by Nadia Egan // Apr. 12, 2022
Growing and unfolding since Autumn 2021, E-WERK Luckenwalde’s ‘POWER NIGHTS: Being Mothers’ comprises an evolving exhibition and live performances centred on slow, sustainable curatorial concepts. Curated by Lucia Pietroiusti in collaboration with E-WERK’s Helen Turner, Katharina Worf and Adriana Tranca, the programme is presented as a long-term, cumulative exhibition with a focus on sustainable deceleration.
A bi-annual, experimental and interdisciplinary platform for live work, ‘POWER NIGHTS’ brings together the historical architecture of Luckenwalde with cutting-edge performance art, all powered by Kunststrom electricity located on site.
Coinciding with Berlin Gallery Weekend, on April 30th ‘POWER NIGHTS’ will offer a special day of performances and events starting on the train from Südkreuz and continuing across the site of E-WERK Luckenwalde. Kicking off the events, Isabel Lewis, Sissel Tolaas and Ethan Braun will score the 30-minute journey, addressing multiple senses in ‘H_SPACE_H’—a composition in which smells, movements and sounds act as guiding elements that amplify the experience of the bodily passage.
Arriving at the exhibition space, Turner Prize-nominated duo Cooking Sections will greet visitors with their ‘Grundbrot’—a bread developed to reimagine human and more-than-human relationships to soil. Created in collaboration with both Luckenwalde’s organic flour mill Steinmeyer Mühl and regenerative farm Güt & Boesel in Brandenburg, the bread will be available to purchase every Saturday during the exhibition and thereafter at TRAFO, E-WERK’s low-carbon kitchen.
Guiding us through the latter part of the afternoon is a series of epistolary performances by Himali Singh Soin within her installation ‘Static Range’—where a mountain responds to a letter from the nuclear-powered sky-device stashed in its crevices. Performed within its Phytoremedic Garden, the artist will be accompanied by drummer David Soin Tappeser, as well as additional interventions by electron artist L. Zylberberg and a Reiki healer.
In a sunset screening at the FLUXDOME, E-WERK’s outdoor geodesic dome, Tabita Rezaire will present ‘Womb Wisdom’—an immersive video experience that unearths the wisdom of birth. Inspired by her path as a doula, ‘Womb Wisdom’ offers us the transmission of four women who, using their respective traditional knowledge, have supported and cared for the initiation of motherhood: Mrs Passionise Yapara from the Indigenous Lokono tradition, Odette and Noria Majokko from the Maroon Saramaka tradition, and Mrs Myriam Kérrel from the Creole tradition.
The evening will be rounded off with a DJ set by Khidja and a returning journey on the RE3 with another intervention by Sissel Tolaas & Isabel Lewis in collaboration with Solistensemble Kaleidoskop and Ethan Braun.
After April 30th, all exhibitions will remain on site until July 30th, where a daytime finissage will take place.