Performance Marathon

10/5 2015 5 pm

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The final event of Destination Vienna 2015 at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz is a performance marathon that confronts several performative acts with each other. The setting experiments with different relations between spectators and artists.

Admission EUR 2
Free with entrance ticket or annual ticket

Kurdwin Ayub
Kurdwin Ayub supplies her performance for the visitors as they require. For an entire evening the artist will be linked from her home to the exhibition space by livestream and in this way will receive the wishes of the public. She aims to set herself apart with her made-to-measure offering and looks after her recipients individually during the performance marathon. Ayub supplies her art as a service and in doing so plays with the concept of the exhibition space: what is possible within the framework of art? How far will the spectators go with the demands they make of her? How seriously or humorously is the situation dealt with?

Aldo Giannotti
Aldo Giannotti stages situations and constellations, using seemingly simple formations and encounters of people within a space to express social structures, social inequalities and the mechanisms of power relationships. Giannotti often takes on the role of subject and narrator in his performances or sees himself as an actor who is part of the social structure that is being presented in scenes. Thus becoming the subject matter of his study within the framework of a cultural or social formation.

Rebekka Hagg
What do you tell someone about an exhibition? What will be remembered, how defining is the atmosphere and what eludes the mere descriptive? Rebekka Hagg conducts a tour through an exhibition that cannot be perceived at this location and perhaps might not even exist. She elucidates the art, the choreography of the display and the viewer’s movement through the spaces. The audience is permitted to ask questions and receives answers. Afterwards, they are invited to describe or even review the exhibition they just “experienced”. Their texts are added to a steadily growing collection of such secondary exhibition “reviews”.

Denise Palmieri
Como nossos pais (“As lived our Parents”), a song by the Brazilian composer Belchior dating from the country’s years under dictatorship, is a tune full of metaphors describing the young generation’s struggle against the censorship and oppression of the ruling regime. The song however also tells how the young people will still end up living just like their parents in the end, regardless of their ambitions or ideals. Denise Palmieri sings Como nossos pais in two different ways: in its original key and then just a bit higher. Clothed in a cocktail dress, she kneels on the floor. Her body is shielded from her surroundings by a cloak made of plaster, which protects but also isolates her.

Lilly Pfalzer / Sergio Valenzuela
Shot and reverse angle. Single takes and montage. Edit me please revolves around the subject of filming from a person’s perspective. The performers film their movements with a hand-held camera and one attached to their bodies. The relationship between artist and audience is recorded in order to make it possible to experience the action from the point of view of a common subject: “you” and “we” become a singular “I”. The artists enter the exhibition space and fix their gazes on the situation. At a certain point, they change roles, donning their costumes and becoming performers: the dancer and the singer. In the end, the recorded material is edited, creating two different films, which show the collaboration from two different perspectives: the “I” splits once more into an “I” and a “you”.