27 Nov 2020 20:30 (CET) Conversation: Danse Macabre
with Annika Larsson, Liv Fontaine, Samir Kennedy, Michel Wagenschütz and Paul Niedermayer.
Moderated by Olympia Bukkakis.
Liv Fontaine is an artist based in Glasgow, UK. She works across performance, writing, video, illustration and photography. She is interested in private lives and pathological lies and particularly the space that exists between the performance and the personal. Her current work examines stock characters and familiar narratives relating to ‘The Woman on the Edge’. She focuses on the idea of hysteria and wild desperation as the only adequate response to society. Under the performance pseudonym VIV INSANE she creates live shows that challenge notions of patriarchal privileges and sexual stereotyping and the subsequent violence of these - all the while examining her own complicity in this total orgy of depravity. Project Collaboration: Performer in Danse Macabre
Samir Kennedy is a british/algerian independent dance, performance and sound artist based in London. As a
perfromer he as worked with Yvonne Rainer, Lucy Mccormicj, Florence Peake a.o As a maker he has performed
his work in The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, and the UK. His work can manifest as Video, Sound, cabaret/
club performance, Durational or Installation based performances and interventions. he is queer, working class
and crass. Project Collaboration: Performer and dancer in Danse Macabre.
Paul Niedermayer (b. 1989) is an artist and lives and works in Berlin. She studied fine arts at Universität der Künste Berlin and at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem. She has shown her work in the Casino Luxembourg Forum for Contemporary Art; Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Museum für Fotografie, Berlin; among others. Project Collaboration: Camera and Conversations in Danse Macabre.
Michel Wagenschütz ( b. 1988, GDR) is an artist and lives and works in Berlin. He studied fine arts at the University der Künste Berlin and the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago. Alongside his research based conceptual practice it is his passion for narrative film that lets him collaborate continuously in other films and performances shown at Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis or Tanzhaus Zürich amongst others. The co-directed queer sci-fi short film ‚Mishaps in Spacetime‘ is in post-production. He currently receives Arbeitslosengeld II. Project Collaboration: Camera and Conversations in Danse Macabre.
Annika Larsson is an artist, researcher at RIA Stockholm and Professor at HFBK Hamburg. Her research project
Non-knowledge, Laughter and the Moving Image investigating how the Moving Image and the Laughing Body
could become agents for new thought, acts, and embodiment. She is the Artist behind Danse Macabre.
OLYMPIA BUKKAKIS is a drag and dance artist. In 2009 she started to perform in Melbourne, Australia. Since moving to Berlin in 2012, she has organised various queer performance nights in Berlin, including Get Fucked, Apocalypse Tonight and Queens Against Borders. In 2018, she completed the SODA Master's degree at HZT with her piece Tales From a State of Shemergency. Her piece Gender Euphoria celebrated its premiere at the Sophiensæle within the Tanztage Berlin 2019. Most recently she showed: Work on Progress (HAU), Under Pressures (Gessnerallee, Zurich) and Boys Night Out (Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne), and A Touch of the Other (Sophiensaele, Berlin). Her podcast Slurry is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.****