as part of Re_Generation

19.04. – 01.07.2023

Re_Generation is a festival for pleasure, solidarity & healing. International artists, activists, and scientists will gather at the FFT for twelve days to introduce and try out practices that answer to a world that is exhausted in so many ways.


Re_Generation Symposium

Lectures, Talks, Workshops Talks & Workshops Social/Urban Movements

The Re_Generation Symposium offers space to deepen the festival themes: Healing, solidary change, and pleasure. Catalysts for this symposium are migrants, BIPoC, non-binary, trans, and queer persons. They approach the topics playfully, and with sensual-scientific joy. They share their knowledge, their experiences, and their life-affirming practices in various formats – in a lecture on “radical tenderness”, for example, in relaxed talks over dinner, in a workshop on sci-fi anatomy, during a party or a listening session.

The artists and activists have one thing in common: Their knowledge and practice follows concepts that connect indigenous ancient knowledge with recent research from the fields of decolonial, intersectional, trans-feminist, and queer theories. Their works are dedicated to a somatic and material understanding of healing and renewal. Their ways of thinking create a distance to binary patterns and invite the visitors to experience and practice connectedness and communal learning through an artistic approach, in emotion as well as in thought.

Programme Overview

SAT, May 13th
2 pm: Welcome
2.30 pm: Dani d’Emilia – Reattuning to metabolic entanglement through Radical Tenderness: presentation about series of art-life ritual actions
4 pm: Kathy-Ann Tan – Our Undersongs: On Love, Grief and Regeneration
5 pm: Neha Spellfish – Teyat Vivan
6.30 pm: Shared dinner
7.30 pm: Annick Kleizen – regeneration medicine: a conversation
9 pm: Siegmar Zacharias – Practicing Futures while Grieving
10.30 pm: Bicha Boo Collective – Party

SUN, May 14th
11 am: Mithu Sanyal – Hello-Goodbye
12 noon: Welcome
12.30 pm: Workshop with Lea Kieffer on the topic of “Sci–Fi Anatomy”
2 pm: Rahel Spöhrer – sharing, assembling, carrying what we desire to hold


Re_Generation receives support from Kunststiftung NRW and from the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses. In cooperation with Cheers for Fears.