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More Spoken Words

Mudam Summer Project

During summer 2021, words resonate at Mudam. Mudam Summer Project – More Spoken Words – revolves around words, poetry, slam and music, and pays homage to Su-Mei Tse's ink fountain, the iconic artwork that gives the project its name. Mudam invited Géisskan Kollektiv and LAGERKULTUR, two young Luxembourgish collectives, to invent an original programme for the summer season. Meeting every Wednesday from 21.07 – 25.08.2021 for an evening flooded with words (Géisskan Kollektiv) and sounds (LAGERKULTUR):

18h00–20h00: Géisskan Kollektiv – poetry, slam and words
20h00–22h00: LAGERKULTUR – energy, fatigue and resonance

Géisskan Kollektiv – poetry, slam and words

"Géisskan Kollektiv" floods Mudam and its surroundings with spoken and written words by offering a programme, that mixes epic skirmishes, combats of spoken words and sharp battles. “Géisskan” means "watering can” in Luxembourgish, symbolizing the gesture of cherishing and caring for a plant. The aim of the collective is to encourage young people to take over the stage with their texts, thoughts and poems and to offer them a chance to express themselves. Géisskan’s Poetry Slam finally makes its way into the museum, but not to retire or to settle down, but as a resilient form of performance art & pop culture in times of a global pandemic. Like the work of Su-Mei Tse, words flow endlessly during the summer at Mudam.

21.07 – 25.08.2021 | Every Wednesdays | 18h00–22h00

21.07.2021
Poetry Slam workshop with Géisskan Allstars

Our allstars and veterans Bob Reinert, Sara Andjelkovic, Gina Arvai and Philippe Schockweiler give an in-depth workshop for people who write texts and prepare them for the slam battle the following week.

28.07.2021
Spoken word & Hip-Hop workshop feat. Tun Tonnar (Turnup Tun) & Stay Fou Collective
Workshop with Luxembourg’s enfant terrible in Hip-Hop, Tun Tonnar, and his Stay Fou Collective. Poetry in motion, highlightedwith beats and rhymes.

04.08.2021
Géisskan’s Classic “Poetry Slam Battle”
A poetry slam battle by Geisskan: funky beats, a DJ, a public that goes crazy and can decide who is the winner.

11.08.2021
Powerpoint karaoke by Géisskan
Invented by poetry slam moderators around the world, this amazingly burlesque and funny evening assigns a slammer with a powerpoint presentation, that the person has never seen before. The public gets to decide who made the most convincing speech presenting an unknown topic from an unknown presentation.

18.08.2021
Bad-Taste-Slam
Only bad texts, texts, that even we thought were too bad to perform, texts that should have never seen the light of day, or be performed on scene. A look behind the writer’s curtain, and inside the world of manuscripts that are simply too bad to be read on stage. Public can interactively decide... who is... the worst.

25.08.2021
Dead or Alive Event: special guest William Kentridge with local actors
Dead or Alive is a slam-derivate in which actors read texts from poets of their choice, either dead or alive, including the public through an interactive quiz. William Kentridge’s texts will be featured too as a special easter egg.

hA.I.ku – A.I. & Haiku
18.07 – 29.08.2021

The stage is yours! Géisskan Kollektiv invites you into the Mudam Studio, where an interactive installation composed of an artificial intelligence device awaits you. hA.I.ku has been taught the simple but daring task of writing haikus, popular 5-7-5 syllable Japanese poems, that celebrate the evanescence of things and the sensations they evoke. Express yourself, add your personality to these poems and leave a trace of your impressions at Mudam!

LAGERKULTUR – energy, fatigue and resonance

In a conversation between two people, there is a simultaneous exchange of words and emotions. Energy and fatigue are the two extremes of human sensation that can be amplified, if understood, creating a moment of resonance. This phenomenon creates an environment where we resonate as a community. The starting point for this creation is spoken words, the result is rather phenomenological. Just like a madeleine de Proust, the music curation should stimulate the subjective reminiscence of past moments, bringing back what we loved. Club culture seems to have disappeared during the current pandemic, which forced all of us to forget what it feels like to meet, touch and engage with someone. More Spoken Words is a story about missed moments, moments we could not experience. The titles of the mixes are made up of a series of quotes extracted from imaginary conversations between nightclub-goers, elaborated in an interactive process with the audience. LAGERKULTUR is seeking to imitate the moments of enthusiasm and togetherness we would have shared with friends and strangers, and the conversations we would have had on a night out.

21.07 – 25.08.2021 | Every Wednesdays | 18h00–22h00

21.07.2021
How did we even get here?
Curated by LAGERKULTUR
The mix series begins with a reminiscence of the past. A serene sound selection leaves us in a reflective state of mind. It’s only in retrospection that we’re able to understand the things that happened - and even if we wanted to, there’s so much we can’t influence.

28.07.2021
Please help me remember how to dance
Curated by JASPER WOLFF
The first guest mix is curated by Amsterdam-based DJ and producer Jasper Wolff. His sonic palette aims to revive the habits we unlearned and forgot about during social isolation.

04.08.2021
Do you know any after?
Curated by LAGERKULTUR
This track selection is dedicated to the movements that arise after regular time. Oftentimes we find ourselves in an unfamiliar place late at night, invited by a host we don’t know – yet this setting feels strangely intimate.

11.08.2021
Ben lost his keys again
Curated by CLEVELAND
Luxembourgish DJ and producer Cleveland will formulate a sonic interpretation of the inescapable chaos you face on a night out. Nevertheless, it bizarrely also reveals to us that the night was worth living.

18.08.2021
They’ve got ice cream upstairs
Curated by LAGERKULTUR
This one’s about the little surprises, the very odd situations you just can’t foresee. Funnily enough, you’ll already sense that, at this very moment, you’ll have a memorable anecdote to tell in the future.

25.08.2021
I’ll stay for one more song
Curated by CABASA
Everyone knows it’s a lie, it’s that one promise we can’t keep. Cabasa from Brussels completes our intuitively planned Benelux connection for the guest curations. The belgian spinner and producer synthesizes the all-encompassing feelings we experience at the late moments of a night into a well-conceived closing mix.

© Géisskan Kollektiv

Géisskan Kollektiv
In the 2010’s, Luxembourg’s poetry slam scene was yet to be discovered. Some events inviting German and French all-star slammers to Luxembourg existed, but the local scene was rather small and scattered to events abroad. This changed in 2015,when a few friends in Luxembourg founded the “Géisskan Kollektiv”. Géisskan in Luxembourgish means “watering can” and is a metaphorical odd swap to Luxembourg’s watering can politics and stands for cherishing and caring for a small plant. The goal of the collective is to bring as many young people on stage with their texts, thoughts and poems and to offer them a chance to perform. Over the years, more than 50 young local writers have performed at poetry slam events of the collective. It is a mix of epic word skirmish, spoken word duel and bar spitting battles. After many successful poetry slam events at Food For Your Senses, Rotondes, Abbaye Neumünster or their own pop-up productions, Géisskan’s poetry slam finally makes its way into the museum, but not to retire or to settle down, but as a resilient form of performance art & pop culture in times of global pandemic.

LAGERKULTUR
It was back in 2017, that we first appeared under the name of a forerunner project. We were throwing parties in a warehouse, but it was not just for the sake of throwing a party, we did it for a particular purpose. We wanted to reinvent the perception of what club night should look like, and to what extent arts could be a part of it. At that time, none of us could have imagined the formative impact that the project would have on us. The work we organically produced together pushed us into a process of self-exploration: a process that encouraged us to discover our own creative-self, a desire to express ourselves artistically and ultimately a self-belief that our ideas are valued in this world. Discovering ourselves also means discovering the world surrounding us – this process has not let up ever since. We realized that through our project, we were able to articulate these strong beliefs, and were confronted with overwhelmingly supportive reactions from others. As the project grew, so did our enthusiasm. In August 2019, we initiated an open-air dancefloor on Place de l’Europe Kirchberg, under the alias of LAGERKULTUR. Shortly after this promising debut appearance, we were co-hosting the opening night of Luxembourg Art Week at Casino Luxembourg, in charge of the music curation and the spatial design. In the following months, we were composing an ambitious program for our debut season, collaborating with several cultural institutions and organizations, some of which are Rotondes, Fonds Kirchberg, Radio 100,7, Vinyl Harvest and De Gudde Wëllen.

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