Newly Forgotten Technologies (Five Echoes)

Opening Performance
by and with Wesley Goatley

07.04.22  19:00–19:30
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

ROMADAY: Reclaiming The Wheel

Rally, Picnic and Performance

08.04.22  18:00 Uhr

On the occasion of the 51st World Roma Day, we celebrate the Roma emancipation movement all over the world on 8 April 2022! After the traditional ROMADAY parade from the Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma of Europe, we will gather at the Grüner Salon and Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, where we will conquer the Robber's Wheel together with the Rroma Aether Klub Theatre!

Performance, rally with music and a picnic under the Robber Wheel and in the Grüner Salon, hosted by the Rroma Aether Klub Theater.

Draw a Roma Woman: The Politics of Emotion Under the European Gadjo Supremacy

Poetry performance and discussion

17.04.22  18:00

Symposium #2:
Intersectionality and the Future of Paradise
While Roma movement exists for some decades in Europe, there is lack of representation and information on how Roma women think or feel about what is going on in their lives, how they deal with all the disciplining regimes imposed on their bodies, minds and feelings. For the last decades, they seem to be so invisible, they became somewhat as a comic book characters. It is unknown how they really suffer, how they deal with anger, with self-hate, how they self-sooth, how they manage to find joy in life and continue to sustain their constantly ripped existence day by day.

Using poetry as a prompt, Jelena Savic instigates in her performance the discussion and provides a space to talk about mental health, illness and well-being. Relying on the experiences of the participants, in the background of the Critical Race theory it will possibly touch upon some of the usual stereotypes about racialized women (like the Savage, the Mommy, Sapphire and Jezebel ) through the European Roma women perspective, address some of the ways they affect them , and finally ask how Roma women maneuver their lives between them day by day.

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