Secret Language/Standard Language: Word X Gesture

Friday, June 15, 2018
2.30pm – 4pm
Game with Tali Tiller, Ferdi Thajib, Qwigo L. Baldwin

Gestures move faster than speech. And the signals of human body presence dominate and determine space. Come explore the unspoken codes and wordless translations of human interaction with the Secret/Common/Mean Languages team.

photo: Tali Tiller; graphic: Ferdi Thajib

Qwigo L. Baldwin is active in Berlin in theater making, storytelling, body music and improvisational singing. In schools, KiTas and community spaces, Qwigo works with participants from age 3 to adult to co-create original, biographical and traditionally-inspired performance projects. An earlier life on the USA’s West Coast and further studies in Berlin led to the long-term project “Querzaehlen”: Exploring and expanding stories about crossing lines and other outlandish acts. 

Ferdiansyah Thajib is a member of KUNCI Centre, Yogyakarta. KUNCI Cultural Studies Center is a collective, which is deeply preoccupied with critical knowledge production and sharing through means of media publication, cross-disciplinary encounter, research-action, artistic intervention and vernacular education within and across community spaces. Thajib is currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freien Universität Berlin (Edge of Tolerance: Politics of Emotion of Muslim Queer in Indonesia). His interests lie at the intersection of theory and practice, with a particular research interest on queer forms of endurance and and forms of affective interdependence in every day life. Thajib co-initiated Kunci’s School of Improper Education in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, an experiment on sustainability of critical ideas and affective pedagogy.

Tali Tiller (*1980 in Israel) is a photographer, filmmaker and video artist, living in Berlin since 2012. She has a degree in photography and art at the “Wizo Academy of Design” in Haifa, Israel. In 2007 Tali founded the production company “Life Journey on Film”, which produced legacy documentaries such as „Our Neve Tzedek“ a film about the Schlusch Family which was presented at the Tel Aviv Museum.