Newsletter 12 / December 2021

BETHY TRIO © Tilman Hecker, 2021



Reading by fellows of the Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf 2021
With Nero Campanella, Iryna Herasimovich and Regina Scheer
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7 p.m.
Online, Recording in German language

This year's fellows of the Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf present their works: Iryna Herasimovich reads from the essay "Die Kraft des Unwissens," which she wrote in the fall of 2020 on the occasion of the events in Belarus. From Regina Scheer you’ll hear an excerpt from her just completed biography about Hertha Gordon-Walcher (1894–1990). Nero Campanella reads from his satirical novel with the working title "Der unsterbliche Schrock", which he worked on at Wiepersdorf Castle in 2021.

Questioning at Point Zero. A conversation with Belarusian translator, essayist and cultural mediator Iryna Herasimovich
Conversation partner: Katharina Raabe
Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 7 p.m.
Online, Recording in German language

When Belarus was still a blank spot on the map, there was already an idiosyncratic, heterogeneous cultural scene that created spaces in which ideas of a life that was not controlled took shape. Under the unfavorable conditions of the rigid system, fixated on the Soviet past, a parallel society was able to develop, in niches, invisible to many. The repressions that have swept the country and traumatized society since the crushing of the white-red-white protests have also dissolved these niches. In conversation with editor Katharina Raabe (Suhrkamp Verlag), Iryna Herasimovich offers insights into this scene.

Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 19, 2021, 6 p.m.
Castle park Wiepersdorf

We kindly invite you to the traditional Christmas concert in the castle park on the fourth Sunday in Advent. Musicians of the brass section of the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder will play.

Admission is free. Due to Corona, there won’t be any drinks or food this year. The current hygiene regulations apply.


Save the date

The performance BETHY TRIO, developed during a group residency at Wiepersdorf Castle, will not premiere at Spreehalle Berlin this December as planned due to Corona, but is expected to premiere in May 2022. Excerpts from the production will be available online at on January 12, 2022.

BETHY TRIO, directed by Tilman Hecker, brings together text fragments by Kathy Acker, Bettina von Arnim, Dodie Bellamy and Sarah Schulman, among others. In a production that aims at the possibility of trans-historicity, the words deal with science and poetry, the individuality of the sexes, and the expressions of overcoming Christian ideals of love, moving between historical periods. With Anna Papathanasiou, Ivan Cheng, FRZNTE (performance), Scott Bolman (lights), Lars Paschke (costumes) and Thorsten Hoppe (sound).


On demand

Selection of programs from 2021:

UNESCO World Poetry Day
Reading with Omar al-Jaffal, Volker Braun, Nancy Campbell, Angélica Freitas and Schloss Wiepersdorf alumna Suvi Valli on the occasion of the UNESCO World Poetry Day 2021.
Moderation: Knut Elstermann

„Herzhaft in die Dornen der Zeit greifen…“
Reading and conversation on the occasion of Bettina von Arnim's birthday with Dr. Sonja Hilzinger and Dr. Dorothee Schmitz-Köster (in German language)

Transformation #1: “Well, let’s see what happens.”
Discussion with Martin Gross, Mandy Tröger und Jan Wenzel about the book The Last Year. Records from an Invalid Country and on the question of how the East German media public changed in 1990 and what hopes and disappointments this process generated (in German language)

Transformation #2: Entkoppelte Gesellschaft
Discussion with Yana Milev, Christoph Tannert and Thomas Krüger on the question of how the process of the German-German unification process should be continued in economic, political, social and cultural terms (in German language)

Transformation #3: There is no other place
Conversation with Regina Scheer and Andreas Platthaus on the challenges posed by the phenomenon of social transformation for Regina Scheer’s work – especially with regard to geographical permanence – and about the transformation from a cultural scientist to a writer (in German language)

„Künstler sind die ersten im Narrenschiff“ – The Painter Achim von Arnim-Bärwalde
Discussion with Wolfgang Bunzel and Petra Heymach about the painter Achim von Arnim-Bärwalde (in German language)

Literature and Film: Günter Kunert
Lecture by film historian Günter Agde about the German poet Günter Kunert (1929–2019) whose films form a significant, yet hitherto largely unknown, part of the German cinematic repertoire (in German language)

Dialectic of Equality. Achim von Arnim's anti-Jewish Speech in Context
Discussion with Stefan Hofmann and Theresa Eisele about Achim von Arnim's speech entitled Über die Kennzeichen des Judentums, which he delivered to the German Tischgesellschaft in 1811, as a paradigmatic text of early 19th-century hostility towards Jews (in German language)

Steven Kazuo Takasugi: JNH: Just-noticeably Human. Lecture on Musical Humanness in the Age of Digital Automation
Lecture by American composer Steven Takasugi about his musical language, creative process and current works. Takasugi is one of the most renowned composers in the field of new music today

Science – Ecology – Activism
Discussion with cultural studies scholar Eva Horn and economic sociologist Klaus Dörre on the relationship between science and activism with regard to ecological crises.
Moderation: Steffen Richter (in German language)


Café and Park

The Café in the Orangery of Schloss Wiepersdorf is now closed and will reopen on Sundays between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. during the summer months of 2022. The respective hygiene regulations apply. The park remains open to visitors during the autumn and winter months.

The castle remains closed until further notice due to the reconstruction of the museum.


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