Videoinstallation, 2-channel audio, 22´56´´, 2012
Into complete darkness, a life-sized woman is being projected. Fixing the camera with her eyes, she – tentatively at first – starts taking little steps on the spot. Continously, she increases her pace, intensity and sound of her steps until, finally, her whole body seems to be vibrating. Having reached this moment of maximum effort, all movement suddenly comes to a halt and begins anew after a short pause. (7 repetitions)
*span., engl.: conclusion/end/climax
Annotation: The video is projected on a black board (2,00 x 1, 50 m) standing in a complete dark room, a subwoofer makes the sound physically tangible, the steps resonate on the floor. The person seems to be truly present.
Public Performance, City Hall, Munich, 2006
in collaboration with Julia Fehenberger
It is the tragic-strange story of a beer tent fundamentalist. As part of the German offence of friendliness she seems to be a nice waitress in countrystyle. But it is her who becomes a suicide attacker, a nightmare for the „Laptop – and Leather trouser – Country”, a disaster for the “ World City with
Filmed with hidden camera from two perspectives.
Don`t Worry, I´m Working
Don`t Worry, I´m Working
Video-Performance, 16´32´´, 2011
The video shows an oversized, hairless, adult baby in a romper suit working hard on its first big creation – the golden shit! In grotesque exaggeration the human being in then video is stylized as a monstrous baby, which tries to overcome its own nature at first playful then increasingly stubborn, finally desperate. The polarity of the supposed “free will” of the human and his determinations is questioned in humorous and sometimes weird – scary way.
Aba heit is koit
Aba heit is`koit* (bavarian dialect: But today it`s cold)
regular guerilla dance performance in public space during 3 months, Munich, 2016
in collaboration with Asisa Hafez
The weekly dance performance was a reaction on the so-called demonstrations of fascistic organisation PEGIDA München which took placeevery day at this time on the Marienplatz in the heart of Munich. During this “demonstrations” PEGIDA misused the call to prayer of the muezzin for heir anti islamic propaganda. It was earsplitting loudly blown over the square during three ours a day. This gesture of hate and violence produced speechlessness with shame and rage within many people in the city. The “public dance against social coldness” could be understood as a reaction on uprising right wings movements in Germany (and worldwide) and an encouragement to resist and find a positive way out of this speechlessness. It is a “resistdance” in the manner of the Schäffler-Dancers who became role models for the performance. Their dance is originated in Munich and remembers the years of the Pest, the so-called “black death” in 1515-1517, in which people feared to go out on the street because they
worried that the disease still hadn’t been defeated. To cheer the people up and to make them come out on the streets again a cooper (Schäffler) had the idea of organizing a joyful spectacle. The famous chime of bells in the tower of Munich`s city hall at Marienplatz reminds us every day of their encouraging dance and the its sweet sounds formed the starting point of the performance at 17 p.m.
Everyone was invited to join the dance to get warm again, to dispel the “new epidemic” called social coldness!
* part of the Schäffler`s – song
The Hercules and Leo Case
Multivoice-performances , since 2015
In collaboration with Karo Knote and Katrin Petroschkat
The performance collective The Hercules and Leo Case creates sound arrangements on the basis of voice and language. The human voice is an instrumentfor an artistic research that explores the relationship between animal-like sounds and differentiated speech, or from simple noises to music producted in a variety of ways – broken, deconstructed, rhythmically and medially extended. Inquiring, experimenting and improvising, The Hercules and Leo Case explores the gray zone between nature and culture, using literature, film, music and science, or for example a New York court case which attempted to give two captive chimps, Hercules and Leo, human rights. The case gives the collective its name, and is symbolic of the concept: giving a voice to the unheard, unheard-of treatment, invisible concealment, so that the incomprehensible can be heard.
Yes I can`t – Serial Public Failure
„Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.“ Samuel Beckett
During three weeks Maria Berauer tried hard to fail in her daily performances at the Klohäuschen in Munich. A timetable in the window of theexhibition space (a former public urinal) informed about the performances, which took place at different times (for example 4 am or 11 pm).17 diverse performances and site-specific installations happened, most of them spontaneously in interaction with and reacting on the mostly coincidentally by-passing people and the local situation. Every action left traces on the building and
In the beginning it is hardly understandable what the video is showing. A swarm of animal-like creatures seem to float or fly in completedarkness, blowing or sucking constantly round shiny things in front of them. Nothing changes. The undefinable drove making the sound ofblowing or breathing does rarely move. Every creature blows the little golden ball at different times, in shifted rhythms until they finally blowall together. After a while of watching the video it becomes more and more clear what it really is.
It shows 31 times the same image of a human head filmed from below. A golden sphere is blown from the mouth up in the air. Gravity pullsthe sphere back to the mouth and when it arrives it stays for a while until it gets blown up again. This happens continually. The heads areturned 90° to the right. In this way the law of gravity is not obvious anymore and it gets confusing and mysterious at the same time. It makes
think of timeless space, endless universe and the permanent presence of a repetitive ubiquitous breath. (odem: traditional poetic germanexpression for breath)
Annotation: The video is shown in a black box, projected on a black wall so that the only light is given by the shining heads.
In this video the artist presents her own body similar to a ceremonial unveiling of an artwork by pulling a throw of blue fabric successively up in the air using a string. Since it is herself who pulls the string noisily she holds her showing or hiding literally in her own hands. The blue fabric is lifted in rhythmical repetitions making appear the almost naked body who constantly runs for cutting a great figure until the „curtain“ falls again. Three times parallel and time shifted every unveiling becomes an event and gives at the same time a critical – but winking – comment on the omnipresent compulsion of the self-representation and -dramatisation.