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Works on Paper III

3 May – 28 June 2015

Curated by Rachel Rits-Volloch
Produced by Emilio Rapanà


In cooperation with:


May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
1—28 June 2015


3 May at 3 – 6pm
Zhou Xiaohu: A Collective Exercise “The Good Person of Szechuan”
Isaac Chong Wai: The Shape of Missing Violence
Mariana Hahn: Distant Letter Present Now
Kirsten Palz: Dance 001 variation 1, performed by Efrat Stempler
10 May at 3 – 6pm
Amir Fattal: Frieze
Marina Belikova: Re:mémorer
Sarah Lüdemann: This is the Stuff Your Dreams are Made Off
17 May at 3 – 6pm
Andreas Blank: Movement On A Natural Surface
Adam Nankervis: past present/future tense, in acoustic collaboration with James Edmonds (London/Berlin)
David Medalla: Chinoiserie in Potsdam: A Paper Fantasy, performed by Adam Nankervis
Paul Darius: I Believe I Can Fly
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
f f (Mathilde ter Heijne, Janne Schäfer, Magda Tothova): To Gather

Marina Belikova // Richard Berger // Andreas Blank // Isaac Chong Wai //
Paul Darius // Amir Fattal // Zeno Gries // Mariana Hahn // Sarah Lüdemann //
David Medalla // Adam Nankervis // Melisa Palacio Lopez & Noise Canteen // Kirsten Palz //
ff (Janne Schäfer, Magda Tothova and Mathilde ter Heijne) // 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 on 1-28 June 2015, MOMENTUM will exhibit these videos alongside the artifacts in a gallery exhibition.

Artists and Works
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