Nearness (Nähe) is an evening of new works by two artist duos — plan b (Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers) and Kovács/O’Doherty. plan b will present Together/Apart, a performative lecture and live video work, and Kovács/O’Doherty will present 1–100, a process-based spatialised sound work. The event is presented as part of Place Rhythm. Pulse, the ausland series focusing on performance, sound, and presence, organised and curated by Gretchen Blegen.
The works of both artist duos presented at this event share a common concern with the thematic core of nearness. Both works consider the possibilities of proximity and commonality — of matching without lining up, of the difference between the identical and the adjacent.
We are delighted to be collaborating again with our friend Ella Ziegler for her day of performance and video work entitled Movement of Emotions at Projektraum Meinblau, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119 Berlin this Sunday 16 September, starting at 8pm. As well as the piece Feigned Unconsciousness, which we have performed before in Berlin with the vibraphone player Morten J. Olsen, we will also be performing in the premiere of a new piece, Streitgespräch, featuring household appliances and text. We hope to see some of you for what should be an interesting evening for all concerned.
This month we seem to be very busy with public space. Firstly, our workshop (Re)discovering the City is happening again 14 – 17 June as part of the Berlin University of the Arts and the Udk Studium Generale. We’ll be exploring and introducing artistic strategies to intervene in public space and urban environments.
We have also been preparing for the new commission called ‘The Day the Books Took Off for the Impulse Fesitval where we have made a small performantive installation (meant for 2 people at a time) in the International English Library. We are one of the five artist groups contributing to the Stadtprojekt which is called Wenn die Häuser Trauer Tragen (When the Buildings Carry Grief) which is responding to the fact that the last public building in central Düsseldorf is to be sold off. All the institutions are having to be rehoused and not everyone is happy about that. Upstairs in the library that has existed for the last 70 years we are using some of the culled books to make birds and reflect on their materiality and sancturary of libraries and their threatened status. All the tours are free as is the final farewell party on 24th June from 18.00 so if you are in the area do pop by