Newsletter 9 / December 2020

Robert Wilson, Schloss Wiepersdorf 2020 © KSW



Robert Wilson in Schloss Wiepersdorf
Lecture | Recording available until 15 January 2021

In late summer, Robert Wilson visited Schloss Wiepersdorf to learn about the residency for artists and scholars in Brandenburg and to give a lecture about the principles and methodology of his artistic work as a theater and opera director, and about the Watermill Center he founded in 1992. In conversation with author Laurence Rickels and in his lecture, he talks about the abstract structures that are at the beginning of all his creative processes, as for example in his opera production Einstein on the Beach, composed by Philip Glass. He also discusses his congenial collaboration with actress Isabelle Huppert in his productions of Orlando and Mary Said What She Said, and he analyzes his most recent work, The Messiah, as part of the 2020 Mozart Week in Salzburg, later at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. In his talk, Wilson stresses the choreographic patterns and his artistic understanding of time and space as intersecting vertical and horizontal lines—the basic architecture of his works, which can also be discovered in the Watermill Center in New York.

The recorded lecture is available on the Vimeo channel of the Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf until 15 January 2021.




As part of the project “Art in a Conflicted World”, funded by the German Foreign Office, six artists from Great Britain, Russia, and Ukraine received a three-month fellowship to explore the topic. Their work process manifests itself in a series of talks and a publication.

Conversation / LIVESTREAM / Thursday, 17 December, 6 p.m. (CET)
Conflicted Landscapes
Lloyd Corporation & Anne Huffschmid

Join us for a conversation between cultural scientist and researcher Anne Huffschmid, and artists Lloyd Corporation (Ali Eisa & Sebastian Lloyd Rees).

Through audio-visual research, writing and art practice, Huffschmid and Lloyd Corporation will share their approaches to conceiving and constructing landscape narratives of conflict, political violence and contested urban space.

How do we construct landscape narratives of conflicted space and political violence through material, visual and spatial practice? How might we see landscape as an expanded field that critically explores notions of space and territory? What is a ‘forensic landscape’ and how can this perspective make visible forms of political violence, conflict, memory and resistance to power?

Conversation / on demand
Mutilated Myth
Nikita Kadan & Jessica Zychowicz

Scholar and curator Jessica Zychowicz and artist Nikita Kadan talk about his new series Mutilated Myth. In twenty large-scale charcoal drawings and one sculpture, Kadan draws on historical imagery of two sources: Bruno Schulz's drawings of women from The Book of Idolatry (Xięga Bałwochwalcza) and photographs from the Lviv Pogrom. The images in Mutilated Myth mark a breaking point in the psyche; they compel us to revisit the past in the context of our contemporary moment.

Conversation / on demand
The Donkey Field
Sarah Dobai & Cécile Bourne-Farrell

Artist Sarah Dobai and curator Cécile Bourne-Farrell discuss her latest film The Donkey Field. In their conversation they focus on this new work, addressing its concern with the historical resonance of the ongoing refugee crisis and the question of the transferability of traumatic episodes in European history to other times and places.



The traditional Christmas concert on Sunday, 20 December, had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

The Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf wishes you a wonderful, contemplative, and reflective holiday season, and a happy new year 2021. We look forward to real life reencounters in the new year and to being inspired together by the works of our fellows and guests. Let's show solidarity and take care of each other!

We would like to thank all partner institutions and supporters, especially the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and the Federal Foreign Office for their valuable support.



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