Curation and production of performance night in collaboration with Anna Hofmann and Milena Bühring
Directly under the S-Bahn arches at Alexanderplatz, Berlin, a spiral staircase leads into the former City Casino. Shortly before the reconstruction, stripped of the entire interior, only remnants tell of its past - of the lure of fast money, of empty promises, triumph and abysses. 26 young artists are transforming this ruin on 7/7 from 7pm with performances, videos and artistic interventions into a parallel world that revolves around the tragedy, comedy and inevitability of winning and losing.
07.07.2023, former City Casino, Berlin Alexanderplatz
photo credits: Studio Replica
works depicted by Tin Wang (top left), Ale Borea & Diego Delgado, Maja Zagórska (top right), Elin Laut, Jonas Strecke (bottom right), Mayan Tuulia Frank & Lina Mayer, performance by Baby Marcel + Special Guest (bottom left)
Collaboration with Milena Bühring
Unsettled by the social, political and ecological crises of the present, people at least try to gain control over themselves by regulating their emotional world. The trend to see oneself as a "self-entrepreneur" and to strive for personal excellence functions as a perfect coping strategy in late capitalism. The performance WINNER deals with the ambivalence of self-improvement mechanisms in the context of a coaching session - between honest life questions and manipulative calls for self-exploitation. The performers are simultaneously coaches and "coachees", showmasters and assistants. Fragmentary statements are combined with emotionalized show elements from dance and martial arts.
2023, live performance (12min)
photo credits: Spoiler & Jasper Schulte, Anna Hofmann
Collaboration with Milena Bühring & Lisa Kaschubat
ECTORIDERS revolves around Mimi, a late-night saleswoman, Kay, a businesswoman, and Yv, a programmer, who find themselves in an endless game show due to unexplained circumstances. In a futuristic cab, they are led into parallel universes and have encounters that raise questions about solidarity and parenthood in a heteronormative, patriarchal, and capitalist society. Drawing on various feminist movements as well as personal experiences, the film combines aesthetic strategies from pop culture, commercial film, and media art. The video work is shown together with the prop of the cab, in which viewers sit in the seats of the three main characters. Within the immersive experience, levels of fiction and reality intertwine, allowing the audience to position themselves in relation to the film.
2022, single channel full HD video installation (20:00min)
Installation view: Ectoriders, graduation show during Rundgang 2022, UdK Berlin
Fit By Stacy
I will never let you down again!
Apology videos have become their own subgenre in the world of youtubers and influencers. Since their success depends on their credibility and relatability, they have to act quickly after any misconduct is made public. It is not clear which mistakes Stacy is apologizing for in I will never let you down again!. Her statement wanders through 3 temporal levels and different emotional constitutions. It remains fragmentary and seems to anticipate any possibility of public accusation. The format of the apology video, which is usually meant to represent a „raw“, honest, often less glamorous version of its protagonists, becomes a universal apology for every possible misstep of the past and future.
2022, 3 channel Full HD video installation (5:58min)
Fit By Stacy
Intuition Money Love
In Intuition Money Love, Stacy is starting a new chapter. She reflects on her own spiritual journey through unstable times after a low point in her life. CGI clouds become her companions. As she floats through the desert-like spheres of her virtual world, the background and context of her newly learned practices remain undetermined. Her insights and affirmations become advertising messages. Her search for meaning becomes a promise of salvation.
2021, Full HD Video (6:34min)
Fit By Stacy
In her follow-me-around, Stacy takes an extensive tour through the perfectly arranged rooms of her virtual home and presents the most important items that accompany her through her optimized daily routine. Drawing on the genre’s catalog of phrases, she leaves no object uncomment- ed. By putting her self-improvement at the center, an apolitical space is created between her and her imaginary followers that seems to shield her from social crises.
Installation view: Roomies, duo show with Kim Schönauer, curated by Sebastian Peter, 2022, d1n4m0 d4rkr00m Berlin
Reminiscence of the former enthusiastic self
In their performance piece ‘Reminiscence of the Younger Enthusiastic Self’ Klara Kirsch and Milena Bühring deal with the topics of fan cult, youthful fantasies and idealization of famous personalities. As kids both of them were big fans of different bands: Klara admired the Killerpilze, Milena the Beatles. Based on personal diary entries as well as archive material and inspired by task-based performance practices, they develop their own artistic method. Together they explore in a double portrait their relationship to their own adolescence and the accompanying tension between shame and nostalgia.
2021, live performance (ca. 20 min)
Never Look Back...
The Truth About Orpheo
In a late capitalist society where water has long become a tradable commodity global warming drives people to new business ideas. While temperatures are rising dramatically and the little remaining fresh water is in high demand sweat becomes a valuable resource. A fluid naturally produced by the body consisting of 99% water, full of electrolytes, some sugar and amino acids gets recycled and transformed into a product that revolutionizes the cooling supply for the human organism. SWEATONIC. In this performance the visitors have the chance to witness the first transformation process before the product launch. By donating their own sweat they can become active protectors of the human cooling system in times of climate change.Don’t waste those valuable components if they can be processed and returned to the body - become part of the SWEATONIC movement!
2019, Live performance (15min)
Waiting for the End of the World While Trying to Remember a Dream
The memory of three dreams, one remaining image each, a person seeking shelter in human rituals, and an apocalyptic landscape form a narrative that is coherent in itself, yet remains open. An oversized blue finger, a yellow dress, and memories of human civilization fit fragmentarily into the overall picture. Using video projection, text, music and objects, the question is explored: What happens after the apocalypse?
2018, live performance and mixed media installation (11min)
A Fake Ritual for a Moment of Realness
This is a ceremony to embrace the uncomfortable truth of being alive. Our feet are touching the ground ‘cause that’s what they’re meant to do. Don’t they notice the cracks in the walls?
This building is going to collapse.
What you find
What you feel
What you know
To be real
What you see What you feel
Got to be real
The traveling spirit has to unpack her suitcase if she wants to stay in the fragile reality of space. Only the visitor can enter. She’s fading away.
I touch I drink
Got to be real
What you smell
To be real
Wenn sie sagen ich hab das gut gemacht und mir auf die Schulter klopfen, dann muss es wohl wahr sein.
What you find What you feel Now What you know Now
To be real
I move I breathe Got to be real
Got to be real
2017-2018, live performance (7 min)
© Klara Kirsch 2023