MPA–HUB: A TEMPORARY HOUSE OF PERFORMANCE ART
Photos courtesy: Holzmarkt + Showcase Beat Le Mot
DingDongDom – Das Theater der Zukunft ist ein Projekt von Showcase Beat Le Mot in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Holzmarkt und dem HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Gefördert durch den Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – kulturelle Angelegenheiten und den Haupstadtkulturfonds. Idee, Planung und Umsetzung: Showcase Beat Le Mot + Martin Kaltwasser.
OPENING HOURS: Everyday from approx 11:00am until the last one standing…
PLEASE NOTE THE MPA-HUB IS CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS: May 8, 9, 10 and May 21, 22, 23
Throughout May, we will host a special series of events at the MPA-HUB: the HOUSE OF PERFORMANCE ART set up especially for MPA–B’s 4th edition as a blueprint for a potential permanent structure dedicated to independent performance art practices in Berlin.
The MPA-HUB will be installed on the site of the DINGDONGDOM – Das Theater der Zukunft, a temporary structure on the Holzmarkt compound along the Spree river, built from shipping containers and old windows by the performance theatre group Showcase Beat le Mot, architect Martin Kaltwasser and countless volunteers, including the MPA–B Co-Labourers. The transitory character of the building is a perfect match for the ephemeral nature of performance art.
As well as its regular curated 2014 programme, information centre and lounge, every morning and mid-afternoon the MPA–HUB will also host spontaneous actions and coordinated activities that will evolve in a relaxed studio-style working atmosphere.
It is the first time in its 4-year history that MPA–B takes up residence in a dedicated space, and we would like to warmly invite everyone to join us, to witness and to become involved in the day-to-day unravelling of MPA–B 2014.
Each day the MPA–B programme for that specific day, will be drawn up and revised during DAILY PLANNING BREAKFAST MEETINGS. These will be followed by LAW WRITING SESSIONS which, starting from the curatorial manifesto that was initiated during MPA–B 2013, will focus on the possibilities for re-editing that initial “book of rules” and turning it into a draft of “best practice for curating performance art”.
During afternoon PUBLIC TALKS and TRY-OUTS, the MPA-B 2014 co-labourers, artists and organisers will talk about and/or show what they intend to do, or have done during the month. This will be an intimate platform for conversations and exchanges, and a gathering opportunity for all the people involved in MPA–B, as well as those interested in finding out more about the minds and processes at work in the making of the Month of Performance Art–Berlin.
From a simple reading list, the READING GROUP SESSIONS will build an imaginary library for the MPA–HUB. This common library will grow with each reading session during the month of May with material proposed by participants and their guests. And ad-hoc MPA–HUB STUDIO sessions will present a highly subjective insider report from one of the MPA–B’S co-labourers and their central guest of the week, about the MPA–B programme and its participants.
These types of investigations will also continue in the form of regular MPA–PODCASTS which will be mixed on site and streamed online, and which audiences can participate in by contributing with their very own reflections of what they have experienced during the course of May.