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For this outing of BDP’s Empathy When, we were delighted to be joined on the terrace of Tropez by Adam Fearon. Get ready to travel from Berlin to Frankfurt, Cairo to Baghdad, Adam reads his incredible essay that goes below the surface of the Fayum mummy portraits that date from the 1st century BC onwards, and how our contemporary self-expression is more tactile that our flat screens may suggest.
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This Saturday for the next installment in our series Empathy When we’ll be joined on the terrace by Alan Murrin! Alan Murrin is an Irish fiction writer based in Berlin. His fiction has been anthologised in Literally Speaking Berlin 2019, and The Sacred Exists to be Found and he has been short-listed for the Irish Arts and Writers Festival short story prize.
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In this episode, John Holten is joined live on the Tropez terrace by artist and writer Anna M. Szaflarski. In 2004, Szaflarski competed at the Canadian Olympic Trials. That is to say, she can swim, and swim well. For this session, she composed a special text for the context of Tropez, and indeed carries out a full blown swimming class! The audience participated, form was improved, the speed in the pool increased! Check it out. Anna published the book of stories and illustrations Very Normal People in 2019 and a collection of essays in Letters to the Editors in 2016.
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In this episode John talks with Calla Henkel. She was born in 1988 in Minneapolis, MN, USA. A writer, playwright, director and artist, she currently lives and works in Berlin. She has staged plays at Volksbühne Berlin, The Whitney Museum of Art, as well as at New Theater, the experimental theatre space she founded and programmed in Berlin from 2013-2015. Her art writing has been published in periodicals such as Texte zur Kunst, Spike, Mousse, and others. Her artistic work with Max Pitegoff has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. She currently operates a bar, performance space and film ...
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Empathy When starts with Dani Ghassan Arbid. Born in London, raised in Abu Dhabi, Arbid is a writer, filmmaker and recent entrepreneur. He has worked and lived in Istanbul, Beirut and Berlin where, in 2018, he co-founded Barakunan GmbH, a publishing and media start-up. In September 2019, he was awarded the inaugural Büro BDP Writing Prize, with the novel The Year of Things Lost forthcoming in 2020.
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Warning: I go full Oprah in this one! For the penultimate in the corona-time series of socially distanced podcast-readings, I chat with artist Elif Saydam. Saydam is a painter and writer, and has worked with Broken Dimanche Press in the past, most notably for a book and project for Berlin Art Week 2019 together with Vera Palme. The week after the podcast recording, they opened a show of new paintings at Tanya Leighton Gallery. They’ve contributed the mind-blowing online memory game Déjà Vu to Tropez’s online summer exhibition REALITY. The conversation swirls around the practice of painting, writing and features some reading of ...
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Reality has gotten strange. Throughout the summers of 2020 and 2021 we would like to invite you to join us at the poolside in Tropez for a series of readings and poolside chats with writers, poets and artists. Literature has the means to help us escape, reimagine the world anew, or offer bold new ways to engage with the world. It’s empathy building. It’s also fun. Between weekly live readings and interactions with the Tropez live webcam, BDP and Tropez are excited to announce Empathy When, Tropez Writing Podcast! We will be recording our invited guests and producing a weekly ...
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John talks with writer Habib William Kherbek. This was a great chat about lots of things—London, being in a band, William’s new novel Best Practices, fundraising and development aid, pub quizzes and much more. William has a lot of books about to be published so I was lucky to catch up with him.
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This summer we invite you to join us at the poolside in Tropez for a series of readings and poolside chats with writers, poets and artists. Literature has the means to help us escape, reimagine the world anew, or offer bold new ways to engage with the world. It’s empathy building. It’s also fun. Between weekly live readings and interactions with the Tropez live webcam, BDP and Tropez are excited to announce Empathy When, Tropez Writing Podcast! We will be recording our invited guests and producing a weekly podcast for you to enjoy, socially distanced storytelling!
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Please join us for Empathy When no. 4! We’re delighted to welcome you to the terrace of Tropez to enjoy the poetry of Jasmine Reimer. She will be reading some of her book Small Obstructions, and then having a chat with John Holten.
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This special extra episode rounds out the series of Empathy When. It features a wonderful chat with Jess Korp, and her presentation of her research and study at the swimming pool this summer. The protests, the pandemic, the swimming pool time-slot cards. Summer 2020 has made visible how our everyday life is marked by inequalities, limits and restrictions. The swimming pool, a place of democratic pleasure and utopian fantasy, actually excludes many people. How does swimming feel like this summer as a person of colour? The presentation by Jessica Korp reveals perspectives, contexts and stories from the experiences of people of ...
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John talks with artist Kasia Fudakowski about her new book The Roll of The Artist Volume 1, ex-boyfriends, the artist Lee Lozano, Andy Kaufman, Liesl Karlstadt, Karl Valentin and we get an insight into what a German citizenship ceremony is like.

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