Landung auf der »Membran des Lebens« / Das dünne Eis der Zivilisation
One poster shows an elephant from the front, a coral, an ant, a man's head, a tube from which a mushroom or a cloud is drawn. It is written in between: "Kooperationen". Top left: "Festival der Kooperationen"
With Bettina Korintenberg, Bruno Latour (from Bordeaux), Peter Weibel and Alexander Kluge in the context of the Festival der Kooperationen
Sat, September 18, 2021 8 pm CEST

As part of the Festival der Kooperationen, Literaturhaus Berlin and ZKM present a philosophical conversation between Alexander Kluge, Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel.

Filmmaker, philosopher and writer Alexander Kluge invites you to the »Festival der Kooperationen mit Alexander Kluge & friends: 'Der Elefant im Dunkeln'« at the Literaturhaus Berlin from September 17-26, 2021. Over 120 participants will present literature, films, visual art, performances, choreographies, dialogs, talks, and discussions over a period of 10 days at the Literaturhaus Berlin and other institutions.

One of those discussions will be conducted jointly by Bettina Korintenberg, Bruno Latour, who will dial in digitally from Bordeaux, Alexander Kluge and Peter Weibel. Based on Bruno Latour's fundamental philosophical work around topics such as »becoming terrestrial«, »Gaia« or the metaphor of the »critical zone«, and inspired by the current exhibition »Critical Zones« at the ZKM, curated by Peter Weibel and Bruno Latour, discussions about landing on the »membrane of life« and the thin ice of civilization will take place via livestream as well as on site in Berlin.

The numerous events in the house or in the garden of the Literaturhaus Berlin and its 20 partner institutions will additionally be streamed on the Youtube channel of the Li-Be as well as on

Other festival events associated with the ZKM:

Sat, 18.9.21 | 5:30 pm | In the garden (Li-Be)
Kenntnis der Notausgänge / Rettungswege aus der Titanic /
Enzyklopädie der Kriege

Talk, Reading, Film
With Peter Weibel and Alexander Kluge
Entry: 7€ / 4€
Info and tickets to be acquired here

Thu, 23.9.21 | 3 pm | digital
Fermentation workshop
With Fanny Kranz und Max Kosoric
Info and tickets to be acquired here

Sun, 26.9.21 |11 am | in the garden 
Honiggarten IX: Korallen – Poesie und Gefährdung kooperativer Ökosysteme
Presentation and reading
With Ulrike Draesner, Christian Wild, Sonia Levy i. a.
Entry: 7€ / 4€
Info and tickets to be acquired find here

One poster shows an elephant from the front, a coral, an ant, a man's head, a tube from which a mushroom or a cloud is drawn. It is written in between: "Kooperationen". Top left: "Festival der Kooperationen"

The »Festival der Kooperationen« takes a look at the overlapping social, political and ecological crises of the present. A variety of agents are involved in the festival, including Alexander Kluge, Jonathan Meese, Hannelore Hoger, Stefan Rahmstorf, Asal Dardan, Peter Weibel, Ulrike Draesner, Bruno Latour, Eva Horn, Bernd Scherer, Isabel Mundry, Lothar Müller, Teresa Bücker, Matthias Glaubrecht, Muriel Pic, Nuran David Calis, Mara-Daria Cojocaru, Ottmar Edenhoer, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Hanns Zischler, Annett Gröschner, Durs Grünbein, Yoko Tawada and Helge Schneider.

In these times, cooperation is more needed than ever before, because the current crises cannot be solved by individual disciplines, institutions or social groups alone. With the festival, Li-Be would like to venture something new: to deal with urgent questions of the present, artistically, scientifically, engaged and quite controversial, together with a large number of institutions and participants for ten days. The festival offers peculiar, unique formats that invite people to explore cooperation as a mode of understanding and action. Because, as an old Southeast Asian saying goes, »the elephant in the dark can only be recognized together«, emphasizes Asmus Trautsch, curator of the festival.

In addition to the main partner, dctp, the cooperating institutions include the ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts as well as Bozar in Brussels, the Atelier Impopulaire, the Botanisches Museum Berlin, the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, the Cinéma Paris / Yorck Kinogruppe, the Deutsche Kinemathek, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, the Goethe-Institut Brussels, the Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz, the Institut français Germany, Klangzeitort. The Institut für Neue Musik, the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, the Mobile Akademie Berlin, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Spector Books, the Suhrkamp Verlag, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

The event via livestream
Organization / Institution
Literaturhaus Berlin

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The Festival der Kooperationen is funded by

Cooperation Partners