"We live in the decaying ruins of the modern and colonial world-system. All around us we encounter the undead institutions that structure systemic inequality, border regimes, and subject forms. To make different futures possible, this undead world – which violently resists change in its refusal to die – must be laid to rest. Ceremony (Burial of an Undead World) is an exhibition that speaks of continuities among cosmologies and origin myths across space and time, only to upset, against this backdrop, the standard narratives of the modern era and its place in history". At DAI we are so proud that Elisa Giuliano (DAI, 2022) is one of the curators, together with (former DAI theory tutor) Anselm Franke, with Denise Ryner, Claire Tancons and Zairong Xiang. The many DAI alumni who were present at the opening at Haus der Kulturen der Welt on the 22nd of October, 2022 have thoroughly enjoyed Elisa's input to the show, a brilliant research closely interwoven with the topics she has been tackling in various imaginative and profound ways during her studies with DAI. For those who could not join the opening: go visit before December 30. Recommended, by all means.

| tag: Berlin

Ceremony refers to the writings of Jamaican theorist Sylvia Wynter, for whom the “underside costs” of modernity, from dispossession and slavery to extractivism and climate change, are intimately linked to the “mutations” of Christian cosmology into the secular discourse of modernity. Ceremony brings together works of various genres and time-periods as well as historical documents with multiple interlocutors. It also includes an extensive program of live events and a publication.

Exhibition with contributions by:

Leo Asemota
Shuvinai Ashoona
Richard Bell
Raymond Boisjoly
Gaëlle Choisne
Pauline Curnier Jardin
Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann
Mario Cresci
Abraham Cruzvillegas
Mariana Castillo Deball
Stan Douglas
Albrecht Dürer
Léon Ferrari
Jermay Michael Gabriel
Luigi Di Gianni
Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi
Leah Gordon
Nicolás Guillén
Ho Rui An
James T. Hong
Dapper Bruce Lafitte
Carlo Levi
Jane Jin Kaisen
William Kentridge
Will Kwan
Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley
Titina Maselli
Cecilia Mangini
Guadalupe Maravilla
Peter Minshall
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Ernest Nash
Le Nemesiache
Rachel O’Reilly
István Orosz
Huang Yong Ping
Rosa von Praunheim
Tabita Rezaire
Elza Soares
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet
Kidlat Tahimik
Rosemarie Trockel
Joyce Wieland
Tania Willard
David Wojnarowicz
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
and many more.

Ceremony (Burial of an Undead World)

Elisa Giuliano


Oct 23–Dec 30, 2022
Exhibition hall 1

Free admission

Nov 2–Dec 30, 2022:
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 4–9 pm
Sat & Sun 12 noon–7 pm
Closed Tue
Closed Dec 24–26

Public program with lectures, talks, screenings, performances in December
More information soon

Updates and program information:
HKW Newsletter