1. Finite Element (2014)

    A work-in-progress developed specially for MOMENTUM’s ‘Works on Paper II’ performance series during Berlin’s Month of Performance Art. PANDAMONIUM’s artist in residence Qiu Anxiong embarks on an experiment to explore new, uncharted territory in his artistic practice. For the first time in his oeuvre, Anxiong will combine video with live performance and animated paper cut-outs, all overlaid to create a surreal contemporary re-invention of the traditional Chinese art of Shadow Theatre. Projected onto a screen resembling the form of classical Chinese scrolls, the traditional medium of paper is here re-imagined and animated with moving images and moving bodies.


    Qiu Anxiong (b. 1972, Chengdu) was born in the capital of Sichuan province in the southwest of China. There, he studied under the progressive artistic practice of Ye Yongqing and Zhang Xiaogang. Qiu and his friends collectively founded a bar which became a hub for the blossoming underground music and art circles in Sichuan, and his colleagues included He Duoling, Zhou Chunya, and Shen Xiaotong. In his animated films, Qiu co-mingles the classical and the contemporary, using the traditional Chinese ink-and-wash style to transpose contemporary social and environmental issues onto traditional Chinese landscapes. A friend and neighbor of Yang Fudong, Qiu has exhibited broadly internationally, having studied contemporary international art and traditional Chinese culture at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany. In 2004 he began teaching at Shanghai Normal University and currently lives and works in Shanghai. Qiu received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award in 2006 and has exhibited widely, including a recent solo-show, titled Qiu Anxiong, The New Book of Mountains and Seas II at the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj, Denmark (2013) and group exhibition ‘Ink Art’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2013). He is one of the artists undertaking the PANDAMONIUM Residency, and will be producing new work for this show.

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  2. Dark learning is an ongoing process attempting to integrate all action into the wholeness of one lived experience utilising certain experimental gestures that earnestly strive for the sublime. Under the heading of the title fall multiple acts constituting the project, which is a life long engagement.
    Through acknowledging the Chinese school of mystery Xuanxue, the project seeks an uncertain equilibrium by means of direct engagement extinguishing all thought and instead puts faith in sensation.
    Subtle enactments and observations (either brief or durational) become components orchestrating an ongoing journey to better fathom ones relationship to the natural world, and seek a more holistic sense of engagement devoid of direct intellectualization.
    Unknowing, un learning or forgetting become nuances shaping the project where ones relationship to “things” and the outer realm is hoped to be born anew. Started in 2014, the project will unceasingly be pursued until Jacobus’s death.

    Act 4 objectively involves the artist kneeling down and simply breathing on a layer of ice beyond the entrance of the Kunstquartier Bethanien. Over the course of 45 minutes the constant act of breathing slowly melts away a section of ice to expose the ground underneath. A single breath then touches the ground and marks the end of the engagement.

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  3. "I can see you, I gaze you into being. You taste. Your body, superb flesh that encounters my thoughts. The further away you seem, the more solid your image becomes. You feel when you speak. Your hands hold the scars that life has written into you. You smear those onto me, this makes me cry. It means nothing that you think. Your love kills. Your web of hatred eludes my sympathy. You penetrate my skin. I am your host."

    Hahn’s work has been described as an itch under the skin, which the artist perceived as fitting. The itch of something that is there but cannot be caught, be laid finger on. Subtle movements of what lays beneath the surface that carries us, moves us back and forth. Transparent and yet hidden, isolated and yet profoundly prominent, like the voices of an oracle.

    We all always stand at a final point, into this point everything that encounters us is poured, comes to a moment of climaxing inflammation, we save up and release, often there is a slight feeling of irritation, a taste of something not being in synch, as if we couldn’t catch up with that point of climaxing, a point of departure, a fleeting face, trying to catch itself, correct itself, it is impossible to hold it in an ever lasting moment of climaxing. A face as fluid as a river and yet in each of its forms isolated.

    There is always a distant longing for something that has been missed.

    Mariana Hahn has a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, London and studied Theatre Studies at ETI, Berlin. She has since performed in London, Paris, Berlin and at Documenta 13 with "Schuldenberg Foundation goes Dokumenta 13".

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  4. On the occasion of THRESHOLDS exhibition opening, Nezaket Ekici staged a live performance, re-enacting her 2008 work, TUBE (duration 30 minutes), based on the 1925 Otto Dix painting Anita Berber. Dix’s painting of Berber, a dancer and actress who was considered the embodiment of the 1920′s femme fatale, depicts her in a tight, red dress. Ekici, in turn, squirms and dances her way into a five meter long, red cloth tube with overly long arms. Behind Ekici, a projection depicts the artist in a snow-covered Canadian landscape, wearing the same red dress. The audience is thus confronted with two different yet corresponding worlds on the threshold of two mediums: the live performance, its projected mirror, and everything that happens in the space in between.

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  5. Created, Choreographed, and Directed by Emi Hariyama (Staatsballet Berlin) Dr. Marcus Doering (Interactive Light Design Specialist)
    Music composed by Bela Bartok, György Ligeti, Peter Kirn, and Szilvia Lednitzky

    What happens when a ballerina meets Germany’s most innovative light design specialist in an responsive, interactive performance? The live score, performed by contemporary electronic producers Peter Kirn and Lower Order Ethics (Szilvia Lednitzky), will combine and improvise on self-collected samples. In asking these artists to work together, we have given them free reign to develop their own expressions towards this location and their own answers to the question MOMENTUM continuously poses: What is time-based art? Transgressing disciplinary boundaries and drawing together their creative synergies, these performers embody MOMENTUM’S mission to enable great art to happen across cultural and institutional borders.

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