Psychomachia

2020 | Dancetheatre | Live-Music and Composition

Of the arbitrariness of happiness. I wrote and performed the music for “Psychomachia”, the newest creation fromDustin Klein, choreographer and soloist at Bavarian State Ballet for Origen Festival in Switzerland. Dustin and the dancers of the Bavarian State Ballet deal with the duel of virtue and vice, the whims of fortune, symbolised in the medieval wheel of fortune.

superbia vs. humilitas, idolatria vs. fides, ira vs. paciencia, luxuria vs. temperantia. In Herrad from Landsberg’s 12th century illuminated manuscript Hortus Deliciarum, the Psychomachia illustrations depict the battles between the female vices and virtues. Overseeing these battles is the game show host Fortuna, deciding who will rise and who will fall by spinning the wheel of fortune.

 

Choreography: Dustin Klein
Composition and live music: Simon Karlstetter
Voice and text: Felix von Bredow
Costumes: Louise Flanagan
Dancers (Soloists of the Bavarian State Ballet): Henry Grey, Kristina Lind, Elvina Ibraimova, Maria Chiara Bono, Carollina de Souza Bastos

Der Greif #13: Blame The Algorithm (with Broomberg & Chanarin)

2019 | Print Publication, Exhibition, Display, Performance | Kunstinsel am Lenbachplatz, Stadtmuseum, Lothringer 13, Munich

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As guest editors of issue 12 of DER GREIF, Broomberg and Chanarin sent out a call for images that are too private, too quiet, too violent, too political, too subversive or too explicit to share online. They received an avalanche of submissions. Faced with a daunting task of editing the material they turned to a disgruntled former facebook employee who will remain anonymous. Broomberg and Chanarin decided to include both the GOOD and the BAD.

Issue 12 challenges our way of looking at and perceiving images. It asks if and how we may all be complicit to an ongoing commodification of imagery by using social media. Featuring the work of 85 photographers and artists, as well as excerpts from a four-hour interview with a former Facebook content moderator, conducted by Broomberg & Chanarin.

We were invited by the city of Munich to expand the concept of the issue. We presented a display of GOOD and BAD at Lenbachplatz in the heart of the city. For Munich Stadtmuseum, we created an installation of all corresponding magazine spreads of both the GOOD and the BAD sequence of images. Visitors were invited to leave their mark and make their own decisions: Is this image GOOD or BAD? Because of the explicit nature of some of the published images, the visitors also had to make a decision if they wanted to reveal the content or rather leave it censored.

During Fotodoks, we hosted an Oxford-style debate at Lothringer 13 during Fotodoks Munich, discussing the pros and cons of (image-) censorship online.

The debate took the form of presentations between 2-4 minutes per person. One team arguing FOR and the other one AGAINST censorship online. The GOOD team argued for a healthy amount of censorship, as the web is a safe, unregulated space for everyone to express/share/question/surf. The BAD team argued against a healthy amount of censorship needed online to protect readers.

Eden

2019 | Dancetheatre | Live-Music and Composition

 

I got invited by long time friend, collaborator and choreographer Dustin Klein to compose the score for his work “Eden”, commissioned by Origen Festival Cultural. “Eden” explores the subject of the sin. Contemplating the relationship between the original sin in the garden of Eden and subsequent situations in which mankind has been confronted with since the beginning of time, how have we learnt to deal with temptation? Have we even learnt at all? Are we worthy of paradise?

The piece premiered in the Julier-tower, one of the most spectacular theatre venues: A red, round, 37 meters tall tower on the Julier pass on top of 2.300m altitude, with a round stage that is suspended from the ceiling. The audience is sitting all around the stage which creates a very special atmosphere. Anne Gryczka documented the entire process, from conception to adapting it to the space.

 

Choreography: Dustin Klein
Composition and live music: Simon Karlstetter
Dancers (Soloists of the Bavarian State Ballet): Robin Strona, Kristina Lind, Henry Grey, Antonia McAuley
Costumes: Louise Flanagan
Graphic Design: Paul Putzar

Dancing in Peckham

2019 | Performances and exhibition | Collaboration with Webber Gallery & Photoworks | Peckham 24, London | May 17 till 19

 

Dance is a universal language of expression. We dance alone, in the privacy of our own homes; we dance together, in pairs and in groups, forming communities based on shared likes and experiences. Dancing in Peckham during Peckham 24 explored the intersection between dance, music and movement through contemporary photography, performance and video, celebrating how these freedoms of expression helped define different communities.
Peckham 24 is a short festival of contemporary photography that takes place during Photo London week across warehouses, galleries and art spaces in one of London’s most exciting and dynamic artistic quarters. In the spirit of this year’s theme “Collaboration x Community”, Photoworks, Der Greif and Webber Gallery shared a space to explore different perspectives on a common theme, Dancing in Peckham.
The three days of photography, performance and music included live performances on Friday evening and Saturday during the day.

 

Works from the following artists curated by Photoworks & Guest Curator Jamila Prowse: Lotte Andersen, Marie Barrett, Amar Ediriwira, Bernice Mulenga, Lilian Nejatpour & Rebecca Salvadori

Works from the following artists curated by Webber Gallery: Mel Bles, Marton Perlaki & Dorottya Vekony, Senta Simond

Performances from the following artists curated by Der Greif: Alexandra Davenport, Simone Mudde & Lana Mesic, Dustin Ericksen

The Adventure of the Empty House

2019 | Site-specific installation | Collaboration with the Faculty for Architecture of TU Munich

 

In order to explore the intersections between image and sound, we got invited by Munich based Composer, Producer and DJ Benedikt Brachtel. In collaboration with the faculty for architecture of the technical university TUM, we conceived a site-specific installation with images by Viennese artist Thomas Albdorf. The images are from his work »General View«. We installed them using both large prints on PVC as used on construction fences, as well as projections. The install was presented in the former office building of Deckel Maschinen Werke, conceived by famous architect Walter Henn – the one who had also built the famous Osram office buildings. Over 6 floors, visitors would walk through the installations and be guided by sound-loops, created by Benedikt Brachtel. Benedikt did a live performance on the top floor, mixing all sound loops and generating a new piece. This experiment enabled us to experiment with several things that are new to our practice: The intersection between photographic images and sound, as well as the installation of images in non-gallery spaces.

The Rite

2018 | Dancetheatre | Live-Music & Composition

 

«The Rite» is the new interpretation of the heathen rituals that inspired Nijinsky and Stravinsky to the «Sacre du printemps». To this date the piece is still regarded as a revolutionary choreography of modern dance history. The choreography of Dustin Klein is an homage to the Ballets Russes. I used different recordings of the original Stravinsky score, tear them apart, sample from them, rework and rearrange them. I create live loops and add synthesizers, Rhodes and percussion to create a new, idiosyncratic composition that references the original but takes it to a modern, club-like ritual experience.

A contemporary composition, a strong costume design and new movements unite with traditional folklore and familiar musical themes to a bold synthesis. The piece is danced by soloists from the Bavarian State Ballet.

 

Choreography: Dustin Klein
Composition and live music: Simon Karlstetter
Dancers: (Soloists of the Bavarian State Ballet) Matteo Dilaghi, Nikita Korotkov, Margarida Neto, Elisa Mestres, Ilia Sarkisov, Nicola Strada
Stagedesign & Costume: Louise Flanagan

Der Greif #11 (with Jason Fulford)

2018 | Print Publication & Performances | Lothringer 13, Munich, Aperture Gallery, New York

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For issue 11, Der Greif has invited Jason Fulford, American photographer, artist and publisher of J&L Books as guest editor. Sourcing from our large archive of past submissions, Fulford’s edit takes us on an eclectic tour through diverse visual languages.

In order to visualize and explore the various ways and intersections between images and text, Der Greif and guest editor Jason Fulford organised a special event related to issue 11: A variety show in 8 acts where the activity changes every seven minutes. The event originates in Jason Fulford’s editing process. For issue 11, he sourced photographs from parts of our digital archive of past submissions, starting with around 40.000 pictures. His pre-selection for the issue played an important role in the making of the show.

In collaboration with Jörg Koopmann, artist, photographer and curator at Lothringer13, we invited 5 Munich-based artists to contribute to the variety show. We did a second version of the project at Aperture Gallery in New York City in February 2019, featuring 6 New York based artists.

After 10 years and 10 print issues, Der Greif has decided to explore new territories and to change its appearance. In this and future issues, we invite guest editors to work with the same concepts of de- and recontextualizing single images through their individual working methods.

Jason Fulford is a photographer and co-founder of J&L Books. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a frequent lecturer at universities.

Thread Count

2017 | Physical and Virtual Exhibition | CO-OP, Unseen Amsterdam | September 21 till 24

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Taking the jubilee issue #10 of Der Greif as the starting point, a selection of 24 photographers shown in the issue was asked to invite a photographer of their choice to submit a photograph that ‘reacts’ to theirs. This started a chain of invited photographers whose work responded to the previous image shown, and so forth.

For CO-OP, Der Greif brought this thread of images into the physical space, making it fully accessible for the audience to interact with. The images were presented in a grid, produced as blocks of postcards in A5 size. Visitors were allowed to take images with them. Thus, the project created a juxtaposition between the ‘virtual space’, a “market” where the image threads were produced and the physical space where the collection of images were displayed, but where images diminished according to how many were taken away by visitors. Each image was printed 25 times and remained visible until all 25 copies had been removed by the audience. A removed image created an empty space within the grid-hanging that still referred to the once physically present image. Once an image had been removed completely in the physical space, it was also marked as being removed on the website, thus the online space ‘reacted’ to the physical space and viewers online could see the audience’s reactions in the space. The images’ presentation clearly engages with the photograph as a reproducible medium and simultaneously questions the different “values” of a photographic image as well as its distribution – in the physical, as well as in the virtual space. The project wants to foster this discussion, especially during a photography fair.

Old News

2017 | Dancetheatre | Music

 

Does the end ever justify the means? Can acts of terror and abuses of power ever be justified by good intentions, and might redeeming features be found even in the personalities of some of history’s most tyrannical characters such as Herod the Great?

»Old News« controversially challenges our assumptions around the concept of absolute evil, and our often one-dimensional perception of historical figures to examine holistically the multi-dimensional human behind the atrocities, conveying their triumphs, emotions, motivations and fears. In expressing the duality of power and oppression, the atemporality of tyranny in human behavior is exposed through the performances of each dancer. Roles change; power shifts; time, place and scale are irrelevant.

In »Old News«, choreographer Dustin Klein once again collaborates with the multi talented composer and artist Simon Karlstetter and costume and set designer Louise Flanagan, alongside an international group of classical and contemporary dancers.

 

Concept: Dustin Klein, Simon Karlstetter, Louise Flanagan
Choreography: Dustin Klein
Music: Simon Karlstetter
Sound-Design: Karim Weth
Dancers: (Soloists of the Bavarian State Ballet) Jonah Cook, Seo Dukin, Maria Gonzales, Nicholas Losada, Nicha Rodboon
Stagedesign & Costumes Louise Flanagan

(Un)filtered Scenarios

2016 | Virtual and Physical Exhibition | SITUATIONS, Fotomuseum Winterthur | September 16 till November 27

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»(Un)filtered Scenarios« is an experiment inquiring the selection process through the dynamics of net-based distribution.

Breaking with the idea of single-person authorship, the project uses a »chain letter« email that invites individuals to participate in the selection of images for the online exhibition by choosing one image from the open call. The email is sent to four initial participants, continuing its path as the invitees are asked to forward the email to two further participants once they have made their choice.

The chosen images are displayed in an online exhibition on this website. The selection process is anonymized, but participants are asked to fill out a form including standard social categories like gender, age or occupation. They are also asked to leave a personal note on why they chose the image. Fotomuseum visualizes the filters and displays the personal, possibly structural narratives that unfold around the process of distributed image selection.

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