Bettina Knaup

Bettina Knaup works internationally as a curator with a focus on performance and gender. She was program coordinator of the International Women’s University, Hannover, co-curator of the City of Women Festival, Ljubljana, and contributed to the In Transit Festival at the House of World Cultures Berlin. Recent projects include the festivals performing proximities (Brussels) and performance platform. body affects (with S. Bake, Berlin) as well as the long term exhibition and archive project re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive (with B. E. Stammer, Berlin, Tallinn, Gdansk, Barcelona a.o.). She is an international lecturer; since 2015, she has been a PhD research fellow at the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance, Roehampton University, London.

Screening #6

ReTopia

The screening chapter ReTopia acknowledges “post-socialism” not only as a continental but also as a global phenomenon, though with palpable regional specificity and intensity. It looks at transitional shifts and modes of remembrance of historical processes that evoke forms – rejected, outmoded, disposed from power, gender political, architectural, and even full of potential. Without being afraid of utopian ideology, it looks back and forth and sideways in search of radically different futures. Both curators, Bettina Knaup and Katja Kobolt ask these questions against the backdrop of their individual and collective endeavors to create “temporary archives”: re.act.feminism (2009-2013), a travelling performing archive Bettina Knaup initiated with Beatrice E. Stammer; and Perpetuum Mobile. The Artotheque, a collection of videos and other digitized works initiated by feminist curatorial collective Red Mined within the Living Archive (2011-2015) through the simple act of giving.

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