Festival and Platform


»Exploring Blankness« – NORDWIND Festival 2019

5-14 December 2019, Kampnagel

Dedicated to “Exploring Blankness”, the Nordwind Festival 2019 examines the effects and potentialities of the fourth wave of feminism for feminist history and praxis in Europe while critically re appraising the feminist movement of recent decades. “Fourth-wave” feminism typically looks beyond physical and structural abuse to also engage in a critique of the consequences of capitalist and colonialist power structures. Central to this is a recognition that categoriessuch as “woman” are not sufficient to understand and critically challenge the complexity of oppression – when, for instance, considering women of colour, trans women or women with disabilities. Following Gayatri Spivak, the “blindness” that the western colonial gaze has towards its own precariously patriarchal and racist structures can be described as an “inaccessible blankness” – including within western feminism. The artists contributing to this edition of Nordwind grapple particularly with the reality of feminism in the Nordic countries – but also in the rest of Europe.

NORDWIND FESTIVAL 2019 is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Danish Arts Foundation, Norwegian Embassy, Norwegfian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finnish Institute in Germany, Swedish Arts Council, Fonds Transfabrik, Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg, Goethe Institut and Frankfurter Stiftung: maeceniafür Frauen in Wissenschaft und Kunst (maeceniafor women in science and art) as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses.


"Women in Battle" - Rebellische Frauen. A Project by NORDWIND and Literaturhaus Berlin

25.10.2019 7.30 pm

"Women in Battle" - Rebellische Frauen

With the announcement "Women in Battle" the group fxtrouble, who are known in Berlin for their platform of the VULVA Club, hijack the Literaturhaus for an evening with young Norwegian authors* and transform it into a crazy place of fresh gender criticism. While Ingvild Lothe's poetry questions the image of young women between career, sexuality, madness and loneliness, Marta Breen's title-giving Grapic Novel takes a clairvoyant course through the history of feminism. Sofia N. Srour and Nancy Herz present parts of their book "Shamlos", in which the young Muslimas use their ingenuity and humour to make clear what it means to grow up as 'strangers' in the Norwegian welfare state. The texts are read by two actors* from the Theater an der Parkaue and supplemented by their views. The evening is in English and German.

07.11.2019 7.30 pm

"Flügel in Flammen" - An Evening about Dagny Juel with Anne Tismer, Dr. Barbara Fruth and Lars Brandt

Dagny Juel's self-determined way of writing and living calls into question the bourgeois conventions of the late 19th century. Her progressive lifestyle made her travel from Norway to the Bohème around Strindberg und Munch in Berlin and to Tiflis, where she finally was slained. The performance artist Anne Tismer takes a closer look at Juel‘s writings and creates a crossover of science and fiction by imagining how Dagny Juel‘s life would have been in the matriarchal society of the Bonobos. In a conversation with the author and film maker Lars Brandt, the son of Rut and Willy Brandt, who translated Juel‘s complete works into German, Tismer will explore the importance of Dagny Juel‘s work for today. The discussion will be moderated by Julia Voss.

funded by Norwegian Literature Abroad, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Fritt Ord Foundation. 

Tickets www.literaturhaus-berlin.de