The Berlin Sessions:
17 September 19, 7 pm
Venue: KW Studio, front building, 1st floor
Book launch and reading of Elvia Wilk’s debut novel Oval, followed by a conversation with Jakob Tigges
Bizarre weather. Unprecedented economic disparity. Artists employed by corporations as consultants. And the ultimate work of art: Oval, a pill that increases generosity.
Elvia Wilk’s debut novel Oval asks questions of empathy and power on every scale—from bodies to bureaucracies—to create an unsettling portrait of a near-future Berlin. On the occasion of the launch at KW, Elvia Wilk will read from the publication, followed by a conversation with a surprise guest.
Elvia Wilk is a writer and editor living in New York and Berlin. She writes for publications like Frieze, Mousse, Metropolis, Artforum, and Zeit Online and is currently a contributing editor at e-flux journal. Her first novel, Oval, was published in June 2019 by Soft Skull Press.
Jakob Tigges is a young architect and academic who became known through a series of artistic and provocative urban design proposals. His projects overcome the disciplinary boundaries between art, architecture and communication and have been awarded with prestigious prizes within different disciplines. Tigges studied architecture and sociology of communications in Aachen, Rome and Berlin as well as management at the London School of Economics. After graduation he worked in Rotterdam, Madrid and Berlin. He is currently teaching Architectural and Urban Design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and heading the agency Mila in Berlin.
Mila is an agency for architecture and creative services. Its work is focused on a creative design process that is applied to changing formats and scales. Thus far Mila has accomplished projects in the fields of Architectural and Urban Design, Exhibition Design and Installations, Product-, Graphic and Corporate Design, Strategic Planning and Advertising. Regardless of their size all of Mila’s projects constitute surprising explorations of highly contemporary social issues.