STREAM SWITCHJanuary 2019Performance Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum of Contemporary Art Berlin
Artistic direction: Philipp Bergmann and Thea ReiflerCurator: Natalie KepplerPerformance: Rocio Marano Miguez, Thomas Proksch, Alexey Kokhanov Artistic collaboration: Lilly PfalzerCostume Parts: Robert Christian Wimmeroth
In the Performance Stream Switch, performers move through the museum based on imaginary physical laws. They work with their bodies against the gravitational pull of actual and fictional worlds – or allow themselves to fall. In a stream of movement and (opera) singing, they are interacting with their environment, the architecture, the artworks and the visitors in a subtle way.The performers - two dancers and an opera singer - create their own level of reality based on choreographic and musical scores. They use architecture as a musical partiture, incorporate the qualities of visitors and works of art into their own bodies and thereby become constantly transforming and collapsing sculptures. They create new gravitational fields and passages by the aid of ropes and harnesses, or visualize sight axes and energy flows in space through motion.
Visitors can follow this stream for a few minutes or hours or are suddenly being surprised by unexpected performative situations in the exhibition. They become involved with the movement of the performers - as obstacles and sources of inspiration for actions.Which individual and collective experience can be generated here? How do bodies communicate with their surroundings? With empathy? Violence? Tenderness? Consideration? How do they behave in the gravitational field of the museum? And which experiences do they take with them when they leave this space?
The Performance Stream Switch was created in January 2019 at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art Berlin at the invitation of curator Natalie Keppler, who works in Berlin and Zurich. The work was realized in different rooms of the museum and repeated several times. The total length of the performance was 2.5 hours, but is variable depending on local conditions.