Gathering / Exhibition at TOR, Frankfurt/Main

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
                Ayodele Arigbabu 

3pm      Annotations in Transition
               Mike Vazquez with Kodwo Eshun 

5pm     How do we know what we know?
               Jihan El-Tahri 

6pm     In the Underground, behind the car retailer and in the suburb     
               Lines of solidarity: Namibia Today
               Laura Horelli

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
              Garnette Cadogan 

1pm     Notes, observations, feedback loops by
              Kodwo Eshun, Antonia Majaca, Temitayo Ogunbiyi

4pm    Roundtable—Where do we go from here ?

6pm    -End-