Antonia Baum, Marcus Staiger
This conversation within the accompanying program of the exhibition Fire and Forget. On Violence will focus on the fascination with violence in rap and hip-hop culture, on different musical formats of violence, and on whether the representation of violence is one of experience or whether it could also offer a possibility for de-escalation.
Apart from Antonia Baum's debut novel Vollkommen leblos, bestenfalls tot (2011) and her recent publication Ich wuchs auf einem Schrottplatz auf, wo ich lernte, mich von Radkappen und Stossstangen zu ernähren (2015), she writes for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about topics such as feminism and hip-hop. Marcus Staiger, a journalist and the founder of Royal Bunker music label, is considered a pioneer of Berliner rap and has worked with Sido, Kool Savas, and KIZ among others.
Within On Violence, three dialogs with protagonists from the field of theater, film, and music focus on strategies concerned with violence in our society, or more specifically, with violent experiences' processing. The guests discuss their own exposure to violence, as well as violence's socio-cultural transformations and its coding in each one of their fields. All events are moderated by Tina Mendelsohn, who provides continuity between the three evenings, and conveys and accumulates the knowledge from each conversation to the next one.
Tina Mendelsohn is a TV presenter, filmmaker, and journalist. She lived in London for 15 years. Now she explores the German capital. Among her colleagues from ARD, Schweizer Fernsehen, and ORF, she has been the face of ZDF's KULTURZEIT since 2001.
Fire and Forget. On Violence is funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).
With thanks for the financial support of: KW Friends e. V. as well as Rivka Saker, the collector Uli Sigg, Mr. Xue, Peng Pei-Cheng, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin, and KOW Berlin.
The publication and the event- and educational program is funded by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb (German Federal Agency for Civic Education).