June 25, 2020 6:00 pm launch of the digital series CC: World.
In digital letters, international artists and scholars reflect on how the coronavirus pandemic is changing the world while creating new possibilities
Starting on June 25, 2020, Haus der Kulturen der Welt will publish a series of digital letters in video, written, and audio formats called CC: World. International artists, authors, and scholars reflect on the social, political, and economic upheavals of a radically new world amid the coro-navirus pandemic. The series will launch with contributions by Hito Steyerl and Rabih Mroué. HKW will publish new contributions every Thursday at ccworld.hkw.de.
From the microcosms of our everyday world in which social distancing continues to determine our coexistence to economies on the brink of collapse, the pandemic state of emergency makes the structures and forms of organization that underlie modern societies visible. We have not yet internalized the logic of this radical new world. How are artists and people who think about alternative forms of thought and action experiencing this existential situation? What do they see in this state of standstill, of limbo?
The contributors to CC: World use correspondence as a form of decelerated communication. Letters both express the specific situation in which they are written and are intimate messages to their recipients. It is a medium that pauses, ponders, reflects, and remains resistant. Digitalism gives CC: World the opportunity to let others – around the globe – read along “in CC,” thus creating connecting lines in the planetary present.
The complexity of this present is reflected in the variety of voices and formats: Nadah El-Shazly sends a video message about a mysterious series of photos taken at night at the beginning of the pandemic in a residential area near Cairo. Meg Stuart sends videos of a dance performance on the roof of HKW, Fatima Al Qadiri resurrects post-apocalyptic landscapes that are inspired by 1980s disaster films and evoke the urban centers of the world in the shutdown. Hito Steyerl writes about experiencing the pandemic as a “free fall,” Rabih Mroué uses a family photo to show how the perception of presence and absence shifts. The specially designed web environment combines the content in a new digital form.
In a focus on the United States on August 13, CC: World will look at how the pandemic affects a society to thereby emphasize its structural racism. It led to violence accompanied by worldwide protests.
With contributions by Mohammad Al Attar, Fatima Al Qadiri, Sinan Antoon, Black Brown Berlin, Imani Jacqueline Brown, Maria Chehonadskih/Andrés Saenz De Sicilia, Alice Creischer/Andreas Siekmann, Teju Cole, Nadah El Shazly, Hu Fang, David Goldberg/Ruha Benjamin, Kiluanji Kia Henda, James T. Hong, Tom McCarthy, Rabih Mroué, The Otolith Group, Peggy Piesche, Kaushik Sunder Rajan/Stacy Hardy/Neo Muyanga, Claudia Rankine, Ava Rocha, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Himali Singh Soin, Nikiwe Solomon, Hito Steyerl, Meg Stuart, Jenna Sutela
Curatorial team: Bernd Scherer (director), Philipp Albers, Detlef Diederichsen, Alexandra Engel, Anselm Franke, Niklas Hoffmann-Walbeck, Karen Khurana, Katrin Klingan, Laura Mattes, Daniel Neugebauer, Jan Trautmann, Sabine Willig, Mathias Zeiske
Starting June 25, 2020, new contributions will be published every Thursday at 6:00 pm and can be accessed freely at ccworld.hkw.de
The series will launch on June 25 with the following contributions:
Hito Steyerl (essay): In Free Fall: Happy hypoxia. A second person perspective
Rabih Mroué (video): Cheers to our Wishes
About the first contributors:
Hito Steyerl lives in Berlin.
Rabih Mroué is a director, playwright, actor and visual artist. He is editor of The Drama Review/TDR (New York) and a co-founder of the Beirut Art Center (BAC). From 2012 to 2015, Mroué was a fellow at the International Research Center Interweaving Performance Cultures at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2015 to 2019, he worked as a director at the Münchner Kammerspiele. His works include Borborygmus (2019), So Little Time (2017), The Pixelated Revolution (2016) and Riding on a Cloud (2015).
Find more information about CC: World here.
Visit CC: World at ccworld.hkw.de
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Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by the Federal Foreign Office.