Yellow Matters ‘The Life & Death Of Elle Peril’ | Lena Chen

“The Life & Death Of Elle Peril”
Lena Chen

“The Life & Death Of Elle Peril” presents a five-year experiment on persona. In the wake of revenge porn and cyber harassment, Lena Chen suffered from post-traumatic stress symptoms (depression, anxiety, paranoia, and hypervigilance) which impaired her ability to function socially and professionally. In 2013, she moved to Berlin and invented an alternate identity as nude model Elle Peril. Through ritualized acts of undressing and posing for (mostly male) strangers, Elle Peril functioned as a coping mechanism, survival tactic, and form of ad hoc therapy allowing the artist to reclaim agency over her body and personal narrative.

Lena Chen explores gender, identity, and trauma through text and performance. Since 2008, an anonymous Internet stalker has harassed Chen, her family, friends, and associates using tactics such as “Google-bombing” and doxxing. As one of the earliest documented cases of revenge porn and cyberstalking, her experience has been studied by academic researchers and covered in the press.

Chen received a degree in sociology from Harvard University in 2010. As an activist for reproductive freedom and women’s rights, she has been featured in mainstream media outlets and invited to speak at Oxford, Yale, Stanford, and SXSW. She is based in Berlin, where she curates participatory art projects and organizes events on creative activism.

www.elleperil.com (NSFW)

“The Life & Death Of Elle Peril” is part of the long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ by SOMA Art Gallery Berlin and is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).

Curator : Nabi Nara
http://somagallery.de/

21-28.05. 2017
By appointment: nabinara@berlin.com

All Photos by Sophie le roux

 

Yellow Matters ‘If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade’ | kate-hers RHEE

07.-17.05.2017

Opening
15:00- 20:00
07.05. Sunday. 2017

“If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade” is a powerful maxim that encourages an optimistic attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Since moving to Berlin in 2009, interdisciplinary visual artist kate-hers RHEE’s work explores the intersections of race, gender and cultural identity specific to language and nation. In this solo exhibition, she presents work that confronts disparaging racist and sexist German colloquialisms, while deflating them with humour and wit. “If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade” is often used by women, women of colour and recently quite famously referred to by Beyoncé in her iconic music album Lemonade with a direct quote from Hattie White, Jay Z’s grandmother. Born in Seoul, kate-hers RHEE was raised in the racially segregated suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Her interdisciplinary work reflects the complex nature of miscast identity, cultural dislocation, and gendered interactions. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of California – Irvine, where she was a Graduate Studies Diversity and Jacob K. Javits fellow. RHEE’s work has been shown nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions and interactive projects at the Art Space One – Seoul (2016-17), Asian Arts Initiative – Philadelphia, PA (2017), Seoul Art Space SEOGYO (2017), British Museum – London (2016), Asian Art Museum – Berlin (2016-2017), and the Neuer Berlin Kunstverein (2016). RHEE was a recipient of the Berlin Visual Artist Fellowship in 2016.

www.estherka.com

And then there were none. Single Channel HD Video and Photo, ©2013 estherka

‘If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade’ is part of the long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ by SOMA Art Gallery Berlin and is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).

Curator : Nabi Nara
http://somagallery.de/

08-17.05. 2017
By appointment : nabinara@berlin.com

 

Yellow Matters ‘RUSH’- Phuong Tran Minh

Phuong Tran Minh was born in Hanoi / Vietnam, raised in Germany has studied at the University of Potsdam.
Her work is based in the field of documentary photography, moving between post war issues, artistic portraits and landscape photography. Her first exhibition with „Tomorrowland“, a series about young Agent Orange victims, was made public in Paris (2015). ‘RUSH’ is part of the long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ by SOMA Art Gallery Berlin and is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).


(EN)
Spending about one and a half year at gas stations, rest stops and side-strips, with a thumb up, often with a destination suggesting cardboard sign in front of the thorax, I roamed the German autobahns from north to south to east to west and always amidst life.Numerous people gave me a lift and decided to share some time with me in a limited space. Thus, many miles slipped away under fast moving tires, many hours have been filled up with caught up sleep, nice chats, deep talks and common silence. Like bloodcells we flowed over the veinous roads, from time to time we got stuck in a traffic thrombosis. At least our conversations went on. Some dialogues were silent as breathing at the Baltics, some as deep as the tunnels running through the Alps and some accompanied by mutual laughter.
The images oft he landscape, the sky, the traffic lanes which passed by the car windows were too intriguing to let them just flash by and vanish. Thus, I captured them with my camera. The visual poems displayed on the passenger’s window needed to be written down and I was eager to make notes for others to read them.
Regarding a rush in stillness, regardless oft he time passing by on the right.

(DE)
Es ist kein Ort der Sehnsucht, zu dem es mich zieht, sondern der Rausch der Gedanken, der mich hinaustreibt. Mit hoher Geschwindigkeit in Bewegung sein und trotzdem die Möglichkeit haben, zu träumen, inne zu halten, im Geiste zu leben… Bilder, die sich wortlos zu einem Tagebuch fügen, in dem ich alles nachlesen kann, was ich empfinde und empfand. Jene Gefühle, die ich weiterfühlen kann, die ich mit mir nehmen will und welche, die ich zu Ende fühlen bereit bin…
Über anderthalb Jahre verbrachte ich an Seitenstreifen, Autobahnraststätten und Tankstellen, mit erhobenem Daumen oder einem Kartonstück mit einem Ortsnamen,der mehr einem Richtungsvorschlag entsprach als einem konkreten Ziel. Denn das Ziel war ja die Fortbewegung. Es ging querfeldein von Nord nach Süd, von Ost nach West und immer mitten durchs Leben. Durch Deutschland. Wie Blutzellen flossen die Fahrer und ich durch die Adern, manchmal steckten wir in einer Thrombose, doch dann ging es zumindest im Gespräch weiter. Manche Dialoge waren leise wie das Atmen an der Ostsee, manche so tief wie ein Tunnel durch die Alpen und einige vom Lachen flankiert. Die Bilder der Landschaft, des Himmels, der Fahrspuren, die an den Fenstern vorbeizogen, waren zu schön, als dass ich sie loslassen wollte. Also hielt ich sie mit der Kamera fest. Das Beifahrerfenster diktierte mir auf dem Grau ein Gedichtband mit grünem Rand und ich wollte
aufschreiben, was ich sah, damit jeder es nachlesen kann. Den Rausch in Ruhe betrachten, ungeachtet dessen, ob die Zeit rechts überholt.

Curator : Nabi Nara

 

Lee + Liou – Photography Exhibition in Exchange Europe – Asia


Lee + Liou

Photography Exhibition in Exchange

Europe – Asia

Liou Tsang-Ru (Taipei, Taiwan) is an emerging photographer who works mainly in the field of fashion and art portrait photography. He is keen to capture the authentic emotions of his subjects, believes that a good picture can transcend time, culture, and nation and always send out a message to viewers. He is currently visiting Europe for the first time, where he will present works produced in his hometown as well moments he has captured in Europe.
http://www.lioutsangru.tw/

Sam Lee (Seoul, South Korea) is a young fashion photographer, currently based in Berlin. Through collaborating with young designers and models in Berlin, she has found out that she is drawn to capturing the beauty of young male models. She will present works portraying young male models, backstage snapshots of fashion shows, and scenes from fashion shoots.
http://samleegraphy.com/

International Performance Festival – Survival

SURVIVAL

‘Stare. Print. Blue. – Voyeuring the Apparatus’

Digital Dramaturgie Lab

Performance-Installation

Slowness is one of the biggest provocations possible today. We live in times of rapid acceleration. In physics, acceleration is the rate at which the velocity of an object/body changes over time. But acceleration is also present in the rapid capitalist production that is heating up the scales of desire and consumerism while destroying the resources of our planet. Everything needs to happen in an instant and it needs to be translated into results, products, and real-time ranking. Data streams are racing through our bodies and through the machines/apparatuses/computers that we use and mostly don’t understand. We’re starting to wear them as wearable technology, providing ourselves with constant statistics on our being, thinking, and feeling. No time for process, for critical making, creation, experience, contemplation. Brecht, writing on taking the time to think about the relationship between artists’ naïve assumptions of independence and their dependence on a socio-cultural apparatus within which they work, comes to the conclusion: Thinking that they are in possession of an apparatus, which in reality owns them, they defend an apparatus over which they no longer have any control. (Brecht GW 17, pp.1005f.) The “Blue Brain Project” is currently trying to create a synthetic, computer-based human brain. Banking machines radiate blue light non-stop. Smart phone apps like the color blue. Let’s stare into the apparatus and see the desire for the color blue evolve in a woman-machine creature, a modern-day Centauris’ virtual acceleration and material mess colliding in slow-mo. Patience. Anxiety. Fear. Fascination. Endurance. You will be on the street, staring into the machine monitor/window until the obvious blurs and starts to make sense. Take the time. Be brave. Survival in/with slowness. Slowness is beauty. Go slow: A form of industrial action in which employees work at a deliberately slow pace. (A Dictionary of Business and Management, 2014)

Supported by

German/Europe Study and Research Fund of the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto http://dramacentre.utoronto.ca/

Digital Media Program, York University, Toronto http://digital-media.finearts.yorku.ca/

Dr. Maike Budde, Hamburg

Kollaborateure/Collaborators:

Nazli Akhtari – actor, production assistant. Graduate student (MA) at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto.

Antje Budde – director and dramaturge. Professor at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto. Founder of the Digital Dramaturgy Lab.

Myrto Koumarianos – performer, curator, stage manager, poet. Doctoral student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto.

William J. Mackwood – digital lighting designer. Professor at the Digital Media Program at York University in Toronto.

Karyn McCallum – stage designer and recent winner of the Pauline McGibbon Award.

Michael Reinhart – actor and director. Doctoral student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto.

Sophie Roginsky – visual artist, production assistant. Digital Media Program at York University in Toronto and currently studying abroad in Kopenhagen, Denmark.

Don Sinclair – digital media artist. Professor at the Digital Media at York University in Toronto. Co-founder of the Digital Dramaturgy Lab.

Stare. Print. Blue. – Voyeuring the apparatus

Langsamkeit ist heute eine der grössten Provokationsmöglichkeiten. Wir leben in Zeiten rapider Beschleunigung. In der Physik versteht man unter Beschleunigung die Änderung des Bewegungszustands eines Körpers/Objekts, die momentane zeitliche Änderungsrate seiner Geschwindigkeit. Aber Beschleunigung ist ebenfalls ein Merkmal rapider kapitalistischer Produktion und erhöht die Messlatte der Begierden und des Konsumverhaltens während sie gleichzeitig die Resourcen unseres Planeten zerstört. Alles muss sofort passieren, muss in Resultate, Produkte und Echtzeit-Bewertungen umsetzbar sein. Datenströme rasen durch unsere Körper und Maschinen/Apparate/Computer die wir nutzen und die wir in der Regel nicht verstehen. Wir haben begonnen, sie am Körper zu tragen da tragbare Technologie uns ständige Statistiken unseres Seins, unseres Denkens und Fuhlens erlaubt. Keine Zeit fuer Verarbeitung, fur kritisches Machen, Kreation, Erfahrung, Kontemplation.Brecht, sich die Zeit nehmend uber die naiv angenommene Unabhängigkeit von Künstlern und deren tatsächlicher Abhängigkeit vom sozio-kulturellen Apparatus, in dem sie arbeiten, nachzudenken, kam zu dem Schluss: “Denkend, dass sie im Besitz des Apparatus seien, welcher in Wahrheit sie besitzt, verteidigen sie einen Apparatus, der schon lange nicht mehr ihnen gehört. (zitiert nach Brecht, GW, Bd.17, S.1005 fDas Blue Brain Projekt versucht gegenwärtig, ein kunstliches computer-basiertes Gehirn zu schaffen. Bankautomaten strahlen non-stop blaues Licht aus. Smart Phone Apps lieben die Farbe Blau.

Lasst uns in den Apparatus starren und beobachten, wie die Begierde nach der Farbe Blau sich in der Frau-Maschinen-Kreatur, einer modernen Kentaur/Κένταυρος, entwickelt – wo virtuelle Beschleunigung und materielle Schlammschlacht in Zeitlupe kollidieren.

Geduld. Unruhe. Angst. Ausdauer. Du wirst auf der Strasse stehen (oder bring dir einen Campingstuhl mit) und von aussen in den Maschinen-Bildschirm/Fenster starren bis das Offensichtliche verschwimmt und beginnt, Sinn zu machen. Nimm dir Zeit. Sei tapfer. Überleben in und mit Langsamkeit. Langsamkeit ist Schönheit. “Verlangsamen: Eine Form industrieller Aktion bei der die Beschäftigten absichtlich ihre Arbeit verlangsamen.” (Wörterbuch Business und Management 2014)

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