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DJ Set - Scholarship holders in conversation

Fridays is SPÄTI time at the Humboldt Forum: Talks and music in a relaxed setting. Artists present their concepts, musicians play new pieces or designers present their first drafts. SPÄTI is the small stage of the unfinished, of new ideas and unplanned gatherings.

SPÄTI - Afterwork im Humboldt Forum, Ukraine Special in der Mechanischen Arena
SPÄTI - Afterwork im Humboldt Forum, Ukraine Special in der Mechanischen Arena Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss/ Foto: David von Becker

For the second edition with a focus on Ukraine, we invited all ten fellows directly from Ukraine to introduce them to the visitors of the Humboldt Forum. After a short talk with the fellows, we will give you a visual and interactive experience of some of their projects: the cosmograph in the foyer will be played by Sasha Kurmaz, a well-known Ukrainian video artist, Olha Andronova will make buttons together with you and Iryna Lavrova and Olha Sarajeva invite you to a game about Ukrainian cultural heritage and getting to know each other.

From around 6 p.m. DJne Helleroid will heat things up with Ukrainian music, there will be drinks and the opportunity to talk to the curator Kateryna Rietz-Rakul and the scholarship holders.

Vasyl Cherepanyn (*Ukraine, 1980) is the director of the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) in Kyiv. He co-founded the platform for collaboration between academic, artistic and activist communities. Vasyl Cherepanyn holds a PhD in Philosophy (Aesthetics) and has lectured at the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), the University of Helsinki, the Free University of Berlin, the Merz Academy in Stuttgart, the University of Vienna, the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Political Critique in Warsaw and the University of Greifswald. In 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He is co-editor of Guidebook of the Kyiv International (Medusa Books, 2018) and '68 NOW (Archive Books, 2019) and has curated The European International (Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, 2018), Hybrid Peace (Stroom, The Hague, 2019) and Armed Democracy (2nd edition of the Warszawa Biennale, 2022), among others. VCRC is the organiser of the Kyiv Biennial (The School of Kyiv, 2015; The Kyiv International, 2017; The Kyiv International-'68 NOW, 2018; Black Cloud, 2019; Allied, 2021) and a founding member of the East Europe Biennial Alliance. The VCRC received the European Cultural Foundation's Princess Margriet Award for Culture in 2015 and the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory in 2018.

While receiving the Humboldt Forum fellowship, Vasyl Cherepanyn was able to work on topics such as decolonisation in Eastern Europe in Ukrainian and post-Soviet dimensions and memory politics and memory culture in Eastern Europe and Ukraine after the collapse of the USSR in the light of decolonisation processes. Furthermore, he is interested in working with the archives, collections and exhibition materials of the Humboldt Forum and its actors. , sifting through its planned programmes, recommending possible topics and expanding thematic areas in the field of decolonisation and the politics of remembrance for the future. His goal is to develop a discourse/exhibition project on anti-colonialism, war and memory in post-Soviet Eastern Europe with the aim of public institutional representation of the relevant issues.

Sasha Kurmaz (b. 1986) in Kyiv. He currently lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. Sasha is an interdisciplinary artist. In his artistic practice he uses different media and approaches such as photography, video, public interventions and performative situations. The focus of his work is on social and political issues, as well as on the global challenges Ukrainian society has faced in recent years. Kurmaz has participated in many international exhibitions and festivals, including exhibitions at ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Akademie der Künste (Berlin), NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Skovde Art Museum, Zamek Ujazdowski, Forum Stadtpark, C/O Berlin and many others. Sasha is producing a video installation for the Cosmograph at the Humbold Forum.

Olha Sarayeva, PhD historian, professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ukraine, Priazovsky State Technical University (Mariupol). Before leaving Mariupol as a result of the Russian invasion, Olha Sarayeva was engaged in academic research in the field of Ukrainian history and local history, focusing on sociology, law and the introduction of gaming technologies into the educational process. She is particularly interested in the activity of local self-government bodies (town councils and offices) ХІХ - early ХХ century in the south and east of Ukraine. This research has a current value for Ukraine, as it can support the decentralisation reform with further knowledge. For her research of the history of local self-government bodies, Olha Sarayeva has searched in the archives of the cities of Dnipro, Kyiv, Odesa, Bakhmut, Mariupol, Kharkiv, Donetsk, etc. (the latter before the start of the Russian war in 2014). More than 90 academic articles on the above topics appeared in Ukrainian and international publications, as well as three monographs.
With the support of the Humboldt Forum, Olha Sarajeva would like to continue her research work, in particular the source material on the history of local self-government in Ukraine at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, with special reference to the colonial policy of the Russian Empire in Ukraine. Cooperation with the Humboldt Forum opens up the possibility of working with archival holdings in Ukraine and tapping their information potential. Humboldt Forum researchers also support alternative forms of education, especially the introduction of gaming technologies into the educational process. Therefore, the experience of German researchers in developing, improving and testing original games is very valuable.

Pavlo Koryaga is a culturologist, cultural manager and researcher of Ukrainian architecture and urban space of the Soviet era. He is a PhD student at the National Ivan Franco University of Lviv, Department of Theory and Cultural History, where he is researching the topic of cultural landscape, urban space of the Soviet era and its impact on people. Pavlo Koriaha also works as a project manager in the international office "Lviv - UNESCO City of Literature" and on the projects of the NGO "Ukrainian Association of Cultural Studies - Lviv".
Pavlo Koryaga is convinced that "the examples of Ukrainian architectural modernism are the heritage of Ukrainian and world culture and it is important to conduct a dialogue in society about their historical and artistic value. In Ukraine, and especially in Lviv, there are many valuable buildings of late modernism, brutalism and postmodernism that capture the imagination and attention of the public".

Thanks to support from the Humbold Forum Foundation, it was possible to conduct a study on the impact of Soviet colonialism on Ukrainian culture, particularly in relation to urban space, place names and architecture. The results of the study could be published as part of the public presentation at the IV International Scientific and Practical Conference "Discussion and Development of Modern Scientific Research", 18-21 October 2022 in Helsinki, Finland (online format) with subsequent publication of the abstracts in the conference proceedings. A scientific article on the topic of "Ukrainian dimension of "Soviet modernism" in shaping the socio-cultural space of Lviv" was also published in the scientific journal of Lviv University. Further cooperation with the Humboldt Forum Foundation would make it possible to continue research into Soviet-era urban space and architecture in the context of analysing sources and architectural patterns of the Soviet occupation of parts of Germany and Ukraine.

Olha Honchar is a culturologist and crisis manager, she works as the director of the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes "Territory of Terror" in Lviv and as a curator of interdisciplinary projects in the field of historical memory and trauma. Olha Honchar researches the specifics of PR, cultural and museum management in Ukraine, especially in the peripheral regions. She is a commissioner for, among others, the following projects: "Cultural diplomacy between the regions of Ukraine", "Museum is open for renovation" in frontline and liberated towns of Donetsk and Lughansk regions, expedition "Here and there", etc. Olha is the co-curator of the experimental exhibition "Antiterrorist Operation" of the Luhansk Regional Museum of Local History in Starobilsk (2020). She is also the executive director of the "Crisis Centre Museum" initiative, which emerged in the first days of the Russian war against Ukraine, and co-founder of the NGO "New Museum" and the charity "Cultural Heritage Fund of Ukraine". To the Humboldt Forum, Olha Honchar shares her expertise in dealing with the legacy of Ukrainian Soviet monumental art in contemporary Ukrainian museums and offers the possibility of networking with Ukrainian institutions.

- free of charge
- from 14 years
- Language: English
- Location: Mechanical Arena in the foyer
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