German Sign Language Course 1 with the Team of Lebendige Gebärden I Spring 2020

The course will be in German Sign Language. German info below:

**Dieser Kurs findet online statt!**

Dienstags, 19:30h, 21. April – 30. Juni 2020
und
Mittwochs, 18:00h, 22. April – 01. Juli 2020

Auch in diesem Jahr, freuen wir uns einen DGS I Kurs mit Diana Spieß und dem Team von “Lebendige Gebärden” anbieten zu können. Jeder Kurs umfasst 10 Termine vom 21. April – 01. Juli 2020 (außer 23. Juni und 24. Juni) und findet jede Woche Dienstags von 19:30 – 21:00h und Mittwochs von 18:00 – 19:30h online statt. In dieser ersten Kursstufe lernen die Teilnehmenden grundlegende Kenntnisse zur Deutschen Gebärdensprache wie das Fingeralphabet, Vokabeln, Fragewörter, Zahlen und einfache Sätze. Außerdem werden die Teilnehmenden in drei wichtigen Grundtechniken der Deutschen Gebärdensprache eingeführt: die visuelle Wahrnehmung, die Mimik und die nonverbale sowie gestische Kommunikation.

Bei Interesse, Anmeldung und Fragen zu Teilnahmebedingungen, schreibt bitte bis zum 19. April 2020 eine Email an: contact@xartsplitta.net.


Zu Diana Spieß:

“Bist DU taub? ICH bin es! GEBÄRDENSPRACHE IST SPANNEND, VIELFÄLTIG UND WOW!”

Diana Spieß wuchs in einer tauben und gebärdensprachnutzenden Familie als taub Geborene auf. Sie ist auf dem Gebiet der Gebärdensprache Muttersprachlerin. Von frühster Kindheit an bestand ihr Interesse an einem Austausch mit der hörenden Welt. Nach einer Ausbildung und der beruflichen Tätigkeit als Sozialpädagogische Assistentin, qualifizierte sie sich erfolgreich zur Gebärdensprachdozentin. Seit dem ist sie neben vielen anderen Sozialen- und Schulprojekten im Bereich der Gebärdensprachvermittlung sehr aktiv.

Homepage: www.lebendige-gebaerden.de

The year is coming to an end….

2019 was a very intense year for us. Many wonderful things took place (some impressions can be found here) and there were a number of structural changes. Among other things, we now have a great new board and our team has found a marvellous new colleague in Juliana Kolberg.

As many of you already know, unfortunately there was also bad news in 2019. After many years of funding, our funds were terminated as of February 2020. You can find more information here.

But: hope dies last and we still have a glimmer of hope. We will keep you updated.

Until then, we would like to thank everyone who made and still makes xart splitta what it is and are especially thankful for the many encouraging and supportive resonances we received in response to our statement. Without you xart splitta would not be what it is. Because of and with you it will possibly continue…

For now we wish everyone relaxing days and all the best for 2020!

Your xart splitta team and board

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Screening & Presentation: Katha Vachak / Storyteller

Wednesday, July 3rd 2019, 7pm

‘Katha Vachak / Storyteller’, India, 2019, 23 mins

The screening will be followed by a presentation by and Q&A with the director Deepak Srinivasan.

Harihar is a common male Indian name. ‘Hari-Hara’ is a composite Sanskrit term meaning a coming together of Shiva-Vishnu’s energies, Shiva and Vishnu being two male gods. In the film, a young man, Harihar, gets dragged to an event by his mother where he finds a storyteller, telling the story of god, Shiva’s conflict with a demon who gains a powerful boon from the god that backfires. As the popular mythical story goes, god Shiva is saved from the demon by the helpful intervention of a trickster male god, Vishnu. The South-Indian version of the story goes on further to narrate the resulting romance of the two gods and the birth of their offspring, the god Ayappa (also named Hari-Hara). As Harihar listens to the story, repressed adolescent desires surface as he finds an affirmative voice within his tradition and cultural milieu, which (he previously may have felt) had shunned him. He comes to terms with his own self and comes out regarding his sexuality.


Deepak Srinivasan is a Bangalore-based performer, storyteller, designer and educator with 15 years of practice in performing arts, radio, film, community media, design and pedagogy. After a BSc and MS in earth and life sciences, Deepak’s interests shifted to media, art & design as methods for trans-disciplinary inquiry.
Deepak has trained in performing arts and community theatre with prominent Indian theatre practitioners (2005-2008).
His work in community theatre has spanned many youth groups and other special communities such as street-based sex-workers. His interests include gender, ecology, creative education design, urban space design, knowledge system practices, modernity and its intersections with historic process, oral histories and collective memory. Deepak presently has his own Design Practice and is Adjunct Faculty at School of Design, Presidency University, Bangalore.


The screening is free of charge. Donations are warmly welcome!

Dissolving Territories – 6+ Frequencies

June 20th 2019, 7pm, @ aquarium am Südblock

Guest Speaker: Maya Bastian

© Sinthujan Varatharajah

How do we hear (from) each other in displacement?  How are voices, songs and sound memories transported through distances? Does exile have a sound?

In our final session for this year, we will explore the soundscapes of exile by considering what sounds and noises can mean under such conditions: how they travel, alter and manifest under mass displacement. Centering the roles of communication media, from telephone lines to radio stations to Viber, we attempt to understand the multiple meanings of modern technology for a stateless people.

This session will also feature a collaboration with the visual artist Elif Kücük: https://castorxpollux.com/

Sinthujan Varatharajah initiated and conceptualised the series »Dissolving Territories« together with Iris Rajanayagam (director xart splitta). Varatharajah is an essayist, researcher and currently Open City Fellow of the Open Society Foundation and a PhD student in Political Geography (UCL). Sinthujan works and researches the geography of power(lessness) and spatial resistance practices and holds an MSc. in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies (LSE).

Maya Bastian is a filmmaker, focusing on short films and documentaries that have screened at festivals around the world. Primarily focusing on social justice issues, her films range from narrative to documentary to experimental. She has spent several years traveling the world as an investigative video journalist, documenting areas of conflict and post-conflict culminating in her latest narrative short film ‘Air Show’, about the effect of the Toronto Air Show on newcomer refugees. She is the recipient of the 2017 Magee TV Diverse Screenwriting Mentorship Award was selected as one of Reelworld Film Festival’s Emerging 20, and has been recently chosen as one of Regent Park Film Festival’s Home Made Visible artists. www.mayabastian.com/

The event will be held in spoken English. The location including the bathroom is wheelchair accessible.

More information regarding the series: www.xartsplitta.net/en/dissolving-territories/


»Dissolving Territories« part II is funded by the Regional Centre for Civic Education Berlin.

DISSOLVING TERRITORIES II – 5+ Logistics

June 5th 2019, 7pm, @ aquarium am Südblock

Guest speaker: Thiva Mohanathasan

© Google Maps

The forcible displacement of people doesn’t just lead to the dislocation of bodies, but also to a shift of eating habits. Food cultures are reflective of specific geographies, topographies, climates, histories and cultures that evolve within/through them. But what happens when a people are forcefully pushed out of their ancient (cultural) landscapes only to find themselves confronted with, to them, new and unknown geographies as well as climates?

In the fifth episode of “Dissolving Territories – Cultural Geographies of a New Eelam”, we explore how people eat in exile, what meanings food are assigned to in exile, how geographic shifts can articulate themselves in changes within taste palates and what roles Tamil grocery stores play within such contexts. Central to our journey will be the history of transnational food chains and infrastructures which allowed for the present day bridging of climate and geographic boundaries to very much enable a Tamil cuisine in exile.

Sinthujan Varatharajah initiated and conceptualised the series »Dissolving Territories« together with Iris Rajanayagam (director xart splitta). Varatharajah is an essayist, researcher and currently Open City Fellow of the Open Society Foundation and a PhD student in Political Geography (UCL). Sinthujan works and researches the geography of power(lessness) and spatial resistance practices and holds an MSc. in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies (LSE).

The event will take place in spoken German. The location is wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair accessible bathroom is available.