Thu 22 Oct

Vernissage POCHEN Biennale 2020

Einlass: 19:00

Eintritt: free

On Thursday, October 22, 2020 the time has finally come and the Biennial for multimedia art POCHEN opens its doors for you. You can take a first look at our exhibition in the Wirkbau Chemnitz - and you are warmly invited. A 10-day full program between art - sounds and exciting contributions awaits you in the city.

Welcome words and moderation: Sylvie Kürsten

Fri 23 Oct

"Why the Treuhand divides the country?"

Eintritt: free

Does the Treuhand divide the country? A question with which the discussants will open the core exhibition of this year's POCHEN Bienniale, drawing on personal experiences and historical observations.
Was the transformation a success? And what does success actually mean in view of the historical uniqueness of the German reunification?
Whether the economic transformation was a success or not - in the end, an answer to this question always depends on what stories are told about it and what lessons are learned for future changes.
It is these lessons and stories that the Dr. Marcus Böick, historian at the Ruhr University Bochum, Prof. Dr. Dierk Hoffmann from the Institute of Contemporary History and Erwin Feige, a witness from Chemnitz, will bring to our attention. The event will be accompanied by a performance by the artist Ya-Wen Fu, moderated by Sylvie Kürsten.

Moderation: Sylvie Kürsten

Guests: Marcus Böick (Ruhr University Bochum); Dierk Hoffmann (Center for Contemporary Historical Research); Erwin Feige (Witness of Treuhand Chemnitz)

Greetings: Prof. Dr. SHIEH, Jhy-Wey is the representative of the Taiwan Representative Office

Performance: Ya-Wen Fu

Opening of the artistic work of Andreas Siekmann and a listening station with a new production of a podcast in cooperation with the project "Your history - our future" in the foyer

Sat 24 Oct

Manja Präkels - When I ate schnapps cherries with Hitler

Eintritt: 5-8€

What was this country and its inhabitants like, which ceased to exist on the map in 1990 and what replaced it? A search for traces can start from different directions. Tonight it begins with Manja Präkel's debut novel "Als ich mit Hitler Schnapskirchen aß" ("When I ate schnapps cherries with Hitler"), which deals with the disappearance of the GDR in a small town idyll in Brandenburg, the appearance of ghosts believed to be lost, friendship and anger. But this is only one direction. The moderator Pascal Anselmi, who this year wrote a work entitled "The Invention of the East German - Literary Deconstruction of an Imagined East", which approaches it from another direction. A reading talk and an exciting encounter of different perspectives and a serious question about the real-imagined "now".

Moderation: Pascal Anselmi

Sun 25 Oct

The Treuhandanstalt in Chemnitz - a walk in the park for fat chemistry

Eintritt: Donation

Where today the Solaristurm dominates the silhouette of the city, the demolition of a dilapidated and run-down chemical factory began 30 years ago. A factory whose best-known product can still be found in numerous households today: FIT Washing Up Liquid. However, while the dishwashing detergent successfully saved itself into the new era, the former main factory of VEB Fettchemie was classified by the Treuhandanstalt as not "not capable of being renovated" and liquidated. In 1991, 1800 employees left their jobs and were partly transferred to a rescue company. The Chemnitz branch office of the Treuhandanstalt moved into the administration building. Large parts of the remaining area were closed or converted. Let's take a look at this. In a tour about one hour, we look for traces of the legendary company. We learn not only about the beginning and end of the factory, but also look at what new things have grown on the site of the former Böhmechemie and Fettchemie.

Tour guide: Edeltraud Höfer

Registration until 22.10.20 under:

We continue... The Schützes - A life in Germany

Eintritt: 3,50 € reduced / 4,50 € normal

By chance, in December '89, director Wolfgang Ettlich and cameraman Hans-Albrecht Lusznat met the Schütze family during a spontaneous trip through the territory of GDR. Jürgen Schütz, at that time still manager of a HO greengrocer's store, could hardly wait to finally be his own boss, after socialism was a thing of the past. Spurred on by the optimism of the Schütze family to finally be able to take the step into the market economy, the filmmaker and his cameraman accompanied the Schütz family through the radical changes. We will join them, first watch the film and then discuss with the film scholar and director of the film, Wolfgang Ettich.

Moderation: Claus Löser

Guest: Wolfgang Ettlich (Director)

Mon 26 Oct
Tue 27 Oct

Memories of the Treuhandanstalt - an attempt at rapprochement

Eintritt: Donation

If one brings together the experiences of the time of reunification, a complex mosaic of different events, personal highlights or deep-seated disappointments will emerge. A common narrative, a collective memory of the events after reunification, especially of the events that were carried through the Treuhandanstalt, seems again to be unable to prevail. Our podium guests therefore want to ask themselves the question: How do we actually want to remember the Treuhandanstalt as a united Germany? Detlef Scheunert, director of the Treuhandanstalt, Laura Ludwig, director of the Museum of Values, and Katrin Rohnstock, publicist and managing owner of Rohnstock Biographies, will attempt to come closer together on the podium.

Moderation: Volkmar Zschocke

Guests: Detlef Scheunert (Treuhand director), Laura Ludwig (Museum of Values), Katrin Rohnstock (Rohnstock biographies)

Wed 28 Oct
Thu 29 Oct

Art as a tool for contemporary historical topics or potentials of art

Eintritt: Donation

Let's be honest: Is art as presented at the POCHEN Biennale the right way to make a subject area like Treuhand tangible, rethinkable, and narratable in different ways? And now even more honestly: What are the curatorial possibilities and limits in terms of conveying contemporary historical themes? Must art be an instrument and be measured by "usability" or perhaps even "quality"? The podium will try to approach the answers to these questions. Their thoughts on the topic will be provided by the artist Ute Richter, the curator Anja Richter and Dr. Frederike Sigler, lecturer in art history at the Dresden University of Fine Arts.

The Field Recorder team will take us through the evening with a lecture and sound performance. Into a past of the non-past.

Moderation: Beate Düber

Guests: Ute Richter (artist), Anja Richter (curator), Friederike Sigler (HfBK Dresden)

Lecture & sound performance: Field Recorder - Transpersonal regression therapy


D-Mark, Unity, Fatherland

Eintritt: 6€

The Treuhandanstalt was the engine room that was to restructure the East German economy and prepare for reunification," begins the press release announcing the premiere last year of the documentary "D-Mark, Unity, Fatherland - The difficult legacy of the Treuhand". In their film, Inge Kloepfer and Jobst Knigge document the work of the Treuhandanstalt from 1990-1994. Significantly involved in the film: Birgit Breuel. As director of the Treuhandanstalt from 1991-1994 and as a symbolic figure of the sometimes brutal liquidation policy, she remembers in the film and takes us with her into a time that marks the difficult start of German unity.

The event will be accompanied by the Seniorfilmclub Chemnitz: for the POCHEN Biennale they rummaged through the historical film archives. They present filmic witness material with which they will remind us of the excitement of the time in and around Chemnitz.

Fri 30 Oct

Jan Wenzel - Uncovering the year 1990

Eintritt: 5€

Where were you when the wall fell? Where did you live, what happened politically, and what did you do in these times of change? Different people find different answers to these questions that Jan Wenzel asked you. In his anthology the publisher, author and artist portrayed well-known and unknown voices around the German reunification. With his almost archaeological approach, he succeeds in uncovering a historically polyphonic examination of this almost blind spot of contemporary German history. Including all the upheavals and changes of that time. Together with us, Jan Wenzel will once again uncover the year 1990. The reading and the subsequent discussion with the authors will be moderated by Sabine Maria Schmidt, curator of the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz and the POCHEN Biennale 2020.

Moderation: Sabine Maria Schmidt (Curator Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz/Curator of the POCHEN Biennale)

Sat 31 Oct


Eintritt: 5€

In the present circumstances - a sit-down concert. We still want to get something: And that's exactly what the composer Mieko Suzuki and the composer and video artist Frank Bretschneider will be doing this evening.

In their sets and performances, artist Mieko Suzuki, who comes from Hiroshima and lives in Berlin, deals with the materiality of time and space. She combines drone sounds and field recordings with the electric circuits and the sound of broken vinyl records. The result is the unexpected.
Also present: Frank Bretschneider, co-founder of Rastermusik and a key figure in German techno and experimental sound. He is known for fusing his complex, interwoven rhythm structures with hypnotic visuals. Worldwide, his music and his visuals meet the enthusiastic ears and new media festival visitors. Today it's our turn.

Musicians: Frank Bretschneider, Daniel Pflumm, Mieko Suzuki & Claudia Rohrmoser present BROKEN VINYL (A/V)

Sun 01 Nov


Eintritt: Donation

At the finissage we invite you to take a last walk through this year's exhibition. This will be accompanied by an artist talk with Andreas Siekmann. In the 1980s the artist studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Since the beginning of his work he has been concerned with the possibilities of socio-critical artistic work in the present. He develops his idiosyncratic, narrative visual worlds from art historical and mass media image references as well as from observations taken from real politics. In "Negotiations under Time Pressure" Andreas Siekmann deals with the parameters of the economic restructuring of East Germany after reunification. at the panel discussion with the artist and the curator Sabine Maria Schmidt. we will learn more about it.

Moderation: Sabine Maria Schmidt (Curator Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz / Co-Curator POCHEN)

Guest: Andreas Siekmann