20 June 2015

Workshop and Book Premiere

On June 20, Fiktion is launching two new books—Concentration and Elephant Chronicleswith a daylong program (2–11pm) of events at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, including the workshop Wasting Time on the Internet by Kenneth Goldsmith, readings by Sînziana Păltineanu and Sophie Jung, as well as a panel discussion on “Distraction” with Kenneth Goldsmith, Arthur Jacobs, and Chus Martínez.

In Concentration, an anthology edited by Fiktion’s cofounder Ingo Niermann, nineteen writers and researchers—Dirk Baecker, Nina Bußmann, Charis Conn, Kenneth Goldsmith, Boris Groys, Ingeborg Harms, Arthur Jacobs/Raoul Schrott, Sophie Jung, Quinn Latimer, Ingo Niermann, Amy Patton, Emily Segal, Jenna Sutala/Elvia Wilk, Alexander Tarakhovsky, Johannes Thumfart, Ronnie Vuine, and Jacob Wren—address concentration in previously unpublished essays, stories, and poems.

The protagonist of Romanian writer and historian Sînziana Păltineanu’s debut novel Elephant Chronicles is a person free of financial concerns who explores a fluid world of temporalities. Fragments, fungi, shadows, and teddy bears accompany this character, who turns to the local archives as an entry point into a past world of sensibilities.

Like all of Fiktion’s books, Concentration and Elephant Chronicles are available as free e-books and published simultaneously in German and English.


2 pm – 6.30 pm
Wasting Time on the Internet
Workshop with Kenneth Goldsmith
Registration: fiktion@hkw.de. The number of seats is limited.

7 pm
Elephant Chronicles
Reading with Sînziana Păltineanu

8 pm
Discussion with Kenneth Goldsmith, Arthur Jacobs, and Chus Martínez

10 pm
Performance by Sophie Jung

When You Moved, a video piece by writer and artist Jenna Sutela will be shown throughout the event at the conference room 3 (K3).

Wasting Time on the Internet and Distraction in collaboration with the poesiefestival berlin 2015; more events with Kenneth Goldsmith there on June 21, 1 pm (colloquium) and June 22, 9 pm (lecture performance).