Houses of Kal

24/05/2021 — 09/12/2021

Design: Aziza Ahmad / Archive Books

Die Houses of Kal in Karachi, Colombo und Berlin sind aktive Räume, die von Künstler*innen gestaltet werden, deren Arbeit feministische, antifaschistische, antirassistische und queere Möglichkeiten erforscht. Zwischen Frühjahr und Herbst September 2021 existieren die Houses of Kal als kollektive und selbstorganisierte Räume sowie Low-Residency-Programme mit öffentlichen Veranstaltungen.

In lokalen wie trans*ozeanischen, digitalen Radio- und Publikationsformaten erproben Teilnehmer*innen und Gäste eine Vielzahl von Ansätzen des Zusammenlebens, Lernens, Teilens und Spekulierens aus künstlerischen, feministischen und umweltpolitischen Praxen und Diskursen.

Mit A Frei, Arshia Fatimah Haq of Discostan, Ayesha Alizeh, Ayesha Chaudhry, Aziz Sohail, Chathuri Nissansala, Ferdiansyah Thajib, Fiza Khatri, Floating Space, Hema Shironi & Sabeen Omar, Karachi La Jamia, knowbotiq, NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, Nuray Demir, Promona Sengupta, Sadia Khatri, Sandev Handy, Seher Naveed, Promona Sengupta, Muhanned Cader, Sharmini Pereira, Printmaking Lab Colombo, Sakina Aliakbar, Sehan Khanna, Sophia-Layla Afsar, Tehreem Mela, The Many Headed Hydra, Vera Ryser, Venuri Perera, Vicky Shahjehan, Vasi Udurawane, Veenadari Lakshika, We Are From Here, Zahabia Khozema, u.a.


House of Kal, Berlin

Mit Zubaan Books, Vicky Shahjahan, Venuri Perera, Vassiliea Stylianidou aka Franck-Lee Alli-Tis, Umair Khan, The Many Headed Hydra, Tara Rani, Tamara Fernando, Suza Husse, SS Beben, SoundSysters, Shahana Rajani & Zahra Malkani, Sandev Handy, Sadia Khatri, Raed Yassin, radio kal, Promona Sengupta, Omer Wasim & Saira Sheikh, Nuray Demir, Najia Sabahat Khan, Lucas Odahara, Katusa Medusa, Kallia Kefala, Fiza Khatri, Fatimah Asgar, Emma Wolf Haugh, Aziz Sohail, Aziza Ahmad, Arshia Fatima Haq/Discostan, Archive Books, A Frei, u.a.


Promona Sengupta is an academic, an activist and a curator based in Berlin. She co-founded Mo’Halla along with Jyothidas KV and Prabhas Tripathy, a pop-up space for progressive art, culture and politics. During her 9-month studio and research grant in the frame of kal she draws inspiration from worldbuilding, science fiction and anticolonial activism to engage in exercises in liberatory speculation. With Speaking Barnacular: Watery Sanctuaries she proposes to look at swimming, flotation and altered states of human consciousness under water as socio-politically rooted practices of dissident history and material culture.

Venuri Perera is a choreographer, performance artist and curator from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her works have dealt with violent nationalism, patriarchy, border rituals, colonial heritage, and class. Her solos and collaborative creations have been shown in Europe, South and East Asia. Since 2017, she has been exploring the power dynamics of gaze, sensuality and anonymity. Currently, she is searching for ways to create conditions for radical love and compassion in her work and life. Although mostly failing, she remains optimistic. She is currently based in Amsterdam and a participant at DAS Theatre.

Arshia Fatima Haq (born in Hyderabad, India) works through film, visual art, performance, and sound, in feminist modes outside of the Western model. She is interested in counterachives and speculative narratives, and is currently exploring themes of embodiment, mysticism, indigenous and localized knowledge within the context of Sufism. She is the founder of Discostan, a collaborative decolonial project and record label working with cultural production from South and West Asia and North Africa. She hosts and produces monthly radio shows on Dublab and NTS. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally at museums, galleries, nightclubs, and in the streets.

House of Kal Berlin unfolds in trans*oceanic correspondences and collaboration with the Houses of Kal Karachi and Colombo. Each of these spaces bring together art practitioners whose work explores feminist, anti racist, anti fascist and queer possibility. House of Kal Karachi are resident artists Ayesha Alizeh, Ayesha Chaudhry, Sehan Khanna, Sophia-Layla Afsar, Tehreem Mela with curators Fiza Khatri and Zahabia Kozema. House of Kal Colombo are resident artists Chathuri Nissansala, Vicky Shahjehan, Vasi Udurawane, Veenadari Lakshika, Hema Shironi & Sabeen Omar with curators Sandev Handy and Sakina Aliakbar.


8. Juli – 24. August
Tidal KoHabitat for Post-Patriarchal Futures
a breathing space interlacing Lucas Odahara’s “Lingual” sculptures and tongues with The Many Headed Hydra’s “Rituals” soft architecture by Emma Wolf Haugh
Works and offerings by Arshia Fatima Haq/Discostan, Fiza Khatri, Lucas Odahara, Nuray Demir, Omer Wasim & Saira Sheikh, Shahana Rajani & Zahra Malkani, SS Beben & Promona Sengupta, The Many Headed Hydra, Vassiliea Stylianidou aka Franck-Lee Alli-Tis, Venuri Perera, Vicky Shahjahan and guests.

Opening hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 3 pm on gathering days and performance evenings

Zusammenkünfte und Gespräche

29. Juli, ab 18 h
celebration ceremony for Tidal KoHabitat for Post-Patriarchal Futures
mit Arbeiten und offerings von Arshia Fatima Haq/Discostan, Fiza Khatri, Lucas Odahara, Nuray Demir, Omer Wasim & Saira Sheikh, Shahana Rajani & Zahra Malkani, SS Beben & Promona Sengupta, The Many Headed Hydra, Vassiliea Stylianidou, Venuri Perera, Vicky Shahjahan u.a.

29. Juli, 19 h
queer politics of crossing and liquifying time and space
Promona Sengupta, Vassiliea Stylianidou aka Franck-Lee Alli-Tis and Venuri Perera im Gespräch
moderiert von Aziz Sohail & Suza Husse von The Many Headed Hydra

5. August, 19 h
temporary community as decolonial practice
Arshia Fatima Haq of Discostan, Lucas Odahara, The Many Headed Hydra im Gespräch
moderiert von Aziz Sohail

11. August, 18 – 19 h
Artist talk: Mahmoud Khaled
(dieser Talk wird online über Zoom stattfinden)


10. August, 18 – 19.30 h
Speculative Roadside Maduwa Ninja Kesel Fame Bitches Alphabet
Eine Performance im öffentlichen Raum von Nuray Demir und Venuri Perera

10. August, 20 h
Sama: The Divine Listening Room
Performance & Installation von Arshia Fatima Haq mit Raed Yassin


21. Juni – 2. August
Rituals for Coastal Commons
Collaborative DIY video zine workshop with The Many Headed Hydra

8. – 11. Juli
radio kal hosts: SoundSysters’ Level 1 PA – Live Mixing Workshops
by and for FLINT* (women, lesbians, intersex, non binary and trans*) people

11. & 13. Juli
Space Debris and Shrine Capsule Sculpting
Worldbuilding workshop on Spaceship Beben with Kosmik Skulptress Kallia, Captain Pro and Nav Chief Hydra

3. – 5. August, 12 – 15 h
radio kal TOOLING#3: Relational Listening Composing Workshop
mit A Frei


a language where yesterday and tomorrow are the same word. kal sind ko-initiiert von Aziz Sohail und The Many Headed Hydra. kal sind ein Kooperationsprojekt von Archive Books, COCA Collective Colombo, District*School Without Center, Goethe Institut Sri Lanka, Goethe Institut Pakistan, IVS Gallery Karachi and Zubaan Books unterstützt durch Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Goethe Institut Südasien, Pro Helvetia und ifa.

Team House of Kal Berlin: The Many Headed Hydra/Emma Wolf Haugh (scenography), SoundSysters (sound), Promona Sengupta (studio and research grant), oax_constructions/ Winnie Olbrich, Serra Oner & Anne Hierzi (technical team), Nino Halka (production support), Johanna Ekenhorst (communication), Aziz Sohail & The Many Headed Hydra/Suza Husse (curators), Aziza Ahmad/Archive Books (design), Anneli Schütz (finances).

Die Houses of Kal sind kuratiert von Aziz Sohail, Fiza Khatri, Sandev Handy, The Many Headed Hydra mit Unterstützung von Sakina Aliakbar, Zahabia Khozema und dem Team von District*Schule ohne Zentrum.

House of Kal Berlin wird im Winter (November und Dezember 2021) bei District*Schule ohne Zentrum weitergeführt mit trans*ozeanischen Radio- und Publikationsformaten vom House of Kal Karachi und House of Kal Colombo sowie Beiträgen von fehras publishing practices, knowbotiq, Ferdiansyah Thajib, Aroh Akuth, den Beitragenden und Herausgeber*innen und von kal RITUALS.