FAVORITEN (ver)lernt

Glossary of (Un)Learning

The Glossary of (Un)learning is opened!

FAVORITEN 2022 deals with forms of learning and (un)learning. In order to get a better idea of what this can mean in reality and on location, we will be exploring the festival’s spatial and thematic neighbourhoods in advance and holding discussions. We will talk to experts from different fields of work and life in Dortmund and the surrounding area about various topics and, above all, about their respective experiences of learning.
These conversations are collected on the festival website in short video contributions. The result is a lively, constantly growing Glossary of (Un)Learning that spells out a new, messy, fragile, fun and powerful alphabet: With W for Wegwerfgesellschaft (throwaway society), F for family, P for patriarchy and U for unrest. Here we meet the ornithologist who reports how he (un)learns in the forest that humans are always at the centre, or the gardener who, as part of a solidarity-based agriculture in a community with many others, tries out different ways of producing and relating. In the Glossary of (Un)Learning, they come together in a many-voiced invitation to engage in the adventures of (un)learning themselves.

The glossary can be seen as an installation at the Depot Dortmund and at the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (MKK) (09.09.-30.10.2022) during the festival.

B: Breaking & Benehmen (breaking & behave)

Sun-Ha Hwang is a professional break dancer and dance facilitator.

C: Catering

Veye Tatah, managing director of the catering company “Kilimanjaro Foods” and Pippo (Philipp Bracht), who runs the event catering company “Wohnküche”, give insights into catering for major events such as the FAVORITEN Festival.

F: Familie (family)

Monse Guiot Casares & Matthias Gude Casares meet every Monday for Siblings’ Day and bake or cook together.

K: Klinik (clinic)

The deputy area manager of a normal care ward, Karenina Lissner, and the nurse Monika Weber report on their everyday life at their workplace, the Klinikum Dortmund.

M: Musik (music)

Music producer, DJ, artist and curator Richard Opoku-Agyemang talks about unlearning old structures and categorisations as he learned them in school music education.

U: Umwelt (environment)

For Mojtaba Mohammadzadeh, meditation in, with and through nature is part of his daily practice.

U: Unruhe (unrest)

Loris Wissel reports how he has learned in recent years to know his own limits, to accept moments of his own exhaustion and to rest enough.

V: Vögel (birds)

Erich has been studying Dortmund’s birdlife for over 50 years.

W: Wegwerfgesellschaft (throwaway society)

Thomas Zigahn makes art from household waste on a full-time basis.

Cast & Credits:
Artistic direction FAVORITEN Festival: Anne Mahlow, Margo Zālīte and Sina-Marie Schneller
Camera, sound, editing: Sören Meffert
Interview: Eva Busch, Sören Meffert
Project management (Un)Learning Perspectives: FAVORITEN (ver)lernt: Eva Busch
Executive assistant: Mina Mahmoudian
Many thanks to: Mina Mahmoudian, Moji, Siavash, Sanaz, Azadeh and Monika, Karenina.

The glossary of (Un)Learning is developed within the project (Un)Learning Perspectives: FAVORITEN (ver)lernt of the FAVORITEN Festival 2022.
The project „(Un)Learning Perspectives: FAVORITEN (ver)lernt“ is developed as part of “dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions” of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.