• The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein

  • Do, 13.06.2019 ab 19:00 Uhr
  • Hopscotch Reading Room
    Kurfurstenstr. 14 ( im hof)
    10785 Berlin
The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein - Hopscotch Reading Room - Berlin

Hopscotch is delighted to welcome back to Berlin the erudite and terribly exciting publishing entity known as 'MA BIBLIOTHEQUE' and other members of its constellation, under the able, exacting guidance of Sharon Kivland for an evening of memorials and a book launch!At the memorial for Rosa Luxemburg on 13 June 1919, the political radical, art historian, critic, and writer Carl Einstein gave an oration. There is no record of what Einstein said, how he said it, or what it addressed. The Graveside Orations of Carl Einstein assembles texts from artists, film-makers, writers, poets, critics, philosophers, and art historians. Each contribution is a speculation on what Einstein might have delivered, each as likely and as unlikely to be Einstein’s as any other. Through the multiple substitutions of Carl Einstein—a practice that Einstein pursued throughout his life—themes of masquerade, mistaken identities, of persons substituted after the event, of orations, speeches, and texts rewritten, speculated upon and redelivered, celebrating, mapping, and fictionalising a past life, are explored. Some of the contributors to this book will read this evening. There will be four sets of readings, with breaks between each. The programme may change at the last minute but this is more or less as it will unfold: I.Introduction by Dale HolmesGeoffrey Wildanger, Sonja Burbidge (read by Irina Gheorghe), Hannes Bajohr (read by Donal Fitzpatrick), Betsy PorrittII.Sean Bonney & Sacha Kahir, Kirsten Cooke, Declan Clarke, John Z. Komurki (read by Sean Smuda)III.Christian A. Wollin, Ed Luker, Matthew Burbidge, Katharina Ludwig, Donal Fitzpatrick, Zoë SkouldingIV.Sacha Kahir, Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko (extract, read by Sharon Kivland), Sharon Kivland, SpartakusJohn Cunningham will read four extracts from his essay in each of the sets above "Sometimes, however, it seems to me that I am not really a human being at all, but like a bird or a beast in human form.I feel so much more at home even in a scrap of garden like the one here, and till more in the meadowswhen the grass is humming with bees than at one of the our party congresses."Prison Letter, 12 May 1917, Rosa Luxemburg Speaks THE GRAVESIDE ORATIONS OF CARL EINSTEINedited by Dale Holmes & Sharon KivlandSean Ashton, Hannes Bajohr, Rowan Bailey, Sean Bonney, Uma Breakdown, Matthew Burbidge, Sonja Burbidge, Sophie Carapetian, Alison J. Carr, Declan Clarke, Kirsten Cooke, John Cunningham, Mark Curran, James Davies, Sam Dolbear, Kate Evans, Donal Fitzpatrick, Darryl Georgiou & Rebekah Tolley-Georgiou, Dale Holmes, Derek Horton, John Hyatt, Martin Jackson, Tom Jenks, Sacha Kahir, Sharon Kivland, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, John Z. Komurki, Mark Leahy, Rona Lorimer, Katharina Ludwig, Ed Luker, David Mabb, T.C. McCormack, Martina Mullaney, Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko,Benjamin Noys, Betsy Porritt, Bede Robinson, Benedict Seymour, Ohad Ben Shimon, Joshua Simon, Louis-George Schwartz,Zoë Skoulding, Spartakus, David Steans, Jeroen Van Dongen, Frank Wasser, Geoffrey Wildanger, Christian A. Wollin, Sarah Wood, Thomas Yeomans.160 pages, 200 mm x 140 mm, paperback, ISBN 978-1-910055-60-1Prompt start at 19:30 pm, late ending.Refreshments will be served.