23 May, 2014
7:00pm – 12:00am
Wrangelstrasse 100, Treppenhaus 31.2, Erdgeschoss, 10997 Berlin
Dress codes, timesheets, deadlines, cigarette breaks, the administration of desire + queering value and exchange, office politics + office sex, getting ahead while getting behind or maybe I would prefer not to.
We are so excited to be bringing some International Queer Business to Berlin with a stunning line-up of artists. Join us on 23 May from 7pm at the Room of Requirement, an art space in a temporarily unused office building in Kreuzberg.
Durational performance, video and installation with: Alex Eisenberg, Andrew Kerton, Christa Holka, R. Justin Hunt, Johanna Linsley, Liz Rosenfeld, Luke Pell, Olga Raciborska, Owen Glyndwr Parry, Sadie Weis, Season Butler, Sophie Robinson and Richard Hancock.
The Room of Requirement is organised by Hannes Ribarits/funded by BMBF Austria.
(Sorry, but you’re boring. You make me yearn for silence, for the absence of you.)
Gorge: Chicken is the second iteration of an ongoing project that brings bodies around a dinner table for a messy politically-charged encounter with other eating bodies.
(Do the chicken dance, you chicken.)
It’s like gorge yourself silly until the gorge rises and like: that’s gorge babes.
(It’s mean in the henhouse, as well as hot and loud and feathery.)
It’s a bit stupid really.
And it’s like ‘chicken’ like sissy like shouting on the playground like the unwanted patron saint of queer kids.
(I hate to say it, but fear makes your face look puffy, indecision makes you smell funny.)
And it’s also like food and autobiography and how do we think about how we are what we eat without a horrible easy identification between food and empathy or universalism or cross-cultural tourism.
(It’s mean here, and you’re soft and easy and you’re bringing us down. You’re soft and we’re not.)
And it’s probably other things too. Like meat and how we get it. Like the poetry of the deep fryer. Like clucking and tutting – like gossip. Like closeness through memory.
So welcome and please enjoy.
(We’ll laugh at them won’t we. We’ll laugh and laugh.)
Text by Johanna Linsley. Photos by Timothy Smith and Christa Holka. Thanks to Apiary Studios.
1. ]performance space[
see: Benjamin Sebastian, see: Bean, see: Poppy Jackson, see: listening, see: like, really listening, see: ‘we could be fucking and we wouldn’t be any closer’, see: holes, see: leaking, see: light
2. Butler, Season
see: Hans Christian Anderson, see: The Little Mermaid, see: Oulipo, see: admin aesthetics, see: cut ‘n paste, see: stationery fetish
3. Emergency Index
4. Ishiguro, Yoko
see: blood (fake), see: how to make an entrance, see: meta, see: death scene, see: classic
5. Kartsaki, Eirini
see: repetition, see: repetition, see: repetition, see: voice, see: text, see: body
6. Lobel, Brian
see: Sex in the City, see: I want to be a Miranda, but I’m really a Charlotte, see: memory, see: countdown
see: Rachel Lois Clapham, see: Mary Paterson, see: Alex Eisenberg, see: Open Dialogues, see: the mark and the live, see: self-publishing as performance medium
8. Oliver, Daniel
see: the future, see: catastrophe, see: possession, see: séance as index of disaster, see: sorry
9. Robinson, Sophie
see: dogs, see: songs, see: poetry
All photos by Christa Holka. Thanks to ]performance space[
There is the thing, and there is the thing that tells you about the thing.
Join us, so we can tell you about our things.
On 28 February, at the brand new ]performance s p a c e[, we'll be getting proper meta, thinking about performance and notation, scores and scripts. The event celebrates the publication of Emergency INDEX Vol. 2, an indispensable resource which performer and Franklin Furnace founder Martha Wilson calls 'a bible of performance art activity'. We're also thrilled to be launching Chapter 1 of NOTA, a performative publication by Open Dialogues.
We'll be presenting performance acts, video and text. We'll talk, we'll drink, we'll index.
]performance s p a c e[, Brian Lobel, Season Butler, Warren Garland + Josh Baum, Yoko Ishiguro, Eirini Kartsaki, Open Dialogues, Justin Hunt + Johanna Linsley, Daniel Oliver, Sophie Robinson
About Emergency INDEX:
This is a bible of performance art activity. And if you are, like I am, a believer in performance art and the value of this ephemeral art activity to change the hearts and minds and consciousness of people, then you need to have this bible in your life. The end. —Martha Wilson
We’ve been seeing performance art materialize around us, but without feeling that there was a context for such ideas. Artists have been doing such pieces for a long time without much recognition that in fact their ideas are related. Now, with Emergency INDEX, we get the sense of a magical secret shared among many artists. Emergency INDEX is a profoundly important publication. It guides us to a new place. —Robert Ashley
Emergency INDEX vol. 2 will be available for the special launch price of £10.
About NOTA Chapter 1:
NOTA: NOT, NOTES, NOTER, (NOTA), (NOT/A), is a research framework produced by Open Dialogues that presses on time, place and quality of notes in relation to performance.
Chapter 1 is the first of ten publications that accompany the work. It is a collection of time-stamped documents – handwritten notes, absent-minded doodles and choreographic diagrams – that were NOTAted in relation to SHOWTiME performance festival (2012) and includes a critical text by Rachel Lois and Mary of Open Dialogues on the subject of notes as the future of performance remains.
Chapter 1 will be assembled live on the evening of the launch by Rachel Lois and Mary, bound by hand and finished with a unique time-stamp. No two publications are the same. Available for the special launch price of £4.
13 December/ 12-8.30pm/ Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA
Aspirational ‘How-to’/Trash TV/Domestic Labour/Daytime Drama
Alex Eisenberg & Rosie Carr/ Figs in Wigs/ Gia Mitchell/ Michael Ovaska/ Alex Van Vliet/ David Wilson/ Kerry Underhill/ Liz Rosenfeld/ Helena Walsh
Katy Baird & Lucy Hutson
Owen Glyndwr Parry/ Season Butler/ Sophie Robinson/ Johanna Linsley/ Oriana Fox/ Benjamin Sebastian/ Dr. Sharon Husbands
an alienated toast
setting the table: a silent lecture
a fruity critique
a little something extra to take away
Gorge playlist courtesy of Jan Mertens.
All photo credits: I’m With You, ‘Gorge’, Pacitti Company Think Tank, images taken by Christa Holka
HUGE thanks to Robert Pacitti and the terrific folks at Pacitti Company (with special thanks to Kate, James, Sally and Jen)!
On 5th September, I’m With You comes to Ipswich, to gorge in the Pacitti Company’s new space. Like gorge yourself silly, until the gorge rises, and like that’s gorge, babez. Part performance, part meal, Gorge brings bodies around a dinner table for a messy, politically-charged encounter with other eating bodies.
We think of The Futurist Cookbook, and the inedible, and the tasteless. We think of wholesome, nutritious Fluxus acts, and when we try to make a salad, we accidentally deep-fry it. We think of Kate Zambreno‘s provocation to taxonomise (women’s) writing styles as anorexic or bulimic, and we think about our own disordered eating episodes until we want to throw up.
We think about second-wave feminism, and dining with Judy Chicago. We think about sell-by dates and use-by dates and we shake off the idea that we’re just a little bit past it.
We think about Nigella Lawson’s silky swagger, and just a little midnight snack. We think about a thousand middle class supper clubs, and we think about global food shortages. We think of Lauren Berlant on Mary Gaitskill, and food as incantation, and pleasures that make us feel bad. We think of Mervyn Peake, and Gormenghast, and hot, sweaty, murderous kitchens. We think about a comestible Gothic, an idea that both arrests us, and gets the juices flowing.
We are excellent hosts. We take hospitality seriously – the home and the guest constitute an important dynamic for us.
And we are good cooks, actually, unlike Zelda Fitzgerald, who struggles wittily with toast in her recipe for ‘Breakfast’. This time, tho, we’re taking on the idea of the takeaway, the abundance of absence, and what’s the takeaway on this meeting, hmmmm?
More on all of this (including VERY SPECIAL GUESTS) soon.
In the meantime, book your tickets in advance. We’d love to have you for dinner.
On 29 October 2012, we held our last ever I’m with You at Mayola Manor in Lower Clapton, London, the house where I’m with You began in October 2009.
We invited a small group to say goodbye to Mayola with a series of rituals.
GraceLES (R. Justin Hunt) in which all those present stood in all the doors of the house in song led one called Opera in Doors:
Johanna led a seance in the garden under the full moon:
the clouds seemed to part during the seance
Benjamin led a ritual in the kitchen:
Finally, we walked into the woods
to burn things
All of us, Milifields Park, one last time: