Symposium: Flic Flac in Amazonien

über Warenfetisch, Lagerlogistik und Träume des 21. Jahrhunderts

By Daniel Wetzel / Aljoscha Begrich / Jean Peters (Peng! Kollektiv)

Why does it seem easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of Amazon? How many tonnes of goods actually travel around the world every day? What is a data lake? Just what makes a web shop transform into a vampire? What does the circus and e-commerce have in common? Why do tables dance in Marx’s first volume of The Capital? And were there really living mannequins to be seen on Friedrichstraße in the 1920s? What is a “fulfilment centre” and what does this “fulfilment” consist of? How did the musicians on Warschauer Straße experience the construction of the new “Amazon Tower”? Who actually works in an Amazon warehouse and what do these people think about their work?

On 1 June, 2023, at 7 pm, fifteen real-life experts will make all these relations, questions and many more (about commodity fetish, efficiency and warehouse logistics) dance in order to shed light on our 21st-century dreams. For the first time after years of informal exchange, members of the Peng! Collective and Rimini Protokoll will officially be working on a joint project. The symposium Flic Flac in Amazonia at Roter Salon Volksbühne is a kick-off event for the piece LA DANSE DʼAMAZON (working title), the premiere of which will be on 24 November 2023, at Circus Cabuwazi in Berlin-Marzahn.

Hosts: Aljoscha Begrich, Daniel Wetzel, Jean Peters, Linn Günther
Production management: Chloé Ferro, Steven Sander
Research, collaboration direction, organization: Linn Günther
Coordination: Ricarda Hillermann
Research: Gaurav Singh Nijjer

Sabrina Apicella, sociologist and author of "Das Prinzip Amazon"
Monsur Babalola, psychologist, currently picker at Amazon Fresh
Heike Geissler, author of Saisonarbeit”, “Die Woche” and „Liegen. Eine Übung“
Jan Gerken, Berlin's only permanently employed magician, board member of the Berlin Magic Circle
Max Haiven, sociological theorist, author of "Revenge Capitalism".
Sebastian Herz, Zignify Global Product Sourcing
Jana Krekic, linguist and owner of the leading translation agency specialized in Amazon
NN representative of Berlin VS Amazon
Oliver Prothmann, President of the German Online Trade Association BVOH e.V.
Anastasiia Sholokhova, circus artist
Matthias Spielkamp, co-founder and managing director of AlgorithmWatch
Cassie Thornton, artist, feminist economist and author of The Hologram: Feminist, Peer-to-Peer Health for a Post-Pandemic Future
Hedi Tounsi, works council member at the Amazon site in Winsen an der Luhe (HAM2)
Ulrike Vedder, Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Expert on Literature and Gender
Gisela and Dietmar Winkler, Circus Archive Winkler Berlin

With music by Infidelix - rapper at the S/U Warschauer Straße, traveler and motivational speaker for 9 years


Funded by the Schöpflin Stiftung.

la danse d‘amazon is part of ULYSSES European Odyssey (UEO) as "Berlin: Act II, Chapter VII".
ULYSSES European Odyssey (UEO) is an epic project from 2022-2024 across 18 cities in 16 countries, producing artistic responses in public spaces to social and cultural themes identified in the 18 episodes of James Joyce’s Ulysses. At the same time, a cycle of 18 public symposia will be held in each city to produce 309 questions (Ulysses, Ep. 17) towards creating a new arts and society manifesto for Europe. The project also has 30 artist residencies which will contribute to a new book, Europe-Ulysses, alongside 18 new writing commissions, one writer from each city.
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