New Year's lecture and lecture
Saturday 07.01.2023 with Anselm Franke
Sunday 08.01.2023 with Dr. Ralph Amann
Due to the high demand for our New Year's dinner and lecture, we opened up additional spots for the lecture only. We invite you to come a little early and enjoy our Japanese New Year's food called mochi.
Celebrating recurring events of the year with particular foods is a very important part of Japanese tradition in order to differentiate these events from the everyday.
The origin of the Japanese New Year ceremony is the time of transition between seasons and is believed to bring the world of the living and the dead closer together. Through this event we will have the opportunity to gain awareness of our physical presence as well as the season, both by their corporal and ephemeral natures.
Time: 5 pm - 6:30 pm (lecture starts at 6pm)
Place: Osram Höfe, Oudenarder Straße 16, Haus C, 13347 Berlin
Purchasing our products will also be possible until 6pm.
Anselm Franke has been Head of Visual Arts and Film at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) since 2013. There, he initiated and curated the exhibitions Love and Ethnology: The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte) (2019/20, with Diedrich Diederichsen), Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930 (2018, with Tom Holert), Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (2017/18, with Nida Ghouse, Paz Guevara, Antonia Majaca), 2 or 3 Tigers (2017, with Hyunjin Kim), Nervous Systems (2016, Tactical Technology Collective, Stephanie Hankey, Marek Tuszynski), Ape Culture (2015, with Hila Peleg), Forensis (2014, with Forensic Architecture), The Whole Earth (with Diedrich Diederichsen) and After Year Zero (both 2013). He previously worked as a curator at KW Berlin and as director of the Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp. In 2005 he and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus founded the Forum Expanded for the Berlin International Film Festival of which he has been co-curator since. He was the chief curator of the Taipei Biennial in 2012 and of the Shanghai Biennale in 2014. His exhibition project Animism was shown from 2009 until 2014 in collaboration with various partners in Antwerp, Berne, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Shenzhen, Seoul and Beirut. Franke received his doctorate from Goldsmiths College, London. He was appointed Professor of Curatorial Studies at the Zurich University of the Arts, effective August 1, 2022.
Dr. Ralph Amann has studied at University in a number of fields such as Ethnology, Geography, Theater Studies and Political Science:this was in many places like Berlin, Salamanca, Santiago de Chile, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, andParis. In Berkeley he also taught in Philosophy as Teaching Assistant and Lecturer. He graduated in Philosophy, History, German Language and Literature Studies and completed his doctorate with a thesis on contemporary ethics (and its foundations) with Axel Honneth and Peter Bieri: with a plea for diversity in ethics and morality. He originally wanted to study medicine, as well as in geriatrics and psychiatry. Alongside his studies, he had worked in a hospital as a community service worker to earn the financial means for his travels. Later he translated novels, short stories and poetry from Spanish and English into German and worked in the press department of the Frankfurt Book Fair. He also wrote travel books for the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Now Ralph Amann has been working for years as a teacher at the Waldorf School Mitte in Berlin, where he has also been part of the extended school management for a few years (always newly elected)- among other things he is responsible for hiring and supervising new colleagues. He also works now and then as a lecturer at teaching seminars to train future teachers.