Women on Aeroplanesas a project and research method seems anything but ending, although further destinations are as yet undefined and unsecured. “Up in the air”. So we are now in a space between departure and arrival—a lounge, perhaps. The stopover session in Frankfurt—the last stop on our first itinerary—envisions this social space as a base to confer, debate, and enjoy ourselves, while thinking about what's at stake, how questions and agencies have transformed over the last year. A time-out, to synchronize. An occasion to celebrate departed loved ones, to not be alone with memories.
TOR-art space, the site of our pit stop, was once a gas station; today it is a carrier of metaphors, an intermediate zone for temporal use before its demolition. A sort of rare b-side of an institution, perhaps? A leftover tolerance on the backside of a streamlined, capitalised inner city. A space we could adopt, reshape and animate for a few weeks, to make a number of things happen—hold an exhibit, compile a library, convene seminars, workshops, a party, talks, screenings, have endless conversations. A working together, attracting others to join.
During the Exhibition Stopover / Zwischenlandung (TOR, Frankfurt/Main, June 6–30), a four day-long public gathering (June 20–23) is held in the exhibition space, providing the international participants with an opportunity to meet and to continue working together; it offers a moment of encounter and exchange between locals of Frankfurt and the contributors on their stop over.
The dense program of presentations and talks, screenings and listening sessions evolves around the associative-conceptual and thematic trajectories of the "stopover". We are creating this program in exchange with the participating guests: the artists of the exhibition Rahima Gambo and Theresa Kampmeier, as well as Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar (The Otolith Group, London), Laura Horelli (Berlin), Temitayo Ogunbiyi (Lagos), Janusch Ertler and Patrick Keaveny; filmmakers Jihan El-Tahri (Berlin/Dakar), Andy Amadi Okoroafor (Paris/Barcelona), writers and researchers Garnette Cadogan (Boston) and Michael Vazquez (New York), graphic designers Alexandra Papadopoulou and Marie Schoppmann (VERY, Frankfurt/Main), writer, architect and creative technologist Ayodele Arigbabu (Lagos), curators and researchers Antonia Majaca (Berlin), Lily Hall (The Showroom, London), Iheanyi Onwuegbucha (CCA, Lagos), and those who make us listen to music, Robert Machiri (Johannesburg) and Günter Gretz (Frankfurt).
June 2019, 6. Stopover at TOR Art Space Frankfurt/Main
Allerheiligenstr. 2–24, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
20 June, Thursday
6pm Welcome and Beginning
Launch of Women on Aeroplanes Inflight Magazine, #4 together with
Iheanyi Onwuegbucha (CCA), Alexandra Papadopoulou and Marie Schopmann (VERY)
8pm A session on the playground
Theresa Kampmeier and Temitayo Ogunbiyi in Conversation
9pm The Beauty of Loneliness, projection (loop)
Andy Amadi Okoroafor
Listening and Dancing Session with Robert Machiri, Günter Gretz & others
21 June, Friday
7pm About Tools—Rahima Gambo in conversation with Janusch Ertler
8pm Extended Sojourns In Microgravity—retelling Otolith I
Anjalika Sagar & Kodwo Eshun
22 June, Saturday
11am Electronic Textures—Reading histories through Pan-African Magazines
Crossroads, Collages, Collaborations—an introduction, Annett Busch
12am Space-Time-Travel: Bringing it to another audience
A virtual research lab in the making
3pm Annotations in Transition
Mike Vazquez with Kodwo Eshun
5pm How do we know what we know?
6pm In the Underground, behind the car retailer and in the suburb
Lines of solidarity: Namibia Today
8pm Finding Missing Links
Behind the Rainbow
Jihan El-Tahri and Kodwo Eshun in conversation
Behind the Rainbow explores the transition of the African National Congress (ANC) from its role as a liberation organization to its position as South Africa's ruling party, by means of the evolution of the relationship between two of its most prominent leaders, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.
23 June, Sunday
11am Spreading the word—Una Marson calling
1pm Notes, observations, feedback loops by
Kodwo Eshun, Antonia Majaca, Temitayo Ogunbiyi
4pm Roundtable—Where do we go from here ?