NO.HOT_L is a transdisciplinary artistic intervention series temporarily accomodating in holiday apartments and other transitory living spaces. Performative, installative and collaborative artistic interventions developed on site deal with phantoms and questionable aspects of “travel”, “home” and “work”. Amina Handke as artist and curator uses given space and furniture to create communicative stagings, recombinations and present-tations in the no/wo/man’s land between private and public.
Comparably, definitions of authorship are being expanded, as more artists and art related persons based both on-site and abroad are invited to collaborate and contribute. The ensemble of works, exchange and processes is the declared aim and product: The apartment is the exhibition, the exhibition a film setting, and the film is shown in the apartment. The cast of “artists” and “audience” is overlapping while exchanging informally in the Salon and connecting simultaneously with other places and times via portable devices and the internet wormhole.
25DPH is a copy / remake of Chronik der laufenden Ereignisse (1971), a film by Peter Handke, as drawings of single film frames – 129.184 in total. The process of drawing as durational performance as never ending process of copying and archiving the ephemeral.
AAA! (Almost Aged Actionists Anonymous) is an artistic self-help group with the aim of exchanging and developing intervention ideas that can easily be converted into practice by single persons. The interventions and actions deal with realities of women over 40 on the borders of public and private spaces, of legality and with role constructions and clichés.
AAA! was started in the context of the festival Wienwoche in 2018. Actionist ideas and other inspirations from informal meetings have been collected on the AAA!website since then as work-in-process.
Where should all the vinyl records go that DJs and record collectors do not want or need any more? They just auction them at a minimal prize. And because they have something to say about them that is usually unheard, DIE VORSPIELSERVICE is a very entertaining show with mostly unexpected crazy comments, singing along and enthusiastic audience participation.
A woman is standing alone at the side of the road – is she a hitchhiker, a prostitute, seeking help, fleeing, displaced, lost or deranged? Her looks, anyway, are inconspicuous: apparently local, conventionally dressed, no luggage other than a handbag, aged around 40. She is trying to wave down cars.
Once a car stops she does not get in but tells short excerpts from first-person accounts by women driven into various kinds of dependency through the open window. The texts are based on the film script of “It Happened Just Before” (Anja Salomonowitz, 2006).
In the “Fasching” (carnival) season people disguise and often hide their faces. A custom that allows different interpretations, depending on the point of view. Thus also an occasion to reflect on dress regulations and conventions, on conformity and role models; about what is familiar or strange / exotic, especially concerning the own “cultural background”.
Carinthia (Austria) as my family’s origin region is the setting for an experiment that inconspicuously confuses stigmatizing tendencies in contemporary image production, involving the local photographer Franziska David who usually works for regional media: The woman dressed in black is a stranger adapting to this and that custom and stands out even more by doing so, her veiled face being a concession to seemingly different, contradictory conventions.
The talk show Wishing Cast, produced in the framework of Pixels, Bytes and Film*, invites professional performers of different origins and disciplines (a dancer, an actress, a comedian, an entertainer, a cabaret artist and a burlesque performer) to a conversation about their dream role. The guests tell tales of super heroes, revenge fantasies, escape adventures, war histories and boat taxis. Of sex, violence, humour, self-determination, authenticity, manipulation and a happy life. Wishing Cast develops into a polyphonic tale about role perceptions and life goals. The borders between reality, desire and fiction blur, perhaps they never even existed. Just as the format Wishing Cast itself.
*cooperation of the TV Station ORFIII, the Austrian Federal Chancellery and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Stage design, Akademietheater (Vienna) and Theatre de l’Odéon (Paris)
The Play by Peter Handke, set in a midsummer garden, was transposed into a backstage setting where two actors meet amidst decoration remains after their performance of „Don Carlos“ and speak about love and their past lives, before the curtain opens to infinity.
Jebo Te! was first launched in 2003 as part of The Handke Collection as statement about impossibilities of translation and blurriness of semantics. The first 100 items were initially exhibited in the framework of Operation Figurini (Steinbrener / Dempf).
Jebo Te! consists of individually chosen pieces from the wardrobe of the artist, each connected to a special memory. Relabeling every item manually even makes fast fashion unique, an original copy, recalls practices of authorship, signature, fake and appropriation as well as the hidden work in global sweat shops and homes.
In an ever changing world of fluid and transitory signs like the codes of fashion, how can we interpret what is written on us or influence the way it is (or we are) read? How many memories do we get rid of by disposing of our clothes?
Jebo Te! is an emphasizing exclamation in Ex-Yugoslavian languages. It could be literally translated as „Fuck You“. But doesn’t every translation lead to misunderstandings and conflicts, whether literal or not? Or to say it with Saint-Exupéry: language is the source of misunderstanding.