Dear friends, colleagues, guests, dear public,
On last Wednesday we learned about the prolongation of the current lockdown “light” until the end of December. This “lightness” means no live art, no audience, no getting together in the same room.
Our 4th episode of Flutgraben Performances 2020 is scheduled for next week (Nov 30th until Dec 6th) and it is affected by this ongoing “no” to any live audience.
We decided not to cancel this episode. We want to do something, we want to continue making art. But we do not want to simply jump online, stream what is meant for physical encounter, put on zoom what is not made for screen. With this “no” to live audience we are left with the question of how to address you, how to involve you, where and how to find you, and whether to aim for a remote “you” at all. We cannot pretend that it is clear to us how to go public now and we don’t want to fake a relation that we do not feel, sense, believe in.
It takes time to get there where you are right now or to make up new places where we can meet.
We are 12 artists, and naturally, we are having different perspectives, emotions, thoughts on what is going on right now and how to handle the situation.
What we will do in this episode #4 is to meet every day in two groups and work on possible encounters between us. Some of us will experiment with remote liveness and stream, others will film, write, draw, move and dance, we will work with images, scripts, tasks, guided settings etc. In doing so we try to figure out how and why (not) to address each other and you under the current circumstances. There will be windows to join in, an open session on Sunday afternoon and some of us might work on things that take longer than this week and will come to you later.
It is open what will happen on our search. We will keep you updated from our time with/out you and hope to see, hear, feel you soon!
Asaf Aharonson, Christina Ciupke, Stella Geppert, Jared Gradinger, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez, Milla Koistinen, Clément Layes, Moritz Majce, Sandra Man, Sergiu Matis, Jefta van Dinther, Jasna Layes Vinovrski