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Crossing Identities

26.05.2014, Berlin | The festival “Crossing Identities” invites the audience to experience the art and culture of Mongolia and to learn about the rapid social changes transforming this central Asian nomadic country. Teams of artists from Mongolia and Europe jointly interrogate the term “nomad,” using it to explore the transformations of modern cities under the pressure of global developments. On June 8–11, and again on June 13–15, 2014, they will gather at Radialsystem V to examine the urban and social reality of Ulan Bator and Berlin, issues of Mongolia’s cultural heritage, and the identity of modern urban nomads.

Crossing Identities, Photo: Jens Rötzsch

Through art tours, performances, installations, and participation projects, Mongolia’s UNESCO-protected traditional culture – khöömii, urtyn duu, morin huur, biyelgee – enters into a dialogue with experimental, contemporary art forms. The audience learns that Mongolia has far more to offer than the little that is widely known about the conqueror Ghenghis Khan, its breathtaking landscapes or its enormous mineral reserves. The events at Radialsystem V conclude a multi-year, interdisciplinary research and artistic project, spawning workshops and exhibitions in Frankfurt and Mongolia, that has dealt with the image of nomads in art and theory and the contrary developments of the nomadic people on the one hand (who are settling at the margins of megacities) and the “nomadization” of previously settled Western Europeans on the other hand.

The Ernst Schering Foundation supports “Crossing Identities,” since the project raises extraordinarily interesting questions about our (mobile) future. Through a Mongolian lens, this international platform composed of high-ranking artists, curators, and academics promises fruitful insights into how to shape our society.

Crossing Identities – Beginners, Experts, Hybrids

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
featuring the art tours “Dream Cities” and “The Waste Land”

Additional tours: June 9–11, 2014

Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15, 2014
Radialsystem V
Holzmarktstr. 33
10243 Berlin

The complete program is available for download as a PDF file here .

Additional information on the project can be found on the website of Urban Nomads.

A project by URBAN NOMADS // MONGOL CITIZENS (c/o German ITI) in cooperation with Radialsystem V and, among others, the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture and Humboldt University in Berlin; with support from the Capital Cultural Fund in Berlin, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, the Federal Foreign Office, the Embassy of Mongolia, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Mongolia, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, and the Ernst Schering Foundation.

Photo: Jens Rötzsch


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