Attuning to Sound Archives – Listening Session / Workshop
Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 10 am–6 pm

The workshop deals with sound recordings from prisoners of war in the German Halfmoon Camp, who originally came from today’s Pakistan and were recruited to fight for the British in World War I. The 100-year-old recordings are in Urdu, Balochi, Pashto, Punjabi and Hindustani and include tales, songs, personal stories, and sample words. The main idea of the workshop is to engage with the recordings directly through listening in order to explore their sensual potential.

Digging Deep, Crossing Far. A Contemporary Art Project Starting from World War I
Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 11 am–12 pm

Panel Discussion with Elke Falat and Julia Tieke (Berlin, curators of digging deep, crossing far), artists Risham Syed (Lahore) and Muzzumil Ruheel (Karachi), and historian Ali Usman Qasmi (LUMS) around the exhibition digging deep, crossing far at the Lahore Literary Festival, Indian prisoners of war in a German propaganda camp, and World War I history in the Punjab.

Gefangene Stimmen
Sun, Oct 9, 2016, 7 pm

The talk by Britta Lange (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) is concerned with audio recordings of prisoners of war from 1915 to 1918 from three cultural-science perspectives: with reference to the history of knowledge; with a focus on the speaker, their texts, and their biographies; and finally with regard to the question of hearing: how do the audio recordings appear in listening situations today, and with which stories of the present do they connect?

Gangaram Gurung – Encounters of an Indian in Europe (1914–1918)
Thu, Oct 6, 2016, 7 pm

The artist Sonya Schönberger (Berlin) and the South-East Asia scientist Heike Liebau (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) will discuss a mutual historical search for traces. At the center are four years from the life of the Indian Gangaram Gurung: his time in a German prison of war during the First World War. What happens when the few transferred historical facts are artistically interpreted and newly ordered? Which experiences did the artist and scientist have? Which questions, feelings, and associations does the result provoke?