Goethe Morph* Iceland: How we always wanted to have lived

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Goethe Morph* Iceland: How we always wanted to have lived

A trans-cultural initiative of the Goethe-Institute in cooperation with the Nordic House Reykjavík.

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Artists, curators, and thinkers in Iceland, Germany, Kenya, and Mali have been asked to engage with the central question of Goethe Morph* Iceland: How we always wanted to have lived. Throughout Spring and Summer of 2022, their projects will focus on (re-)imagining the times we live in  – considering issues of decolonization, memory, embodiment, and entangled living. Public performances, conversations, lectures, and workshops will be a key component of most projects – taking place online, as well as in Iceland and Kenya.

The growing body of thoughts and ideas will coalesce in September 2022, when the different artistic explorations and approaches of Goethe Morph* Iceland come together at The Nordic House in Reykjavík. In exchange with one another, a public social space will be created to collectively envision and discuss ideas of a post-crisis now. To imagine a world beyond catastrophe, beyond today’s toxic cocktail of status quo and eruptive turmoil. It may well lead us toward utopian fairy-tale escapism. But is it not, to paraphrase the words of Walter Benjamin, for the sake of those without hope that hope is given?

Goethe Morph* Iceland: How we always wanted to have lived is a trans-cultural initiative of the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with The Nordic House, Reykjavík. Curated by Arnbjörg María Danielsen and Thomas Schaupp.

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