Uferstudios 1
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
Image: Kasia Wolinska, Ashiq Khondker

Montag Modus – archives of futures III

Performative Dinner by Kasia Wolinska, Léna Szirmay-Kalos, Petre Mogoș & Laura Naum

The third edition of this year’s Montag Modus’ «archive of futures» project departs from the intersection of Eastern Europe’s many pasts and futures. The possibilities of this interlaced narrative space are examined through the means of sharing food and stories: a journey into possible Eastern Europe’s futures unfolds through a three-course dinner based on regional cuisine and family recipes, and paired with food, spirits, games, and an artistic program. In a curated artistic environment this opens up new paths and opportunities for exchange. The condition of Easternfuturism is approached through second-hand memories but newly born hopes, identities in-flux and postcommunist diasporas, with the purpose of reclaiming Eastern Europe as a space whose future is yet to be articulated. 

Montag Modus
is an interdisciplinary event series organized by the MMpraxis curatorial platform. The series centers around performance art, choreography and time-based media. Based in Berlin, the Montag Modus  program involves  artists and cultural workers both from the city and from the regions of Central and Eastern Europe.

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The third edition of Montag Modus’ project «archive of futures» takes the shape of a three-course dinner paired with an artistic programme. We invite 40 guests to join us on a journey into imagining Eastern Europe’s future. The menu is suitable for vegans and vegetarians and is based on regional cuisine and family recipes. Together we will explore different pasts, forgotten traditions, and newly-born hopes. The shared goal? To get together and imagine, reclaim (and taste) the future of Eastern Europe collectively.

The Performative Dinner lasts approx. 2 hours and takes place in Studio 1. It will be held in English. The food may contain gluten, nuts and eggs. No meat or fish will be served. The accessible toilet is located in front of Studio 3.

A limited number of beanbags are available for visitors with physical disabilities. These can be reserved at ticket@tanzfabrik-berlin.de.

Studio 1 has a 1.5 m lowered area, accessible only by 7 steps. Thus, the studio is not barrier-free on the lower area. Access to the upper part of the studio is possible without steps. The studio has two wheelchair places.

For more information on accessibility, please visit the Uferstudios website: https://www.uferstudios.com/de/barrierefreiheit.

Kasia Wolinska

Kasia Wolinska is a dancer, choreographer and writer. In her dance practice she is interested in studying techniques, forms, rhythms and grooves, stories and flows; working with visual and affective dimensions of dancing. Within the realm of work across performing, choreographing and writing she understands dance as autonomous art, a phenomenon of cultural and political relevance to the world(s). As a choreographer she is interested in creation of the multidisciplinary spaces for performance and close collaboration with musical performers and material.

Léna Szirmay-Kalos

Léna Szirmay-Kalos is a Berlin-based performance curator from Hungary.  She is the founder and artistic director of the Montag Modus interdisciplinary series and the co-founder of the MMpraxis curatorial platform. Between 2015 and 2018, she worked as a curator at the Hungarian cultural centre, the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB) where she was responsible for the performance program. Since 2019, she has been working as an independent dramaturge and makes events at the intersection of the visual and performing arts.

Petre Mogoș & Laura Naum

Petre Mogoș & Laura Naum are the founding editors of Kajet, a journal that seeks to critically map and document the Eastern European imagination, and The Future of, a magazine that reclaims lost ideas. Petre is a PhD candidate and lecturer at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and Laura runs a bookshop in Bucharest, Dispozitiv Books, which also functions as a publishing and editorial laboratory.
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Tickets: Pay what you can (10/15/20/25)

The menu is designed for 40 guests and is also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Hosts: Lena Szirmay-Kalos, Kasia Wolińska, Petre Mogoș and Laura Naum (Kajet Journal)
Emcee: Ben Mohai
Production: Magda Garlinska
Assistance: Beatrice Zanesco
Technical management: Bátor Tóth
«Montag Modus: archive of futures» is a production by the curatorial platform MMpraxis in collaboration with SOPHIENSÆLE, Radialsystem, Tanzfabrik Berlin and Bergen Kunsthall; funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and supported by the Performing Arts Fund of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR programme, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB) and Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts Budapest.


Ben Mohai
is a Berlin-based producer, originally from Hungary. He studied Linguistics at Freie Universität Berlin and Time-Based Media at Universität der Künste Berlin. While he mostly works behind the scenes, both as a freelancer and for cultural institutions such as HAU Hebbel am Ufer, documenta 14 and the Biennale in Venice, he has also developed his own artistic works and is active as an even host as well.

Otucha Collective is a Berlin based vocal ensemble of female vocal artists, activists, and social workers with an immigrant background. Otucha places their interest in explorations of healing & empowering qualities of the human voice. They mainly work with vocal traditions of rural areas of Eastern Europe and somatic practices. They do performative and public interventions, offering workshops and holding safe spaces for sharing experience of a deep, transforming togetherness in collective sound flow.
On «Montag Modus: archive of futures» Otucha are: Julia Legieżyńska, Agnieszka Kucharska, Dorota Michalak, Ola Zielińska.

Mark Fridvalszki (born in Budapest, lives and works in Berlin) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and was a postgraduate Meisterschüler student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. Fridvalszki is the co-initiator and graphic editor of the collective Technologie und das Unheimliche or T+U.