[oberlist] Fwd: the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers

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Mon Dec 19 11:04:24 CET 2011

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*January 27–March 31, 2012*
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*Gilles Aubry (CH), Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber (AT/CA), Lía Dansker (AR),
Aryo Danusiri (ID), Katja Eydel (D), Frida Hartz (MX), Mag­da­lena
Kallenberger / Dorothea Nold (D), Verónica Mastrosimone (AR), Rika
Collective (KE), Sandra Schäfer (D), Surabhi Sharma (IN), Sevgi Ortaç (TR),
Jens Wenkel / Lagos Film Workshop (NG), Paola Yacoub (LB)*

In Lagos, the largest Pentecostal church offers room for five times as many
believers as the world's biggest soccer stadium; a very own City of God is
emerging on the outskirts of the metropolis. In Beirut, Islamist
organi­za­tions are taking charge of re­buil­ding quarters de­stroyed
during the war and control the provision of housing. In Rio de Ja­nei­ro,
movie theaters are converted into temples, while in Mumbai public spaces
temporarily be­come stages for reli­gious theater. New reli­gious movements
demon­strate their physical pre­sence in the streets and are expan­ding
their territory.

New religious movements and organizations obviously play an increasingly
important role in the large cities of the world. They are transforming the
urban topography, appearing as economic as well as political players, and
often replacing the role of the state—across all regions and religions.

For the first time, the exhibition the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers at
the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (Berlin) offers differentiated
insights into cultures, policies, and economies of faith in urban space,
into the inter­relations between urban development and sacred practices,
between promises of spiritual redemption and social liberation. Beyond
ideological debates on the "regained strength of religiosity", it becomes
evident in the works of the artists from twelve countries that big cities
are also always places of religious innovation.

In photo sequences, video installations, and soundscapes, they above all
address the cultural and urban practices of globally active, new religious
move­ments, allowing viewers to experience urban settings, strategies, and
productions of meaning of religious players and communities in metropolises
of the Global South such as Lagos, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Beirut,
Kinshasa, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Nairobi, or Tehran—but also in New
York, Istan­bul, and Berlin.

*Guided Tours: *Sunday, 3 pm, December 4 and 18, 2011*, *January 8, 2012

*project group the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers | metroZones: *Jochen
Becker, Christian Hanussek, Anne Huffschmid, Nadine Jäger, Stephan Lanz,
Oliver Pohlisch, Katja Reichard, Kathrin Wildner
Scenography: ifau - institut für angewandte urbanistik
Design: image-shift - büro für gestaltung
A bi-lingual exhibition booklet is published at the opening of the
exhi­bi­tion. The publication *the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers* will
be out in spring 2012. Already published is Urban Prayers – Neue religiöse
Bewegungen in der globalen Stadt (metroZones, ed.).

At Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the festival "Thematic Days Global
Prayer" will take place form the 23rd to the 26th of February, 2012.

*the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers* is an exhibition by NGBK within the
frame­work of *global prayers • redemption and liberation in the city. **global
prayers* is a project by metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs with Haus
der Kulturen der Welt, Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder and a
research project at the Forum Transregionale Studien - co-produced with
Goethe-Institut, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and Camera Austria, Graz.

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