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The selected works try to sense historical continuities, they engage with invisible threats and articulate and document protest and resistance. They focus on loss and grief and try to overcome borders—be they geographical or forged by the pandemic.

The films, installations, and performances will be presented at the Arsenal cinema, silent green Kulturquartier, the Embassy of Canada, SAVVY Contemporary as well as, for the very first time, at the Zeiss-Großplanetarium.


Program Schedule

Program Schedule

All programs and times


Still from the film "All of Your Stars Are but Dust on My Shoes" by Haig Aivazian. Collage-like images of abstract forms and a glistening light.

Closer to the Ground

The group exhibition in the Betonhalle of silent green Kulturquartier features the works selected for Forum Expanded 2021 as well as other installations.

Soft Opening: 9.2. 4–10pm, free entry, time slot rerservation mandatory
10.2.–20.2. daily 10am–8pm; 22.2.–13.3. Tue–Sun 2–7pm
Tickets: € 8.00 / € 6.00

silent green Kulturquartier, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin

Still from the film "VCR’s Choice" by Charlton Diaz. An animated pink videocassette showing an image of a planet.

VCR’s Choice

The video work VCR’S CHOICE by Charlton Diaz is showing at the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada and carries out a process of queer media archaeology via obsolete VHS technology.

Soft Opening: 10.2. 12–5pm
11.2.–20.2. Mon–Fri 12–5pm Sat–Sun 2–5pm

Embassy of Canada – Marshall McLuhan Salon, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin

Still from the film "The Wind in Your Body Is Just Visiting, Your Breath Will Soon Be Thunder" by Pallavi Paul. A fire burns in the foreground, in the background a man walks towards the camera.

The Wind in Your Body Is Just Visiting, Your Breath Will Soon Be Thunder

SAVVY Contemporary presents an exhibition by artist Pallavi Paul as part of Forum Expanded.
Curated by Hajra Haider, Abhishek Nilamber, and Laura Kloeckner.

Soft Opening: 9.2. 3–10pm
10.2.–6.3. daily 2–7pm

SAVVY Contemporary, Reinickendorfer Str. 17, 13347 Berlin

Forum & Forum Expanded

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media
  • Logo des Programms NeuStart Kultur