In cooperation with the Goethe Institute the contemporary art festival Survival Kit 13 is organizing The Hearing Voices Café – an ambitious program of events, which will take place in a pop-up cafe at the festival venue which will be open throughout the duration of the festival in cooperation with the "Borscht - dinner with Ukrainians" team.

The Hearing Voices Café is a project of the Goethe-Institut incorporated into a comprehensive package of measures for which the Federal Foreign Office provides funding from the 2022 Supplementary Budget to mitigate the effects of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

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FRIDAY, 14 October

Art of Securing the Song of the Little Bird
A talk on the role of cultural institutions in sustaining human security


Venue: “Hearing Voices Café”, Pils iela 23

The event will be held in English.


Vasyl Cherepanyn (Ukraine, 1980) is Head of the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC), an institution he cofounded in Kyiv in 2008 as a platform for collaboration among academic, artistic, and activist communities. He holds a PhD in philosophy (aesthetics) and has lectured at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), University of Helsinki, Free University of Berlin, Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, University of Vienna, Institute for Advanced Studies of the Political Critique in Warsaw, and University of Greifswald. He was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna in 2016. He coedited Guidebook of the Kyiv International (Medusa Books, 2018) and ’68 NOW (Archive Books, 2019), and curated The European International (Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, 2018), Hybrid Peace (Stroom, The Hague, 2019), and Armed Democracy (2nd edition of Biennale Warszawa, 2022), among others. VCRC is the organizer of the Kyiv Biennial (The School of Kyiv, 2015; The Kyiv International, 2017; The Kyiv International—’68 NOW, 2018; Black Cloud, 2019; Allied, 2021) and a founding member of the East Europe Biennial Alliance. VCRC received the European Cultural Foundation Princess Margriet Award for Culture in 2015 and the Igor Zabel Award Grant for Culture and Theory in 2018.

Serge Klymko is a practising curator, cultural manager and researcher working on the intersection of visual and performative art, music and urban ecosystems research. He has curated a number of cultural and art projects in Barcelona, Geneva, Karlsruhe, Kyiv, Moscow, Prague, Tbilisi, Vienna and Warsaw. Serge is the managing director at Kyiv Biennial, an international forum for art, knowledge, and politics that integrates exhibitions and discussion platforms. He is the founder of the Emergency Support Initiative launched at the beginning of the Russian invasion to Ukraine to help the Ukrainian artistic community under the unprecedented conditions. MA in Cultural Studies, based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Paweł Wodziński is a director, curator, writer, head of Biennale Warszawa. He analyses and critically reflects on contemporary relations between political power and capital, and is committed to creating systemic alternatives. Author of dozens of performances, including “Solidarity. Re-enactment” (2017), “Solidarity. The New Project” (2017), “Global Civil War” (2018), and texts published “Dwutygodnik,” “Dialog,” the Polish edition of “Le Monde diplomatique”. Lecturer at the SWPS University in Warsaw, co-curator of „Let’s Organise Our Future!” (2019) and „Seeing Stones and Spaces Beyond the Valley” (2022), the 1st and the 2nd editions of the Biennale Warszawa.

Tereza Stejskalová is a curator and researcher studying (post-)socialist visual culture from feminist and postcolonial perspectives. She publishes texts in academic and non-academic journals (e.g., Artmargins Online, Journal of Visual Art Practice) and (co-)curates projects and exhibitions (e.g. We Are All Emotional, Prague, 2022; Upon All of Us Equally, Bucharest, 2019; Biafra of Spirit, National Gallery in Prague, 2017). She lectures at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She is the programme director of, the main organizer of Matter of Art Biennale. She lives in Prague.

Solvita Krese lives in Riga and has been directing the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA), where she also works as a curator, since 2000. She has curated and co-curated a number of large-scale international exhibitions, most recently the public art project Together, Riga and Latvian regions (2020); the research project and exhibition Portable Landscapes, which resulted in exhibitions at the Villa Vassilieff, Paris, the Latvian National Art Museum, (2018), and James Gallery at CUNY, New York (2019); Unexpected Encounters at Den Frie Art Center, Copenhagen and the Latvian National Art Museum; Identity. Behind the curtain of uncertainty, National Gallery of Ukraine, Kiev (2016); re:visited, Riga Art Space (2014); Telling tales, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn; Centre for Contemporary Art, Centre PasquArt , Biel (2014); Alternativa, WYSPA, Gdansk (2013), etc. She was the commissioner of the Latvian Pavilion in the 56th and 58th Venice biennale (2015 and 2019). In 2009 she initiated the annual Contemporary Art Festival Survival Kit which she curated and co-curated through 2019.

The Hearing Voices Cafe is a project of the Goethe-Institut incorporated into a comprehensive package of measures for which the Federal Foreign Office provides funding from the 2022 Supplementary Budget to mitigate the effects of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

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