Still Hope In Paradise?


Exhibition opening

07.04.22 18:30
ACUD MACHT NEU
EN
With works by Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Emília Rigová, Luna De Rosa, Marcin Tas and George M. Vasilescu
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Exhibition, Opening, ACUD


Newly Forgotten Technologies (Five Echoes)


Opening Performance
by and with Wesley Goatley

07.04.22  19:00–19:30
ACUD MACHT NEU
EN
In this performance commissioned for Still Hope In Paradise?, five Amazon Echo smart speakers come to life after having been discarded due to a common malfunction: the inability to connect to the Internet, and through this, to the Amazon data center network. Without the 'magic' of the data center, they are nothing but inert boxes, symbols of a new future for human-computer interaction that never came.

Over the course of five films, each of the Alexa voice assistants trapped within these devices tell a story about how their Echo came to be discarded, each relating to the strange histories and lost futures that these devices are irrevocably tied to - political, ecological, and emotional. The five stories are accompanied by a live score performed by Wesley Goatley. The score is composed entirely from the voice of Alexa - but the voice has been twisted, stretched, and digitally exploited until it becomes a wash of atmospheric ambience, distant rumbles, and half-heard whispers appropriate to the lamenting stories of the five Echoes.
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Performance, Opening, ACUD

DJ D.R.E.E.A


Party

07.04.22  19:30–23:00
ACUD MACHT NEU
German DJ, artist and writer D.R.E.E.A. established herself as one of the few credible female selectors in Berlin's night life. Original head who started paying her dues writing for RAP.de - Germany's online hip hop Source. After making moves in New York's musical and artistic underground scene, she settled back in Berlin. Her selection of adventurous and rugged styles of music has garnished her a cult following across Europe.
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Party, Opening, ACUD

Still Hope In Paradise?


Artist Talk

09.04.22  17:00–18:00
ACUD MACHT NEU
EN
With: Luna De Rosa und George M. Vasilescu

Moderation: Paula Ďurinová, director of ACUD Gallery
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Artist Talk, Exhibition, ACUD

Forensic Architecture: Racist Terror Attack in Hanau: The Arena Bar 


Screening + Q&A

09.04.22  18:30-19:00
ACUD MACHT NEU
EN

Symposium #1: Technology, Racism and Justice
Screening of the short film and Q&A with Dimitra Andritsou and Bob Trafford, researchers-in-charge within the Hanau project.

On 19 February 2020 in Hanau, Germany, nine people were murdered in a racist terror attack. The victims were Said Nesar Hashemi, Sedat Gürbüz, Gökhan Gültekin, Mercedes Kierpacz, Hamza Kurtović, Vili Viorel Păun, Fatih Saraçoğlu, Ferhat Unvar, and Kaloyan Velkov.

Forensic Architecture, together with its Berlin-based sister agency FORENSIS, has been commissioned by the Initiative 19. Februar, and by the lawyer for the Gültekin family, to investigate a range of issues relating to the attacks, and to produce material for a range of purposes, across legal, political, and cultural forums, as well as media, activism, and advocacy.

The attack took place over two locations. The second of these was the Arena Bar and a neighbouring kiosk in Hanau-Kesselstadt.

The Arena Bar had a troubling history of over-policing, including surveillance, and frequent police raids. A criminal complaint from relatives and survivors, and a response from the public prosecutor’s office in Hanau, discussed the allegation that police conduct in relation to the bar was a contributing factor in the bar’s emergency exit being often locked. Reports suggest that the emergency exit had indeed been previously found to be locked.
Survivors of the attack, who attended the bar regularly, claim this practice of locking the emergency exit was routine, and that they believed it to be locked on the day of the attack.

Forensic Architecture, together with its Berlin-based sister agency FORENSIS, was asked by the Initiative 19. Februar and the bereaved families and survivors, to answer the question:

“If any of those present in the Arena Bar at 10pm on 19 February 2020 had run toward the emergency exit, and it had been open, would they have had time to escape?”
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Screening, Technology, ACUD




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