We are watching the tsunami coming…
Which swimming costume are you going to put on?
March 30th 2012
20.30 TQW / Halle G
UNTER GANG ART
updating the downfall
What (and who) is actually going down, when we nowadays talk about the downfall? Are the limits of growth also the limits of our world? And how are we approaching the downfall, how do we speak our way towards it?
In a time of media hysteria about the crisis, of anonymous natural forces and financial catastrophes, Thomas Jelinek and his guests – prominent end time analysts, downfall-focused art-researchers, as well as common-or-garden losers from next door – invite you to participate in the downfall and take part in the endgame. Not without being aware of the certain pathos in the negotiation of the psychotic liturgy of the present, between congress-, passion- and demonstrationdances, driven by the call to selfempowerment, they open up a public, transdisciplinary space for discussion and artistic experimentation. A performative laboratory as discourse-space in the constantly recurring downfall and reconstruction game. A space for action, in order not to remain mute; an artistic suggestion against the perhaps greatest danger – namely that in the end everything remains unchanged.
ARTISTIC DIRECTION / HOST: Thomas Jelinek
Nicolas Gergaud, Biologist / Degrowth
Karin Kübelböck, ATTAC
Corinna Milborn, Journalist / Writer
Tobias Nöbauer, Quantum physicist / Atom Institut of TU-Wien
Ines Omann, Ecological Economy / SERI (Sustainable Europe Research Institute)
Leopold Seiler, Ökonom / Mikrofinance / GLOBArt
Hooman Sharifi, Choreographer
Doris Uhlich, Performer / Choreographer
ARTISTS: Iris Julian, Hoelb/Hoeb, Max Hoffmann, Harald Jokesch, Tina Muliar, Lena Wicke-Aengenheyster, AIKO/Kazuko Kurosaki, Andrea Peller, Luiz Simões / Sabina Simon, u.a.
VIDEO: Michael Loizenbauer
WEB DISCOURS, BLOG: Olga Susman
ARTISTIC AISSISTANCE: Magdalena Meindl
PRODUCTION: NOMAD.theatre / [...]
COPRODUCTION: Tanzquartier Wien / ARTPHILEIN – Institute for art research (A-IKF)
With artistic contribution by:
Aldo Giannotti, The Stationary Point in the Evolution of a System
Leopold Kessler, Aktion / Interspecific Bargain
Mahony, Operación Pavo. Audioguide
Dan Perjovschi, Untitled. Drawings
Gerald Straub, Tu-lips. A performative investigation
Gianmaria Gava / Giorgio Palma, Not yet titled. Branding intervention in public space
u.a., Nebenjob. A-real found object
NICOLAS GERGAUD - KARIN KÜBELBÖCK - CORINNA MILBORN - TOBIAS NÖBAUER - INES OMANN - LEOPOLD SEILER
The whole event-evening in the Halle G will be structured as a discursive dramaturgy where a constant tension between theatrical/performative moments and theoretical/argumentative insights will shape the rhythm and the mood within the room. The two elements are nonetheless interweaved in such a way as to progressively unveil a hidden, unwritten, unannounced narrative, whose task is to bring the public to both discover the complexity and multiplicity of the debate around the concepts of the end or downfall, and to take part in this very same debate.
Thus, scientific content and experts’ opinions are to be understood, in the frame of the evening, in their ambivalent role, that is to say, on the one hand as truth-oriented pieces of knowledge, which serve as starting points to open up a public debate around the issues at stake, and, on the other hand, as discursive tools to collectively articulate a speculation process about the meaning(s) of words such as “end”, “downfall”, “crisis” in different domains and at various levels of human activity and existence.
Indeed, these words assume quite different meanings and raise very different questions depending on the context they are pointing at. From a more physical and metaphysical level – is the downfall, the breakdown a universal property of every existing system? Aren’t entropy and chaos themselves the ultimate, achieved form of a system as such? – to the most personal dimension – Isn’t The End, that is death, in the end, the very unthinkable origin that funds any attempt to give a meaning to human life? – the various scientific and theoretical contributions are there in order to define, to give a name to the problems and perhaps (if needed, if asked, if possible) to the solutions.
AIKO/Kazuko Kurosaki - Gianmaria Gava - Aldo Giannotti - Hoelb/Hoeb - Max Hoffmann - Harald Jokesch - Iris Julian - Leopold Kessler - KkuK – Mahony - Tina Muliar - Dan Perjovschi - Hooman Sharifi - Luiz Simões / Sabina Simon - Gerald Straub - Doris Uhlich - Lena Wicke-Aengenheyster - u.a.