HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt

100 Years of Now. The Opening

30 Sep - 04 Oct 2015

© Reto Pulfer
Exhibition view of Dehydrierte Landschaft at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, 2014
Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Annik Wetter
30 September — 4 October 2015

Short-termism reigns. Today’s decisions lack a future horizon. A constant flood of snapshots feeds the fear of missing out. A never ending flood of new technologies promises to solve all our problems – until the next upgrade is released. 100 Years of Now combines diagnoses of our times with scopes of action, explores the potentials of the past, and unlocks alternative futures. Until 2018, HKW will be probing the countermovement to the dictatorship of the moment. 100 Years of Now. The Opening spotlights the emergence and side-effects of normative notions of time, the planetary entanglement of technological, human, and natural forces, global political conflicts and supposed side scenes of history.

The program starts with a keynote speech by sociologist of science Helga Nowotny, whose seminal critical writings anticipated key characteristics of digital temporality, followed by a set of seven dialogues from artists, scientists, and thinkers. Artist Reto Pulfer creates “mental and conceptual states” using mnemotechnics, while Ines and Eyal Weizman present “Celltexts”, a collection of books written in prison. Speakers from the vast array of participants include novelist Rana Dasgupta, media theorist Erich Hörl, Slavs and Tatars, poet Yang Lian, as well as historian of science Hans-Jörg Rheinberger.

The international soloist ensemble zeitkratzer from Berlin examines war music from the euphoricized beginnings of World War I with text interventions from actor Maximilian Brauer. The avant-garde pop band F.S.K. from Munich explores the timeless dilemma of destruction and deconstruction in an homage to the Futurist Luigi Russolo, while the much vaunted young Hamburg band Trümmer tells the story of someone who went out into the world and never came back. All three concerts are commissioned works.

With presentations, demonstrations and lecture performances, October 2 will be devoted to the Technosphere, launching the four-year research project of the same name. Media theorist Mark Hansen, anthropologist Lucy A. Suchman, sociologist of finance Donald MacKenzie and historian of technology Clapperton C. Mavhunga, among others, will explore how human, planetary and technological forces create today’s global structure.

What forces shape the dominant concept of time in accelerated capitalism? How do other notions of time enable alternative courses of action? Science historian Henning Schmidgen, composer Sandeep Bhagwati, poet Guo Jinniu and media philosopher Jimena Canales, among other thinkers, will address these questions in transdisciplinary discussion settings.

Can the present be conceived of as a pre-war period? Or has The Next War already begun? Where are the new imperial rivalries and collective projections heading? Answers and further discussions will be launched by philosopher Michel Feher, psychoanalyst Laurence A. Rickels, journalist Margarita Tsomou, philosopher Marina Gržinić, artist Judith Raum and investigative journalist Pepe Escobar.

At 100 Years of Now, performative and discursive formats enter into a dialogue. In a documentary epic, the filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri tells the story of Egypt from the overthrow of King Farouk to the present day. Actors Burghart Klaußner and Ulrich Matthes read from books, letters, newspapers and magazines from World War I.

A poster series introducing 100 Years of Now with photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans will be on display throughout the city during Berlin Art Week, from mid-September onwards.

100 Years of Now. The Opening is curated by HKW Director Bernd Scherer and HKW Heads of Department Detlef Diederichsen, Anselm Franke, and Katrin Klingan.

Alev Adil, Sandeep Bhagwati, Lino Camprubí, Jimena Canales, Zachary Caple, Gregory T. Cushman, Rana Dasgupta, Heather Davis, Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Doom Spa (Roseline Rannoch and Felix Profos), Eisklares Echo (Mia von Matt and Reto Pulfer), Pepe Escobar, Michel Feher, F.S.K., Jennifer Gabrys, Avery F. Gordon, Marina Gržinić, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Orit Halpern, Mark B. N. Hansen, Erich Hörl, Guo Jinniu, Peter K. Haff, Burghart Klaußner, Scott Knowles, Jörn Leonhard, S. Løchlann Jain, Helge Jordheim, Donald MacKenzie, Ulrich Matthes, Clapperton C. Mavhunga, Helga Nowotny, Matteo Pasquinelli, Reto Pulfer, Judith Raum, Jürgen Renn, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Laurence A. Rickels, Arno Rosemarin, Gwendolyn Sasse, Henning Schmidgen, Birgit Schneider, Katrina Schwartz, Slavs and Tatars, Lucy A. Suchman, Jihan El-Tahri, Thirsty Moon (Ying Le and Paul Sochacki, Berlin), Wolfgang Tillmans, Trümmer, Frank Uekötter, Margarita Tsomou, Ines and Eyal Weizman, Yang Lian, Yongle Zhang, YoYo, zeitkratzer, Mushon Zer-Aviv, amongst others.

100 Years of Now is a long-term project by HKW (2015-2018), examining current social issues in the context of historical perspectives.

Tags: Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Al Hansen, Reto Pulfer, Luigi Russolo, Slavs and Tatars, Paul Sochacki, Wolfgang Tillmans, O Zhang