Wer sagt denn das Beton nicht Brennt? - Hast Du's probiert? - (2018)

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Performance duration: 60 minutes

This performance I created for the Foods for Thoughts programme for WORM (Rotterdam). Their request was to create a performance that has a relation to food and a document from WORMs books, video and artworks archive. I selected the book called Wer sagt denn das Beton nicht Brennt? - Hast Du's probiert?, which recounts how your people and artists who were living in the DDR state, in the eastern part of Berlin during the 80's, were experimenting with filmmaking and performance art, as a means to deal with their restricted daily lives.

Just like then, the threat of war is in the air once again. But unlike then, it seems that less young voices are speaking out against this...

And well, why should we anyway, while we’re still fine today? Let’s not worry about these problems now, agreed? That’s why I turned WORM into a cozy karaoke bar, with the intend to forget about the world a hard as we possibly could. The audience could rip off a 'sleeve' of my specially designed karaoke skirt. Each sleeve had a songtitle on it of a famous protest song. The audience members that picked/ripped a song, got a free shot of bourbon to drink with me, before I started singing a new song. Just to help us forget about the world...
During this one hour performance, I sang eight protest songs, I drank almost a whole bottle of Jack Daniels and I got more exposed (from ripping of pieces of my skirt) after each song. During this 'dinner show' an assistant -who was wearing a gas mask- handed out jars and cans with preppers food as snacks for the audience... 







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