SATURDAY / 01.11.2014 / 12:00 – 13:00




talk and panel discussion (in English)

This open panel discussion brings together Daniela Seel (poet/publisher of cookbooks), Mihret Kebede (poet/ director of Netsa Art Village), Mette Moestrup (poet/feminist), and Joel Scott (writer/translator). Here, they discuss their individual experiences as writers in their respective countries, if and how working with words can be a dangerous occupation, the power of language, and the relation of words to politics. While they talk within the woods, the graphic designer Andreas Töpfer will take some of their words he hears and hurt them in his way: by putting them into graphics on a huge flipchart.

WORDS THAT HURT is a 3-part poetry intervention, inspired by the eponymous rhyme of David Chipperfield’s exhibition: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. Writers and artists working with words that do hurt will test the meaning, weight and impact of their words. Each part of this intervention, curated by Rike Scheffler, aims to explore both the potentials and the limits of words and language, letting them interact with graphics (part 1), sounds (part 2), and bodies (part 3). These interventions examine how words shape our political, physical, and emotional realities, and how they disrupt or soothe our minds and beings.

We do have to warn you: you (and some of the words you know) might get hurt.

As part of Acting Archives funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation