Events | Welcoming Reception

Los Angeles | November 8, 2018 | 7:30 PM

© Danny Avidan


Juliane Henrich studied film, art, and creative writing in Leipzig, Berlin, and Jerusalem. Her films often deal with the changing definitions that are applied to places.

On November 9th she will show an excerpt of "From the West", an essay film revolving around memory connected to grayish post-war architecture in Western German cities, and her latest short film "koordinaten", asking how history is inscribed into Berlin's cityscape.

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© Gene Glover


Monika Rinck lives in Berlin. She studied religious studies, general and comparative literature and German philology in Bochum, Berlin and Yale. New Haven. From 1989 on, she has published extensively with different companies. In the spring of 2012, kookbooks released HONIGPROTOKOLLE, her most recent collection of poems for which she was awarded the prestigious Huchel Prize, followed by RISIKO & IDIOTIE, Streitschriften in the spring of 2015. Monika Rinck is a member of P.E.N.-Club, Lyrikknappschaft Schöneberg, the Academy of Arts Berlin and the German Academy for Language and Poetry. Monika Rinck is he recipient of the Kleist Prize (2015) and the Ernst-Jandl-Prize (2017). In 2017, she curated the poetry festival POETICA in Cologne. She works as a translator from the Hungarian, together with Orsolya Kalász, works with musicians and composers and occasionally teaches at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her upcoming book KRITIK DER MOTORKRAFT will be released shortly by brüterich Verlag.

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© Liesl Ujvary


Ann Cotten uses various media, among which the written word has a central place, to explore the world's understanding of the worlds mechanisms and to add her contribution to the fine-tuning of their description. Her lack of roots has made her a restless wanderer among cultures and continents, and slowly realizing this she has begun to develop a kind of passive ethnology, trying to survey the narratives of different cultures and percieve their similarities and differences, without ever importing it into a superposed language of supposedly superior knowledge. In other words, she allows herself and her language to be shaped by the cultures she is among, and the negative is her main medium.

This is in effect more entertaining than its description. On the evening of the 8th, Cotten will perform a few poems and cover versions in English, German and possibly Japanese with guitarist Takashi Doi, after briefly elucidating her previous work and current project at the Villa Aurora.

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© Privat


Filmmaker Heidi Specogna is going to show an excerpt from her movie "The short life of José Antonio Gutierrez". A look behind the heroic story of a Guatamalan immigrant who became the first U.S. soldier to die in the American-led war in Iraq.

She is also going to give an inside into her new project dealing with images and stories from the Amazonas   

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Author and Producer
© Timon Schäppi


During his fellowship at Villa Aurora, Stefan Stuckmann will develop his new series "Jugend" (Youth), a mix of comedy and drama set in contemporary Berlin. Creating a counter concept for Berlin's image of the last twenty years, "Jugend" portrays the German capital not as a solution to all problems, but as a problem itself. Berlin appears as a cold city that uses people and attracts the young with empty promises - just to spit them out years later, when their dreams have died.

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© Patricia Neligan


Andreas Stichmann studied at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig. In 2008 "Jackie in Silber", a volume of short stories, was published, for which he received the Clemens Brentano Prize, the Kranichsteiner Literaturförderpreis and the Hamburger Förderpreis für Literatur. "Das grosse Leuchten", his first novel, was nominated for the Bachmann Prize and was awarded the "Förderpreis" for the Bremen Literary Prize. "The abduction of the optimist Sydney Seapunk" was published in February 2017 by Rowohlt Verlag.

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Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Los Angeles, CA 90272  
Admission is free
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