Displayed Words
​Don Mee Choi, Athena Farrokhzad, Volha Hapeyeva, Quinn Latimer, Rike Scheffler, Yasmine Seale, Hajra Waheed

Language, text, and poetry at Klosterruine, Berlin and online on displayedwords.org

Klosterruine Berlin
Klosterstr. 73a
10179 Berlin
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Launch event:
Friday, 13 Jan 2023
6-8 pm

With an introduction by Fabian Schöneich and a reading by Volha Hapeyeva.

Displayed Words – Displaced, Klosterruine, Berlin, 2023. Photo: Diana Pfammatter

Klosterruine presents the program Displayed Words – Displaced in collaboration with CCA Berlin and the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program during the winter months. As in the previous exhibition series Unfinished Histories, an LED installation will be installed on the inner space of the Klosterruine.

Displayed Words – Displaced is an experimentation in thinking with language, text, and poetics through digital formats. Who and what defines the space through which words are printed and made legible? How does the perception of written language change from one medium to another? Displayed Words – Displaced plays with the perception of text and its manifold displays; it also poses questions pertaining to contexts within which literature, poetry and language can be perceived or understood. Finally, it asks how literature and language are mediated, and in which language dominant meanings and literary works are conveyed in a ‘multicultural’ city like Berlin. What about languages considered minoritarian that one hears across the city through everyday encounters, such as Turkish, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian?

During the winter months, various textual fragments in different languages will be presented through a digital panel display installed in Berlin’s Klosterruine. Additionally, readings will be staged on-site and at CCA Berlin as a means to introduce the texts’ authors to Berlin audiences. Finally, a digital platform will be developed in order to present the texts simultaneously as they’re being displayed at the Klosterruine, towards establishing a long-term digital literature platform: displayedwords.org

Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, project funds from Draussenstadt and the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.


Hajra Waheed, Untitled, 2022, Displayed Words – Displaced, Klosterruine, Berlin, 2023. Video: Diana Pfammatter

Reading with Don Mee Choi, Athena Farrokhzad, Quinn Latimer, Rike Scheffler, Klosterruine Berlin, 2023. Photos: Aristidis Schnelzer/CCA Berlin