2015 MAY 15

FRIDAY MAY 15, 2015

ONGOING LONG-DURATION PROJECTS:
May 11-18 : THE ARTIST IS WORKING by Margaret Dragu
May 12-29:  THIS IS [TO TELL IT AS] IT: MPA━B  ANTHOLOGY (2011-2015) SOUND PLANTby The Committee on Publicness
May 12-18: KBB – OFFICE FOR ARTISTIC NEEDS (AT GRUENTALER9)

ROAMING THE CITY I

PERFORMANCE

TIME: 14:00 -16:00
LOCATION: Volkspark Humdoldthaim (starting in Rose Garden in northeast corner)
ENTRANCE: Free
CURATED BY: Hélène Lefebvre / Supported by Performer Stammtisch www.performerstammtisch.de
Photo Credit: Gilles Simard.

A performance capturing the potential and sensibilities of daily life in Berlin. This material will feed into the final presentation “Projecting the Unforeseen” (May 21st).

ARTIST:
Hélène Lefebvre

EXDRESS: TRAUMA, EXCLUSION AND INCLUSION

PERFORMANCES AND PANEL DISCUSSION

TIME: 15:30-21:00
LOCATION: Meinblau e.V. (MPA-HUB) Haus 5D, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119, www.meinblau.de
ENTRANCE: 3€
CURATED BY: Adi Liraz & Sanija Kulenovic, exdress-blog.tumblr.com
Photo Credit:Bareket Minuskin

Displaced from their homelands because of war, Sanija Kulenovic and Adi Liraz – respectively of Muslim and Jewish heritage – have been commemorating and exploring their intimate and collective memories, and the regenerative power of shaping new personal histories, through a series of public interventions. These feature two dresses which are interwoven, exchanged and dissolved, interconnecting and bounding also with their surrounding and the viewers/participants, thus creating web-like structures that give life to new narratives.

Both artists are in relation to divided societies:
They both live and work in Berlin, the formerly divided city, where they are experiencing exclusion in different private and professional ways: based on their Jewish and Muslim background and based on their gender and their decision to become mothers. The female experience of pain and overcoming it plays a main role in this performance. Being trapped in a costume that does not allow a woman to be who she is, while playing the role that is expected from her in the society.

Both artists were displaced from their homelands due to war: Liraz is a descendant of Jewish survivors of World War II. She left her homeland in the Middle East voluntarily in order to escape the local injustice which this time made her part of the hegemonic structure. She expresses her experience of exile and the memories of her home(s) by weaving in a never ending process of taking apart and weaving again. This is Liraz´s red yarn hand-made knitted dress.

The white dress of the Bosnian Kulenovic consists of traditional Bosnian women’s headscarves and white armbands. These substances symbolize the events of 31 May 1992 in the Bosnian town of Prijedor, when the ruling ethnic group ordered all the others (mostly Muslims), to mark themselves with white armbands to facilitate the ethnical cleansing of the area.

In ExDress, Kulenovic and Liraz, moving like spiders, pull the red and white threads out of their dresses and connect the audience and/or the surroundings to each other. Together they are creating a new organism, a new-born composition of a web. When the fabric is being dissolved, we experience both liberation and detachment of a past that adheres to us, always accompanied by a painful process. Contrary to the experience of exclusion, the participants and viewers experience a ritual of community building, while the thread spans not only between the participants but also between the locations of the performance.

During the Month of Performance Art- Berlin, 2015, as a part of a new embodied common thread, various international artists and theorists were invited to take and contribute their story and their part of a common web which will be created especially for this occasion.

PROGRAMME AND ARTISTS
15:30-17:30
Inna Krasnoper: Re-directing intention
lo bil: Exigency Excogitator
Holly Timpener: When I Became a Woman
Sophie Fenella
Roberta Orlando: Tangled Thread
Adriana Disman
—17:30-17:50 Break
17:50-19:00
Lorene Bouboushian: The Fattened Refugee
Karina Villavicencio: Loss of continuity
Nine Yamamoto – Masson: Inextinguishable Fires
—19:00-19:30 Break
19:30-21:00
Sanija Kulenovic & Adi Liraz: ExDress
Panel discussion: Body, Trauma, Exclusion and Inclusion, With Armeghan Taheri, Saima Mirvic-Rogge, Sanija Kulenovic and Sultan Doughan
Installation by Moran Sanderovich: Map woman
As a result, new roots and veins are connecting us all and a new personal and collective her/history is born.
FACEBOOK EVENT
www.facebook.com/events/1569468699978893/
For more details about ExDress project:
exdress-blog.tumblr.com
exdress-berlin@gmail.com

WAITING FOR A MIRACLE

SITE-SPECIFIC ACTION

TIME: 12:00 (there is no end time)
LOCATION:  Embassy of the United States of America, Pariser Platz 2, 10117, Berlin, https://goo.gl/maps/ajPyw
CURATED BY: Aleks Slota www.aleksslota.com
Photo Credit: Aleks Slota

Throughout the week of 11th-17th of May I will visit various locations that are associated with political power and wait for a miracle. By miracle I mean some sort of tangible and instant improvement in the quality and effectiveness of governance (I retain the right to define a miracle as I please).
The performance consists of me arriving at the location and waiting, there is no specific duration for each wait period. When I get bored, lose “faith”, or if I simply have something better to do I leave. Each performance will be documented with a selfie type photo, taken so that I and the object of interest are in the frame. At the end of May the photos will be exhibited, including any evidence of a miracle occurring.

ARTIST:
Aleks Slota www.aleksslota.com

MPÄ ANTHÖLOGY::::::::: GRÜNTALER9 FRIDÄY SÜPPERCLÜB

SITE-SPECIFIC FOOD SIT-IN-AND-OUT

TIME: 21:00-open end
LOCATION: Grüntaler9, Grüntaler Strasse 9, 13357 www.gruentaler9.com
ENTRANCE: Donation for food & drinks
CURATED BY: Grüntaler9  www.gruentaler9.com
Photo Credit: Teena Lange

On Mäy 1st & 15th & 29th from 21h onwards ::::::::: MPÄ Anthölogy ::::::::: Grüntaler9 Fridäy Süpperclüb
Every second Fridäy from 21h Grüntaler9 invites to the Süpperclüb ::::::::: all are welcome!
Jüst come in, häng out, reläx after performing & witnessing all week, enjöy some homecooked food & häve a drink ::::::::: it’s as simple as thät. Get together.
Every second Fridäy in May Grüntaler9 artists, friends, associates or guests will cook with love :::::::::

Food & drinks by donätion only.

ps: You would love to cook or help cooking? Pls contact Grüntaler9 with your preferred date: info@gruentaler9.com