Liza Lim – Appointed to Akademie der Künst der Welt Cologne; Performances in Munich, Stuttgart, Oslo

Prof. Liza Lim has been appointed one of thirteen founding members of the newly formed Akademie der Künste der Welt in Cologne. Board members include artists and academics from literature, music, visual arts, film, theatre and dance and are involved in both the curation of programmes and policy discussion about the role of the arts in our culturally diverse world. The Akademie is supported with annual funding of €1.2 million from the City of Cologne and other partners and runs events, a fellowship programme and an associated youth academy.

The Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne is a new kind of artistic society, one which deliberately focuses on global artistic and social themes, and which also addresses migration-related issues. The Academy’s founding members are Ali Samadi Ahadi, Madhusree Dutta, Galit Eilat, Tom Holert, Liza Lim, Faustin Linyekula, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lemi Ponifasio, Walid Raad, Rosemarie Trockel, Stefan Weidner, Liao Yiwu and Tom Zé.

The official opening of the Akademie takes place on October 25-28 with the festival _Cutting Edge, a response to the politicisation and debate around circumcision in Germany triggered by a court ruling from May 2012. The programme looks at the topic of circumcision from unusual, multidisciplinary points of view with the aim of expanding and relocating the discourse using the tools of art and science: _Cutting Edge searches for the meaning of circumcision as a motif in art, and advocates going beyond obsessions and orthodox understandings of it as physical marking. One special area of focus will be on matters relating to gender and biopolitics.

Artists and scientists will try to get behind the current circumcision debate in readings, lecture performances, panel discussions, concerts and interactions with the audience, directing attention to aspects that have yet to receive much consideration.

Liza Lim has curated a music programme in partnership with the Philharmonie Köln, bringing together a diversity of musical traditions that address the topic of circumcision, ranging from mediaeval and Baroque church music celebrating the Christian ‘Feast of Circumcision’ to the contemporary work of Steve Reich and Senegalese urban soul and hip-hop artist Sister Fa.

more information available at the end of September.

3 Angels – Performances in Munich, Stuttgart and Oslo

Escalier du Chant, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Liza Lim’s 3 Angels (2011) was commissioned by Musik der Jahrhunderte (Siemens Foundation) as part of Escalier du Chant (2011), a project conceived by conceptual artist Olaf Nicolai comprising interventions in a gallery space and involving ‘songs’ by 12 composers reflecting on current political events. The work was premiered at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich by Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, receiving 12 performances followed by performances at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart as part of the Attacca Festival and more recently, on 15 September at the 2012 Ultima Festival in Oslo. The score has just been published by Ricordi Munich Verlag.