So to speak

Discourse at mumok kino

In the late afternoon on four days, mumok cinema will host talks and lectures with the Festwochen artists Dries Verhoeven (13 May), Okwui Okpokwasili (30 May), Dohee Lee (7 June) and Cassils (14 June). Together with art and culture experts from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, they will talk about the contexts of their works and explore the challenges facing today’s society as well as strategies for resistance.


Sunday, 13 May, 17:00
Fear Forward
Dries Verhoeven talks to Silke Felber, Leander Gussmann and Alois Martin

Where there is fear, there is something to be had. Mining basic feelings: This discussion aims to examine that ambivalent thrill of fear in language and game.  

Dries Verhoeven’s Phobiarama, a ghost train that takes us on a ride past things that haunt us and society’s new fears, can be visited at the Vorplatz of the MuseumsQuartier from 11 to 15 and 17 to 22 May.


Wednesday, 30 May, 17:00
Dance on Your Head
Okwui Okpokwasili talks to Katharina Hausladen and Julia Pennauer 

The intermedia performances of the Bessie Award winning artist Okwui Okpokwasili delve into the vastness of the African diaspora once described by Paul Gilroy as the “black Atlantic”. Oral history meets necromancy in the realm between ecstasy, sadness and longing. A discussion about autonomously raising one’s voice in collective practices such as the Aba Women’s Riots and #BringBackOurGirls.

Poor People's TV Room SOLO, Okwui Okpokwasili’s performance will take place in the Gösserhallen on 1 June as part of Deep Friday #1. Admission is free.  


Thursday, 7 June 2018, 17:00
Channelling Spirits of Resistance
Dohee Lee talks to Anna Barfuss and Anke Dyes

Dohee Lee’s work as an artist can be traced back to Jeju Island, the South Korean “Island of the Goddesses” that is famed for its original matriarchal structures. The shamanism practised by the women informs a performative and musical tradition that vividly recalls scenes of colonial and misogynistic violence – to counter it, but also to heal injuries suffered. Can patriarchal and colonial power relations be exorcised?

Dohee Lee’s performance ritual MU/巫 will take place in the Gösserhallen on 15 June as part of Deep Friday #3. Admission is free.


Thursday, 14 June 2018, 17:00
The Body as Social Sculpture
A Lecture by Cassils

With targeted, strictly disciplined strength training, Cassils makes their own body the protagonist of their performances, and contemplates the history(s) of violence, representation, struggle and survival. Drawing from the idea that bodies are formed in relation to social expectations, Cassils speaks about past works and their starting points, development processes and historical contexts.

Cassils’s performance Becoming an Image will take place in the Gösserhallen on Friday, 15 June as part of Deep Friday #3. Admission is free - seats are limited, numbered tickets (one ticket only per person) will be available at the evening box office from 9 pm. 
Selected video works will be presented in the Gösserhallen from 13 to 16 June.

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