*TOPIE – SPACE IS THE CASE: A PERFORMATIVE READING & WERKRaum Exhibition „*TOPIE” with Pop-up-Reading for the DCA-OPEN-Gallery-Tour

*TOPIE – SPACE IS THE CASE: A performative reading

Foto: AuditivVokal

*TOPIE is the title and occasion for the publication of an anthology by GEH8 Verlag. Fourteen authors from all over Germany and Iran have written texts in the form of short stories, poems and tracts, illustrated with drawings by the artist André Tempel, who also occupies the GEH8 hall with an expansive installation for the performative reading. Inspired by the idea of “poem simultan”, which originated in the 1920s, the authors, including Marcel Beyer, read more or less simultaneously. Soloists of the Ensemble AuditivVokal accompany the readers according to a libretto by Kathrin Assauer and compositions by Alberto Arroyo and Samir TimajChi under the direction of conductor Olaf Katzer. The performance is flanked by an exhibition on the topic in the WERKRaum of GEH8 by the artists Brigitte Mierau, Mahsa Momayezi, Mahsa Foroughi and André Tempel.

Idea, concept and direction: Kathrin Assauer

When: Friday, September 22, 2023
Admission: 6.30 p.m.
Start: 7 pm
Where: GEH8


WERKRaum Exhibition „*TOPIE“ with Pop-up-Reading for the DCA-OPEN-Gallery-Tour

Foto: Tim Tobeler

For the DCA-OPEN-gallery-tour (Saturday, September 23), in addition to the exhibition in the WERKRaum, there will be pop-up readings by the authors of the anthology *TOPIE.

Artists: Brigitte Mierau, Mahsa Momayezi, Mahsa Foroughi and André Tempel.

Four different interpretations of the title *TOPIE will face each other in all directions of the WERKRaum. On one wall, André Tempel’s small-format drawings reveal female and male figures in their confinement and breaking out of their bodies/spaces. Traveled far, from a former part of Europe, is the hand-embroidered work “Brexit Tapestry” by artist Brigitte Mierau, which occupies the space on the opposite wall. On 22 fabric pages, the artist describes how Great Britain closed itself off from the European space within fifty years and became an isolated island. The space on the ceiling and floor is occupied by Iranian filmmaker Mahsa Foroughi and graphic designer Mahsa Momayezi. Mahsa Foroughi is an Iranian (Australian) poet, filmmaker, critic, and architect, and received her PhD for her interdisciplinary research on architecture, film, and philosophy that challenges the status quo of human perception. Mahsa Momayezi will create a new work on site to mark the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s assassination and in resonance with Iranian Pajand Soleymani’s short story in this book. By Mahsa Foroughi we will project a film in the space.

Text and curation: Silke Tobeler and Kathrin Assauer

Vernissage: Friday, September 22, 2023, 7 p.m.-2 p.m.
Pop-up readings as part of the DCA-OPEN gallery tour: Saturday, September 23, 1-3 p.m.
Duration: September 22 – October 8, 2023
Opening Hours: Friday/Saturday/sunday from 3 p.m to 7 p.m.; Viewing of the workroom by appointment or viewable at any time through the window on the walking street


The project is sponsored by the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen. Many thanks.

Photo: Tim Tobeler