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Immersion – Schule der Distanz No.1Immersion – Schule der Distanz No.1

I can’t Turn Around within the framework of Immersion – Schule der Distanz No. 1
Lectures, performances, installations
With Alexis Le-Tan, Gwen Jamois & Finn Johannsen
November 18th – 20th, 2016, Gropius Bau, Berlin
Invited by Nguyen Phuong-Dan

One central aspect of experiencing immersion is a shift from being a distanced observer to becoming a co-producer in the situation. Habitual safety gaps disappear; more than ever before, art can be touched, shaped and influenced. And all this in settings created by artists – settings which the audience can enter and make their own.
But immersion is not confined to experiencing art; it also describes a way of perceiving the world in an era where our environment is increasingly digitalised. Digital data, images and sounds surround our lives, structuring our everyday rules to an ever greater extent. In the age of Big Data, however, we are no longer users; instead, we are used by the data itself. Algorithms organise our lives and know what we want even before we have given it any thought.

For Schule der Distanz No.1, which will take place at Gropius Bau from November 18th – 20th, 2016, artists and academics will develop new input on issues of proximity and distance in immersive times. They render visible what usually remains concealed. They modify seemingly inalterable rules. And they create spaces for divergent thought. Deep into the night, there will be performances, lectures and installations; in hidden stairwells, rarely accessible nooks and high above the roofs of the city. Schule der Distanz thus becomes a venue for shared time, where a wide range of creative and academic input allows for new processes of realisation.
With Ed Atkins, Omer Fast, Oliver Grau, Christiane Heibach, David Helbich, Finn Johannsen, Alexis Le-Tan, Gwen Jamois, Annika Kahrs, Doris Kolesch, Shintaro Miyazaki, Studierende der Universität Hildesheim mit Eike Wittrock, Mirjam Schaub, David Weber-Krebs, Stefanie Wenner

I can’t Turn Around
There is no place for eliminating distances quite like dance floors in clubs. For decades, and night after night, DJs have been playing music, creating immersive spaces and temporary communities. For Schule der Distanz, three DJs will take on the role of archeologists: Examining various international club scenes, they will reconstruct and interpret playlists of historically relevant DJ luminaries like Ron Hardy, DJ Alfredo and Mixmaster Morris in a setting for listening.