Staging Realities II

13. September - 4. October 2018

In spring and fall of 2018, the Kunstverein in Hamburg will feature a number of short interventions engaging with performance as a possibility to purposefully manipulate the experience. While the formulation “alternative facts” has recently been elected ugliest word of the year 2017, philosophy has been aware since the Enlightenment at the latest that the actual value of “truth” lies in the productive argument about it—under the condition that all participants agree on the space of negotiation. Against the background of the current debate on so-called post-truth and its entry into day-to-day politics and the press, the project celebrates the potential of the arts to envision fictions and alternative conceptual spaces. For it is precisely these shifts in our perspective and the expansion of our horizon of experience, that make up the special attraction of art, or, as the band Tocotronic, fomed in Hamburg, put it in a nutshell: “Pure reason must never win. We sorely need new lies to guide us through the universe.”

On several evenings, themes such as body, identity, history, language, and science will be highlighted in regard to their forms of possibility and their potential to deconstruct and destabilize alleged facticity. A special focus will be placed on gauging the way music and singing, as the most emotional but also the most manipulative forms of communication, are used as transformative means.


30. August, 7 pm

Raphael Gygax, Lecture/Talk (Curator, Migros Museum for Contemporary Art, Zurich)

13. September, 19 Uhr

Annika Kahrs (*1984 in Achim, lives and works in Hamburg) - THIS IS A LOVE SONG

With: Mette Nadja Jansen, Pierre Chastel

20. September, 19 Uhr

Anja Dietmann (*1982 in M√ľnsingen, lives and works in Hamburg) - Nicorette

4. Oktober, 19 Uhr

Mette Sterre (* in Delft, lives and works in London und Rotterdam) - A Circuit of Overthinking - A Circus of IT Girls

With: Genevieve Giuffre, Liesbeth Klaver,  Agnes Momirski, Nikki Ootjers, Diana Roig, Mette Sterre, Erin Amazia Tasmani