How to Turn the Immaterial Tangible

  • 17.8.2022 Wednesday 12 — 4 pm
  • 18.8.2022 Thursday 12 — 4 pm

KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Mediation room)
Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin
Not wheelchair accessible

With Jeanne-Ange Wagne

What are ways that help us transform into words the objects seen, heard, and experienced in exhibition spaces? How to create a stage for our multilayered visual experiences, to make them tangible for others?

This creative workshop aims to show how different forms of artistic expression can be interdependent, how a found narrative can activate the viewer’s imagination and awaken new narratives. Ambivalent moments of understanding and the lack thereof will also be addressed. Works exhibited in the context of the 12th Berlin Biennale at KW may serve as a starting point of sorts. After a joint visit of the exhibition, storytellers of all kinds, dreamers, thinkers, word artists, poets, and other interested individuals, with or without a label, are invited to express their own visual experience in creative form (for instance as song lyrics, a short story, music piece, or the spoken word; as far as the workshop framework allows, with few limits to the imagination)—thereby turning toward the process of finding ways to render immaterial experience tangible.


This shared space aims to be a safe, accessible, and respectable space for creative expression.

Jeanne-Ange Wagne is a Cameroonian-diasporic art historian and creative whose theoretical research and practice of art education are oriented toward necessary questions of social justice, solidarity, and self-determination. Currently, she is critically examining Western historiography in particular, addressing colonial entanglements that affect cultural and educational institutions.

Focus tours invite you to explore inside and outside the exhibition space and sharpen your seeing, listening, and thinking, based on specific themes. Focus tours are a mix between public tour and workshop. They are free of charge and are organized by the Berlin Biennale educational team.

Aimed especially at creatives (singers, writers, poets, artists)

Please register via The number of participants is limited. Participation is only possible with a confirmation email.

This workshop is part of the discursive program of the 12th Berlin Biennale. Taking the restitution debate as a starting point, it explores how colonialism and imperialism continue to operate in the present.