2015 MAY 18

MONDAY MAY 18, 2015

ONGOING LONG-DURATION PROJECTS:
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)

PERIPHERAL VISIONS

PERFORMANCE

TIME: 20:00-onwards
LOCATION: Plateau Gallery 7th and 8th Floor of the Greenhouse Berlin, Gottlieb-Dunkel Str. 43 /44, 12099
ENTRANCE: 3-6€
CURATED BY: Alexa Wilson  cargocollective.com/alexawilson
Photo Credit: Leigh Fitzjames, Matthew George Richard Ward, photoshop by Samin Son

Peripheral Visions was an invitation to interested artists, theorists and activists in being involved in a performance/dialogue across technologies from cultural peripheries and will be a live collaboration between Alexa Wilson (Berlin/NZ based NZ artist) and Samin Son (NZ based Korean performance artist). These artists have been invited from the cultural peripheries from centres of power in the world to say what they would like from the peripheries to the power centres, in this case Berlin, Germany, 2015.

Artists contribute questions, statements, and conversations from a position of geographical and cultural peripherality in the forms of performance art instructions (for the performers present), speech/statement, dance, questions, sound/music or any other provocations or interactivity for Alexa Wilson and Samin Son or the audience.

The work and collaboration self consciously draws attention to the following relational power dynamics and concepts. It draws upon the internet and technology to heighten both distance and intimacy between cultures, by having performance, sound, video artists, activists and theorist contributors speak from the peripheries to a centre of power without having to be there and in fact heightening the distinction between ‘being there’ and ‘not being there’.

The work questions in its very structure the concept of speaking from the ‘outside’ to the ‘inside’, by facilitating this process through 2 performance artists from the cultural peripheries (NZ and Korea).

In the offering of their bodies to the work, the performance artists present at the event Alexa Wilson and Samin Son – whose processes and practices have for many years embodied intensely political and personal ideologies – they extend their working processes to the global communities from which they have come to speak. This embodiment of fractured communities offers a space for both the complications of identity and mis/representation or mis/translation so often seen in colonisation, exoticism and gentrification as well as a sense of community, dialogue or theorisation between the communities and individuals from where they came and the communities to whom they will be performed/communicated to.

Questions of cultural power, ambiguity, hierarchy, communication, translation, representation, intimacy, distance, global community, marginalisation, gendered and cultural identity emerge as a dialogue from this work which positions itself at a cultural centre of power, that is Berlin, Germany in 2015.

IN COLLABORATION WITH/WITH THE KIND SUPPORT OF:


ROAMING THE CITY: II

PERFORMANCE

TIME: 16:00-18:00
LOCATION: Starting at F.I.T., corner Schwedterstr. and Templinerstr.
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 21).

ARTIST
Hélène Lefebvre

NUDE FLUTES

EXPERIMENTAL CHOIR

TIME: 17:00
LOCATION: Meinblau e.V. (MPA-HUB) Haus 5D, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119
ENTRANCE: Free

 

Nude flutes is a weekly gathering of people, who love to use their voices together.
Normally taking place every mondays in Westgermany nude flutes are visiting Month of Performance Art at Meinblau on the 18th of May.
If you are curious to explore the mystic coalition between room/ body and voice – You are welcome.
If you want to discover your own voice in the realm of others – You are welcome.
If you are convinced by the fact you cannot sing – You are very welcome!
This will be a small introduction with tryouts on choral singing in an experimental way.
Nude flutes is initiated by Wanda Dubrau, – though it understands itself as democratic fusion, where all participants can contribute impulses and ideas.

ARTIST:
Wanda Dubrau wandawanda.co

THE ARTIST IS WORKING SOME MORE

PERFORMANCE, TALK

TIME: 19:00-onwards
LOCATION: Meinblau e.V. (MPA-HUB) Haus 5D, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119
ENTRANCE: 3€
CURATED BY: Performer Stammtisch performerstammtisch.de
Photo Credit: Jörn J. Burmester

To celebrate the final day of her weeklong residency at Grüntaler9, Vancouver based performance legend Margaret Dragu comes to the hub to talk and perform with Stammtisch host Jörn J. Burmester about her work in general and her experience at MPA–B 2013 and 2015. Other things might happen, too.

Margaret Dragu (aka Verb Frau, nuestra senora del pan, Lady Justice, Art Cinderella) was last seen at MPA-B with live broadcasts and on-line transmissions of VERB FRAU TV in 2013.

Margaret Dragu is celebrating her fourth decade as a performance artist. She has presented her work in galleries, museums, theatres, nightclubs, libraries, universities and many site-specific venues. Margaret is also a film/video artist, writer, choreographer, installation and new media artist as well as a fitness & yoga instructor/personal trainer with a clinical exercise practice and an extremely famous cleaning lady.

Margaret Dragu is a 2012 recipient of Canadian Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

ARTISTS:
Margaret Dragu www.margaretdragu.com
Jörn J. Burmester  joernburmester.de

WITH THE KIND SUPPORT OF: