Please look at me, and smile

Laura Engelhardt, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Video Screenings: Tang Han, Laura Engelhardt, Ivar Veermäe and Xandra Popescu

x-embassy presents four video works by relating to the production of identity via the mediated gaze of the camera.

Like a mirror, recording devices can be deployed to socialise, distill, crystallise, warp or subvert how we see ourselves. What kind of superhero avatars do we make of ourselves under the artificial gaze of the camera, traced by the ear of the microphone? What kinds of dialogues, misunderstandings, and identities are produced when this artifice is internalised? PLEASE LOOK AT ME, AND SMILE presents four positions:

Tang Han’s ‘Pretties Make Up!’ (2017) is a short filmic montage of her childhood drawings and the transformation of the Sailor Moon manga cartoon, marking the progress of a child’s projection of gender as she teaches herself to draw. An avatar of a different kind will guide us through Laura Engelhardt’s ‘Die Forschungsfrage ist fest’ (2017), a critical documentation of the use of 3D imaging and ‘biological cybernetics’ as Max Planck Institute scientists attempt to investigate the human perception of self, body and space. ‘Name’ (2012) is a 6 minute-long investigation into the naming of commercial enterprises in Berlin and a series of vignettes in which Ivar Veermäe and his microphone provoke multilingual (mis)communications with their conversation partners. They get there in the end (mostly). Finally, in ‘You Are Safe With Me’ (2015), conceived by Xandra Popescu in collaboration with Adrian Knuppertz and produced by Larisa Crunţeanu, two female voices coming from behind the camera call the shots, while male bodies – at times delighted, at times squirming under the camera – dance, stretch and demonstrate the use of weapons upon command:

“Flex one of your arms.”
“Raise your other arm.”
“Please look at me, and smile.”



Dana McMillan, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Performance: Dana McMillan

We are sitting at the cusp of the undeniable —yet mostly invisible—fundamental shift in the way we conceive of technological integration in our lives. For women’s bodies this means new sophisticated systems of surveillance and compliance. Based on real experiments, Dana McMillan poetically audits herself according to the billions of data points we’ve extracted about her.

The Trump Card

richard_pettifer_webRichard Pettifer, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Performance: Richard Pettifer

New York monologuist Mike Daisey interrogates the slumlord, racist upbringing of the current United States President.

First performed in the lead-up to the 2016 US election, The Trump Card is a biographical and political assault on the man who would be king.

In this secret live theatrical reading directed by Alex Tálamo (AUS), Richard Pettifer (AUS/DE) re-creates the text for a Berlin audience.

X-Embassy Opening + Party

Hilarey Cowan, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017
Exhibition + Screening + Party

Works in progress from x-embassy members. Then we celebrate! Food provided, very cheap drinks available ♥ ♥ ♥ Come in the front door, or up the metal spiral staircase around the side of the building and follow the signs. ♫♪.ılılıll|̲̅̅●̲̅̅|̲̅̅=̲̅̅|̲̅̅●̲̅̅|llılılı.♫♪