5 Works on Memory and the Unconscious
Sunday, 3 April 8:00 pm
Tatwerk | Performative Forschung
Gewerbehof – 2nd Courtyard, Aufgang 1, 3. OG
U7 & U8 Hermannplatz
Space/Time’s second night at the Tatwerk features a follow-up program of video and live performance which focuses on how memory and the unconscious affect our experience of time. The night begins with a work-in-progress duet by Talia de Vries and Johann Nöhles, which presents time as a series of mirror-image doubles, with choreography composed of simple gestures retrieved from the personal memories of the performers.
The screening portion of the night includes three videos in which the artists’ experiences in transitory spaces inspire both melancholy and ecstasy. Jérôme Chazeix’s solo drag dance-party in his parents’ basement conjures up euphoric memories of the clandestine exploits of youth; Linda Havenstein’s multi-perspective video diary questions the implications of socio-economic injustices in a slum outside of Seoul, South Korea; and Melissa Faivre’s real-time camera performance for video integrates a subtle musical score which colors this dreamlike exploration of a forgotten space.
The Sunday program concludes with an interactive performance by Vera Piechulla which challenges the audience to engage with the concept of nothingness by delving deep into the recesses of their internal lives.
Talia de Vries and Johann Nöhles
A gestural dance shifted in time.
En 1998, je décidai de porter toutes les jupes de ma mère (In 1998, I Decided to Wear All My Mother’s Skirts)
A solo drag rave for video.
The Guryong Walks
25 perspective, single-channel video.
Song for Being Alone
Ethereal audio-visual camera performance in a neglected space.
ONES IN THE ZERO
A little journey into the core of things. Come prepared for everything, expect nothing.
Choreography and dance: Talia de Vries and Johann
Dramaturgy: William Ruiz Morales
This work-in-progress performance exists in a time that is constantly folding, doubled with simple gestures delicately retrieved like small pieces of paper that have fallen to the floor. It is a gestural repetition of the attempt to look behind the mirror to find a double.
Talia De Vries is a dance artist, graduate from the CNDC d’Angers (2009- 2011). Since her graduation in 2011 she has worked and collaborated with various artists such as Emmanuelle Huynh, Tami Lebovitz, Ido Feder, Shir Hacham, David Marques, Johann Nohles, Mathilde Rance, Hugit Rubinstien and Tom Soloveitik. In June 2013 she premiered her first solo piece Pyrmid in the Diver Festival in Tel Aviv. Today, alongside her work, she is partnering and collaborating with the Ensemble Musica Nova, an Israeli experimental and contemporary music ensemble, with the Weizmann institute on a dance- science project, led by the former Batsheva Dance Company Shahar Binyamini and with the Batsheva Dance Company on creating the company’s archive, under the direction of Iris Lana. Talia teaches as well workshop of movement research in different institutions such as Bialik- Rogozin campus in Tel Aviv (2014) and in Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem (2015). Talia is currently living and working between Tel-aviv and Paris.
Johann Nöhles is a French dancer and visual artist. He studied at National School for Circus Arts in Paris and at the CNDC in Angers. He worked with various choreographers such as Emmanuelle Huynh, Dominique Brun and Mylène Benoît. Since 2011 Johann creates digital images. This is Johann’s second collaboration with Talia de Vries.
Jérôme Chazeix – En 1998, je décidai de porter toutes les jupes de ma mère (In 1998, I Decided to Wear All My Mother’s Skirts)
For this video performance, Chazeix held an isolated, solo rave in his parent’s apartment. Over the course of three days, he wore all his mother’s dresses and skirts and in these alternating outfits, danced alone before the camera to the rhythm of electronic music. When staging the purportedly private ritualized exercise, he dispensed with any form of dialog with the camera on its tripod. In the final video version of the performance, Chazeix reduced the several-day spectacle to a perfectly synchronized production of the dance scenes in the respectively different costumes that functioned as a loop in which he unflaggingly worked his way through the contents of his mother’s wardrobe.
Jérôme Chazeix‘s works are contemporary total works of art. The approach of his work consists in the association of different media and their cross-over. Sculptures, videos and drawings are the elements he privilege in his creation. They are integrated, among others, to his installations, environments or performances, and combined to form an overwhelming and complex scenery, leading to a crystallization, an associative process much alike a network of facets or cosmos. Performances, which form part of the whole concept, are frequently realised in the installations and permanently presented as videos. Like a graphic contamination the staging take possession of all walls and invite to a specific atmosphere.
Linda Havenstein – The Guryong Walks
Tracing the outline of the impoverished Guryong community in Seoul, South Korea, this 25 perspective, single-channel video documents eight performances held by the artist, as she walked the perimeter of the slum that was formed in 1988 by those evicted during the city’s preparation for the Olympic Games. What can be seen in the multitude of urban spaces is a fractured tableau of life in a thriving community once again facing eviction in favor of a high-end housing redevelopment plan.
Linda Havenstein was born in Germany and lives and works in Berlin. In addition to her focus on video and installation art, she works with a number of media and approaches. Her works have been exhibited worldwide, including the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre in Japan, the How Art Museum (Wenzhou), China, the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway and New York Hall of Science, USA and the Kunstraum Bethanien of Berlin. In 2014 she was nominated finalist for the Lumen Prize Digital Media Art Award and won the 2nd price award of the Future Storytelling Transmedia Competition of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. In 2015 she was selected Changdong fellow at MMCA Residency Changdong of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.
Mélissa Faivre – Song for Being Alone
A real-time, space-related performance where the sound builds up subtly along a mysterious corridor. The camera discovers the place but also plays the role of the listener. The path it follows activate and pass by the sound. Space and distance create a unique sound piece – bounding together both mediums (sound and video) in a new territory. Filming is an act, not documentation. The camera is an actor which plays a major role in the performance. It is not a spectator which watches a predefined action, but it is a part of it.
Mélissa Faivre is a video artist based in Berlin, Germany. She graduated from a Bachelor of Design in 2013 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her work aims to trigger the viewer’s perception of time and space. It is poetic and contemplative, mesmerizing and somehow timeless. Exploring movement, rhythm, repetition, the notion of performance and memory, she creates images which blend into new distorted realities.
Vera Piechulla – ONES IN THE ZERO
What is the nothing? And how can one understand it? In this performance Vera Piechulla invites the audience on a quest for the nothing. But it is really hard to grab, since as soon as we think about it, it turns into something! Maybe we’ll have to deal with something first before we can understand the nothing. So we set out on a little journey into the core of things. A piece not about nothing but about the search for it. A search between inquiring mind and childish intuition, insecurity and insolence, between holding on and letting go.
Vera Piechulla is a doctor and dancer/choreographer based in Berlin. She absolved the Dance Intensive Program at Tanzfabrik Berlin and the PEPCC at Forum Dança in Lisbon. With ONES IN THE ZERO Vera won the jury award of Ballhaus Ost at 100 Grad Festival Berlin 2015. She received the DanceWEB scholarship program 2015 as part of the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. In her artistic work she explores spaces of uncertainty between knowledge, perception and imagination. Using different formats of exchange, she fuses performance with teaching and healing practices. Vera is currently managing a double life between training as a general practitioner and making arts.
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