Helmy, a film by the Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar, Kodwo Eshun), paintings by Paolo Bottarelli and a score by Raven Chacon.

The EXHIBITION OPENING will take place on 23.03.2018 at 19:00h with the premiere of ‘Regginigger–A play on Eastman’s Wor(l)ds of Divinity’ by the collective Pungwe.  A symposium on Julius Eastman will follow on the weekend 24. + 25.03.2018:

INVOCATIONS I 24.03.2018 | 16:00-24:00
WITH Kodwo Eshun, Sean Griffin, Dustin Hurt, Hassan Khan, Annika Kahrs, Petr Kotík, Josh Kun, Mary Jane Leach, George E Lewis, Elaine Mitchener, The Otolith Group and Christine Rusiniak

INVOCATIONS II 25.03.2018 | 11:00–19:00
WITH Janine Armin, Raven Charcon, Christine Eyene, Sumanth Gopinath, Sean Griffin, Malak Helmy, Sofia Jernberg, George E Lewis, Elaine Mitchener, Christine Rusiniak and Pungwe (Robert Machiri & Memory Biwa)

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
CURATOR Antonia Alampi
RESEARCH CURATORS Kamila Metwaly & Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock
COMMUNICATION Anna Jäger & Jörg-Peter Schulze

A project by SAVVY Contemporary and MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues.

Hassan Khan´s pieces have been realized thanks to the generous support of Galerie Chantal Carousel.
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Vernissage: Friday, March 23, 2018, from 07:00 p.m.

Exhibition period: Saturday, March 24 to Sunday, May 06, 2018

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Image caption: Photo Christine Rusiniak

Exhibitions Julius Eastman – SAVVY Contemporary | Ausstellungen Berlin | Zeitgenössische Kunst | Contemporary Art | Kunst in Berlin  | Galerien Berlin | ART at Berlin

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