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Dienstag, 18. Feb 2020,

“Bending Your Back Like This”

The ABA Salon took place on the 9th of November 2019 at at ABA‘s temporary project space ABACADABRA situated at the Haus der Statistik.

In this hour we’ll talk about the rapid increase of housing prices, the subsequent displacement of people and the compaction of living spaces. Instead of looking at the structural change of cities, we will leave the birds-eye perspective and, through different artist practices, look at how our personal bodies are interconnected with the urban environment they are situated in. Through shared experiences, public discussion and physical exercises, we will examine the spacial adjustability of the human body as a metaphor for the housing-crises we are facing today. We will look at the video works of Goeun Bae (South-Korea) and Ling-Yu He (Taiwan). Both use the means of the human body to sketch out the boundaries of private and shared space. Furthermore we will talk with the artist Carsten Lisecki and architect Monika Konrad about their practices related to the topic.


This event was kindly supported by Berliner Senat für Kultur und Europa.

ABA EAR SALON is a radio format produced by team of Air Berlin Alexanderplatz. The broadcasts come from different locations in Berlin where we organize salons. At these salons we meet with local actors, artists, scientists and other cultural producers to exchange around research based artistic projects and practices.

Here few examples:

by Michiel Huijsman and Renate Zentschnig

Walking slowly around through the crowd during a warning strike at Berlin Alexanderplatz on the 11th of March 2015.

Binaural recording best listened to with headphones.

The Dutch artist Nickel van Duijvenboden has been working in Berlin for several months, as part of a residency programme called Air Berlin Alexanderplatz. The result of Nickel’s working period was a “Salon” with monologues, music, and singing. For “Tuning In/Tuning Out” he created a radio edit of this Salon, featuring the infamous 1926 correspondence between Eisler and Schönberg, several pieces by those composers, as well as some related contemporary experimental music. The artist and writer Mirjam Kuitenbrouwer reads two extensive letters she sent to Nickel in Berlin. The piece concludes with two pieces of Eisler’s “Ernste Gesänge” (1962) sung by the artist (one played with the double bass player Koen Nutters, and one sung a capella at the uppermost dome of the Teufelsberg radar station). No 1 For the first hour of “Tuning In/Tuning Out”, Nickel has compiled a playlist of tracks that have recently informed his practice. It loosely consists of two strands: LP’s he’s listened to in Berlin, and pieces combining voice and percussion. This includes one track of his own piece “Echolocation Solo” (2016), that was shown in a gallery context in Amsterdam. It was an eight-channel audio installation in which readings of private messages were puctuated by the artist’s own drumming.
the photo above, the two strips of film from the collection at the Imperial War Museum in London. They document the sound of Armistice Day, the end of World War I, and the silencing of artillery.