Photo ©: Jörg Förster

 

 

IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN / Nr. 7

 

Sandra Hauser

CURTAIN CALL

29.04. - 12.05. ° Lit up from 5 pm to 10 pm

 

Curated by Peter Ungeheuer

 

 

In times of COVID-19, daily life has many aspects of Utopia, the land of nowhere described by Thomas Moore in 1516. We long for another society than the one we currently live in, in many aspects, we are rethinking our world, our politics, economy and daily life, wishing for a better place for our “new normal”. In contradiction to Moore’s ideas, our current thoughts are neither abstract nor ideal, we are mostly just hoping to get back to the status quo ante, thereby somewhat romanticising it. A curtain call has different meanings, which Sandra Hauser is trying to explore in her installation. On the one hand, the performing artists (even stronger affected by the current pandemic than the visual arts) are called to get ready before the curtain rises and to start the show for the audience, sitting on the other side of the curtain. This is the moment of stage fright, nearly inevitable for most of the artists: Is my voice working well, do I remember my part by heart, is the prompter there, are all the props in their place, what is the mood of the audience etc. On the other hand, the curtain call is part of the artist’s compensation, the applause after the performance. Luciano Pavarotti – by the way – holds the world record with 165 curtain calls at the Deutsche Oper Berlin back in 1988. The total duration of his curtain calls was 67 minutes, roundabout half of the duration of the performance itself.

 

Sandra Hauser’s installation is rather puristic in its appearance. She sets the stage for the public visiting the exhibition to switch roles and become the performer, thereby giving them the opportunity to feel either stage fright or longing for applause. In the middle of the space, the backside of a real theatre curtain can be seen, not fully closed, with some spotlight from the imagined auditorium and some technical behind-the-scenes elements which an audience never sees. This simulates the situation of a performing artist on stage at the moment when she or he is called to confront the audience. Sandra Hauser often works as a stage and costume designer, contributing to creating magic for the audience every night. Behind the scenes, moments of magic are very rare, and this is why a curtain hides those aspects from the audience. The work curtain call can also be seen as the craving of the artists: When will we be able again to step on a scene, prepare a piece and raise the curtain for our audiences? Sometimes, Utopia seems so near and far away at the same time.

 

- Peter Ungeheuer, december 2020

 

 

Sandra Hauser, visual artist, stage and costume designer, was born in Bavaria and studied art at Akademie der Bildenden Künste München with Prof. Stephan Huber and Prof. Hans Op de Beeck. After practising her art from studios in Munich and Rome / Italy, she moved to Berlin. She works in a wide range of different media, ranging from drawing/painting to sculpture/installation and film. Her multi-disciplinary works have been shown mainly in Germany and Italy, but also in other European countries and the US. 

 

Peter Ungeheuer, freelance management consultant, art collector and curator, has organised more than 30 exhibitions featuring around 200 different artists, mostly in Berlin. He has authored catalogue texts, advised artists and gallerists and guest lectured at art schools. Curtain call is his fifth collaboration with Sandra Hauser and his third appearance with DISKURS Berlin since 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN

04.02. - 23.06.2021 

Exhibition-Relay 2021 

10 Shows, 10 Artists, 4 Guest Curators

 

 

This program is designed to support the artists, curators, and creative individuals to fight back against the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Think about the alarming crises in the world. The spreading pandemic, racism and discrimination, growing far-right propaganda, international terrorism, and climate change are to name a few of the perceived threats to our existence. Some people are paralyzed by uncertainty in this unpredictable time, and yes, we are also confronted with severe socio-economic problems. In addition, this unexpected crisis has, unfortunately, accelerated the rate of restrictions on civil liberties, and mass surveillance methods have uninterruptedly risen.

 

Even if it may sound utopian, we are forced to think about new models of how we live” in these perilous times. The image of Utopia” maybe a romantic and unrealistic concept, but it is an urgent one as we try to revise our current problems.

 

Under the title It may sound utopian, DISKURS Berlin launches the second round of the Exhibition-Relay in 2021 to attract, select, and provide an opportunity to artists, curators, and creative individuals. In the first Exhibition-Relay 2020, 16 artists and 2 guest curators were chosen and created 11 exhibitions that received attention from the public and the press. For the past program, please visit.

 

With the second round of the Exhibition-Relay in 2021, we encourage creative thinkers to create personal utopias in this unpredictable and vulnerable world.

 

This project is specifically designed to be viewed through the windows of DISKURS Berlin as our doors remain closed. With the exhibitions changing every two weeks, this fast-paced exhibition program aims to support the art scene to fight back against the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Die ungebremste Ausbreitung der Corona-Pandemie, Rassismus, Diskriminierung und der Klimawandel sind nur einige Bedrohungen für unsere Existenz.  Welche Strategie verfolgen wir angesichts dieser alarmierenden Situation in der Welt?

 

Viele von uns sind in dieser unvorhersehbaren Zeit durch Unsicherheit gelähmt und mit schwerwiegenden sozioökonomischen Problemen konfrontiert. Unzählige Ausstellungen und Projekte wurden entweder verschoben oder gar gecancelt. Gerade Kulturschaffende haben daher kaum mehr Möglichkeiten, ihre Arbeit zu präsentieren.

 

Auch in Zeiten einer Pandemie braucht die Welt Kunst. Diskurs Berlin will in dieser schwierigen Zeit Solidarität zeigen.

Künstler*innen und Kurator*innen wird daher Zusammenarbeit in einem besonderen Ausstellungsformat angeboten.

 

In der ersten Ausstellungsstaffel 2020 wurden 16 Künstler*innen und 2 Gastkurator*innen ausgewählt.

Es resultierten 11 Ausstellungen, die Aufmerksamkeit in der Öffentlichkeit und der Presse auf sich zogen.

 

Unter dem Titel „ IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN “ startet DISKURS Berlin die zweite Runde des Ausstellungsrelais in 2021. 

 

10 Internationale Künstler*innen und Kurator*innen wurden durch Open Calls IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN

für 5-monatige Ausstellungsstaffeln ausgewählt. 10 Einzelausstellungen sind für jeweils 2 Wochen von Februar bis Juni geplant.

 

„Utopia“ klingt vielleicht nach einem romantischen und unrealistischen Konzept, aber mehr als je zuvor brauchen wir es dringend, um diese schwierige Zeit zu überwinden.

 

Dieses Projekt wurde speziell entwickelt, um durch die Fenster von DISKURS Berlin betrachtet zu werden, während unsere Türen geschlossen bleiben. 

 

Da die Ausstellungen alle zwei Wochen wechseln, soll dieses rasante Ausstellungsprogramm die Kunstszene dabei unterstützen, sich gegen die COVID-19-Krise zu behaupten und die Hoffnung auf eine bessere Zukunft nicht zu verlieren.

 

Jung Me Chai

 

 

 

Curatorial Team

Jung Me Chai, Anna Ratcliffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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