gathering – bodies in exhibition space






08.07.22, 4.30–5 pm, Welcome note
Lisa Paland & Luzi Gross

08.07.22, 5 pm, Tour through the exhibition N U R T U R Æ L
with Yana Thönnes (THE AGENCY)

08.07.22, 6 pm, Enjoy alienation or: The installative as a limit of appropriation
Input by Felix Stenger

08.07.22, 6.30 pm, Body/Politics - Levels of Experience in the Context of the Exhibition
Input by Hanne König

09.07.22, 11–13 Uhr, Inhabiting New Dance Legacies
Workshop by Jeremiah Day. Register at please.

09.07.22, 2 pm, open scores: on the potential of doing, omission and failure
Input by Kirsten Maar

09.07.22, 3 pm, on MIMETIC BODIES
Input by Lena Grossmann

09.07.22, 3.30 pm, discussion
moderated by Miriam Althammer

09.07.22, 4.30 pm, Broadcast from the experimental text workshop
with Luca Daberto

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With THE AGENCY, Miriam Althammer, Jeremiah Day, Judith Engel, Lena Grossmann, Hanne König, Kirsten Maar, Felix Stenger, a.o.

With participants from theater, dance, science, and art, we ask about today´s relevance and expectations towards performative practices within exhibition contexts.

Dance, performing arts, or performance have detached themselves from their traditional venues and taking more and more place in exhibition spaces. The boundaries between the arts and institutions are increasingly dissolving, often they can no longer be drawn in a meaningful way. The program of the Lothringer 13 Halle is also dedicated to artistic practices that question new performative aesthetics and challenge both the rules of the exhibition and its institutions.
With protagonists such as the performance group THE AGENCY, the artist and choreographer Lena Grossmann, as well as the exhibition “Exzentrische 80er: Tabea Blumenschein, Hilka Nordhausen, Rabe perplexum und Kompliz*innen aus dem Jetzt” (a project by Burcu Dogramaci, Ergül Cengiz, Philipp Gufler, Mareike Schwarz, and Angela Stiegler), this year the Lothringer 13 Halle is hosting positions that represent a wide spectrum of performative approaches. What they all have in common is that they point beyond their conventional spaces of definition and seek interdisciplinary constellations.

We take this as an opportunity to make an inventory. gathering - body within the exhibition space questions the interfaces of theater, dance, performance, and exhibition. Together we want to discuss and reflect: Which approaches of intervention, presence, collectivity and participation can occur and become effective – also quite specifically in the Lothringer 13 Halle? What terms do we need to describe performative productions in the exhibition space? What connects and distinguishes exhibition institution and production house?

We are looking forward to gathering on Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9, on the last weekend of THE AGENCY's project N U R T U R Æ L in the context of various inputs and talks, an exhibition tour and a workshop.

Organized by Lisa Paland & Luzi Gross.

We will devote two days to these questions in the context of theatre and dance in two thematic clusters. On the afternoon of Friday, July 8, everything will revolve around the question of theatrical performances in curated exhibition settings. What new forms of reception are generated here? And what does this mean for theatre and curatorial practice and their intersections?

Protagonists of the performance group THE AGENCY will report on their immersive performance SOLASTALGIA, which they developed for the Lothringer 13 Halle and the exhibition project N U R T U R Æ L curated by them, in a tour on Friday, July 8. How is the presence of bodies in the exhibition space set up here? What roles are played by performers, objects, videographic works, the fog and the audience?

Felix Stenger explores the question of the type of experience in immersive theatre and installation projects in his contribution using the example of works by Susanne Kennedy, THE AGENCY and Barbara Lenartz, among others. In doing so, he identifies aesthetic experiences of alienation in the examples of performative practice cited, which do not fulfil their promise of participation but always keep their audience at a distance. 

Hanne König then looks at different uses of performative strategies in curatorial practices. With her, we can question the work of THE AGENCY according to what the form of experience generated by the performance aims at. To a subjective individual experience or to a communal, collective experience of a constantly reconstituting "we". 

On Saturday, 9 July, we will devote ourselves to the (conceptual) work between dance and visual art and follow the traces and scores that are often associated with dance-performative works. What role do scores and notations play when choreographies are not designed for the stage but for the exhibition space? How can scores be rethought here?

These questions will first be addressed physically in a dance and movement workshop by the artist Jeremiah Day. In his workshops, he teaches improvisation through movement and language. Here he also draws on his characteristic montage/narrative form in which political and personal realities are interwoven through various techniques such as photography and movement.
In her subsequent lecture "open scores: on the potential of doing, omission and failure", Kirsten Maar introduces us to artistic projects on the threshold of choreography and exhibition since the 1960s, which have repeatedly redefined the choreographic score in these delimited contexts. 

Scores in the form of instructions for action play a special role in the works of the visual artist and choreographer Lena Grossmann. In her contribution, she gives us a practical insight into her previous works and into the rehearsal process for the project Thinking Mimetic Bodies, which she will realise in the Lothringer Halle from the end of July. 

The theoretical part of the gathering will be concluded by a discussion that will follow on from the inputs on Saturday and Friday. The discussion will be moderated byMiriam Althammer, whose own research includes practice-based dance and movement research and artistic-interdisciplinary interconnections.

To conclude the gathering together,Luca Daberto will go on air with the experimental text workshop. On the occasion of the exhibition N U R T U R Æ L, the workshop participants have previously produced their own texts and will weave them into a narrative live with alternative forms of language and sound.

The gathering will be accompanied by Judith Engel.


Fri, July 8
4.30 pm  Welcome note Luzi Gross & Lisa Paland
5 pm       Tour through the exhibition N U R T U R Æ L with Yana Thönnes (THE AGENCY)
6 pm       Input Felix Stenger: Enjoy alienation or: The installative as a limit of appropriation
6.30 pm  Input Hanne König: Body/Politics - Levels of Experience in the Context of the Exhibition 

Sat, July 9
11 am –1 pm  Workshop by Jeremiah Day: Inhabiting New Dance Legacies
2 pm               Input Kirsten Maar: open scores: on the potential of doing, omission and failure 
3 pm               Input Lena Grossmann: on MIMETIC BODIES
3.30 pm          Discussion moderated by Miriam Althammer
4.30 pm          Broadcast from the experimental text workshop with Luca Daberto

Please register in advance for Jeremiah Day's workshop at
No advance registration is required for the gathering.

Reference project/s
Exhibition N U R T U R Æ L with works by Kanako Azuma, Sarah Doerfel, Nile Koetting and THE AGENCY and the performance SOLASTALGIA with Challenge Gumbodete, Liina Magnea and Kate Strong 
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CURRENT INFO: Unfortunately all performance slots are fully booked now. We ask all those who have booked slots and cannot attend to let us know at Today, Friday 7/29, and tomorrow, Saturday 7/30, the hall will not be open to the public.
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