2013 STEPHANIE HANNA

Curated by Stephanie Hanna
http://www.stephaniehanna.de

Three some-things – thoughts, feelings, observations – taking place on consecutive Saturdays in a side window of a Neukölln department store. Three some-ones – artists, performers, beings – pose urgent questions to themselves and the public about the duality of inner and outer perception, economic market functionality and / or aesthetic sensitivity. The window space is located between the shopping areas of Karl-Marx-Straße and Sonnenallee in Neukölln. It offers nothing for sale, just a platform for artistic experiments that rather casually connect with everyday environments and the neighbourhood.

11
SAT

TIME: 16:00-18:00
ENTRANCE: donations welcome
WHERE: donauXganghofer Ganghofer Str. 6, 12043, across the street of Stadtbad Neukölln near U7 Rathaus Neukölln or Karl-Marx-Straße | donaugang.wordpress.com

Picture

Photo Credits: Stephanie Hanna

NO SHOW
Stephanie Hanna

Visual artist Stephanie Hanna is in the window space, acting “normal” for whatever that means.
Employing the window pane as canvas, she will add and substract paint, opening and closing view points.
Gradually, the windows become illustrated by her observations and perceptions.The public is invited to paint from the outside. Can we melt the boundaries between producer and consumer,
artist and audience, inside and outside?
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Fotografer: Zé de Paiva
Sound Collage: Blind Tape Quartetts No. 2 and 23 / Luka Ivanovic feat. various artists
Live Sound Collage: Sven Bernsmeister
Sound advice: Heidrun Schramm


18
SAT

TIME: 16:00-18:00
ENTRANCE: donations welcome
WHERE: donauXganghofer Ganghofer Str. 6, 12043, across the street of Stadtbad Neukölln near U7 Rathaus Neukölln or Karl-Marx-Straße | donaugang.wordpress.com

RESEARCH FOR EXTENDING RECIPROCITY
Shannon Cooney

Extending Reciprocity, a new production by Shannon Cooney, will examine empathetic responses when one spectator witnesses another, in close contact with the performer, who will rock, embrace or sway them in the rhythm of the craniosacral system (a vital system in the body with a slow rhythmical impulse and low resonance).

For Neukölln’s window, this will be documented both by video and in hand-out surveys given to the passer-by public to fill out and leave for the installation.

This is an early stage of the work, and will serve both as an interesting interactive performance as well as gathering material and documentation for the future production in November 2013. In line with Shannon Cooney’s teaching and dance making practices where she weaves somatic work with performance. One can read more on her website at www.shannoncooney.org to follow the creation details.


25
SAT

TIME: 16:00-18:00
ENTRANCE: donations welcome
WHERE: donauXganghofer Ganghofer Str. 6, 12043, across the street of Stadtbad Neukölln near U7 Rathaus Neukölln or Karl-Marx-Straße | donaugang.wordpress.com

SUPPER III
Alexine Chanel
Curated by Stephanie Hanna in collaboration with Ariane Blankenburg | www.projektartport.blogspot.pt

After the start of the series in 2009, Supper III marks the end of a three-part performance by French artist Alexine Chanel. Chanel led the viewer into Supper I and II with an ironic, sometimes parodic approach to the world of lies and illusions of the bourgeoisie and etiquette. In Supper III, the artist analyzes and pointedly dissects the art world. Twelve dinner guests, all artists, take part in a 12-course meal. The items on the menu are all fake and composed of sculptures of increasing size, coloured and organized in the order of the spectrum of light. The 12 supper guests will be served by four curators. In addition, this menu plan will be orchestrated around the popular children’s birthday party game of ‘musical chairs’, the dinner guests compete for the remaining open seats. With each course served, one chair-less guest artist is kicked out. The colours stand metaphorically for the bending and breaking of the guests. The game culminates in an opulent transparent dessert in the shape of a pyramid, which, like the accumulation of the spectral colours, yields pure light and is left only for the winner of the last seat to eat. In this scenario, Chanel powerfully illustrates the cut and thrust of the art world. It is no illusion that the art world functions just as cruelly and as market-oriented as life in our society in general. As in Darwin’s concept of ‘Survival of the Fittest’, it makes sense to examine the strategies used

 by artists as they compete between themselves to gain the attention of galleries and curators, not to mention collectors. It is a rivalry of showiness, flattery and courting/wooing. This is illustrated by the dance for attention at the dinner table, whereby the participants move ever closer to the narrow tip of success, often without regard for their peers. Who will prevail? Is it the friendly, sincere and hard-working? Is it the courageous or the trickster? Who likes whom? Everyone knows the Art Market has its own rules.

These 12 chosen artists sit at the table on behalf of the thousands of mostly impoverished artists living in Berlin, and partake in this Last Supper, the last meal for most, confronted by only four curators. The meal starts with a very simple, small dish of almost nothing: blue glitter soup. But as the number of guests is whittled down, so the dishes served become bigger and more decadent until the climax is reached in an enormous pyramid cake for the winner of this cruel, satirical game. This supper is not about culinary delight but about winning the game and achieving the prize of success. In fact, the participants taking the rounds are in a certain way just as fake as the menu. The event is part of Berlin’s Month of Performance Art and can be watched by the interested public through the shop windows at the back of the Karlstadt department store, at the art space of Stephanie Hanna. A further highlight of this event is that the menu will be presented outside on a display, with all of its allegorically titled courses and with the possibility of actually ordering the 12 courses. However, whatever the order, the guests will only receive bratwurst. Not all that glitters is gold!

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