MONDAY, MAY 5
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LET’S WASTE TIME
“Thinking is done with a stopwatch, as dining is done with the eyes fixed on the financial newspaper; we live like men who are continually afraid of letting opportunities slip. Better do anything whatever than nothing’”
Happily and consciously contravene the utilitarian paradigm, the unspoken urge for self-optimization and the economization of your lifetime. The public plaza in front of Berlin’s central station at Hauptbahnhof is ideal, with a huge clock at your back to demonstrate against self-exploitation and for an increased lack of discipline. A busy Monday morning: Three chairs, three egg timers, passers-by, 10, 20, 40 minutes or more to waste.
DING DONG DAWDLE
All are welcome to join these experimental sessions, offering time & space to explore the landscape/environment of the HUB and its surroundings. We will focus on somatic experience & sensory perception. These dawdles are a way to familiarize and inhabit the space, collaborating through guided improvisation.
WORKING THE ROOM
PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE, VIDEO INSTALLATION
Working the Room is a participatory performance piece in which visitors are invited to join the artist in a handshake. The artist will erect a temporary space within the HUB complex where hand shakes will be conducted and filmed in order to compile a video montage of social exchange. The work is part of the artist’s continuing research into the behavioural codes and rituals of artistic professionalism.
Beth Dillon bethdillon.com
Performer Stammtisch is a network of independent performance artists, founded by Jörn J. Burmester and active in Berlin since 2003. For ten years, Performer Stammtisch has hosted regular meetings, presenting performances by more than 130 artists. Today Stammtisch focuses on discussing issues relating to the art form and the development of the performance art scene in Berlin and beyond.
PERFORMER STAMMTISCH: AUCTION ACHTUNG!
PERFORMANCE ART AUCTION
AUCTION ACHTUNG! is a brokering service event for live artists to sell their work on an open and global market and to a culturally adept audience at MPA-B. Two British artists, Adam Young & Sara Zaltash, create the auction in an effort to bring focus to the issues faced by artists more concerned with the production of ephemeral art than the residual artifacts that are left behind. More than simple intellectual property or commodity, the live artist is able to offer art that must be encountered and experienced at the moment of its production. What value does this hold? What are the rights of an artist? What are they worth? Who is protecting their value?
In AUCTION ACHTUNG, artists are asked to draw up their own contracts and terms of sale for their work. AUCTION ACHTUNG! includes an open worldwide call for artists wanting to sell their live work at auction. It is the first of a series of annual events set out to give artists the power to call the shots on how and to who their live art is sold.