Terrain of Threshold Voices — Reader

To coincide with the exhibition ‘Terrain of Threshold Voices’ held at District Kunst- und Kulturforderung Berlin in collaboration with English Theatre Berlin, we edited, designed, published and produced 250 readers. Serving not as catalogue to the exhibition but rather as fragmented archive of the artists research. For the launch of the publication we made a hot lentil soup which came with a free complementary reader.

Artists:  Anna Bromley, Constant, Larissa Fassler, Jaume Ferrete, Pieterjan Gandry and Valentina Karga, Wilhelm Klotzek, Hanne Lippard, Nasan Tur

The exhibition and performance project Terrain of Threshold Voices is dedicated to forms of artistic research on language in relation to the transformation of the urban landscape. Inspired by the presence of written expressions which take the contemporary city as a textual surface – language phenomena are explored as terrains of friction between different communities.

It connects the ongoing investigation on dissident practices of precarious bodies within the framework of District’s dissident desire with the histories and present narratives of migration in Berlin that are examined by the project Aliens of Extraordinary Abilities? at English Theatre Berlin. Engaging with the interstices of different languages and cultures of space, Terrain of Threshold Voices manifests in an exhibition as performative zone of conflict. Moving beyond normative attribution and cultural representation, the exhibition opens a language laboratory of threshold jargons that emerge from transitional states.

The project combines this experimental approach with performative movements throughout the district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg surrounding District Kunst- und Kulturförderung. The site-specific performances by Hanne Lippard and Wilhelm Klotzek take this microcosm as their field of exploration and action. Both the exhibition and the performances in the neighborhoods map out terrains, structures and movements which emerge at intersections and ruptures between different social narratives of Berlin.

A Project by Susanne Husse and Lorenzo Sandoval in collaboration with Daniel Brunet.