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Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!

In Berlin, Performances, Workshops on February 28, 2018 at 12:47 pm

In the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, January 22–24,2018, hosted by Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, the following performance action has been developed and performed for the first time:

Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!  –  a collaborative intervention with large mirrors in Berlin’s underground confronting manspreading, a habit of men sitting in public transport with legs wide apart, thereby covering more than their own seat.

By: Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

With the participation of: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki and Jiachen Xu, without whom this intervention would not be possible.

Duration: ca. 2 hours

Locations:

U8, from Hermannstraße to Weinmeisterstraße

U8, from Weinmeisterstraße to Kottbusser Tor, change to U1

U1, Kottbusser Tor to Wittenbergplatz

U1, Wittenbergplatz to Schlesisches Tor

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“Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!” by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, developed in the frame of: Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, Berlin (Jan. 2018) With: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Jiachen Xu. Photo: Alice Minervini

Berlin’s underground station is a central meeting point in the public arena. Various people from all directions come together, pass each other silently or simply diverge paths. In such a rapidly-growing city, the underground has turned into the main means of transport and it is no longer uncommon to see people moving homes or moving their furniture by means of the U-Bahn.

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“Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!” by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, developed in the frame of: Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, Berlin (Jan. 2018) With: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Jiachen Xu. Photo: Jiachen Xu

Together with five other women holding large mirrors on Berlin’s underground, the collaborative intervention was a silent protest against manspreading faced by women in everyday life. Spectators were privy to the blurred relationship between the women due to the disjointedness of cultural backgrounds, age and style of clothing that characterised each woman.

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“Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!” by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, developed in the frame of: Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, Berlin (Jan. 2018) With: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Jiachen Xu. Photo: Alice Minervini

The aim of the subtle intervention was to point out an issue that has become quite normalised in our mind. The intervention showed that even when women appear silent, we are in fact all actors of the public-political sphere. For two hours, women deliberately reclaimed the urban space as a form of resistance.

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“Mirror, Mirror – Spread Your Reflection!” by Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, developed in the frame of: Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, Berlin (Jan. 2018) With: Gaby Bila-Günther, Nati Canto, Alice Minervini, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Jiachen Xu. Photo: Sajan Mani

Separated and placed at different stations along the U8 line, each woman would, one by one, enter the carriage of the same train. We would sit in male-dominated areas, ideally opposite a man spreading his legs widely. The mirror would face him whilst we appeared to be hidden behind each mirror and yet, our bodies were physically always present

At the same time, each woman felt empowered by a small, symbolic act. Yet the impact was strong – we had created a place of surveillance by literally holding up the mirror to men (and to society). We sat a powerful mark on how men have been depriving women of the right to a space that belongs to all of us. We observed reactions of visible intimidation and uneasiness by men who were exposed to our confrontation. We disrupted the urban space and displaced men out of the seemingly guaranteed anonymity.

Using the mirror as a tool of resistance, I was intrigued in particular by its symbolic meaning and the questions it raised: What is (in-)visible? What becomes (in-)visible in public space?

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Text written by: Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh

Edited and published by: Tanja Ostojić

Photo and video documentation by: Sajan Mani, Alice Minervini and Jiachen Xu

For further actions check out the Spread Your Reflection page.

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Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh is a Performative Activist of Colour based in Berlin.

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Public Presentation of the Misplaced Women? Workshop in Berlin, January 24, at 5 pm

In Berlin, News, Workshops on January 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Please join us for the public presentation of outcomes of the “Misplaced Women?”, 3-day-long  performance art workshop in the public space with Tanja Ostojić in Berlin, hosted by Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5 pm 

Participants of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience who committed to participate in this workshop will have a chance to show some of their interventions and to talk about experiences born during this collaboration. First outcomes of the workshop will be presented to the public at the end of the third day at the Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz and will be included later with related texts on the Misplaced Women? project website.

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The Misplaced Women? workshop participants and the cold survivors in front of the Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, on January 23, 2018. Photo: Sajan Mani

 

The Workshop Participants include between others:  Jia Chen Xu, Tatiana Bogacheva, Hoang Tran Hieu Hanh, Katja Vaghi, Ola Koziol, Sara Kramer, Martina Janssen, Evdoxia Stafylaraki, Kathrin Fischer, Rhea Ramjohn, Gaby Bila-Günther, Alice Minervini, Nati Canto…

About the project:  Misplaced Women? is an art project by Tanja Ostojić that consists of performances, performance series, workshops and delegated performances, ongoing since 2009, including contributions by international artists, students and people from divers backgrounds. Within this project we embody and enact some of everyday life activity that signifies a displacement as common to transients, migrants, war and disaster refugees, as it is to the itinerant artists travelling the world to earn their living. Those performances are continuing themes of migration, desired mobility, and relations of power and vulnerability in regards to the mobile and in the first line female body as in numerous previous works of mine.

Participants are invited to perform Misplaced Women? and to share there experiences on the web blog and during public discussions. Locations for performances suggested include migration specific places: train stations, airports, borders, underground, police stations, refugee camps, specific parks, prisons, etc. Contributions are posted in the form of images, notes, stories or videos to the projects blog: https://misplacedwomen.wordpress.com/

About the workshop:  The workshop aims to familiarise the participants with the topics and to stimulate an interventions in the public space. The first part of the workshop is informing the participants about the project and encourages discussions about the aims of the project.

During the second part of the workshop the participants are invited to enact live performances and interventions in the streets and parks of Weissensee or other parts of Berlin. The workshop aims to provide space for discussion of topics like traveling, identity, illegality, homelessness, security, privat space/ public space, etc.

The notes and reflections involving from the workshop will be gathered in the form of text, drawings, photos, videos and small interventions. Also, we will document the public performances as well.

This workshop is a part of the program ‘Body in the City‘ – a series of inquiries between the borders of public and private spaces in relation to the body and its temporalities, initiated by Sajan Mani.

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Rhea Ramjohn performing the Misplaced Women? at Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin. January 23 2018. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

About the workshop leader:  Tanja Ostojić is a renowned Berlin based, Yugoslavian born performance and interdisciplinary artist whose artworks engage with feminism and migration politics. She includes herself as a character in performances and uses diverse media in her artistic researches, thereby examining social configurations and relations of power. She works predominantly from the migrant woman’s perspective, while political positioning and integration of the recipient define approaches in her work. Since 1994 she presented her work in numerous exhibitions, festivals and venues around the world. She has given talks, lectures, seminars and workshops at academic conferences and at art universities around Europe and in the Americas.

Organised by: 

Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

Gustav-Adolf Straße 140

13086 Berlin

kunsthalle@kh-berlin.de

Open Call for participants for Misplaced Women? performance art workshop with Tanja Ostojić in Berlin, January 22-24 2018, hosted by Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

In Berlin, News, Workshops on December 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm

This is the Open Call for participants of “Misplaced Women?” 3-day-long  performance art workshop in the public space with Tanja Ostojić, January 22-24 2018, hosted by Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, in Berlin, Germany:

Participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience that can commit to be present for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome including the students of the Kunstakademie Berlin Weissensee, but we particularly encourage those who are interested in issues of migration, representations of gender and art in the public realm. Participants are invited and encouraged to share and exchange about experiences and issues of migration, displacement, exposure and privilege, and to enact the “Misplaced Women?”. The workshop is free of charge, and tea and coffee will be provided, but due to limited numbers we ask participants to apply.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, December 20 2017.

Outcomes will be presented to the public at the end of the third day of the workshop at the Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz and included on the Misplaced Women? project website.

This workshop is a part of the program ‘Body in the City‘ – a series of inquiries between the borders of public and private spaces in relation to the body and its temporalities, initiated by Sajan Mani.

Please reed about the project and see more workshop and application relevant details below.

About the project:  Misplaced Women? is an art project by Tanja Ostojić that consists of performances, performance series, workshops and delegated performances, ongoing since 2009, including contributions by international artists, students and people from divers backgrounds. Within this project we embody and enact some of everyday life activity that signifies a displacement as common to transients, migrants, war and disaster refugees, as it is to the itinerant artists travelling the world to earn their living. Those performances are continuing themes of migration, desired mobility, and relations of power and vulnerability in regards to the mobile and in the first line female body as in numerous previous works of mine.

Participants are invited to perform Misplaced Women? and to share there experiences on the web blog and during public discussions. Locations for performances suggested include migration specific places: train stations, airports, borders, underground, police stations, refugee camps, specific parks, prisons, etc. Contributions are posted in the form of images, notes, stories or videos to the projects blog: https://misplacedwomen.wordpress.com/

About the workshop leader:  Tanja Ostojić is a renowned Berlin based, Yugoslavian born performance and interdisciplinary artist whose artworks engage with feminism and migration politics. She includes herself as a character in performances and uses diverse media in her artistic researches, thereby examining social configurations and relations of power. She works predominantly from the migrant woman’s perspective, while political positioning and integration of the recipient define approaches in her work. Since 1994 she presented her work in numerous exhibitions, festivals and venues around the world. She has given talks, lectures, seminars and workshops at academic conferences and at art universities around Europe and in the Americas.

About the workshop:  “Misplaced Women?” project involves the unpacking of a suitcase, plastic bag, handbag or similar in a public sphere which signifies a displacement, as the everyday experience of transients, migrants, homeless, war and disaster refugees. The workshop aims to familiarise the participants with the topic and to stimulate an interventions in the public space.

The first part of the workshop is informing the participants about the project and encourages discussions about the aims of the project.

During the second part of the workshop the participants are invited to enact live performances and interventions in the streets and parks of Weissensee or other parts of Berlin. The workshop aims to provide space for discussion of topics like traveling, identity, illegality, homelessness, security, privat space/ public space, etc.

The notes and reflections involving from the workshop will be gathered in the form of text, drawings, photos, videos and small interventions. Also, we will document the public performances as well. The workshop results will be presented at the end of day 3, in the Kunstahalle am Hamburger Platz in Berlin Weissensee Public Presentation on Wednesday, 24 January, 2018, that will be folioed with Q&A and discussion, from 17-19h, and all the workshop participants will take part in the presentation.

Outcomes will be presented to the public at the end of the third day of the workshop at the Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz and included on the Misplaced Women? project website

Dates of the workshop:     January 22-24, 2018.

Monday -Tuesday, January 22 and 23:

Workshop from 10-13h

Wednesday, January 24:

Workshop from 15-19h

(including the public presentation with Q&A and discussion: 17-19h)

Deadline for application is Wednesday, December 20 2017.

Who can apply:  Students of the Kunstakademie Berlin Weissensee and participants of all backgrounds that can commit to be present for the entire duration of the workshop are welcome. The event is free of charge, but due to limited numbers we ask participants to apply. Please send an email to kunsthalle@kh-berlin.de with the subject Misplaced Women? and write a short motivational and biographical paragraph.

Organised by: 

Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz

Gustav-Adolf Straße 140

13086 Berlin

kunsthalle@kh-berlin.de

 

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Performance by Sigrid Pawelke, at the occasion of Tanja Ostojić´s  Misplaced Women? workshop at the School of Visual Arts at Aix-en-Provence, France. (Photo: T. Ostojić)

Misplaced Man?

“Misplaced Man?” Performed by Anastasio William at FNAC, shopping district of Aix-en-Provence, France on December 16, 2015, in the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop in the School of Visual Arts at Aix-en-Provence

 

 

Additional links:  

 Misplaced Women? project   

Tanja Ostojić, books

 

Berlin, TXL Airport, November 21, 2009, 11 p.m.

In Airports, Berlin on January 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm






Misplaced Women?
Performed by Tanja Ostojic

On Saturday November 21, 5 p.m., I gave a talk Integration Impossible? at the Woodstock of Political Thinking in Haus der Kunst, Munich Germany. While the same day, at 5 p.m. New York time, Valentina Medda was performing my delegated performance Misplaced Women? at Performa, White Box, New York City.

Simultaneously with her NY performance, at 11 p.m. Berlin time, I was naturally performing Misplaced Women? on the TXL airport in Berlin, on my way back from the conference.

Photo credits: DNK

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