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23.06. – 18.08.2018

[statement & dialogue V]

the dead are losing or how to ruin an exhibition

Alchemist in Residence: Pablo Schlumberger
Author in Residence: Max Wallenhorst

With works by Henry Wilde (aka Antonia Baehr), Tom Engels, Bryana Fritz, Neo Hülcker (aka Prof. Puppy), Catalina Insignares, Franziska Lantz, Raimundas Malašauskas, Carolina Mendonça, Luzie Meyer, Arantxa Martinez, Paz Rojo, Pablo Schlumberger, Mårten Spångberg, Else Tunemyr, Max Wallenhorst – curated by Christopher Weickenmeier

The ruin of the Franciscan monastery-church, situated in the historical and present heart of Berlin, constitutes a singular example of medieval architecture. Its long, varied and eventful history reflects that of Germany’s capital. Under the heading of [statement & dialogue], contemporary artists are invited to open up new perspectives on this historical landmark. With the exhibition »the dead are losing or how to ruin an exhibition« expands on the current program by placing an emphasis on performance art. In the summer of 2018, for the first time various representatives of the contemporary performance and dance scene are invited to work with the temporal and spatial particularities of the ruin.

The exhibition focuses on a genre that is quickly associated with a present contemporaneity. Placed in the ruinous architecture of the Klosterruine it is brought into a paradoxical constellation. »the dead are losing« deals with this paradox by playfully declaring itself a ruin. The exhibition thus constitutes a speculative-fictional space, in which performances – cast into coins – age and are ultimately ruined. The border between what is exhibition and what is performance, what is then and what is now and what is real and what is imagined, is purposely blurred in a curatorial-alchemical riddle.

Saturday, 23th June 2018 – 8 pm
Henry Wilde (aka Antonia Baehr) & Neo Hülcker (aka Prof. Puppy) – TENTACULUS OHRI Arantxa Martinez & Paz Rojo – DOING DANCE [based in the movement practice developed by the choreographer Paz Rojo in her piece ECLIPSE:MUNDO]

In doing dance, the choreographers and dancers Arantxa Martinez and Paz Rojo explore the dark side of dance, absentminded and curiously unmoved. At the same time, one audience member at a time becomes an owl, listening to animals sounds of a different nature, produced live by the performance artist Antonia Baehr/Henry Wilde and the composer*Neo Hülcker.

Saturday, 7th July 2018 – 10.28 pm
Catalina Insignares & Carolina MendonçaUSELESS LAND

useless land is a workshop, conceived of and led by the choreographers Carolina Mendonça and Catalina Insignares. Running all night, they facilitate a community of people both asleep and awake, working with the audience and listening to a space neither here nor there.

Saturday, 21th July 2018 – 8 pm
Tom Engels & Bryana Fritz – LEAVING PALERMO Franziska Lantz – ELASTIC BODY WAVES Raimundas Malašauskas – LIKE

The author and editor Tom Engels and the choreographer and writer Bryana Fritz continue to bend genres with leaving palermo, writing alongside Palermo, at once a city, at once a lover. Performing as sculpting sound and speaking text. The musician and artist Franziska Lantz creates in elastic body waves a sound that permeates both body and stone, a sound permanently at risk of taking on a life of its own. In his performance like Raimundas Malašauskas speaks a text that will simultaneously speak him. He says of himself that he thinks what he eats: fungus.

Saturday, 4th August 2018 – 8 pm
Luzie Meyer – CALL HER MILK SPILL HER NO USE CRYING HANG HER

Luzie Meyer’s artistic practice combines sound, performance, film and text. In call her milk spill her no use crying hang her Meyer presents old and new works and reflects on the impossibility of desire, authorship and a self that is stuck in a continuous struggle to know itself.

Saturday, 11th . August 2018 – 8 pm
Mårten SpångbergARRANGEMENTS/MANDARIN DUCKS

With arrangements / mandarin ducks the Swedish choreographer Mårten Spångberg shows a dance that is a series of superimpositions, which lingers with details and never settles. arrangements / mandarin experiments with a formalism that dissolves into the night.

Saturday, 18th August 2018 – 8 pm
Else Tunemyr – ALLTING NU

With allting nu the choreographer Else Tunemyr continues her exploration of passive and weary bodies. Allting nu is a dance where the dancers - united in quiet singing – continuously labor to withdraw ever deeper.

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