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Works on Paper III

3 May – 5 July 2015

Curated by Rachel Rits-Volloch
Produced by Emilio Rapanà



In cooperation with:


May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
6 June — 5 July 2015


3 May at 3 – 6pm
Mariana Hahn: Distant Letter Present Now
Zhou Xiaohu: A Collective Exercise “The Good Person of Szechuan”
Isaac Chong Wai: The Shape of Missing Violence
Kirsten Palz: Dance 001 variation 1, performed by Efrat Stempler
10 May at 3 – 6pm
Marina Belikova: Re:mémorer
Amir Fattal: Frieze
17 May at 3 – 6pm
Andreas Blank: Untitled – A Sculptural Performance
Adam Nankervis: past present/future tense, in acoustic collaboration with James Edmonds (London/Berlin)
Paul Darius: I Believe I Can Fly, performed by Sophie Ammann
David Medalla: Chinoiserie in Potsdam: A Paper Fantasy
24 May at 3 – 6pm
Zeno Gries: Progress
Richard Berger: A Lack of Information
31 May at 3 – 6pm
Melisa Palacio Lopez & Noise Canteen (Pleines & Liebold): S P A C E
ƒƒ: Pfffffffff, To Gather Instant Purification

Marina Belikova // Richard Berger // Andreas Blank
Isaac Chong Wai // Paul Darius // Amir Fattal // ƒƒ
Zeno Gries // Mariana Hahn // David Medalla // Adam Nankervis
Melisa Palacio Lopez & Noise Canteen // Kirsten Palz // Zhou Xiaohu


For the MPA-B Month of Performance Art Berlin 2015, MOMENTUM reprises its month-long program of Performance Sundays entitled WORKS ON PAPER. WORKS ON PAPER III inverts classic assumptions of paper as a medium, inviting performance artists to approach paper not as a static blank canvas, but as a dynamic source of conceptual and performative possibility. Bringing together a diverse group of international artists based in Berlin, MOMENTUM invites them to work on paper and with paper to activate all the possibilities of the medium in unexpected ways. WORKS ON PAPER III generates a dialogue between performance artists confronted with the challenge of working with paper, and artists whose medium is paper, given the challenge of working with performance, invoking the breadth of performance art to reimagine paper: this most traditional of artistic media.

Taking place every Sunday in May (3, 10, 17, 24 & 31) from 3-6pm, WORKS ON PAPER III takes the form of a cumulative series of performances – with each subsequent performance engaging with the artifacts resulting from the works preceding it in the series. By generating a cumulative, site-specific series through the appropriation of the remains of one another’s performances, the artists in WORKS ON PAPER challenge and reinvigorate the notion of the stationary, disengaged exhibition. What, they ask, is the life of performance after the event concludes? Whether engaging in durational performance, instruction pieces, physical and social architecture, live performance in tandem with other media, sculpture, dance, poetry, or text, these artists challenge expectations of working with the traditional medium of paper in real-time.

Each performance is documented on video, and from 6 June to 5 July 2015, MOMENTUM will exhibit these videos alongside the artifacts in a gallery exhibition.

Artists and Works
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Photo Gallery, May 3
(photos by Marina Belikova)


Photo Gallery, May 10


Photo Gallery, May 17
(photos by Petra Fantozzi)


Photo Gallery, May 24


Photo Gallery, May 31
(photos by Kai Dieterich, Hanae Utamura and Dian Zagorchinov)