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On September 19 and 21, 2019, KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION is presenting two performances by the artists Vanja Smiljanić and Rana Hamadeh. The contextual basis for these two evenings lies in their shared interest in the rhetoric of ritual acts and how they serve to form real and fictive communities and stabilize power structures. In which way do religious ceremonies correlate with the dramatics of theatre? Which performative strategies establish and accompany socio-political communities? 


Vanja Smiljanić | The Anthem of New Earth/Remastered

September 19, 2019, 7 pm

The lecture performance by Vanja Smiljanić (*1986 in Belgrade, Serbia; lives and works in Cologne) is about three spiritual communities whose ideology is closely connected with planetary and cosmic movements. Her plans to solemnly initiate a hymn for these transhumanist societies subtly touch upon the issue of how rituals contribute to shaping collective identity.

ca. 40 Min., in English


Rana Hamadeh | Can You Make a Pet of him Like a Bird or Put him on a Leash for Your Girls?

September 21, 2019, 7 pm

Rana Hamadeh‘s (*1983 in Beirut, Lebanon, lives and works in Rotterdam) powerful sound performance asks which dramatic means are used to access justice, and how to emerge as a subject of justice outside the conditions of law. At KAI 10, she examines these questions through the narrative and affects of the Shiite ceremony of Ashoura, which she de- and reconstructs in an eight-channel sound composition.

ca. 60 Min., in English, not suited for children due to the high volume


Curator: Marion Eisele

Admission free


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