Project Type



Prof. Dr. Carolin Höfler

Guest Lecturer(s)

Prof. Dr. Nina Möntmann, Prof. Dr. Sandra Kurfürst, University of Cologne


From May 15 until July 2, 2023, exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, lecture performances, and roundtable discussions on the relationship between connections to and exclusions from global networks will be held at various locations in Cologne. The curatorial project »The Entire Story Starts Where – Connections and Exclusions of Translocal Positions« is part of the »connecting – excluding: Cultural Dynamics Beyond Globalized Networks DFG Research Training Group«, a collaborative venture between the University of Cologne, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and TH Köln, University of Technology, Arts, Sciences.

In globalized networks, the ability to join groups and systems, along with their logics, is considered an essential prerequisite for participation. The curatorial project The Entire Story Starts Where – Connections and Exclusions of Translocal Positions, however, is interested in deviant practices that temporarily and strategically connect to media, economic, political, scientific, social, and cultural networks while also stepping away from them, subverting them, and so producing self-determined exclusions. The project inquires into the alternative, deviant spaces and networks that emerge in this way, focusing on the frictions, conflicts, and ruptures that accompany the violations of common practices of networking. What are the consequences for the actors concerned? And what potentials for shaping future lifeworlds can emerge as a result of new translocal connections?

The projects explore how the colonial continuities of a Western-influenced capitalist plantation logic are subverted by an agricultural cooperative in Mali (Raphaël Grisey & Bouba Touré), how the marginalized spaces of Muslim presence are animated in post-migrant societies (Asma Aiad), how the fragile utopias of southern global alliances flare up in a historical moment, only to break down soon after due to their internal and external resistances (Naeem Mohaiemen), and how new mobilities thwart colonially constructed urban spaces, as in Dakar, Senegal (Kaddu Yaraax).

With Asma Aiad, Raphaël Grisey, Olivier Marboeuf, Naeem Mohaiemen, Eszter Szakács, Bouba Touré sowie Mamadou Diol and Leity Kane of Kaddu Yaraax.

Conceived by members of the DFG Research Training Group connecting – excluding: Cultural Dynamics Beyond Globalized Networks: Aminata Estelle Diouf, Carolin Höfler, Sandra Kurfürst, Simon Meienberg, Nina Möntmann, Simone Pfeifer and Agnes Stillger.

In cooperation with Akademie der Künste der Welt (ADKDW), Filmhaus Köln, GLASMOOG, Unser Ebertplatz, Kölnischer Kunstverein, and Temporary Gallery.

Visual Communication by Autostrada Studio with Carolin Höfler and Agnes Stillger:
Poster German & English
Folded Flyer German English


more information here

Kaddu Yaraax
Workshop & Talk with Mamadou Diol & Leity Kane
Workshop: 15 – 19 May 2023, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (French & English)
Talk: 17 May 2023, 7 p.m. (German & French)
TH Köln, Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Köln, Raum 240

Fri, 26 May 2023, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Universität zu Köln, a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, Aachener Str. 217, 50931 Köln, 3. OG, Room 3.A06 (»Skyfall«)

»My Life Began Several Centuries Ago« – An Ecosystem of Circulating Images
Exhibition by Raphaël Grisey & Bouba Touré
Opening: Thu, 1 June 2023, 6 – 9 p.m. with DJane C:mone a.k.a Tuincy Bright
Opening times: 2 June – 2 July 2023, Fri – Sun, 2 – 7 p.m.
Akademie der Künste der Welt, ADKDW Studio, Herwarthstr. 3, 50672 Köln

Xaraasi Xanne – Crossing Voices
Open Discussion, Film Screening (OV with English subtitles) & Talk with Raphaël Grisey, Olivier Marboeuf & Soso Soumaré (German & French)
Open Discussion: Fri, 2 June 2023, 2 – 4 p.m.
Akademie der Künste der Welt, ADKDW Studio, Herwarthstr. 3, 50672 Köln
Film Screening & Talk: Fri, 2 June 2023, 6 – 9 p.m. (Film 123 min.)
Filmhaus Köln, Maybachstr. 111, 50670 Köln

Muslim*Present in Köln
Intervention in public space by Asma Aiad
10 June – 20 July 2023

Social Media & Poster Walls in the City of Cologne (Ebertplatz, Zülpicher Str., Kalker Hauptstraße 296)
Talk & Lesung with Asma Aiad & Lana Sirri, moderated by Fatima Remli (German)
Sat, 10 June 2023, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Unser Ebertplatz, Ebertplatz (Passage), 50668 Köln

Langer Tag
Exhibition by Naeem Mohaiemen & Public Talks by Naeem Mohaiemen & Eszter Szakács
Exhibition: 14 – 18 June 2023, 12 – 7 p.m.
Public Talks (English): Fri, 16 June 2023, 5 – 8 p.m. (Food & Drinks: 8 p.m.)

Temporary Gallery, Mauritiuswall 35, 50676 Köln

Two Meetings and a Funeral
Film Screening & Introduction by Naeem Mohaiemen (English)
Thu, 15  June 2023, 4 – 6 p.m. 
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Hahnenstr. 6, 50667 Köln

Colliding Circulations
Dakar Mobilities Between Global Connections and Local Displacements
Exhibition by Kaddu Yaraax
Opening: Thu, 15 June 2023, 7 p.m.

Opening times: 16 June – 1 July 2023
AIC ON Festival: 16 & 18 June 2023, 12 – 6 p.m.; 17 June 2023, 12 – 4 p.m.
19 June – 1 July 2023, Thu – Fri, 4 – 7 p.m. & Sat, 2 – 6 p.m.

GLASMOOG, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Filzengraben 2, 50676 Köln

We sincerely thank Hendrik Arnold, head of the metal workshop, Philipp Gatzke, tutor of the metal workshop (KISD) & Gerd Mies, head of the wood workshop (KISD) for their support.