Am Ende Chor2022Cooperation with Laura Immler and Friedrich Hartung.Room installation, 5 video scells, Performance choir with six voices (240min).
"Am Ende Chor" is an attempt to capture elements of the (theatre) choir, understood as a socio-philosophical category in the societies of the 20th and 21st centuries. Often referred to as the "voice of the people", Sebastian Kirsch, in his 2020 publication "Chor-Denken", expands the concept of the choir to also refer to the place of human beings’ original reasoning. The "chorische Schon-da", as the ever-present or pre existing, environmental starting point and refuge of social togetherness.Several videos of interventions in public space, as individual so-called “scells" (scene-cells) of an overall body, make up a whole. In the gallery (handed out to each visitor on tablets) they are brought together with the environmental performance taking place here..
Scell 1Video 8:35 min2022, Leipzig.a) "The most beautiful stories, you experience together." (Audi / VW) Leipzig, 05.02.2022 b) "Nice if we can count on each other during this time." (dm) Leipzig, 05.02.2022 c) "Stick together and take care for each other." (Selgros) Leipzig, 19.02.2022 d) "Because with us it only works together! Join our team!" (Treuhand Hannover GmbH) Leipzig, 19.02.2022.
Scell 2Video 12:52 min2022, Leipzig.Starring: Mirko + dog Location: Leipzig Main Station.
Scell 3Video 23:38 min2022, Leipzig."How you build the best team in the world: Tip 1 An overarching goal: You need a fantastic, big, overarching goal to build invincible teams. A goal that shines like a big sign in the sky, even when there is a cloud in front of that goal. Tip 2 Clear structures: It needs processes, it needs distribution of roles. I need to find people to create certain structures and processes. I need to organize work. I need to set up management. Tip 3 The right people: I need the right people for tasks. Do I recognize the skills, do I awaken and promote and push them? So that everyone becomes better in his or her place. Tip 4 The right communication: A discussion philosophy is needed, a meeting culture. How do we deal with each other? We need to be appreciative of each other. Tip 5 The we-feeling: It takes a we-feeling in every team that wants to become the best team in the world. It needs a vibe, a groove, a spirit. If the vibe is good, the numbers are good. If the groove is good, the results are good. And if the results are good, the spirit is good.".
Scell 4Video 12:52 min2022, Leipzig..
Scell 5Video 4:05 min2022, worldwide.International Zoom performance. Text consisting of quotes from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Margaret Thatcher, Milton Friedman.Participants: Hazal Fırat (Istanbul, Türkei), Chri Ants (Athen, Griechenland), Antonio Aragón (Mexiko City, Mexiko), Matovu Hassan (Kampala, Uganda), Jorge Ruano (Voss, Norwegen), Helene Roberts (Cardiff, United Kingdom), Franziska Wildt (New York City, USA), Yereen Lee (Seoul, Südkorea), Konstantin Sieghart (Braunau am Inn, Österreich), Georgia Paalvast (Auckland, Neuseeland), Perro Feo (Santiago, Chile).
Am Ende Chor.There is not much of a choral community in the structures of contemporary societies. Before its re-emergence in theaters at the end of the 20th century, the choir is considered to have been largely lost. This loss can be traced to the departure of the protagonist from the choir in antiquity, this departure as the emergence of tragedy, the tragedy of which consists precisely in the fact that the individual, detached from his choral background, falls into crisis as a result of this uprooting. Why does the choir return at the very moment when neoliberal capitalist society and the ideology of the individual are celebrating their triumph? Neither in the collective failure of the Soviet Union, in which the autonomy of the individual was erased in favor of the totality, nor in neoliberal capitalism, in which individuals are constantly alienated from one another, can a satisfactory position for the choir be determined.In ‘Empire’, a theory by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, this kind of dichotomy, which they consider symptomatic of modernity, is taken further. They refer to a capitalism that has become absolute in a global sense, as "empire" and name the so-called "multitude" as an accumulation of the cooperative and creative skills of all individuals that come to action in a global network structure like a holistic and productive fabric. In the image of the "multitude", a new place for the choir seems conceivable, occupying a more complex relationship between the collective and the individual. What potential is there in this "meeting place of singularities" to counter the collective exploitation of billions of protagonists in the present?According to Hardt and Negri, capital is permanently compelled by the resistance of working people to reform its relations of production and to assimilate them with the desires of the people, since it cannot survive without them. In this process, needs and capital are mutually related. For example, with the rise of the New Left, values such as flat hierarchies, communality, and autonomy were integrated into the wage labor policies of capitalist countries. The resistant desire of working people and the progress of the capitalist mode of production coincide. The engine that keeps capitalism alive is at the same time the wish for liberation from it. According to Hardt and Negri, a fight for liberty must therefore take place within. Against all moralisms, reservations, and nostalgic tendencies, it should be acknowledged that the terrain of the ‘empire’ offers the superior possibilities for liberation. The multitude cannot be an alternative to the ‘empire’, but must pass through it to get to the other side..