__Festival 2017__ I am safe__


The central theme of the 2017 festival, I am safe, challenges the importance of security.
Where are we safe – in bunkers? Is there any security at all?
Delimiting; being concealed from danger; concealing intentions; securing and assuring oneself; all are reactions to today’s challenges in increasing globalization.
At a time when there is no longer a need for bunkers in Central Europe – since the entire European territory is “secured” at its outer borders; in an insuperable way; monitoring society is ubiquitous.
Millions of people are fleeing from war and economic insecurity and are homeless, therefore, the desire for security grows and the need for assurance, and to assure a society’s values.

The many, international Facebook posts, “I am safe”, where social net users can mark themselves as “safe” when they are in an acute danger zone, characterize the longing for reality; present; being heard, and a source of fellowship at a time when acts of terrorism can happen everywhere and suddenly.


Installation Adrian Palka & Wolfram Spyra


For many residents of Wünsdorf, the question of security exists, at present, as a result of the emergence of a large accommodation for fugitives.
These strange, unknown people from different countries and cultures, are perceived as a challenge, if not a threat.
The refugees in Wünsdorf are insecure in their new surroundings, whose culture is still unknown to them.
This local conflict forms the starting point for an exemplary interrogatory survey of people in Wünsdorf, Paris, Madrid, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, Potsdam, and Berlin, to address their subjective sense of security.
The photographic and acoustic documentation of the survey is carried out in the bunkers by means of ‘musical’, performative, installative, and literary formats, and by involving international artists and the inhabitants of Wünsdorf themselves.




From 9th of September to 8th of October at the Neue Galerie
and the Zeppelinbunker in Wünsdorf


Opening on 9.9.2017 on 3 p.m. at the Neue Galerie


The train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof on  platform no. 5 leaves to Zossen every half hour.
– Coming by the train stations Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz and Südkreuz.

Taking the train at 01:19 at Hauptbahnhof is ideal.  
At 2:00 a taxi to the galery will be waiting at the station of Zossen !


  • 3:00
    Opening, introductory words and short reading

  • 3:30
    Fashion Show Peformance: Safety clothing “Safetywear” by Tatiana Saphir (AR / Berlin)Safetywear
    Production: Jan Sebastian Suba      Music: Santiago Blaum
    Tailor: Tamara Saphir / Bass Couture Berlin

Was it safer to ask us to introduce ourselves to the general picture, or individually? The security fashion show works with these questions as well as how we can feel subjectively safe in situations in which we find ourselves in.


  • 4:30 – 6:00
    We all go from the new gallery to the bunker for the sound performance.The English professor Mike McInerney, a world-renowned Shakuhachi specialist, will lead us with the sounds of his Shakuhachi, like the Pied Piper of Hamlin.

A Shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, which is also a samurai weapon and will not break when used as in this fashion. There is security and music to the vehicle !!!!

  • 5:00 (in the bunker)
    Wolfram Spyra with his steel cello, Roksana Vikaluk from the Ukraine and her heavenly voice create an abstract soundscape together with the electronic soundscapes of the English composer Michael Neil and make the bunker sound, albeit in an entirely new way.

To experience such extraordinary sounds in another monumental subterranean building is an absolutely unique opportunity to go on an alternative, non-conventional listening and walking tour in a historically charged space.


Please note that it is about 10 ° Celsius in the bunkers: So please dress accordingly.


Finissage on 7.10.2017



  • From 3:00 pm in the Neue GalerieThe exhibition will now be completed in the new gallery.
    In addition, snacks and wine are available.

  • At 5:00 pm
    we go back to the bunkerThe English / German duo Refugees KM; Kristoff Becker on e-cello and Michael Neil on the electronics, play a new version of No hay caminos, hay que caminar… Andrej Tarkovski, by Luigi Nono (Italian composer 1924-1990), which makes use of the unique acoustics of the bunker.

The piece is named after the poet Antonio Machado:  “(Traveller), there is no pathway, there is only travelling itself.” Nono dedicated the work the Russian film maker Andrej Tarkovski.

Painting the Sound:

Refugees KM will create a live score while visual artists, Bernhard Ailinger, and Emily Pütter, will visualize the sound of the music in paint.

S A V V Y Colonial district, from Berlin give a lecture: Let yourself be surprised!

In the bunker there will be several installations:

Heart of Darkness, an episode from the novel by Joseph Conrad by Emily Pütter & Michael Neil

In the new gallery:

  • Chris Avis from London has made a video work that asks if there is still security for sleeping and dreaming?

  • Beret Hamann shows as a work the answers of the Wünsdorfer to the question whether they feel safe.

  • Veronika Bökelmann & Anett Vietzke show a video fimed in Buenos Aires, which demonstrates how the security situation drastically changes in economically difficult times.

  • Isabella Gresser deals with the safety situation of the artists. We are afraid, but we are not afraid.

  • Julia Bonanni (IT / ES) Showing photo work to a primary aspect of security.

  • Khadija Tnana, from Morocco, shows pictures that she painted in Wiepersdorf Castle during an arts residency where she felt very safe and could free herself for the first time as a 70 year old woman.

  • Ju Ju Wilson and Peggy Griffith from Australia show their work inspired by their tradition and how they deal with the concept of history and homeland, that provides them with security.

  • Wolfram Spyra, Adrian Palka and Roksana Vikaluk show their installation of a reconstructed journey in the footsteps of a forced deportation to Siberia, which Palka’s father and grandfather had to undertake in the Second World War. Only the father survived and wandered through the Taiga with a desperate desire to be safe.

  • Emily Pütter: Elderberry and pigments on paper, 60x42cm entitled “Wild and Soon Away” and “Wild and Path” (86% of the insect species are already extinct, 60% of the vertebrate animals, and only in the last 40 years !!!) This is surprising especially in rural areas.

  • Mary Dreyer from the USA will document the event through her illustrations.

Afterwards wine and talks in the gallery and then to dine with the Greeks in the Acropolis Restaurant beneath the gallery.