homecomings symposium

10 - 11 October 2014
Asdes Network Campus Bertin
Christinenstraße 18 / 19
10119 Bertin

BOX Freiraum
Boxhagener Straße 93
10245 Berlin

Testing a topography of memory – collective, muscle, short-term, long-term, explicit, declarative, episodic, semantic, implicit, procedural, etc. – where the borders between then and now and then become blurred, a cycle of thought is set in motion.4 Here the thought is an exhibition, a symposium, an exhibition. An etcetera is implied.

Inspired by both Georges Perec’s “Espèces d‘espaces” (1974) and Hreinn Friðfinnsson’s “House Project” (1974-), the exhibition series models revisitation as a multi-layered reflection on locality and identity.

The two-day symposium “homecomings, etc.” brings together architects, artists, curators, scholars, and writers to open up concepts of return and delineation in artistic practice. Bridging two group exhibitions, the symposium’s content reflects on what has taken place in 2013 and likewise lays the groundwork for the next display and events for Spring 2015. Day One focuses on traces of practiced return, expounding logics of encounter with homecomings of thought and experience, over time. Conversation is invited to travel and extend with an unfolding evening of artistic contributions. Day Two opens the dialogue toward prospective visions of “homecomings, etc.” in search of defining the very reading and writing of place, of subjectivity, of etcetera.

Reinstalled at Aedes Network Campus Berlin, Eric Ellingsen’s film, rope, and sound piece “ROPEWALK (a knot sketch)” (2013) suspends a self-homing score in the symposium’s soundscape.

Friday night’s parallel events at BOX Freiraum in Friedrichshain test the malleability of homecomings through multiple senses of recall, returning to the previous venue with three new artistic works: an installation by Øystein Aasan
“GATES / IN (NOT) SO MANY WORDS” (2014), Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez’s piece “Intercalation” (2014) performed by Michael Burditt Norton, and a salon, “Coming Home” (2014), by the artists Marco Thiella & Chiara Zanella.

“homecomings, etc.” is organized by Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch and Annabelle von Girsewald. Funded by the Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin Foundation

Øystein Aasan, GATES / IN (NOT) SO MANY WORDS, 2014     Photo: Jens Ziehe
Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, Intercalation, 2014 (featuring Michael Burditt Norton)
Marco Thiella & Chiara Zanella, Coming Home, 2014 (a salon at BOX)