Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan, 2014. Image: John Possemato
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Artists Talk: Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan
While today, ‘the public’ increasingly consists of ‘non-overlapping spheres of mutually reinforcing beliefs’ (Nina Power), artistic actions can cut across social divides and shift the public imaginary.
This panel will bring together artists Amy Spiers (AU) and Catherine Ryan (AU), and theorist Camilla Møhring Reestorff (DK), to consider art’s capacity to contribute to social transformation. The panel will be moderated by Carol Peterson (AU/BER). Talking through specific examples from their own practice, the panellists will discuss the merging of aesthetics and politics, as well as tactics to engage the mediatised public sphere. Some questions they will consider:
How is art deployed in order to bring overlooked or intractable social problems into view? Can art intervene with, or even change, public discourse? What strategies do artists use to alter the present social order? How do artists measure the effectiveness of their actions? Is provoking controversy, causing debate and attracting media attention an end in itself? And are there limits to artistic agency, and what might this mean?
Organised in partnership with Vierte Welt Berlin
Zentrum Kreuzberg, Galerie 1. OG, Kottbusser Tor
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.
Caitlin Davis Fisher, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Performance: Caitlin Davis Fisher
An embodied movement and text-based gender (sport) performance exploring the intersecting forces of neoliberal capitalism as they are felt on the female futebol body, impacting our movement, agency and expression.
Richard 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.
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.♫♪