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 cars stops she does not get in but rather tells short excerpts from first-person accounts by women driven into various kinds of dependency through the opened window. The texts are based on the film script of “It Happened Just Before” (Anja Salomonowitz, 2006).
Performance, 22 photographic prints (40x60 cm), additional material (overall sizes variable)
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.
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, DIEVORSPIELSERVICE is a very entertaining show with mostly unexpected crazy comments, singing along and enthusiastic audience participation.