Performance

In Performance: Jeremy Wade and Jassem Hindi’s Messmer (Paris and on tour)

Messmer is a new collaboration between American Choreographer Jeremy Wade and French Sound Artist Jassem Hindi exploring the entraining and chaotic potential of the erotic body. The piece acts as a kind of electrically charged service to process, abstract and reciprocate the effects of two hypersensitive bodies engaged in the act of touch. Hindi performs with amplified objects and analogue tape machines in concert to Wades nervous celebration with a harlequin pile of trash. Through empathy and attunement the two begin to cultivate a state of psychic interrelatedness. “Messmer” is an erotic conduit, a system that acts as a channel or intermediary station for the transmission of the sensual. March 26, 19:30, Messmer Premiere AAAAARRRGGGHHH Festival, La Gaite Lyrique, Paris http://www.gaite-l...

In Performance: The Forsythe Company – Sider (Vienna, Austria)

Sider The Forsythe Company Tanzquartier Wien (TQW) 12.07.2012 – 12.08.2012 Vienna, Austria Between avant-garde and virtuosity, between the zest for dance and movement research, William Forsythe’s choreographic works in the last two decades have not just renewed the codes and possibilities of classical ballet. Rather his artistic work, in its very characteristic combination of movement, language, architecture, music and technology, has left traces going far beyond in the field of contemporary art. With Sider, the exceptional choreographer and his outstanding company, who captivate through their movement technique and improvisation, are showing one of their latest performances at the Tanzquartier Wien. The rhythmical inflections of Elizabethan theater, like those of classical dance, ha...

In Performance: Dave St-Pierre – New Creation 2012 (Vienna, Austria)

New Creation 2012 Dave St-Pierre Tanzquartier Wien 15.11.2012 – 17.11.2012 Vienna, Austria   The Canadian choreographer Dave St-Pierre is regarded as someone obsessed with the body. As a skilled provocateur, he creates images of movement that irritate but also touch his audience – sensitive, wild, entertaining and ruthless. In his new creation the last part of his celebrated trilogy on human utopias can also be seen at the Tanzquartier Wien. In a strictly reduced set with few props, the ‘enfant terrible’ of the dance scene shows an emotional play of opposites: an outline of society, its superficiality and its deficiencies; a work about humans themselves, in which he drives his 25, mostly naked dancers and his themes over the pain threshold to the extreme and makes the immediac...

In Performance: Joonas Lahtinen – EIN.KÜCHEN.BAU (Vienna, Austria)

EIN.KÜCHEN.BAU Joonas Lahtinen brut Wien 9.11.2012/10.11.2012/12.11.2012/14.11.2012 – 17.11.2012 Vienna, Austria   Life, cooking, working, a home: the fitted kitchen. EIN.KÜCHEN.BAU [A.KITCHEN.CONSTRUCTION] is simultaneously an installation, a performance, and a place of discourse. How do people live, cook, and work in fitted kitchens, and how do their inhabitants make them their homes? With audiovisual material on the kitchen’s political and aesthetic dimensions, the installation opens up multifaceted spaces of association and reveals an unusual vista onto everyday routines. In 1926, architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky laid the foundation for today’s mass-produced fitted kitchen with the “Frankfurt Kitchen”. Her emancipatory aim: the rational arrangement of normed and afford...

In Performance: 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, featuring Dean & Britta (Pittsburgh, USA)

Thursday, November 8, 8PM Carnegie Lecture Hall Tickets: $20 general public/$15 students, members After a very successful worldwide tour, Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips return to the city from which the project commenced in 2008 for the 75th performance of 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests in Pittsburgh. This performance will be held in the the Carnegie Lecture Hall, a short crosstown drive from the Warhol Museum. The project, which features a selection of Warhol’s four-minute silent film portraits with commissioned soundtracks by Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips (formerly of Luna and Galaxie 500), was jointly commissioned by The Warhol and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The concert, which features single-subject studies of Lou Reed, Nico, Denni...

In Performance: Angela Richter – Assassinate Assange (Vienna, Austria)

Assassinate Assange Angela Richter brut Wien 19.10. – 22.10.2012 Vienna, Austria Julian Assange – most wanted or desired? The most famous and controversial Internet activist, WikiLeaks founder and inventor is a hero for some, a criminal, terrorist and state enemy number one for others. His person reveals the positive and negative aspects of the possibilities and freedoms in the web: his quick rise and sudden fall, the image of the modern tragic figure or the first tragic Internet hero. On the other hand, there is this investigation proceeding against him as two Swedish women have accused him of sexual harassment. Assange’s pop-star reputation has been damaged. The man who once revealed truths from the depths of the Darknet suddenly stumbled on his lack of control over his impulses. S...

Highlights: Contact Festival Vienna 25-28.10.2012 (Vienna, Austria)

Contact Festival Vienna 25.10.2012 – 28.10.2012 Wuk Vienna, Austria   The organising team, Johannes Benker, Teresa Hunyadi, Sabine Müller, Sabine Parzer and healingarts.at, invites to the first Contact Festival Vienna, Austria. Over three days there will be 4 workshops, 4 labs, a performance evening and jams – with live musicians as well as in silence – and open spaces. There will be a delicious buffet by Viktoria Kraus, you can sleep on the premises and all of that will happen in the almost historical, but surely thoroughly danced-through spaces of WUK. Workshop teachers:Eszter Gal, Mokshia Frenzel, Irene Sposetti/ Johan Nilson and Christian Apschner/ maRia Probst Lab facilitators: Mela Maresch/Lella Heindl, Martin Toman/ Oliver Schrader, Sabine Müller/Katrin Oberrauner and Hel...

In Performance: “Expanded Performance” at Stroom (The Hague, Netherlands)

Expanded Performance 30 September–16 December 2012 Stroom Hogewal 1-9, The Hague (Netherlands) For a period of three months this fall the program of Stroom Den Haag will be dedicated to performance art, in the broadest sense of the word. We will explore the practice of ‘expanded’ performance, breaking through the boundaries of the exhibition space and actively engaging the audience. Exploring the practice of ‘expanded’ performance, this program questions the role of the exhibition space and actively engages the audience. Expanded Performance presents art works that evolve or change from week to week through activities and visitor participation rather than an exhibition in its finished form. Follow the development of the project on www.stroom.nl and via the expanded-...

Interview: Thom Kubli (Germany)

This past February, artist Thom Kubli staged his installation and performance piece, Record Attempt, at MARCO (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo) as part of the exhibition Presencia active (curated by Sergio Edelsztein and Kathleen Forde) and his second attempt to set the world record for the longest guitar solo. Record Attempt provides a platform for individuals to attempt the world’s longest guitar solo through a set of regulations, a notary, as well as an amplifier, speakers, microphone, and a camera for streaming the performance. Kubli set the record in 2008 at the Figge von Rosen Galerie in Cologne, Germany, with a performance that lasted for 6 hours and 18 seconds. The record is currently set at 15 hours, 15 minutes, and 15 seconds by Cristian Fernández Graña. Record Attempt will o...

In Performance: Piano Battle at Sophiensaele (Berlin)

Piano Battle Andreas Kern Vs. Paul Cibis AUGUST 11 2012 20:00 UHR Ort Festaal TICKETS The next time you deign to think yourself cooler than the next person, think again. Our world runs on the brainpower and talent of the classically uncool. While we’re sleeping off our hangovers, brigades of unappreciated geeky folk are busily honing skills the cooler kids don’t know the first thing about. Behind every smartphone we hold, piece of designer clothing we wear, and genius piece of music on our playlist is an expert nerd with such passion, dedication, and intellectual capacity it makes our mediocrity look everything but cool. It’s a geek-eat-geek world in the upper strata of the highly skilled and brilliant. And when two such class acts meet, us commoners better take cover and...

Books: Performance, Technology, & Science

Performance, Technology, & Science Johannes Birringer Performance, Technology, & Science by Johannes Birringer explores convergences between performance and science through an investigation of new technologies that drive computer-mediated, interactive art. In tracing the evolution of digital performance within a particular history of engineering and theatre that now expands to a wide range of practices in design, dance, architecture, fashion, games, music, robotics, telematic performance, and ‘post-production’ theatre, the author focuses on interactive performance, installation and Internet art. Internationally known practitioners and their works are introduced to formulate provocative ideas on computation, complexity, emergence and self-organizing systems in contempora...