Bibliothek im August

Every year the festival artists select three books that are important to their work and their way of thinking. The Bibliothek im August library at HAU2 will be open from Thurdays to Sundays from 16:00h–21:00h to the audience. Come by and browse the shelves, meet with other festival-goers and share your festival experiences with each other.

Opening Times 2022
Thu–Sun 16:00–21:00

Inventory 2016–2022

Book recommendations 2021

Adam Linder

Robert Fairer, Claire Wilcox | "Alexander McQueen: Unseen"

Jean Genet | "The Balcony"

Shahryar Nashat | “Keep Begging“

Amala Dianor

Hamadou Hampâté Bâ | "Amkoulel l’enfant Peul – Mémoires"

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker | "Incarner une abstraction"

Byström Källblad

Barbara Ehrenreich | "Dancing in the streets"

Leslie Kern | "Feminist City"

Cristina Caprioli

Peggy Phelan Unmarked | "The Politics of Performance“

Pier Paolo Pasolini | “Petrolio“

Clarice Lispector | “Family Ties Cristina Caprioli“

Daina Ashbee

Louise Hay | “You can heal your life“

Deepak Chopra | “Total Meditation“

Elle Sofe Sara

Rauna Kuokkanen | "Restructuring Relations – Indigenous Self-Determination, Governance, and Gender"

Eeva-Kristiina, Outi Harlin, Pieski | “The Ládjogahpir – The Foremothers’ Hat of Pride“

Ailton Krenak | “Ideas to Postpone the End of the World“

Faye Driscoll

Meghan O’Rourke | "The Long Goodbye: A Memoir“

Frédérick Gravel

Henri Laborit | "Éloge de la fuite"

Miguel Benasayag, Angélique Del Rey | "De l‘engagement dans une époque obscure"

Jefta van Dinther

Mladen Dolar | "A Voice and Nothing More"

Agota Kristof | “The Illiterate“

Merlin Sheldrake | "An Entangled Life"


Luis Buñuel | "Mein letzter Seufzer"

Andre Bretón | "El Arte mágico by Andre Bretón"

Octavio Paz Luis Buñuel | “El doble arco de la belleza y de la rebeldía“

Maija Hirvanen

Alexis Pauline Gumbs | "Dub – Finding Ceremony"

María Puig de la Bellacasa | "Matters of Care – Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds"

Merlin Sheldrake | "An Entangled Life"


Helen Gilbert, Dalisa Pigram, Rachael Swain | “Marrugeku: Telling That Story“ 

Behrouz Boochani | “No Friend But the Mountains. Writing from Manus Prison“

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson | "As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance"

Martha Hincapié Charry

Carlos Castaño Uribe | “Chiribiquete, La Maloka Cósmica de los Hombres Jaguar.“

Mette Ingvartsen

Kélina Gotman: Choreomania | "Dance and Disorder"

Jean Luc Nancy | "Techno: an Artistic and Political Laboratory of the Present

Jean Teulé | “Entrez dans la danse“

Pichet Klunchun

Yuval Noah Harari | "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind"

Norbert Wiener | "Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine Book"

Pichet Klunchun | "No. 60"

Robyn Orlin

AdrienneSichel | "Body politics: fingerprinting south african contemporary dance"

Sylvia ‘Magogo’ Glasser | "Tranceformations and Transformations: Ancient rock art comes alive through contemporary dance!"

Hans Kemp | "Bikes of Burden"

Sebastian Matthias

James Bridle | "New dark age, Technology and the End of the Future"
Felix Stalder | “Kultur der Digitalität"
Mila Pavicevic | "Dance by Other Means"

Trajal Harrell

Rebecca Walter | "Black, White and Jewish – Autobiography of Shifting Self"

Justin Vivian Bond Tango | "My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heals"

Gerard Mayen | "De marche en danse dans la pièce Déroutes."

Gerard Mayen | "Danseurs contemporains du Burkina Faso: écritures,…


Warsan Shire | "Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head"

Rutger Bregman | "Im Grunde gut. Eine neue Geschichte der Menschheit | Stephen Hawking: Kurze Antworten auf große Fragen"

Jonathan Burrows | "A Choreographer‘s Handbook"

Toni Morrison | "Sehr blaue Augen"

Photo credits: Adam Linder © Shahryar Nashat | Amala Dianor © JéromeBonnet | Byström Källblad © Tina Axelsson | Cristina Caprioli © Maryam Barari | DainaAshbee © Patrice Mathieu | Elle Sofe Sara © TS FotoDesign | Faye Driscoll © Space Photo Maria Baranova | Jefta van Dinther © NinaAndersson | Frédérick Gravel © Yako (Jean-Christophe Yacono) | Marcos Morau © VanesaGomez | Maija Hirvanen © Aki-Pekka Sinikoski | Marrugeku © Michael Jalaru Torres | Martha Hincapié Charry © Phil Dera | Mette Ingvartsen © Bea Borgers | © Pichet Klunchun | Robyn Orlin © Maïwenn Rebours | © Sebastian Matthias | Trajal Harrell © Bea Borgers | © URBAN FEMINISM

Book recommendations 2021

Anne Nguyen

Richard Dawkins | “The Selfish Gene”

Eric Hoffer | “The True Believer – Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements”

Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Haidt | “The Coddling of the American Mind – How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure”

Milla Koistinen

Barbara Ehrenreich | “Dancing in the Streets – A History of Collective Joy”

Jules Evans | “The Art of Losing Control – A Philosopher’s Search for Ecstatic Experience”

Minna Salami | “Sensuous Knowledge – A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone”

Constanza Macras

Roland Barthes | “Rhetoric of the image” [in: Image, Music, Text / Essays]

Roland Barthes | “Rhetorik des Bildes” [In: Der entgegenkommende und der stumpfe Sinn]

Colette Sadler

Vyjayanthi Venuturupalli Rao, Prem Krishnamurthy, Carin Kuoni | “Speculation, Now – Essays and Artwork”

Jim Clarke | “Visions of the Future – Dream Narratology in (Proto)Science Fiction”

Ben Vickers, Allado-McDowell | “Atlas of Anomalous AI”

James Batchelor

Hannah Dorita | “Event-Space: Theatre Architecture and the Historical Avant-Garde”

Sally Banes, Andre Lepecki | “The Senses in Performance”

Andrew Hewitt | “Social Choreography – Ideology as Performance in Dance and Everyday Movement”

Emma Batchelor | “Now That I See You”

Ayelen Parolin

Pilar Sordo | "Educar para sentir, sentir para educar"

Yuval Noah Harari | “Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind”

Henri Bergson | "Laughter"


Tatjana Mahlke
Jonathan Burrows | “A Choreographer’s Handbook”

Johanna Adelsberger
Erich Fromm | “Escape from Freedom”

Laura Kassé
Peter Kirn, Ernie Rideout | “Keyboard Presents the Evolution of Electronic Dance Music”

Chiara Bersani

Laura Pugno | “In Territorio Selvaggio – corpo, romanzo, comunità”

Richard McGuire | “Here (Hier)”

Giacinto Scelsi | “Viaggio al centro del suono”

Thiago Granato

Suely Rolnik | “Esferas de la Insurrección – Apuntes para descolonizar el inconsciente”

Brandon LaBelle “ Sonic Agency – Sound and Emergent Forms of Residence”

R. Murray Schafer | “The Soundscape – Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World”

Dorothée Munyaneza

Tejo Cole, Fazal Sheikh | “Human Archipelago”

Béata Umubyeyi Mairesse | “Tous tes enfants dispersés”

Conceição Evaristo | “Insoumises – Un portrait magistral de la fraternité entre femmes noires”

Dorothée Munyaneza

Angela Davis | “Femme, Race et Classe”

Bernardine Evaristo | “Girl, Woman, Other”

E. Patrick Johnson | “Honeypot – Black Southern Women Who Love Women”

Stephanie Thiersch & Brigitta Muntendorf

Jane Bennett | “Vibrant Matter – A Political Ecology of Things”

Judith Schalansky | “Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln”

Ursula K. Le Guin | “Erdsee-Saga”

Arthur O. Lovejoy | ”The great chain of beings – A Study of the History of an Idea”

Michael Schindhelm | “Walter Spies – Ein…

Choy Ka Fai

Rob Nieuwenhuys | “Met freemde ogen”

Teri Silvio | “Puppets, Gods and Brands – Theorizing the Age of Animation from Taiwan”

Paul Bijl | “Emerging Memory – Photographs of Colonial Atrocity in Dutch Cultural Remembrance”

Radouan Mriziga

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay | “Potential History – Unlearning Imperialism”

Boaventura de Sousa Santos | “Epistemologies of the South”

Gaston Bachelard | “The Poetics of Space”

Amanda Piña

Gloria Anzaldúa | “Borderlands / La Frontera – The New Mestiza”

Amanda Piña, Angela Vadori | “Endangered Human Movements – Vol.3. The School of the Jaguar”

Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa | “This Bridge Called My Back – Writings by Radical Women of Color”

Lea Moro

Hélène Druver, Emmanuelle Grundmann | “Ozeane – Die Wunderbare Welt der Meere”

Donna Haraway | “Staying with the Trouble – Making kin in the Chthulucene”

Anna Tsing, Nils Bubandt, Elaine Gan, Heather Swanson | “Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet”

Image credits: Lea Moro © Tina Ruisinger | Anne Nguyen © Philippe Gramard | Milla Koistinen © Lennart Laberenz | Constanza Macras © Thomas Aurin | Colette Sadler © Mikko Gaestel | James Batchelor © Morgan Hickinbotham | Ayelen Parolin © Floris van Cauwelaert | URBAN FEMINISM © Nicole Kufeld / Shuto Crew | Chiara Bersani © Alan Chies | Thiago Granato © Sebastian Gabsch | Dorothée Munyaneza © Richard Schroeder | Stephanie Thiersch & Brigitta Muntendorf © Martin Rottenkolber | Choy Ka Fai © Katja Illner | Radouan Mriziga © Bea Borgers | Amanda Piña © Patrick Van Vlerken