STURM AND SLANG: Annual Program 2024

Throughout history, language has been systematically used as a weapon to assert control and delegitimize belonging: without enough regard to its empowering and liberating potential. By exploring language affects specific to artists, poets, writers and activists, Sturm and Slang intends to illuminate the various processes of adaptation, evolution, and hybridization–from slang to queer linguistics–amidst great geopolitical changes and cultural upheavals. The spring-fall 2024 program at Pickle Bar takes a closer look at the transformation and disruption of languages as a means of forging new ways of being and identity in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, the Baltics and Central Asia and their significant diaspora communities. A series of performances, lectures, round tables and workshop investigates the spaces for inclusivity and linguistic affinities from acoustic, visual and semantic perspectives to celebrate and redeem the necessarily fluid nature of language as an agency of self-determination and empowerment.

Curators (Slavs and Tatars): Patricia Couvet, Anastasia Marukhina

The program is supported by Haupstadtkulturfunds

Mina Masoumi, work on display

23 March, 7:30 PM: Opening of the program, Nino Dava, “ეთი - Leti”, music-performance

12 April, 7:30 PM : Diliara Brileva, “Alternative Women's Discourse in Tatar Satirical Magazines in Late Imperial Russia”, lecture

26 April, 7:30 PM : Urok Shirhan, “Arabic Letter Seen س Arabic Letter Wow و”, lecture-performance

17 May, 7:30 PM: Zhenia Moliar, Vova Vorotniov, other participant TBC, panel discussion.

31 May, 7:30 PM and 9 PM: Hussein Nassereddine, “Laughing on the River, Your Eyes Drown in Tears”, performance

13 June, 7:30 PM: Daniel Kotowski, performance

27 June, 7:30 PM: Natalia Papaeva, Agnieszka Matkowska, Tudebei Khandama, Timur Zolotoev, panel discussion

12 July, 7:30 PM: Fatma Cheffi, “Steal, Steel, Still Fatma”, performance and discussion. 

13 September, 7:30 PM and 08:30 PM: Agnė Jokšė, “Lezbynai”, performance

4 October, 7:30 PM: Mila Panić, stand-up comedy

11 October: Qalqalah قلقلة, workshop 

8 November: Mekhitar Garabedian, Garine Gokceyan, workshop