Talks / Workshops

Dada is black, duh! – Classes in Afro-diasporic applied knowledges with niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa

DISTRICT Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Deadline: 09 October 2018

niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa, Black Power Naps, installation view at Matadero Madrid, 2018

niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa, Black Power Naps, installation view at Matadero Madrid, 2018

Dada is black, duh! Take part in a  critical reading of dada retracing its Black & Afro-diasporic influences, intersections and insurrections. A Workshops for queer and POC folks.

What ignited some social and artistic movements between 1918-1926, beyond the extensively documented white-European contribution? Who are the forgotten voices, faces and bodies of such a relevant period for dance and movement?  Using embodied methodologies, niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa will unpack various aspects of interwar Black insurrection, and formulate why this rich cultural material goes widely unacknowledged in the European canons of movement and dance history.

Free’M Technique is a somatic practice aimed at educators, activists, artists and community builders who are interested in deepening their relationship to their core and centering pleasure in their practice. Based on Afro-diasporic applied knowledges, we will use playfulness and consent as tools to negotiate reparations. A deep core awakening practice based in afro-somatic pleasurable methodologies, the workshop centers the experiences of those who are existing/thriving in the margins.

Consent Improv is improvisation using consensual methodologies. These classes will be accompanied by live musical accompaniment. The idea that everyone is equal in a contact improv jam is a myth. This space offers the opportunity to work with a hands on/body centered tasks of spacial redistribution.

niv Acosta is a multi-media artist & activist from New York City. Being transgender, queer, and black-dominican has inspired his community based work.

Fannie Sosa is an internationally applauded Afro latinx interdisciplinary artist, scholar and activist whose work focuses in developing pleasurable methodologies.


Dada is black, duh! opens a collaborative and performative space that project appears under different titles across the months of October and November 2018 at School Without Center / District and Archive Kabinett. Dada is black, duh!, Mad Vibrations, Many-Dancing the Digital Ornament and Choreographic Unrest offer collective forms to undo Dadaism and other white Eurocentric avant-garde narratives. The gatherings, workshops, performances, rituals, broadcasts and editing room connect so-called modern aesthetic techniques with their ignored origins and influences.

Dada is black, duh!
Classes in Afro-diasporic applied knowledges with niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa
13.10. – 7.11. School Without Center /District

Mad Vibrations
A Humming Ritual for Untrustworthy Narrators by Amal Alhaag and Maria Guggenbichler
20.10. 7 pm School Without Center /District

Many-Dancing the Digital Ornament
Rehearsals of a prosthetic collective body by knowbotiq and Alesandra Seutin
10. + 11.11. 4 pm workshop, 8 pm performance Archive Kabinett

Choreographic Unrest
Open editing room with contributions by Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Paolo Caffoni, Zasha Colah, Chiara Figone, Lamin Foufana, Joerg Franzbecker, Suza Husse, knowbotiq, Astrid Kusser, Shanti Suki Osman, Yvonne Wilhelm

13. – 17.11. Archive Kabinett
A collaboration between aproduction e.V., Archive Kabinett, School Without Center /District, the Institut for Contemporary Art Research / ZHdK and Arthur Boskamp Foundation initiated by Joerg Franzbecker, Suza Husse and Yvonne Wilhem / knowbotiq and funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

Please register until 9 October at

The number of participants is limited to 20. Participation for all the 6 sessions would be ideal.

Fee: 60 € for the 6 sessions, 15 € for single sessions. We can offer 5 free places for people in need. All workshop times contain breaks. Food and drinks will be provided based on donation.

Queers and People of Colour will be given priority.

More information on the project here.

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