Violence of Inscriptions #4: On the Integrity of the Body

13 Jun 2018 – 16 Jun 2018

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15:00 – 19:00
15:00 – 19:00
15:00 – 19:00
15:00 – 19:00
15:00 – 19:00
15:00 – 19:00

HAU 1 Hebbel am Ufer

Berlin, Germany


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The idea – and the claim – of the integrity of the body are at the core of the last edition of “Violence of Inscriptions.” What does it actually mean for our bodies to stay safe and sound, without harm, under the experience of structural violence?


And what can we set against these often indirect and creeping attacks on our own and other people’s bodies – aesthetically, symbolically, by words? The practice of our international guests from arts, human rights activism and theory is the starting point for the 3-day presentation and workshop programme: over-writing scars with tattoos; filming and dancing of gestures and movements that are about to withdraw or disappear; writing in order to make the silencing and political stigmatization of bodies speakable again; defining shame and neglect as meaningful places to artistically act from.

13.06.2018 ab 19:00 / HAU1

Michaelina Jakala, Agri Ismaïl, Adham Hafez, Violence of Inscriptions #4 On the Integrity of the Body (Day 1)

15.06.2018 ab 19:00 / HAU1

Sophie Nield, Seth Holmes, Jorge León, Violence of Inscriptions #4 On the Integrity of the Body (Day 2)

16.06.2018 ab 19:00 / HAU1

Zhenya Zakhar, Tom Tlalim, Lina Majdalanie, Violence of Inscriptions #4 On the Integrity of the Body (Day 3)

"Violence of Inscriptions" takes interest in human bodies under political and social violence. Based on the performativity and physicality that the body introduces in the discussion, the project questions the possibility of representing and critically reflecting experiences of structural violence with artistic, discursive, and activist means.

In collaboration with HAU Hebbel am Ufer and grounded in existing and in-progress work by dramaturge and researcher Sandra Noeth and choreographer and performer Arkadi Zaides, the serial project “Violence of Inscriptions“ unfolds in five chapters that take place in between 2016 – 2018. Acknowledging the complexity of the topic and its ideological, political, ethical and legal implications, this format aims at breaking down the general question into more specific aspects and lines of tension, these might be:

#1 On Experience & Representation (4.+5.3.2017)
#2 On Resilience (30.6.+1.7.2017)
#3 On Collectivity, and Its Boundaries (17.+18.11.2017)
#4 On the Integrity of the Body (13.,15.,16.06.2018)

In each session, an international group of artists, thinkers, human rights activists and experts from other fields and different disciplines and geo-political contexts gathers in a workshop meeting of several days. The respective practices and perspectives of the participants provide the initial material for the exchange and concretize the discussion. This internal part of the project will be accompanied by a public program with artistic presentations, screenings, installations, round tables and lectures at HAU Hebbel am Ufer.


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