7.9.23 – 12.11.23, Exhibition-/Eventcomplex

We have never been separate

We have never been separate - beyond nature and culture

Opening Thursday 7th September at 9 pm

with contributions by Centre Parrhèsia / Society of the Friends of the Virus, Melanie Bonajo, Tabita Rezaire and Michael Dobrindt.

more Information coming soon ...

23.9.23, 19:30, Talk

Tour and talk about the production of the exhibition

with Michael Dobrindt, Birte Heier und Sebastian Stein

4.11.23, 20:00, Event

Screening of Night Soil Trilogy by melanie bonajo

in the context of the exhibition Wir sind nie getrennt gewesen - jenseits von Natur und Kultur we're showing all three parts of melanie bonajos Night Soil Trilogy in original version with German subtitel in a row.

Night Soil is an experimental documentary in three parts showing the huge disconnection most Western people feel to nature. In a semi- documentary style melanie bonajo explores how people today tackle feelings of fragmentation and alienation head-on. The central characters in their videos are in search of new rituals, a different relationship with nature and a reassessment of ideas surrounding gender, with the aim of combating a gnawing sense of emptiness. It is far from rare for this to involve an illegal and alternative way of life that exists outside the established system. bonajo portrays this with passion and elegance, and occasional bursts of absurdism, and they do not shrink from stepping into view themself. Beneath a layer of humour and apparent chaos lurks an ambivalent attitude to all kinds of technological and capitalist developments in modern society. Semi-documentary scenes alternate with hallucinogenic fragments that spring from bonajo’s imagination. They are shaped by an intensive collaboration with the main characters. These are mainly women, because bonajo believes their voices are insufficiently heard even today.

9.11.23, 19:00, Talk

Lecture and talk with Dr. Boniface Mabanza Bambu

5.12.23, 18:30 - 20:30, The Verein (Currently)

Jahreshauptversammlung Kunstverein Langenhagen

5.12.23, 20:30, The Verein (Currently)

members' bar

Dear friends and members of the Kunstverein Langenhagen,

out of the desire to be more in contact with the members of the Kunstverein, we cordially invite you to the first members' bar evening. In a pleasant atmosphere, we would like to get into conversation with you after the members' meeting, to hear how you are getting on with the Kunstverein and, last but not least, sample a glass or two of wine.

We look forward to your visit, meeting you again or getting to know you and exchanging ideas!

13.12.23 – 18.2.24, Exhibition-/Eventcomplex

Love, Live, and Die in Symbiosis* with Lucile Olympe Haute

Opening 13th december 2023 7pm
Artist talk 14th december 2023 7pm
Presentation on Living and Dying with Microorganisms by n.n.
Web-to-print workshop with Lucile Olympe Haute and Jeanne Maenetti around human life with microrganisms 25th & 27th january 2024
Performance with Lucile Olympe Haute 27th january 2024 7 pm

This exhibition shows the different facets of a single plural form of life, bringing together bacteria and yeast in symbiosis within the Kombucha culture.

This series of works by Lucile Olympe Haute shows the results of experiments with materials that are both scraps from beverage production and ritual objects. They invite us to question the ways in which we collaborate with, care for, cultivate or exploit other living things. More broadly, they question our collective values and their influence on our relationship with the world.

Are we capable of empathetic projection towards swarms of microscopic life, whose effects we perceive but not the individuals? The carbonaceous life forms brought together here are neither animal nor vegetable, but a heterogeneous symbiotic legion of non-ukaryotic living organisms. They reproduce, grow together, agonise and die in the exhibition.

On a daily basis, they are our allies and also our enemies. Yeast and bacteria populate our intimate microbiota. We control their presence, sort them out, cultivate or exterminate them. We collaborate with them on and in our bodies, as well as in our food. Each of us is inhabited by invisible beings, each of us is a symbiotic legion.

*Symbiosis: an intimate and lasting association between organisms of different species.

The exhibition and the events are friendly sponsored by the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, the Sparkasse Hannover and the Ministry of Sciene and Culture of Lower Saxony.

13.12.23, 19:00, Event


14.12.23, 19:00, Talk

Artist Talk with Lucile Olympe Haute

25.1.24 – 27.1.24, Education

Web-to-print workshop with Lucile Olympe Haute and Jeanne Maenetti on the topic of human coexistence with microorganisms

27.1.24, 19:00, Event

Performance with Lucile Olympe Haute