video / performance, steaming water, ten performers, fireworks

By shifting the language in the different paragraphs, the spoken word aggravated a clear understanding of the overall message. 10 performers, as a second part of the intervention, were moving around in Kosmetiksalon Babette while listening to a so called ‘identity-mantra’ on headphones. These mantras were voicemail recordings each by the performers, who were talking in their mother tongue about their thoughts on identity. During the performance the performers could not hear the overall narration that the audience was hearing, while the audience was excluded from what the performers were listening to. Pots with boiling water were placed in the Bar, creating steam and serving as a visualization of blurry approaches to identity, home and affiliation. In the third part a simulated electricity blackout and a hidden firework on the street marked the climax of the performance night. // Text: Maria Wildeis

exhibition / performance history

Babette Bar / Kosmetiksalon Babette Berlin
Now & After Video Art Festival St. Petersburg
Artisterium 11 Tbilisi 

Cinematography/Documentation: Matthias Henke
Special Assistant: Sonja Kotlyar

Performers: Tzeshi Lei // Nikolas Brummer // Peter Haas
Santiago Alvarez //  Romina Görig // Leonhard Huhn // Valerie-Malin Schmid // Mehran Karimi // Jan Seevetal // Christoni Florido Acosta // Hila Gluskinos

„Mit unstillbarer Sehnsucht nach Identität, zwischen Innen und Außen, zwischen Fleisch und Kern, dem Dasein, und der Leerstelle davor und danach.“
Performance mit Text und Dampf, zu Verschmelzungs- und Abstoßungsspannungen zwischen Innen und Außen.