Sunday, 13 May, 17:00
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.
Dries Verhoeven is a theatre maker and visual artist whose oeuvre includes installations, performances and happenings in museums and public spaces. In recent years, the main inspiration for his socio-political projects has been the rapidly spreading atmosphere of crisis and the impact of digital media on interpersonal relationships.
Silke Felber is a theatre and cultural scientist. After working in the theatre business for several years and obtaining her doctorate in 2013, she subsequently worked as a research assistant at the Elfriede Jelinek Research Platform. As a holder of the Austrian Science Fund’s Hertha Firnberg scholarship, she is currently doing research and lecturing at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna.
Leander Gussmann is an art and cultural scientist. He lives and works in Vienna.Okwui Okpokwasili is a performer, choreographer and author. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Together with her artistic partner, Peter Born, she develops multidisciplinary performances that focus on personal and collective memory, body politics and space.
Dr. Christoph-Alois MARTIN, born in Bayern, with studies in Munich, Fribourg and a PhD in theology about the significance of public opinion in the revolution of 1848. He worked as an assistant for the chair of church history in Fribourg, at the research institute for philosophy in Hannover and as a journalist in Munich. Together with a french-swiss research team, Dr. Christoph-Alois Martin is the publisher of correspondences of the 19th century. He lives in Vienna for fifteen years, where he is rector of the Malteser church and priest in Mailberg (Lower Austria).
Katharina Hausladen is an art and cultural scientist. She lectures at various universities, currently at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. She also works as a freelance critic and writes for testcard and Texte zur Kunst, among others.
Julia Pennauer is a dramaturg, author and cultural scientist with a queer and feminist focus. She is currently doing her doctorate on camp aesthetics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Dohee Lee, born on Jeju Island, South Korea, is a performance artist. She studied Korean dance, singing and percussion, and has been living and working in Oakland, California since 1998. In her multidisciplinary work she combines traditional practices rooted in shamanism with contemporary art forms and emphasises the mythical, experimental, ritualistic, theatrical and healing aspects of art.
Anna Barfuss is an artist and is currently writing about feminist voices and resistive embodiments of gender in music and moving images at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 2017 she received a studio scholarship from the Federal Chancellery of Austria, allowing her to work in London.
Anke Dyes is an artist and cultural scientist. From 2016 to 2018 she was an editor at Texte zur Kunst and is currently doing her doctorate on performance discourses at the Academy of Fine Arts.
Cassils is a visual and performance artist, bodybuilder and transgender icon, lives and works in Los Angeles. Using their own body as artistic material, Cassils processes influences from feminism, body art and hyper-masculine, homoerotic aesthetics. Cassils eludes binary gender categories and understands and embodies transgender not as a crossing from one gender to another, but rather as a continual process of becoming, as a form of embodiment that works in a space of indeterminacy and ambiguity.