WE ARE THE MONTH OF PERFORMANCE ART–BERLIN AND THIS IS OUR 4TH EDITION RUNNING FROM MAY 1-31, 2014
We are a collaborative platform dedicated to supporting, promoting and intersecting Berlin’s independent, contemporary and experimental performance art scene.
We are an alliance of performance art makers (the CO-LABOURER) who, in May, will present a wide-range of curatorial initiatives and art works, which have been weaved together into this month-long programme.
MPA-B 2014 has been built from the ground up. We have all shared basic administrative and production tasks to sustain the overall
MPA–B framework, as well as developing projects reflecting our individual approaches to performance art making.
MPA–B 2014 should be seen as an aggregate framework, a “whole formed by combining several separate elements” or “a material or structure formed from a mass of fragments or particles loosely compacted together”, and as a research project into new models and strategies for the making and presentation of independent performance art works.
MPA–B is a non-funded initiative.
Our symbol this year is the engine of a motorcycle in the process of being assembled.
“There’s no friendly motorcycle mechanic on the other side of those rocks and I’m wondering if we’re ready for this. If anything goes wrong now we’re in real trouble. I check the engine temperature with my hand. It’s reassuringly cool. I put in the clutch and let it coast for a second in order to hear it idling. Something sounds funny and I do it again. It takes a while to figure out that it’s not the engine at all. There’s an echo from the bluff ahead that lingers after the throttle is closed. Funny.” Extract from “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values” (1974) by Robert M. Pirsig
MPA–B’S 4TH EDITION WAS JOINTLY ASSEMBLED BY
Adria Chilcote, Adrian Brun, Aleks Slota, Anaïs Héraud, Camilla Graff Junior, Demi Nandhra, Dirk Thorwarth, Dovrat Meron, Edgar Khandzratyan, Elisa Fabia Schoenherr, Emanuelle Nedelcu, Emilio Rapanà, Emily Rocher, Eva Giannakopoulou, Eva Schmidhuber, Florian Feigl, Francesca Romana Ciardi, Franziska van Nguyen, Greg McLaren, Hector Canonge, Ian Whitford, Ilya Noe, Joel Verwimp, Jörn J Burmester, Julia Gebauer, Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy, Lala Nomada, Lan Hungh, Leen Horsford, Lise Mignon, Marcel Sparmann, Mathilde Walter, Melanie Jame Wolf, Mi You, Michael Steger, Nathalie Fari, Olga Shonova, Philip Brehse, Rachel Rits-Volloch, Rebecca Weeks, Richard Rabensaat, Shelley Etkin, Stefan Riebel and Teena Lange
MPA-B 2014 BLOGGERS AND GUEST WRITERS
Paula Chesley, Mette Garfield, Lita Rán Senne, Ai-Chi Liu, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Emma Sofie Møller, Demi Nandhra, Susanne Schuda, Louise Trueheart, Cindy Yeh, Tina Krogh Madsen, Philip Kevin Brehse
Zitty Berlin, Berlin Art Link, Artconnect Berlin, a.muse and Spreaker.com
SPECIAL THANKS TO
MARTIN KALTWASSER, LUCY, DAVID, JAKOB, SHOWCASE BEAT LE MOT and HOLZMARKT for putting a roof over our heads. To WEST GERMANY, OPENSPACE32 and PER ASPERA PRODUCTIONS for hosting our fundraising, opening and closing bashes. ESPIN BOWDER for always being there, no matter what. To the ever-expanding MPA–B tribe of LONERS, MAVERICKS, PURISTS, PROVOCATEURS, CONCEPTUALIST, RISK-TAKERS and VISIONARIES and to the myriad of independent SPACES, NON-SPACES and IN-BETWEENS, for blazing a trail with us for the past four years. MPA–B derives from you and thrives with you.
MPA–B / APAB
The Month of Performance Art–Berlin is a non-funded, non-profit, citywide and month-long platform in collaboration with the ASSOCIATION FOR PERFORMANCE ART IN BERLIN (APAB) www.apa-b.org