Dear participants, dear visitors,
We’d like to extend our warm welcome to Ortstermin 22, Moabit’s arts festival! This year’s theme is “lieber laut,” and indeed: in this wide array of exhibitions, open studios, and events, artists enrich the program with their powerful voices. A sound is both noise information and the smallest acoustic unit in language–it is a sensory perception, an auditory and physical phenomenon, and a metaphoric description. Art, music, and protest culture have used being loud as a means of expressing their resistance. Being loud means demanding attention and fighting for one’s rights—or shouting out in joy. How loud or quiet does art have to be to resonate? Once again, this year’s festival is polyphonic and features a number of different formats for artistic production. Artists and cultural workers will open up their workshops and studios, project rooms and galleries, cafés and bars. In addition, they’ll be offering curated exhibitions and events and inviting visitors to take part in workshops and concerts, calling upon them to actively participate in exploring the many dimensions of ‘loud’ and ‘sound.’
The curated performance and film program “Echoes” augments the festival with contributions whose voices and movements reverberate in socio-political ways.
The exhibition “Battle Cry” at Galerie Nord gives carte blanche to young Ukrainian curators, artists, and their international colleagues, who have utilized various means of communication and strategies of manipulation and influence, for instance through social media, by baking bread and cakes in times of censorship and circumventing the ban on photography in Ukraine.
The cooperation with the festivals artspring and 48h Neukölln is also entering another round. As part of “around the corner,” one selected artist from each of the three districts will perform together.
We take great pleasure in offering visitors a diverse program able to strike up new sounds of cultural life in Moabit, and we’d like to thank all the tireless participating artists and cultural workers who have once again made the festival an exciting field for experimenting with new ideas.
Your festival team