Archive for August, 2007

Program Change- Monday Night

August 26, 2007

“Lord of War” has been removed from the program.

 Instead, after “War Made Easy,” the film “Underexposure” by Oday Rasheed will be shown.  This was the first feature film after 12 years in Iraq, and the first film to be produced after the US invasion in 2003.  Oday is currently living in Berlin, working on other film, art, and writing projects.  To read about “Underexposure,” check out these sites:

 The evening kicks off at 19:30, 27th of August 2007.

Rachel Brooker’s Invitation to Touch (or, Adam Collingsworth Can Really Rap a Hyena’s Ass Off)

August 24, 2007

Written by Adam Collingsworth
on the dance installation “Invitation to Touch” by Rachel Brooker
in the style of Wesley Willis

this dance installation was performed at skizum
about 30 people came to touch
the dancing and touching was awesome
it rocked the magikist

rachel brooker’s
invitation to touch
rachel brooker’s
invitation to touch

rachel is a choreographer
and she dances with very skillful dancers
people touched each other with caring and love
and it whupped a wooly mammoth’s balls

rachel brooker’s
invitation to touch
rachel brooker’s
invitation to touch

rachel, you are a talented dance maker
rachel, you are a sensitive woman
rachel, you make the crowd roar like a lion
rachel, you are berlin’s dance rock and roll hero

rachel brooker’s
invitation to touch
rachel brooker’s
invitation to touch

bvg, it gets you there sehr schnell

p.s. Adam Collingsworth is my new god. Thank you, god.

Secret Service, interactive dance performance, Sept 1 & 2, @ Schwelle Sieben (Uferstraße 6, Wedding)

August 20, 2007

Secret Service rehearsal at schwelle sieben” />

Secret Service
No art. No Bullshit. No fussing around. Only the curious, courageous and mentally strong theater-goer need comply. He/She will be taken into his/her own, strictly sensual, inner world. Trust pays off.
The individual completely submits to the piece. The vistor’s body becomes the center of activity.

Secret Service

“Art is seduction, not rape, and art cannot seduce without the complicity of the experiencing subject.”
Susan Sontag

“I need some hot stuff.”
Donna Summer

SECRET SERVICE is applied anthropology. The individual completely submits to the piece. The vistor’s body becomes the center of activity. It is unconditionally handed over to the perfomers. The only choice is to continue or to stop the action. Focussing on the senses, the process radically alters the notion of time and space, leading to the source of art: the intelligence of the body.

The performance offers two LEVELS:
In LEVEL 1 the visitor’s eyes will be covered, the eyesight taken away. Under the protection of anonymity she or he will be moved, manipulated, seduced and challenged. Movement will be performed with, on and under his/her skin. Emotion will be triggered by direct touch.

At the end of the performance the visitor is invited to have a drink at the bar. After a break there is the possibility to access LEVEL 2.
In LEVEL 2, the hands of the participants will be tied and the range of physical sensation will be broaden by the experience of pain and passion.

Carla Bessa, Caprice Dilba, Elettra de Salvo, Louise Chardon, Laura Frigato, Malah Helman, Mo Herzinger, Lara Martelli, Dasniya Sommer, Matthieu Burner, Tomi Paasonen, Delta RA’i, Felix Ruckert, Laura Weiss, Rachel Brooker, u.a.

Music: eastpole
Concept and Choreography: Felix Ruckert

Going Away (sort of) Party, Thursday Aug 30, 22:00 – FREE @ Skizum Studios Berlin (Wühlischstr. 12, F’hain)

August 20, 2007


Scottie B will be heading back to New York City for the months of September and October and Andreas will be relocating to Prenzlauerberg. To celebrate our wonderful time together in the house we’ll be having a party. Feel free to stop by and bring your friends, some drinks and other fun stuff. Andreas will still be active in the producing Skizum events but we will also have 2 openings in the house. Andreas’ room will be available from September 1 until open end and Scotties room will be available from September 1 until November 1. If you know of anyone who would be interested in living in the house then please check out our ad on Craigslist Berlin.

Also, there will be a room available at Skizum Studios New York from Sept.1 until Nov. 1, if you know of anybody who is interested tell them to act ast as these rooms go pretty quick and we would rather have friends of the family be the lucky ones…

Off Site “Remix” Film Night + Diner + Soiree, “Blade Runner” (1982) & Baraka (1992) – Tuesday, Aug 28, 19:00 – FREE @ Kaspar und Hauser (Knorrpromenade 2, F’hain)

August 20, 2007

kaspar hauser

Tonight will be a very special presentation of 2 cult classic films remixed with a tasty selection of groovy tunes by Dj Skizum in a lush atmosphere appropriate for the occasion. Kaspar und Hauser, restaurant/bar/event space has graciously offered us the use of their wonderfully designed and massive space for a regular monthly event. They are even going to prepare a special menu of ‘futuristic’ foods and drinks all at discounted prices for the evening. IMPORTANT: Please RSVP in the comments section below if you will be enjoying the diner portion of the evening starting at 19:00 or if you will just come for the films, soiree and drinks at 21:00.


Blade Runner is a 1982 cyberpunk, neo-noir American film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, loosely based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. It features Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah and Joanna Cassidy.


Baraka (1992) is a Todd-AO (70 mm) purely cinematic visual film directed by Ron Fricke, cinematographer for Koyaanisqatsi, the first of the Qatsi films by Godfrey Reggio. The title Baraka is a word that means blessing in many different languages.

Often compared to Koyaanisqatsi, Baraka’s subject matter has some similarities—including footage of various landscapes, churches, ruins, religious ceremonies, and cities thrumming with life, filmed using time-lapse photography in order to capture the great pulse of humanity as it flocks and swarms in daily activity. The film also features a number of long tracking shots through various settings, including one through former concentration camps at Auschwitz (in Nazi-occupied Poland) and Tuol Sleng (in Cambodia) turned into museums honoring their victims: over photos of the people involved, past skulls stacked in a room, to a spread of bones. In addition to making comparisons between natural and technological phenomena, such as in Koyaanisqatsi, Baraka searches for a universal cultural perspective: for instance, following a shot of an elaborate tattoo on a bathing Japanese yakuza mobster with one of Native Australian tribal paint.

Film Night Double Feature, “War Made Easy” & “Lord of War” with stuff on sale – Mon, Aug 27, 19:30 – FREE @ Skizum Studios Berlin (Wühlischstr. 12, F’hain)

August 20, 2007

war made easy header

This evening we will explore the topic of ‘WAR’ in reality and fiction. The first film, “War Made Easy” – How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, 2007 (70min) is a documentary from Norman Solomon, narrated by Sean Penn. The film is an insightful analysis of the propaganda strategies utilized by US officials and the media to build public support for war from Vietnam to Iraq.

The second film is called “Lord of War” (2005) with Nicolas Cage- it’s
fictional, about an arms dealer who’s running from the
law and having issues with his conscience, and i heard
it was pretty darn good.

Before, in between and after the films, we will be selling discounted T-shirts (10 euro) and stickers (4 for 1 euro). All proceeds go towards raising consciousness in America to support the growing peace and progressive movements. Check out the Iraq Apology initiative, maybe it’s something you can do as an individual to help start the healing process…

military industrial complex

Useful Internet Tools Workshop #2 – filesharing – Weds, Aug 22, 20:30 – FREE @ Skizum Studios Berlin (Wühlischstr. 12, F’hain)

August 20, 2007

Part 2 of our “how to benefit from the new internet” series explores different filesharing techniques that allows you to download music and films and software from the internet. After a brief history of filesharing we will take a hands-on tour throgh LimeWire and bittorrent. If you feel like it we can discuss some legal and political consequences of filesharing or piracy as some people want to call it as well. As usual, the workshop will be projected onto the large screen so folks can see everything easily. Feel free to bring your laptop and use our wireless DSL service. If there is tie and interest enough, we will also show you some other cool things related to the second wave of internet, the famous “web 2.0” – social stuff like, flickr,, RSS and more.

Update: slides from the show are here: slides from workshop

Pot Luck Diner Party & Wesley Willis Tribute – Tuesday, Aug 21, 19:30 – FREE @ Skizum Studios Berlin (Wühlischstr. 12, F’hain)

August 20, 2007

Wesley Willis

We’re opening up our regular house diner night to our friends, old and new, on this evening. Come on by, bring something from your kitchen or prepare it in ours. RSVP by leaving a comment below with your name, what you are bringing and how many people you are bringing. Bring your own drinks or buy them at the 24hour store just 70 meters away.

After the meal, to be served outdoors, is winding down we will begin our tribute to the late Wesley Willis as Dj Skizum does some live remixes of some of Willis’ songs mixed in with whatever seems natural in the moment.

Wesley Willis (May 31, 1963 – August 21, 2003) was a musician and artist from Chicago. A diagnosed schizophrenic, he gained a sizable cult following in the 1990s after releasing several hundred songs of unique but simple music, with emphasis on his humorous stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Most of his exposure came as an internet phenomenon during the early days of peer-to-peer file sharing (via Napster).

Willis’ genius was his ability to deliver unpredictability and child-like truth with a jaded humor the common person can relate to – sb

 Please RSVP by leaving a comment below, let us know who you are, if you are coming for diner and what food you will bring.

the extra room – accepting entries!

August 16, 2007

the extra room

 It was recently revealed that one of the most common dreams of residents in New York City is discovering an extra room in an otherwise cramped apartment or building.   Maybe it’s a tiny closet, or maybe it’s a gigantic suite, complete with jacuzzi and beautiful views.  This situation isn’t specific to the Big Apple- in Berlin artistic ambitions of collective living spaces and working studios are also culminating in such hopeful visions.

the extra room is a Berlin collective that has come together over  a suspicion for collectives.  In this publication we are exploring power struggles in the microcosmic sense.  Submit your writings for fiction, non-fiction and poetry at by September 1, 2007.  For more information write to and read our website

House dinner

August 14, 2007

We had another house dinner: pasta with salmon, bacon, broccoli and cheese and sauce and tomatoes made my Scott. Delicious!

rachel and beth eating pasta

can you spot Larry sleeping in the background?