The World as Stage

November 21, 2009 – January 10, 2010

Tamy Ben-Tor, Claus Carstensen/Peter Bonde/Thomas Andersen, Mads Lynnerup, Jan Mančuška, HuskMitNavn, Jan Northoff, Tilman Wendland, Carey Young

Curator: Solvej Helweg Ovesen

Tilman Wendland, Performance Schaumkopf, 2001, Foto: Tilman Wendland

Streets, squares, parks, supermarkets, Internet portals, and other sites have become stages of urban life that allow us to display our everyday actions and behaviors. Many artists today work with the theatrical aspect of staging the self in everyday life. The question of the theatrical has taken on a new relevance due to the multiple forms of self-staging and lifestyle. If everyone plays the main role in his or her own lifestyle film, what is the role of art? The exhibition
Die Welt als Bühne (The World as Stage) uses the increasing trend towards lifestyle theater as an opportunity to confront ourselves with alternative life models and to show how existing forms of self-staging can be reinterpreted in an emancipatory fashion.
In their work, the participating artists mediate among art, media staging, and real life. In the exhibition, stages are created (Tilman Wendland) to show collective forms of acting (Mads Lynnerup, Jan Northoff), or interaction takes place with already exiting platforms for performance (Jan Mančuška, Carey Young). The exhibition is a combination of performance, video, photography, as well as the stagings of virtual and architectural platforms that challenge in performative terms existing conventions of the theatrical.

Book Series “n.b.k. Discourse”
To accompany the exhibition, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König is publishing Die Welt als Bühne by Solvej Helweg Ovesen, 126 pages with color illustrations, German/English, 19.80 € (15.00 € members)

Thursday, November 26, 2009, 7 pm
New Berlin in Second Life
3D tour with Jan Northoff (artist, Berlin)

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7 pm
Artist discussion with Tilman Wendland (artist, Berlin) and Solvej Helweg Ovesen (curator, Berlin/Copenhagen)

Sunday, January 10, 8 pm
23 min., Denmark/US 2010
Film premiere and discussion with Claus Carstensen, Peter Bonde and Thomas Andersen (artist and filmmaker, Copenhagen)
In English

Exhibition and program made possible by the financial support of: