tesla salon

thursday evening (usually) is the time for tesla salon, a get-together, where tesla's artists-in-residence and selected artists and researchers are invited to meet with the audience for talks, presentations and jours fixes. free admission.

thurs 02. march 2006 -- 8:30 pm

tesla aktuell

andreas broeckmann, carsten seiffarth and detlev schneider invite you to a discussion about the programme contents and plans.

tues 07. march 2006 -- 8:30 pm

berliner kulturradio - modelle 2

radio 1:1

radio 1:1 in discussion with representatives of the official public radio broadcasters

radio is currently in a period of upheaval in which the cultural formats have to redefine themselves. in conjunction with the activities of reboot.fm, radio 1:1 is hosting a series of monthly round-table talks from january to july 2006 in which berlin cultural radio projects are introduced. different players are invited to the informal discussions in order to discuss their approaches. In the first talk the european network radia.fm introduced their project radio territories and the cultural radio station radio 1:1 planned for summer 2006.

in the current salon the representatives of the official public broadcasters are in discussion. they discuss the following questions:
how has the programme philosophy changed itself lately?
must the cultural radio stations react to the pressure to fulfil quotas and are they thereby condemned to compete with rubbish radio stations?
how is the history of berlin inscribed into the radio formats and institutional structures?
which ideal listener does this particular model seek to address?
what is the relationship between word and music?
what roles do new forms of broadcasting like podcasting play?
which elements of culture are disseminated at all and how are cultural conflicts pictured within this?

thurs 09. march 2006 -- 8:30 pm

transient scores

a discussion with penelope wehrli and martina leeker

the director penelope wehrli talks to the theatre theorist martina leeker. her new work emily on the rocks -- take two can be interpreted as an approach to the language of emily dickinson.

as well as others, the following questions will be discussed: to what extent can literature be represented in performance and dance at all?
what is the relationship between text, writing and codified dance in installation and performance?
do the media used in the piece possess such characteristic qualities that their interplay, their intermediation, creates something new?
what then are the differences between performance and installation, in respect to the role of the spectator as well?

thurs 16. march 2006 -- 8:30 pm

formatlabor 2.1

rosehill -- a feature film by mari cantu
ohne marci -- a documentary film by gusztáv hámos
discussion afterwards with the director

budapest, summer 1956. on rose hill, one of the most beautiful districts of the city, lives the party functionary gábor with his family in a well protected villa. gábor sees reality from the perspective of communist ideology which means above all else, 9 years after the victory over nazi germany, for the former antifascist hero gabor: loyalty to the party and to the soviet union. at the same time he senses that alongside this view there could be and perhaps has to be, another. the two children know very little, of course, about all these associations. for them the villa on rose hill is a great adventure playground and the privileges of the family are not analysed. one day however, panka and mischka misappropriate a letter addressed to their father from israel, in which is a picture of his beloved lolo. actually it is a harmless prank but when the uprising in hungary starts, in the fantasy world of the children, it is as a direct result of the stolen letter... the fragile world of rose hill breaks apart.

the story is told from the perspective of his roughly 10 year old daughter panka, the director's alter ego, which gives the political events a fantastic sense of reality. the film follows an autobiographic course.

gusztáv hámos has traced the autobiographical aspect of the film and has made the documentary film außer marci about it. he is particularly interested in the points of contact between biography and history.

on this evening not only the film -- because of problems still being discussed was only played in few cinemas and for a very short time -- will be shown, but also the documentary about the film. afterwards there is a discussion with the director.

tues 21. march -- 8:30 pm

netzkultur.salon 5

exploring arab web representations

collaborative websurfing with catherine david in dialogue with geert lovink

despite low internet access, blogs and websites are providing us with a rich, and sometimes disturbing image of contemporary iraq, and the arab world in general. besides the personal diaries of bloggers, there are poetry portals, alternative news sites, photography archives and resources that capture the resistance against the us-led occupation of iraq. what images about fallujah circulate? can we interprete the beheadings and abu ghraib as warporn? what bloggers are there besides salam pax? what do diaries of us soldiers tell us?

we will discuss the politics and aesthetics of these websites and investigate where the sites originate from. how much can we find out about the owners and editors? who is hosting these sites?
















tue 28. march 2006 -- 8:30 pm

der ordner [the ring binder]

experimental movie
experimental film with documentary elements by felicia zeller and marion pfaus [experts]
world premiere with subsequent discussion

berlin friedrichshain. long lines of empty, newly opened and newly closed shops dominate the picture of the streets. the founder of a former business, henriette w. has given up her shop to her successor christian s. the black leitz ring binder with notes from a seminar about establishing a business is left behind. the potential of the ring binder is realised immediately and declared a screenplay.

thurs 30. march 2006 -- 8:30 pm

knm soirée

dafne - three times new

a myth newly conceived

the opera dafne by heinrich schütz [musik] und martin opitz [libretto] is considered to be the first opera in german. premiered in 1626 near torgau in saxony, it only exists today as a printed libretto. as part of the berlin festival zeitfenster - III. biennale alter musik, that is concerned with question of the origins of music in the german language, young contemporary composers will set the baroque libretto to music. just as in the baroque era, precise instructions about the musical setting and instrumentation will be given.

in this tesla salon we will discuss the core questions of the dafne projects. the composers of the early 17th century were seeking a contemporary form for the setting of the german language. in which ways can this question and historical musical practice be transferred into contemporary composition?

the dafne project is not intended to supply a perfect solution: it is intended to energise, to provoke thought and animate discussion about contemporary music theatre - with 'elemental material' - the opera dafne.

with titus engel [conductor], tilmann harckensee and thomas bruns [manager of knm]

the three compositions will be introduced to the public in a concert on the 3 april in the elisabeth-kirche.

di 04. april -- 20:30 h

berliner kulturradio-modelle 3

radio 1:1 im gespräch mit vertretern kommerzieller sender:

popmusik-konzepte im öffentlich-rechtlichen und im kommerziellen radio

mit peter radzuhn, musikchef bei radio 1 und thomas müller, musikredakteur bei motor.fm

moderation: pit schultz, alexis waltz



radio 1:1 ist ein projekt der klubradio gmbh und wird gefördert durch die hauptstadtkulturfonds.

thurs 06. april 2006 -- 8:30 pm

sonambiente berlin 2006

coinciding with the 2006 world cup, sonambiente<7b> [1 june to 16 july], a festival exposing the variety of forms in the contemporary world of sound art, will be introduced alive and kicking into the berlin scene.

carsten seiffarth speaks with the artistic management about the contents and direction of the sound art festival.

thurs 13. april 2006 -- 8:30 pm

format.labor 2.2

michael brynntrup: if tv shoots me, then i'll shoot tv!

an evening with the video artist, unmediated and fragmented into media

formatlabor develops and tests new forms of the uses of media and communication and reflects their possible social effects.


tues 18. april 2006 -- 8:30 pm

netzkultur.salon 6

renderingtime: linda wallace in conversation with diana mccarty

linda wallace will show and discuss a series of her video works, including lovehotel, eurovision, entanglements and livingtomorrow, as well as documentation of the probe exhibition she curated in beijing in 1999, the first exhibition of international media arts in china. in 2003 she completed a studio-based ph.d at australian national university, on scholarship with the advanced computational systems cooperative research center. the ph.d thesis material media: artifacts from a digital age, can be found online [see link below]. the dissertation component was to do with artists' re-use of media. linda and diana will talk about this art/science experience and the academicisation of art-practice, as well as ideas drawn more from the works including materiality, narrative complexity and spatialisation.


thurs 20. april 2006 -- 8:30 pm

sound architectures

talk with edwin van der heide

thurs 27. april 2006 -- 8:30 pm

bgnm at tesla

simply complicated -- towards an understanding of contemporary music

discussion with hannes böhringer, sebastian claren, frank hentschel, carolin naujocks, matthias osterwold.
chair: christa brüstle and martina seeber.

the berlin society for new music begins its annual program with a round table discussion:

is new music just complicated? what do the labels 'simple' and 'complicated' mean in composition and in performance -- what do they stand for today for listeners, composers or musical industry professionals? a discussion as introduction to a 'cursed' theme.