Über DAS

Gender: is it an identity or a meta-category?
Innate or learned? Binary or infinite?
Modern or outdated? Necessary or not?

No matter what one holds as true, each individual in society must reckon with their own and others’ conceptions of what gender is and how to express it. And this imperative is never static: how does one negotiate across the various perceptions of others and self with one’s own contextualization of gender? How is this negotiation framed in culture(s), intergenerational relationships, family structures, religious experiences, bureaucratic and institutional settings, with medical professionals, or amongst friends, strangers, and colleagues? In short, how does one exist within (or perhaps outside) the bounds of an ascribed “gender?”

This two-evening event brings together a variety of performance artists from diverse experiences – all from different backgrounds but all reckoning with the concept of “gender.” Drawing on their experience curating the series Yes/No/Other/All: Performance on the Boundaries of Identity, artist and organizer Darling Fitch will bring artists together to express their own individual theoretical conceptions of identity, to present a multi-faceted view of what gender does, or could, mean.

Central to the event will be the final two performances of Fitch’s own year-long performance project, ‘A Stranger Sound’.
From the official description:
Arising from the cesspool of Berlin’s queer party scene, A Stranger Sound is a dark yet ultimately affirming transgender coming-of-age story. A Stranger Sound is a full length live show combining music, spoken word, and performance art to take the audience on a journey through “gender dysphoria and chemical ecstasy // chemical dysphoria and gender ecstasy… And glamour as a survival strategy.” The show examines many elements of queer space: community, self-discovery, safety… But also addiction, escapism, narcissism, abuse, and self-harm. It is an honest account of the spaces we call home.
With performances planned over the span of performer Darling Fitch’s first year of testosterone therapy, vocal drops and physical changes will be evident from performance to performance, particularly through the juxtaposition of live and pre-recorded vocals. In this way, A Stranger Sound tells an ongoing story, and physically as well as thematically reveals the ever-changing nature of life.

The goal of the evenings is to make audiences aware of a multiplicity of ideas regarding gender and its expression, and to encourage them to engage with, examine, or expand upon their own internal beliefs and ideas about the concept and execution of gender.


Vanessa Jupiter
Ser Gina (Elly Clarke)
Lady Gaby Bila-Gunther
Aleczander Norton
Emeka Ene and Katie Dunbar
Nisha Bhakoo, Cassie Jiun Seo and Iza Buleczka
Marcus O’Shea
Polly Trope
A Stranger Sound

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 ‘ A Window and a Street’ – Grace Euna Kim

‘A window and a street’

Grace Euna Kim

19:00 – 23:00
Performance at 19:30

14.-25.04. 2017

Grace Euna Kim’s performances are immersive contexts developed in close connection to the social reality of the audience, who are both subjects and objects of artistic action. Rooted in interventionist methodologies, the work challenges the imaginary mechanisms that shape our common belief structures and the relation of self, other, and world. ‘A window and a street’ invites the audience into a collective reflection on the cages of the imagination and the absurdity of our human condition.

http://www.euna-kim.com/

‘A window and a street’ 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).
http://somagallery.de/

Curator : Nabi Nara

 

photo credit: Nadja Sayej, nadjasayej.com

photo credit: Nadja Sayej, nadjasayej.com

photo credit: Nadja Sayej, nadjasayej.com

                                         photographer: marjorie brunet plaza


Yellow Matters ‘Global Society’ – Gulnur Mukazhanova

‘Global Society’

Gulnur Mukazhanova

Opening :
19:00 – 23:00 03.03.2017

The long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ by SOMA Art Gallery Berlin will present 7 Asian – backgrounded women artists who’s work is mainly focused on the identity.

“In Central Asia we have the concept of mankurtism, which describes the loss of the national roots, the traditional values and culture. Previously it referred to slaves, called Mankurts, who completely lost the memory of their past live by undergoing a special, torturelike treatment.Today we use this term to describe people who have, consciously or unconsciously, adopted other cultural values.This loss of memory concerns the manners, the morals and even the language, which are being replaced by other values.One of the causes of this phenomenon in our time is globalization.
Modern life in Kazakhstan with its new sets of values has become so natural, that it seems almost impossible to connect with the ancient nomadic traditions. Perhaps it would also be not suitable anymore. Now, since we are no longer nomads, I would like to know, what should we keep and what should we give up, as a new generation? What do we need to keep in mind in this present process of change?
Considering and reflecting upon all this, one wonders whether it makes any sense at all to deal with this issue, or if it would better to simply live in the flow of these events without thinking about them?”

The Artist Gulnur Mukazhanova is born and grown up in Kazakhstan has been based in Berlin since 2009, graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan and Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.

Gulnur Mukazhanova will present her on-going series ‘Global Society’ within Yellow Matters programm.

Technically Asians are 60% of the world population and Asia is full of diversity, although the Western world fails to recognize the world’s largest ethnic group as it is. ‘Yellow Matters’ s purpose is to be heard, presenting our thought and voice through our artistic practice in Berlin.
The project is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin ).

Curator

Nabi Nara

 

 

HYSTERIA ‘Abjection’

HYSTERIA  

‘Abjection’

 HYSTERIA collective is made up of members from around the world. We produce a periodical bi-annually and host feminist events internationally. HYSTERIA collaborates with other radical organisations and activists and engages with activisms that resonate with our manifesto. All our members currently work on a volunteer basis and we are continously looking for dedicated feminists to join our group and help us furthering the hysterical cause. As HYSTERIA is ever-growing and remains open to new directions, ideas and approaches, neither the collective nor the publication fulfils a static position, nor does it embody an easily defined role. However, we insist on keeping HYSTERIA at a critical distance to the uncritical mainstream and for this reason ask that all members base their work with HYSTERIA on our Manifesto and according to our constitution.

HYSTERIA is a RADICAL feminist collective. For us radicalism means countering a feminist mainstream, positioning feminism outside of the norm. It means redefining, going further, never settling. Radicalism requires an ongoing counter to liberalism and a strong class-critique. Most importantly, radical feminisms insisit on plurality within activism and acknowledge diversity of lived experiences. Our radicalism challenges hegemonic notions of ‘common sense’. Our radical feminisms challenge all binaries and we thus welcome contributions and members that do not define themsleves within gendered as well as other embodied binaries.

HYSTERIA #3 ‘Abjection’ will be launched in Berlin at SOMA gallery on the 19th of September with an exhibition curated by Nabi Nara.

VISUAL ARTS

Noël O´Callaghan | Alex Giegold | Hanna Schaich | Sandra Hartleb | Sabine Jamme | Stephanie Neumann | Karina Villavicencio | Aya Imamura | Amy Klement | Ola Lewin | Isabelle Lutz

LIVE PERFORMANCES

# Elya May #

‘Strange Love, the Cage’

http://elyamay.com/

# Anaïs Héraud & Katie Dunbar #

‘Dealing with normative gaze in performance art’

http://anaisheraud.com/  http://www.katieleedunbar.de/

# Gaby Bila-Günther #

HYSTERIA
http://www.hystericalfeminisms.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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