Sunday, September 25, 2011

Poison and Play Workshops and Seminar

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 14.10 – 16.10 2011
Berlin, Germany

A weekend of talks, lectures, and workshops for the exploration of the idea of poison through art, performance, architecture, and urban nature

“Poison and Play Workshops and Seminar” is programmed by artist Pia Lindman for her Labor Berlin 6 project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Pia Lindman’s work in progesss “Poison and Play” deals with the poisoning and detoxification of the body, mind, and environment. How do human beings cope with the daily exposure to a wide range of toxins? “Poison and Play Workshops and Seminar” invites participants to approach this question from the point of view of philosophy, economy, history, biochemistry, and psychology. In the workshops participants will have the opportunity to experience their own poisoning and detoxification, as well as develop performances or workshops of their own.

Unless separately indicated, all events take place in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John Foster Dulles Allée 10, Berlin, Germany



Friday 14.10    13:00-22:00

13:00 – 16:00 Mollecular Organization event/intervention in Poison and Play installation at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Mollecular organization studies the functioning of semio-capitalism and develops soft technologies of cooperation, tools for building the impossible communities of abstract work and its performers. Kafka Machine is a collaboration between Presque Ruines in Paris, Ueinzz-theatre group in Sao Paolo and Mollecular organization in Helsinki.

16:00 – 18:00 Lazy Climbers workshop by Pia Lindman and Katja Echterbecker
Start from Haus der Kulturen der Welt and move into surrounding park area.
Acrobat Katja Echterbecker and Pia Lindman developed together a workshop specifically for those who usually do not climb trees, to learn in a safe and fun way to climb trees.

MAX 20 participants. Pre-register by emailing Please note: only adults!

Katja Echterbecker is a performing artist and an acrobat. She trained in adult education, outdoor training and acrobatics at the Staatliche Ballet Schule in Berlin, Staatliche Artistenschule in Kiev and at the Universität zu Köln. She tours internationally with the Duo equi-Libre ( and performs regularly with the Tangoshow (directed by Martin Quilitz) As a consultant, she also develops artistic concepts for events and expos held by companies such as Bosch, Siemens, Jaguar and Audi.

18:00 - 21:00 Lecture: Peter Pàl Pelbart, Akseli Virtanen, and Franco Bifo Berardi*
Franco Berardi (Bifo) is a contemporary writer, media-theorist and media-activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976-1978). Like others Involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970's, he fled to Paris, where he worked with Felix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. During the 1980's he contributed to the magazines Semiotexte (New York), Chimerees (Paris), Metropoli (Rome) and Musica 80 (Milan). In the 1990's he published Mutazione e Ciberpunk (Genoa, 1993), Cibernauti (Rome, 1994), and Felix (Rome, 2001). He is currently collaborating on the magazine Derive Approdi as well as teaching social history of communication at the Accademia di belle Arti in Milan. He is the co-founder of the e-zine and the telestreet phenomenon.
* Franco Berardi will participate his health allowing. TBA.

Peter Pàl Pelbart is a professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo and the coordinator of the famous Ueinzz Theater Company composed of fragile minds and mental distress. He is also a member, with Suely Rolnik, of the Centre de recherches sur la Subjectivité and collaborator of the Mollecular organization. Peter was a student of Deleuze and the translator of Deleuze and Guattari into portugese. He has worked especially with the concept of time, biopolitics, subjectivity, madness, community and with thinkers like Guattari, Deleuze, Foucault, Nancy, Blanchot, Agamben. He is one of the most inventive minds trying to work our way in the comtemporary problematic of biopolitical economy, art and powers of life. He has published in Chiméres, Multitudes and his recent books include O tempo não-reconcilado (Perspectiva, 1998), A vertigem por um fio: Políticas da subjetividade contemporânea (Iluminuras, 2000), Vida Capital, (Iluminuras, 2003), Filosofia de la Desercion: Niilismo, Locura y Comunidad (Tinta Limon, 2009).

Dr. Akseli Virtanen is a member of Mollecular organization and the coordinator of Future Art Base which studies and develops the bases of future art in Helsinki (Aalto University School of Art). He is currently working on Robin Hood – Investment Fund of the Precariat and Kafka machine film project based on Félix Guattari’s plans. He also teaches new political economy and philosophy of cooperation at the Aalto University School of Economics. His recents books include Molecular Organization of Félix Guattari (2012), Economy and Social Theory Vol 1-3 (2011-2012), Introduction to Bracha Ettinger's Copoiesis (2009), The Place of Mutation. Vagus, Nomos, Multitudo (2007), A Critique of Biopolitical Economy. The End of Modern Economy and Birth of Arbitrary Power (2006), Dictionary of New Work. A Map to Precarious Life (2006).

Saturday 15.10   11:00-19:00

11:00 – 12:30 “Vocal walk” workshop by Heidi Fast
Start from Haus der Kulturen der Welt and move into surrounding park area.
Heidi Fast invites people to "sing" and walk with her to experiment with creating a slow space for one’s sensibility, with "attuning" oneself with the surrounding life and co-walkers and to enliven the expressions of humanity within the urban landscape.
MAX 20 participants. Pre-register by emailing

Heidi Fast, Helsinki-based vocal artist, teacher, and researcher works with collective compositions and vocal installations. She is co-founder of the international research group Mollecular Organization. Her artwork deals with the mutations of sensibilities and nervous systems caused by current changes in the social and mental environment and the potential therapeutic and healing affects of art in these conditions.

12:30 – 13:30 Presentation: Mia Keinänen “Walking and insight”
How and why does walking help your thinking? What share in the effect has the actual physical motion, the rhythm of the walk, or the view changing in front of your eyes?

Dancer and choreographer Mia Keinänen holds a PhD in Embodied Cognition from Harvard University. Her most recent projects include creating social choreography through Twitter (, investigation of peer-to-peer online learning among parkour practitioners and use of intuition in creative processes– and now, walking as a creative thinking action. She is currently a Post Doctorate Researcher at Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo.

13:30 – 15:00 Chicken Game workshop by Marina Kronkvist.  Chicken Game is a fun game that aims through non-verbal communication and stimuli at reconnecting the participants with their reptilian brain and reach insight through a non-rational, instinctual process.
MAX 20 participants. Pre-register by emailing

Artist Marina Kronkvist works with body and movement awareness, core stability and massage. Chicken Game is a fun game that makes it necessary for the participants to reconnect with their reptilian brain. Reference:
Marina Kronkvist holds a Bachelor Degree in Aesthetics and Body Awareness from Helsinki University, Dept of Aesthetics. She is also a somatic sex educator with a license from the Sexsibility Coach Training Program in Stochkolm, Sweden.

15:00 Presentation: Prof. Dr. Ralf Stahlmann, Institut für Klinische Pharmakologie und Toxikologie, Charité Berlin. Prof. Dr. Stahlmann  represents the medical scientific perspective into questions of toxins.

15:30 Presentation: Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen: "Progress, Food, Ethics and Health".

Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen is a freelance researcher, author, journalist based in Berlin. She also works as an adviser for urban agriculture and as a garden activist.
After receiving a doctorate in Philosophy at the Free University in Berlin, she became a Private Lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences and Sociology at the Free University. She also lectures at different universities in Germany and abroad. Her research and writing address eating habits, agriculture in a globalised world, urban agriculture, urban gardening and women´s studies. Her most recent book is a study on community gardening in New York City as well as the globalization of the European universities.
On her Homepage you will find links to some of her published texts online.

17:00 – 19:00 “Bread and Circus” Participating discussants: Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen, Mia Keinänen, Marina Kronkvist, Mollecular Organization, and Prof. Dr. Ralf Stahlmann

19:00 – 23:00
Dinner (cooked together) and continued seminar with Mollecular Organization, discussing their most recent project, the Kafka Machine, a collaboration between Mollecular Organization, professor Luca Guzzetti and film makers Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thompson. Location in a Berlin apartment (TBA).


Sunday 16.10 11:00 – 19:00

11:00-17:00 “City Walk” with Heimo Lattner.
The walk will connect a point on the periphery (tba) with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Other than a “regular” tour, the walk refrains from any comment and thus breaks the hierarchy between tour guide and participant (artist and audience) and instead makes the experience a collective one.

MAX 20 participants. Pre-register by emailing

Heimo Lattner’s works have traversed the density of the urban, whilst enabling specific experiences of the local. He also works under the name of e-Xplo ( the framework for the collaboration with Erin McGonigle and Rene Gabri. Their collaborative work many times manifested itself in the form of nightly bus-tours through different cities in which the articulation of individual narratives and their approaches to larger references became a highly charged site.
Lattner’s installations and performances have been produced for and presented at, among others: ICA, London, UK; PS1/Moma, New York, USA; 8th Sharjah Biennale, United Arab Emirates; and Transmediale, Berlin, Germany.

12:00 – 14:00 OPEN WORKSHOP
Based on the workshops and discussions from the previous days, create and teach a workshop to us!

14:00 – 16:00 Play Fight Club by Frank Taherkhani. Fun and safe way to learn to live out emotions such as aggression in a creative, playful way.
MAX 20 participants. Pre-register by emailing
Frank Taherkhani studied philosophy, German literature and economics; for his Master’s degree he wrote his thesis on “Prejudices” and is writing on the same topic for his doctoral dissertation. Frank has been practicing various martial arts since 1984 (incl. karate, jiu-jitsu and WingTsun since 1991). Through the years he has developed his own, unique approach to play fighting and has taught workshops with Gabriela Tarcha, Eva Kreimendahl, and Paula L. Rosengarthen. Taherkhani has also taught workshops by recurrent invitations by choreographer Felix Ruckert (Schwelle7 and Xplore).

16:00 – 17:00 Presentation: “The Good Life”. Curators Theo Ligthart and Anna Redeker will speak about the conceptual background for the “Stay Hungry” exhibition at Gleisdreieck Schrebergärten, Berlin January – May 2011
Artist, writer, and curator Theo Ligthart is based in Berlin, Germany. He was trained as a cameraman in Poland, Germany and the USA, and studied philosophy in Vienna, Austria. His films, installations and videos have been shown at numerous international venues such as Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Rotterdam Film Festival, Moscow Film Festival, ARCO Madrid, and Sao Paolo Film Festival. Ligthart has exhibited widely among others in the U.S., Korea, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, and Spain. Ligthart writes on film, media, and art and his most recent book Terminator... Über das Ende als Anfang. Pasagen Verlag, Wien (2004), discusses the 1984 Hollywood film “Terminator”. He recently published an essay in Revue titled "démodé oder demodern" about the relationship between art fashion and utopia.

Anna Redeker is currently finishing her MA in art history at Humboldt University, Berlin. She has worked with Berlin based galleries such as Max Hetzler, Konrad Fischer and Thaddaeus Ropac. She curated shows for Antje Wachs Gallery and the Forgotten Bar Project, both in Berlin, Germany.

17:00 – 19:00 End discussion with Heimo Lattner and his fellow walkers, Theo Ligthart, Anna Redeka, Frank Taherkhani and others

19:00 – 23:00
Dinner (cooked together) and continued seminar with Mollecular Organization, discussing their most recent project, the Kafka Machine, a collaboration between Mollecular Organization, professor Luca Guzzetti and film makers Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thompson. Location in a Berlin apartment (TBA).

Further references:
Lindman, Pia. Poison and Play Workbook. Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2011