Berlin Performance – Saturday 28th August

Come (or ‘go’ – I’ll be in France, hopefully)

Initiated by curator Sunshine Wong as a collaboration with artists Dave Ball (UK/DE), Oliver Walker (UK/DE), and Rachel Dobbs (IRL) and Hannah Jones (UK) of Low Profile, Nude as the News is an art project that has evolved into a reclamation site for the mundane, whose content is dissected and anecdotalised for reconsumption. The result is a programme of 4 live events that investigate people, places, and objects at close range through performative gestures.

Using experience both as a topic and method of inquiry, the four artists set about achieving intimacy with their respective subjects, the process of which is shared with a live audience. The premises are mostly prosaic, ordinary occurrences that come with a hitch: watching back-to-back episodes of the ’80s hit series “Macgyver”, paying weekly visits to a specific painting in a gallery for a 6-month period, ruminations on the joys and anxieties of falling in love.

Through the intrusive act of “looking on” and being privy to an event as it unfolds, the viewers adopt a complicit role within the narrative. The staged situation thus collapses the distance between art, creator, and audience, exposing everything immediate, reflexive, or (un)intentional with minimal obstacles. It is this first hand basis that allows the public to not only vicariously (re-)live an experience, but become an integral part of it.

Free entry to all events.

28th August (Saturday) 2010

at 91mQ Art Project Space & Kunstraum Richard Sorge // Landsberger Allee 54 // Berlin 10249

06.00 – 23.00: MacGyver’thon — an 18-hour MacGyver marathon (Low Profile)

Through the repetitive and unforgiving act of cataloguing the scenarios in the 2nd series of “MacGyver”, Low Profile intend to extract as much ‘useful’ information as possible (e.g how to escape a burning car using a penknife) to deal with any crisis or emergency. Snacks, popcorn, and comfortable cushions provided for the entire duration.

19.00 – 20.00: The Painting (Dave Ball)

Dave Ball visited Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie weekly for a period of six months in order to look at one particular painting. The relation between the act of looking at the painting and the act of looking at the world is the focus of the work. It is presented in the form of a photographic slide show with a live spoken narration, though no imagery or references to the specific identity of the painting feature.

20.00 – 21.00: A Performance Lecture About Falling in Love, Part 2 (Oliver Walker)

Part 2 of A Performance Lecture About Falling in Love reframes some of the ideas discussed on the first part of the talks and may offer complements or rebuttals in a new light.

[Ok, you know this description isn’t quite true anymore, but it was written before Thursday’s performance]

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