Blackmarket - Berlin, November 2006
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Friday, 17th and Saturday, 18th of November 2006
at HAU 1, Berlin
Stresemannstr. 29
10963 Berlin



Concept and Stage:
Hannah Hurtzig
Project Management:
Gunda Zeeb
Project Assistance: Anja Lindner
Technical Director: Ingo Ruggenthaler
Film Documentation: Lisa Boeffgen
Interviewer: Ronald Düker, Stefanie Peter, Siegmar Zacharias
Project Interns: Mareike Holtz, Juliane Männel

Hosts and Hostesses:
Hanka Boldemann, Mareike Holtz, Henriette Huppmann,
Nele Jahnke, Juliane Männel, Wladimir Miller, Sibah Pomplun, Verena Ries,
Daniela Schöler, Inga Schonlau, Julia Schreiner, Nicole Schuchardt

Poster Design: Max Grambihler
Translation: Richard Pfennig/ Gunda Zeeb
Print: Druckerei Conrad GmbH
Photos: Thomas Aurin, Jürgen Baumann, Basia Weibel

We would like to thank:
Joseph Vogl, Helmut Müller-Sievers, Doris Dziersk,
Nele Hertling, Zeitzeugenbörse e.V., Dr. Mechthild Borries-Knopp, Christine von Arnim, Carena Schlewitt und Matthias Lilienthal (HAU)

The Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge is a project of Mobile Academy at HAU (Hebbel Theatre), Berlin. Funded by the "Hauptstadtkulturfonds"

Mobile Academy
c/o Hebbel am Ufer
Stresemannstr. 29
10963 Berlin




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BLACKMARKET for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge
It's a Bird! It's a Plane. It's Superman....
American Close-Ups in 440 Dialogues




Experts and clients during their talks, Photo: Thomas Aurin

The image we have of (U.S.) America is: too big. Too big are not only the countries' geographical dimensions, its plurality of inhabitants, their customs and institutions, but also the prejudice and the presumed, but often not verified knowledge of a country, which seems to be too close and too far away from us at the same time.
The Blackmarket will attempt to break up this oversized image into fragments, giving the visitors the possibility to recompose it by themselves. However, the idea of the Blackmarket is less to create a new image of America but more to enable a new consistency of the (already existing) knowledge about this country: little steps to a better understanding of a way of life that often has the tendency to represent itself blurred: mythical, nonverbal, egocentric.

The BLACKMARKET defines itself as an interdisciplinary research on learning and un-learning and installs a temporary show and production space, where narrative formats of knowledge transfer are tried out and presented. The installation imitates familiar places of knowledge transfer like archives or the reading-room of a library and combines these with communication situations, which are well-known from markets, the stock exchange, counselling or service interviews.
At the Blackmarket you can book an expert for a private dialogue for half an hour, or you observe and follow the discussions on the 6 channels of the BLACKRADIO. Each Blackmarket presents another topic.

Booking: Book an expert for half an hour at 3 Euros. You can choose among 400 knowledge offers at the two evenings. Nearly all talks can be booked in English and German

Check-In from 6.30: The Check-In already opens at 6.30pm and is opened ongoing. Each half hour you have the possibility to check in for the next round of expert talks.


Check-In counter, Photo: Thomas Aurin

BLACKRADIO: You can listen to selected dialogues between experts and clients via headphones on the BLACKRADIO. The Blackradio offers 6 channels (English/German).

Parallel to the Blackmarket:

KIOSK For Useful Knowledge
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht in dialogue with Joseph Vogl

18th of November, 9.00 - 11.00pm, HAU 1


On the screens the dialogue partners Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (at the left) and
Joseph Vogl, in the background the audience at Hebbel am Ufer, Photo: Thomas Aurin