With a shift of light, things change.

A curtain becomes a ghost, colleagues become friends, the exchange of knowledge becomes shared thinking.

Nocturne is the state of night — nocturnal thinking, nocturnal writing, nocturnal discussion, nocturnal rehearsal, nocturnal gathering, nocturnal celebration, nocturnal plotting, nocturnal potentiality. The nocturnal is more than just a time of day for us. It is a situation or thisness, something that changes everything we do. At night, all we have begun during the day changes.

As a platform, Nocturne aims to provide a space and time for all those practices that emerge between institutions. A time in which the production and transmission of knowledge become collective practices, in which techniques of teaching become experimental procedures, and in which art and science do not enter into exchange but have already begun to work together in new ways.

We founded Nocturne as a place for projects of experimental knowledge production and transmission. The impetus and concern of this endeavor was and is the need for other formats and techniques of knowledge production and distribution. For a long time, the problems of the university and publishing landscape, as well as the art world, have been a recurring topic among colleagues and friends. These complaints, however, have often been accompanied not only by numerous proposals for how academic and artistic practices can come together differently, but also insights into how these have already been practiced differently for some time in seminars, reading groups, rehearsals, and in the studio. Nocturne is an evolving attempt to provide a platform for these alternative practices, to disseminate and strengthen them. For the moment, we have started with a speculative manual.


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10. April 2023

Documentation published: The Radical Teaching Workshop

The booklet documents The Radical Teaching Workshop: Feministisch schreiben" which took place last September at Vierte Welt in Berlin.

With texts by Karolin Meunier and Gerko Egert.

We are working on a longer publication - stay tuned!

Learning to Experiment, Sharing Techniques published in English
19. February 2023

Learning to Experiment, Sharing Techniques published in English

The introduction of our book Experimente lernen, Techniken tauschen was published in English. It is part of the wonderful collection First... Then, Repeat. Workshop Scripts in Practice by the Amsterdam-based collective Hackers and Designers. Thanks to Anja Groten for including us in this amazing book!

The text also includes the How-tos of Juli Reinartz, Feminist Health Care Research Group, Social Muscle Club and SenseLab/Brian Massumi. 

Check out the text as well as the entire book!

The Radical Teaching Workshop: Feminist Practices of Writing and Mapping
02. September 2022

The Radical Teaching Workshop: Feminist Practices of Writing and Mapping

September 23rd and 24th, 2022

More information here.

With: Wiki Riot Squad (Hannah Schmedes, Eva Königshofen, Lena Wassermeier), topsoil (Sofia Villena Araya, Deniz Kirkali and Amelie Wedel), From Where I Stand (Oona Lochner and Isabel Mehl) and Karolin Meunier.

During the two days we want to explore and test different forms of collective learning. The three workshops will focus on feminist practices of writing as ways of experimental knowledge production. There is a growing desire for many to leave traditional teaching institutions and their outdated formats of knowledge transmission in order to collectively share knowledge in a collective way. What other practices and techniques are available? How can we create new places to practice other ways of teaching and learning? Based on these questions, the three workshops are dedicated to different forms of feminist knowledge production. They not only draw on the long tradition of feminist practices of empowerment and consciousness raising, but also use speculative and artistic formats to realize a different kind of learning.

Concept: Gerko Egert

At Vierte Welt In coperation with nocturne – Plattform for experimental Knowledge Production

Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

We kindly ask all participants to wear a face mask during the workshops and follow the Covid19 regulation.


Vierte Welt

Kottbusser Tor im Zentrum Kreuzberg | Adalbertstr. 96 | Galerie 1.OG | 10999 Berlin
U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor | Linie U1 | U8 | U12 |  Ausgang Adalbertstraße


Friday, Sep. 23rd, 2022

13:00 – 17:00 How to Edit in Not-So-Open Sources: Wikipedia Workshop with @wiki_riot_squad

Saturday, Sep. 24th, 2022

 11:00 – 13:00 Workshop with topsoil (Sofia Villena Araya, Deniz Kirkali and Amelie Wedel)

You can join this event also via Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 874 4205 8743)

14:00 – 16:30 Wissen in Klammern. Ein Schreibworkshop mit From Where I Stand (Oona Lochner and Isabel Mehl)

17:00 – 18:00 Discussion (Host: Karolin Meunier)

You can also join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 890 8359 4927


Friday, Sep. 23rd, 2022

13:00 – 17:00

How to Edit in Not-So-Open Sources: Wikipedia Workshop with @wiki_riot_squad 

(Hannah Schmedes, Eva Königshofen, Lena Wassermeier)

 With the foundation of Wikipedia over 20 years ago, all the knowledge in the world was supposed to be collected in a space accessible to everyone. However, "open source" is not as open as intended. Who feels entitled to process and upload their knowledge as supposedly ‘neutral’ knowledge? The encyclopedists of the present are no longer called Diderot or d'Alembert but “geiserich75” or “hyperrolf”. Yet, up to today the world’s largest encyclopedic internet platform is white and male-dominated.

 Together we will look for loopholes and productive rule violations in Wikipedia and give you insights into structural problems of Wikipedia and, above all, tools to become active editors yourself.

The workshop will be in German and/or English.

Unfortunately, online participation is not possible.

 Please bring a laptop or other device for writing online.

Saturday, Sep. 24th, 2022

11:00 – 13:00

Mapping Encounters, Worksop with topsoil

(Sofia Villena Araya, Deniz Kirkali and Amelie Wedel)

You can join this event also via Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting

(Meeting ID: 874 4205 8743)

“Mapping Encounters” draws from one of the techniques which have proven central to our way of working as a collective: maps. Through maps, we think together and document our collaborative processes; we try to discern the different layers and conceptual densities while visualizing the diverse ways in which our thinking and sensibilities play out. 

For this hybrid workshop, we will offer that technique in order to share and reflect on the expectations, bodily sensations, questions, and thoughts that affect the collective configuration of learning spaces. We will work in small groups and build up layers of mapping the encounter of the workshop itself in dialogue with past (and possible future) learning experiences. 

topsoil is a transnational curatorial and research collective formed by Sofia Villena Araya, Deniz Kirkali and Amelie Wedel in 2017 in London. Based in San Jose, Istanbul and Berlin, together we seek to bring into conversation our various contextual and disciplinary perspectives by threading a notion of learning through friendship. Through prolonged conversation, we ask how to work and think with each other, prioritizing care and sensibility to what drives our research and practice. We initiate long-term collaborative research projects with thinkers and practitioners to collect methods and tools that help us move towards a shared ground while being attentive to specificities. 

The workshop will be in English.

Online participation possible. Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 874 4205 8743)

14:00 – 16:30

Bracketing Knowledge, Workshop with From Where I Stand

(Oona Lochner and Isabel Mehl)

Which knowledge matters – and why? This feminist question converges philosophical, questions with those of writing and everyday living. With its offensive contextualization of knowledge, feminist writing comes into conflict with a still powerful claim to objectivity in the sciences and the long tradition of backgrounding certain forms of knowledge by bracketing it. Pointing to one’s own entanglement with the object of knowledge (see Haraway et al.) draws attention to the situation of writing in all its social, bodily, and affective dimensions: Am I sitting in an office or at an improvised desk in my bedroom? Is a crying baby knocking on the door? What is my gaze interested in? What noise form do I hear in the background? What experiences and whose knowledge accompany me at my table?

Which knowledge matters is a negotiation that is not only theoretical, but is a battle fought in every text. Literally bracketing something can become a gesture of indeterminacy. It delays any judgment and gives one’s writing time to allow the different moments of knowledge to come into contact with each other, to sit back and wait for a (provisional) outcome.

With writing exercises and experiments, we want to investigate our writing, its conditions and omissions. Together we look at hierarchies of knowledge and rehearse our ability to work with ambivalences, disagreements, and the provisional.

The workshop will be in German and/or English.

Unfortunately, online participation is not possible.

17:00 – 18:00 


(Host: Karolin Meunier)

Join via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 890 8359 4927


Zukunft, gefaltet
Choreographien des Als-Ob

„Gründet Werkstätten!“ ist eine mögliche Antwort auf die aktuellen Anforderungen, die gerade die Geisteswissenschaften dazu auffordern, sich in politische Diskurse einzuschreiben und diese darüber mitzuschreiben oder mitzugestalten. Unterbrechungen und Neuanschlüsse, das Kurzschließen und Öffnen linearer Fort-Schriften scheint uns hierbei ein möglicher Modus.

Zukunft, gefaltet. Choreographien des als-ob ist das für den Moment im Zeichenhaften stillgestellte Ergebnis einer kollaborativ-experimentellen Schreib- und Denkwerkstatt, an der elf Wissenschaftler*innen und Künstler*innen beteiligt waren. Angelehnt an das surrealistische Spiel Cadavre exquis waren die Mitschreibenden gleichsam Mitfaltende, Unterbrechende wie Unterbrochene: Ausformulierte Ansätze wurden, getaktet und gezeittafelt, fortgeschrieben, letzte Sätze eingefaltet weitergegeben und mitgerissen, woraus sich neue Anschlüsse, lose Enden und schlussendlich neun Textskulpturen ergaben, die die Signatur einer verzweigten Textagentur tragen. Agierende waren dabei nicht allein die Autor*innen oder die flüchtige Autor*innengruppe, sondern ebenso die Spielregeln, die Post und deren Irrwege, die lose im Dazwischen hängenden Anschlüsse, usurpatorische Würfelspiele und nicht zuletzt das Herausgeber*innen-Kollektiv, das als schaltende und verwaltende Instanz aktiv-passiv mitschrieb und (ver-)formte.

Gestaltung und Satz: Ricarda Löser, Weimar
Korrektorat: Laura Kattwinkel
Druck: Buch- und Kunstdruckerei Keßler GmbH, Weimar
Umschlagherstellung: Buchbinderei Steinhagen, Weimar

Buchcover: Zukunft, gefaltet

Zukunft, gefaltet
Choreographien des Als-Ob

Hrsg. v. Martina Bengert, Jörg Dünne und Max Walther
1. Auflage 2021
ISBN: 978-3-00-069803-3

Die Printversion des Buches kann für 20€ plus Versandkosten bestellt werden.

Learning to Experiment, Sharing Techniques
A Speculative Handbook


This speculative handbook offers a variety of techniques for radical learning and teaching. It includes specific instructions, experiences, and theoretical reflections. The texts participate in a conception of mediation that (re)introduces collaborative experimentation.


Learning and unlearning take place in the seminar room, in workshops, at festivals, in corridors, parks, and the city. The book includes texts and instructions on film essays, collages, bank robberies, the university of the dead, wild writing, conceptual speed dating, neurodiverse learning, format thinking, the theater of care, the writing lab, the body strike.


Design and typesetting: Ricarda Löser, Weimar

Proofreading: Ivana Buhl

Printing: Buch- und Kunstdruckerei Keßler GmbH, Weimar

Buchcover: Learning to Experiment, Sharing Techniques

Learning to Experiment, Sharing Techniques
A Speculative Handbook

Edited by Julia Bee and Gerko Egert
ISBN: 978-3-00-066190-7

To order a copy of the book please sent us an email.