The journalists Birgit Rieger and Claudia Wahjudi have held talks with 16 artists who have moved to Berlin from different countries at different times. From the British Fluxus pioneer Ann Noël, who came 40 years ago, to the young performance artist Dachil Sado, who fled Iraq, the sculptor Monica Bonvicini from Venice, who met coal stoves in West Berlin, to the Sound artist Emeka Ogboh from Lagos, who brews a special Berlin beer. In the book, they report on challenges, impositions, coincidences and opportunities in a city that has changed so rapidly in the 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall as no other.

August 15, 2019, 7pm
mit Ann Noël, Mathilde ter Heijne, Birgit Rieger und Claudia Wahjudi
Moderation: Melanie Roumiguière, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD

daadgalerie, Oranienstraße 161, 10969 Berlin, 19:00

Healing Power

If you don’t feel well, it may seem obvious to consult a doctor. Some people turn to treatments that can be traced back to centuries-old traditions. HEALING POWER introduces a range of ritual specialists and healing practices that are important to many people around the world. The range is very wide: from Winti and ayahuasca to shamans and witches.

Museum Wereldculturen
Museum Volkenkunde
Steenstraat 1, Leiden
12.07.2019 – 05.01.2010
Opening Juli 11, 7pm

Reshaped Reality. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Sculpture

National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taiwan
29.06.2019 – 29.09.2019


The Whole Life: Archives and Reality

The archive is omnipresent and always temporary. It reflects the realities of the past – while archived knowledge at the same time shapes the present. How do archives and their objects translate historical realities into contemporary narratives?
What does this mean for the structure of archives, for their users, technologies, and forms of knowledge production? What can archives do for today’s societies? The Whole Life: Archives and Reality gathers objects, artists, researchers, and practitioners in the space of the Lipsiusbau to address these questions in week-long program of archive viewings, public lectures, evening events and an international congress.

Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau
Georg-Treu-Platz 1
01067 Dresden
Opening 19.5., 19h

Assembling Past and Future / Woman to Go

With the video work Assembling Past and Future, Mathilde ter Heijne further develops the project Woman to Go. Historical portrait photographs and video recordings from the present are superimposed. This combination makes it possible to transcend place and time, thus bringing together different personal experiences and stories in the here and now. The narrators are united by the desire and will to transform society through non-violent com­mitment. They are actively involved in processes
of social awareness and change and thus stand up against structural discrimination and categorization within society. The work therefore also sees itself as an artistic search for what, to this day, connects all those who are committed to a peaceful, inclusive society.

Grassi Museum
Johannispl. 5-11
04103 Leipzig
17.05 – 11.09.2019
Opening 16.05 19.00

#wemakechange#subjective#personal#blindspot#forgotten#invisible at Hybrid Talks

The condition of transience affects humans and technology to the same degree. What’s new and innovative today can just a short time later be old and irrelevant. Depending on one’s perspective, transience can relate to a shorter or longer period of time. Narratives and manners of viewing the past can also change with time, are thus also subject to transience. Music is heard differently, historical moments are assessed differently and many things are simply forgotten.

The Hybrid Plattform is a project platform of the Berlin University of the Arts and the Technische Universität Berlin in the heart of the Campus Charlottenburg. It serves the cross-disciplinary exchange of art, science and technology.

c/o UdK Berlin
Einsteinufer 43, 10587 Berlin
+49 30 3185 2945
Hybrid Plattform
Donnerstag, 9. Mai 2019, 18 Uhr


Language defines what it means to be human. This very specific system of symbolic communication makes it possible to name the world around us, to exchange ideas and feelings, and to give or hide information. In the digital era, new technological tools affect the way we think and understand reality. Social Media let everyone participate in the narratives of society, however, moods and attitudes are communicated on the same level as information. The endless stream of emotive communication has made it nearly impossible to have a productive debate and often only serves to reinforce beliefs. How has this new emotional language contributed to our age of Post-truth?

The selected works in Affected Words explore how technology and language affect each other. The programme questions how language is used to reproduce control and grant authority, and shows how it could be used as a tool of emancipation and self-determination.
A three-day screening programme about language, technology and post-truth, curated and introduced by Maria Morata

IMPAKT Center for Media Culture
Lange Nieuwstraat 4
21.03.2019 – 23.03.2019
each day at 20:00


Gripped between the fingertips, the postcard is in fact a collective image and an individual memory at the same time and brings with it poignent aspects of ter Heijne’s practice, where collectivity, participation and the artist herself contribute to the understanding and re-writing of history.

Magallanes, 30
39007 Santander
07.03.2019 – 21.04.2019

To catch a ghost

The occult experiences something of a boom during times of crisis and is thus present in all media at the moment. For what appears inexplicable tends to fascinate and unnerve us in equal measure. The Museum für Neue Kunst is also taking a look at the topic. However, were the ghosts that need to be caught actually created by artists? Or are they figments of our imagination? Reality starts out in our brains. A figurine is transformed into a mystical being through our imagination. What was a broom a minute ago can suddenly turn into a creepy, ghostly object. This show plays on expectations, but also our secret fears and nebulous intuitions. Although we cannot see it, is there nevertheless something there we can only feel? How do we go about proving what we perceive?

Museum für Neue Kunst
Freiburg im Breisgau
27.10.2018 – 24.03.2019


Time has gone

The 9th edition of LagosPhoto Festival, explores the configurations by which the past, the present and the future interact within the photographic medium. Time will be approached from different angles, highlighting matters of momentum, documentation and preservation, taking into consideration the intimacy of stories as well as the breadth of the concept itself.

LagosPhoto has invited four curators to investigate the diversity that time encompasses: Eva Barois De Caevel, Wunika Mukan, Charlotte Langhorst and Valentine Umansky. Their curatorial discourse unearths the non-linearity of time and the complexity of our experience to memory.

LagosPhoto 2018
Lagos Island, Lagos
27.10.2018 – 15.11.2018


Connective Videos: Yau Ching – Mathilde ter Heijne

Connective Videos Berlin – Hong Kong is a collaborative platform between Germany and Hong Kong, curated by Olaf Stüber (Videoart at Midnight, Berlin) and Isaac Leung (Videotage, Hong Kong), presented by Goethe-Institut Hongkong. The project encompasses the video art collections of the Videoart at Midnight Edition and the Videotage Media Art Collection. In multiple screenings throughout 2018, Connective Videos aims to learn, compare, and reimagine compelling stories told by various German and Hong Kong artists. It will consider histories across various geographical spaces and offer insights into our existing knowledge of video art production and archival practices.

Screenings on 25.10 and 29.11.2018

Goethe-Institut Hongkong
14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre
2 Harbour Road, Wanchai
Hong Kong

Who(se) Care(s)

Can one collect resistance? Can one show care? Can activism really be curated? Which alliances are justifiable? How can one oppose becoming jaded and instrumentalized? Which unlikely encounters and happily surprising constellations are possible?

Schules Museum
Lützowstrasse 73, Berlin

Friday October 12, 13 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, Oktober 13, 11 am – 9 pm

Keynote En/acting Peace
Mathilde ter Heijne and Lena Fritsch
October 12, 7pm

Magie und ritual

Es ist ein Trugschluss zu glauben, dass unsere aufgeklärte, nach Ökonomie und Pragmatismus strebende Gesellschaft, kein Interesse an metaphysischen Erschei-nungen hat. Im Gegenteil erfreut sich das Thema einer großen Resonanz in den Me-dien, der Forschung und unter Kunstschaffenden.
Die Ausstellung „Magie und Ritual“ vereint Werke von 18 internationalen Künstlerin-nen, Künstlern und Künstlerpaare, die verschiedene Aspekte des Magischen be-leuchten und auf deren Sinnzusammenhänge und Nutzen hin untersuchen. Die Werkschau spannt einen Bogen von Zauberobjekten bis hin zu metaphysischen Ent-rückungserlebnissen.

Museum Villa Rot
Schlossweg 2
88483 Burgrieden – Rot
04.11.2018 – 10.02.2019

Performance & Times Based Media Class

Mathilde ter Heijne has been appointed as Professor at the University of the Arts, Berlin. She will be teaching the class Performance and Time Based Media from October 1, 2018.

Residency im lab.Bode

lab.Bode lädt pro Jahr drei Expert_innen unterschiedlicher Disziplinen ein, die Sammlungen des Bode-Museums aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln zu befragen. Künstler_innen, Wissenschaftler_innen und Praktiker_innen werden beauftragt, neue Themen und Fragestellungen zu entdecken, die im Anschluss in den Themenkatalog einfließen und ihn durch neue Perspektiven erweitern.

Am Kupfergraben, 10117 Berlin
01.10.2018 – 08.10.2018


Almost Alive

Hyperrealistic Sculpture in Art; Der Wunsch, ein möglichst realistisches Abbild des Menschen zu schaffen, ist so alt wie die Menschheit selbst und reicht bis in die Antike zurück. So haben Künstler im Verlauf der gesamten Kulturgeschichte Techniken entwickelt, um den menschlichen Körper so realistisch wie möglich abzubilden. Während illusionistische Skulpturen früherer Jahrhunderte noch als Symbolfiguren auf religiöse, aristokratische und historische Inhalte verweisen, kommt seit Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts der Mensch und seine Individualität in den Blick.

Kunsthalle Tübingen
21.07.2018 – 21.10.2018



bitch MATERial feiert die Frau als Schaffende. Frauen kreieren Kinder, Kunst, Karrieren und Kontroversen. Es geht um die Vielfalt von Mutterbildern. Darf eine Mutter Pornos drehen? Wie sexy oder wie brav dürfen Mütter heutzutage sein? Darf auf Kinder verzichtet werden? Hinter der Fassade der aufgeklärten Freiheit für alle, lauern Mutter-Klichées, sowie schon längst überwunden geglaubte Rollenbilder. Doch nach den notwendigen Hinweisen auf die Doppelbelastung und die Schwierigkeiten von Müttern, soll die Ausstellung „bitch MATERial“ der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema MATER – Mutter – einen positiven und lustvollen Impetus verleihen! „bitch MATERial“ will Lust machen auf das Erkunden und Aufspüren einer großen Bandbreite von Mutter-Rollen: Hot chicks. Working mums. Rabenmütter und Muttertiere.

Studio 1
Kunstquartier Bethanien
Mariannenpl. 2, 10997
22.3.- 8.4.2018

REFRAMING WORLDS, Mobilität und Gender aus postkolonial, feministischer Perspektive

Die Ausstellung versammelt Arbeiten Berliner Künstler*innen, die sich mit dem Leben und Werk so unterschiedlicher Frauen wie Gertrude Bell, Agatha Christie, Maria Mandessi Bell Diop, Mia May, Sayyida Salme Prinzessin von Oman und Sansibar alias Emily Ruete oder Ida Pfeiffer auseinandersetzen.
Ausgangspunkte sind bis heute wirksame kolonialistisch geprägte Denkweisen, Bildwelten und Wissenskategorien, deren geschichtliche Konstruktionen offengelegt und reflektiert werden. In ihren Recherchen, die sich mit Reiseberichten, Lebensgeschichten, Pflanzenwelten, Fotografien und anderen Objekten befassen, gehen die Künstler*innen den Erfahrungen von Unterdrückung, Widerstand und Migration nach. Sie untersuchen, wo und wie Spuren davon noch sichtbar sind. Gleichzeitig setzen sie sich kritisch damit auseinander, wie mit Archiven und Archivmaterial heute umgegangen werden kann und welche Rolle sie selbst als Wissensproduzent*innen einnehmen.
Die Ausstellung macht nicht nur Leerstellen der Geschichtsschreibung sichtbar, sondern fragt nach der Art des Wissens, das im Kontext der kolonialen Unternehmungen produziert und in Europa verbreitet worden ist. Wie und von wem wird Wissen über die Welt erzeugt? Wie wirken die komplexen Verflechtungen von Rassismus und Sexismus bis heute nach und wie kann Feminismus transkulturell und solidarisch gedacht und praktiziert werden?

Galerie im Körnerpark
Opening: 03.11.2017, 6 pm
Exhibition: 04.11.2017 – 21.01.2018
Künstler*innen: Maria Thereza Alves, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro & Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat, Antye Greie aka AGF, Rajkamal Kahlon, Mathilde ter Heijne, Katrin Winkler

neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
Exhibition: 02.12.2017 – 21.01.2018
Opening: 01.112.2017, 6 pm
Künstler*innen: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Hasan Aksaygın & Aykan Safoǧlu, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Antye Greie aka AGF, Susanne Kriemann, Marisa Maza, Judith Raum, Mathilde ter Heijne, Moira Zoitl

Echoes of the Past

Echoes of the Past is an exhibition series celebrating its tenth anniversary, called The Artists Kalevala, created by The Kalevala Society, The Finnish Institute in Japan and The Finnish Institute in Germany. Curated by: Dr. Christine Nippe, Kenji Kubota and Arja Elovirta.

Art and Museum Center Sinkka
Kultasepänkatu 2
04250 Kerava, Finland
Opening: 26.01.18 6-9pm


The series of “Trouble Diaries” brings into account another perspective in the way in which artists employ strategies of performance while also appropriating traditional genres, to reveal how the female body becomes a political subject when exposed as a critical weapon. The core concept for these artists, whose work centers on the body, can be traced to Judith Butler who declared that gender is a cultural construct. Your body does not belong to oneself, but is subject to public scrutiny, and your personal diary becomes part of a public agenda. Curated by: Dermis P. León

Big House, Contemporary Art Center, 76 Linjiang Avenue, Wuchang District, Wuhan,China
Exhibition: November 30 – December 30, 2017
Opening: November 29, 2017, 7 pm