Performative, Sound & Vision

Achievements & Activities & Berlin & Coexistence & Dance & Performance

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Berlin has a vivid scene of performing and dancing artists who work in various forms and at diverse places – here are just two of many projects established in the city. Local artists and institutions working in these fields need a proper and reliable support and not just promises – but of course it must not come along with the destruction of other successful and popular venues in the city. 

These are photos of the artist Stella Geppert and dancers inside her work «Hieroglyph Ceiling» from 2015/2016. This year she developed a performative artwork with the title «10 Scores for a Sculpture» based on it which will have its world premiere at 30th of August 2017 in the exhibition space of Haus am Lützowplatz which is the oldest art society of Berlin. These photos are from the final rehearsals earlier this week. ⠀
Stella Geppert’s work has ever since been a practice which connects performative concepts with installations and drawings. It is therefore consequent that she takes her work to the next level now and researches about spatial phenomena through the communicative and social behaviour of the human body to make collective action visible. ⠀
For «10 Scores for a Sculpture» all dancers wear a special sort of head antennae which constists of pipes attached to their heads and have a piece of charcoal at their end. With the help of these tactile sort of «communication organs» and body-expanding dance prostheses the team members explore the limitations of the physical «white space» and the given framework which both form the environment for the whole setting. So the description «framework» for her sculpture which is built as a walk-in space is taken literally in this performance. ⠀
Through these actions the word «score» unfolds its double meaning: It signifies the trace the bodies leave via the transmitting coal on the white wall and the subtle sounds emitted during the performance which refer to the acustic potential of the word, as scores are used as a way of musical notations. ⠀
As the movements are improvised we can be curious which data excactly will be collected in this unique form of human media art at its first official release by her and the accompanying professional dancers Jan Burkhardt, Lukas Geschwind, Kathleen Heil, Michelle Lui and Hilla Steinert. •

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Archeological & Archival, Spacial

A walk in the Park on the Ilm in Weimar retracing classical Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the modernist Bauhaus

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In Weimar’s valley of the river Ilm a park was created in the style of an English garden between 1778 and 1830. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was initially involved in its creation, but withdraw from its further development. ⠀
The Park on the Ilm is part of the World Heritage Site «Classical Weimar» and features some architectural treasures on its margins.

Already in 1776 duke Carl August had invited von Goethe to Weimar and gave the poet a country house with a garden in the valley as a gift, because he wanted him to stay. Another reason for the gift was, that for the polical functions he was proposed for, the citizenship and property of land were required. So on 21st of April 1776 the house and the property was handed over to J. W. von Goethe and repair work and equipment started soon after. ⠀
The interior was intended to be without ornaments and excuberance – simple and in beautiful forms. We will see this principle recur later in another building near the park. ⠀
Goethe lived in this country house until he moved into the city in 1872. ⠀
During his period in the house he created everlasting poetry like the poem «To the moon» which is also on display in the house, handwritten by the poet himself. Goethe also swam in the river Ilm by night in the moonlight – which was quite unusual in his times, even by day. The main rooms of the house are up to now not yet electrified and give quite a good impression how it was to live there. ⠀
The sculpture «Altar of Agathé Tyché» which is a bowl resting on a cube is said to be one of the first abstract sculptures in Germany. It combines of the stability of the cube with the unsteadiness of the globe. Tyché is the Greek goddess of destiny, agathé is Greek for good – so it’s a symbol for good fortune and therefore also called «Stone of the good luck». •

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Archeological & Archival, Photography, Visual & Iconic

My view on art & culture in Januar 2017 through my private pictures

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Catrine Val – Feminist

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Hier finden Sie das Interview mit Catrine Val zu Feminist