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Public Conversations “Practices: Strategies and Tactics”

This series of public conversations pursues research about the practices of artists, curators, theoreticians and how they work. It is an inquiry about how their work structures their life and vice versa.  

The meetings will be guided by questions about what and how they do and make “things” related to art and their everyday life, exploring notions such as: tactics, strategies, freedom, making a living, application, project, embodiment, friendship, individual, collective… as well as other current  concerns, related to their contexts and practices.

The different guests are invited to participate in a public conversation in the evening and a “studio visit” during the day, in which the students of the institute will have the occasion to invite them to share questions about their current works; show something; or have a one on one conversation about a topic of their interest.

Next Dates:



JOTA MOMBAÇA is an interdisciplinary artist whose work unfolds in a variety of mediums. The sonic and visual matter of words plays an important role in her practice, which often relates to anti-colonial critique and gender disobedience. Her work has been presented in several institutional frameworks, such as the 32nd and 34th São Paulo Biennale (2016 and 2020/2021), the 22nd Sydney Biennale (2020), the 10th Berlin Biennale (2018) and the 46th Salon Nacional de Artistas in Colombia (2019). Currently, she have been interested in researching elemental forms of sensing, anti-colonial imagination and the relation between opacity and self-preservation in the experience of racialized trans artists in the Global Art World.



Since 2012, Queer performance collective ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS — Chris Gylee and Aslan — have worked in the fertile ground between disciplines. Their poetic works combine elements of theatre, film, writing and music, and deploy (auto)biographical research and science-fiction to explore the realities and potentials of Queer life experience. Current areas of artistic research include Queer life in the forest and what it means for Queer people to have our own language. They regularly present their work at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.



JORGE ALENCAR and NETO MACHADO (Brazil) are involved with dance, theater, audiovisual, drag art, communication, curatorship, writing, education. They are members of Dimenti Produções Culturais (in activity since 1998) and of the Conexões Criativas, publishing house and arts Association. In the German context, Neto is a former fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude and Jorge is developing part of his PhD research at the University Justus Liebig in Gießen. They’ve been collaborating with Die Institution and with Xavier Le Roy.


RABIH MROUÉ // 6.12.2023

RABIH MROUÉ, born in Beirut and currently living in Berlin, is a theatre director, actor, visual artist and playwright. He is a contributing editor for The Drama Review /TDR (New York) and a co-founder of the Beirut Art Center (BAC).  He was a fellow at The International Research Center: Interweaving Performance Cultures/ FU/Berlin from 2013 -2014. His works include: Hartakāt (2023), Sunny Sunday (2020), Borborygmus (2019), So Little time (2016), Ode to Joy (2015), Riding on a cloud, (2013), 33 RPM and a Few Seconds (2012), The Inhabitants of images (2008), Who’s Afraid of Representation (2005), looking for a missing employee (2003) and others.


RUTH GEIERSBERGER, born in 1957, lives and works in Munich. She studied acting, performance art, bodywork and voice in Munich, Berlin and Paris and has worked with and in different national and international art-projects since 1986. Since 1990 she has called her own performances/art-projects “Verrichtungen“ ("doing things I have to do"). In her last two larger projects she dealt with plants ("mit Pflanzen“, 2019/20,, and church spaces and silence ("Verlassenschaften“, 2022). She received the theatre award offered by the city of Munich in 2023. She also works as a trainer in Feldenkreis body work, as a voice coach, speaker and author In the radio/broadcast (Bavarian Radio BR2, SWR among others). Website:

SWOOSH LIEU // 17.1.2024

SWOOSH LIEU (Johanna Castell, Katharina Pelosi, Rosa Wernecke) was founded in 2009 at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Gießen and develops performances, installations, radio plays and films. The queerfeminist collective creates temporary spaces and images in real time while addressing their production. Their performances have been shown at Tanzplattform, at the Stückemarkt of the Berlin Theatertreffen, as well as the Theaterfestival Impulse, Politik im Freien Theater and the Heidelberg Stückemarkt.


Past Dates:


Antonia Baehr // 09.11.2022 

Matthias Mohr // 23.11.2022

João Fiadeiro // 07.12.2022

Melanie Mohren & Bernhard Herbordt // 17.01.2023

Carolina Mendonça // 01.02.2023

Rolf Michenfelder // 08.02.2023

Ana Vujanović // 19.04.2023

Bojana Cvejić // 03.05.2023

Joanna Tischkau // 10.05.2023

Giulia Casartelli // 24.05.2023

Susanne Zaun & Judith Altmeyer // 14.06.2023

Florence Lam // 28.06.2023

Olivia Hyunsin Kim // 05.07.2023