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Abb. | Fig.: Rolf K. Wegst
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24.08. + 25.08.2019

Kunsthalle In cooperation with the Neuen Kunstverein Gießen e. V. and the Institut for Applied Theatre Studies
>>> Complete Programme / Timetable
>>> Kunstverein
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The performance festival focuses on a central facet of contemporary art.
The English word performance is defined as the act of presenting or demonstrating something in front of an audience. Performers, however, consciously turn against theatricality and drama, against fixed texts and played actions, against the fixed space of the stage and against possible repetition. Performance art replaces permanent works with ephemeral, transient and unrepeatable actions and is thus conceived as a critique of the art market, which orientates itself around the sale of products. Performances artistically generate different realities, they create situations for new experiences and negotiate the present.
In order to trace the performative in an interdisciplinary manner, the Kunsthalle Gießen presents the performance festival IN/BETWEEN in cooperation with the Neuer Kunstverein Gießen e.V. and the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus-Liebig-Universität. Over a period of two days, various artists will perform live in the Kunsthalle and the Kunstverein, while the students of Applied Theatre Studies will use their works in urban spaces to connect the two locations. The title IN/BETWEEN refers to the geographical location of the festival both within the institutions and in the urban space outside. Many of the featured artists work in a participatory manner, involving the audience directly in the performative action. Several works act as installations and activate a setting within the framework of their performances that is also accessible to visitors irrespective of the artist’s presence.

Kunsthalle: Akademie (Ben Kaufmann, René Stessl), Baby of Control, Magdalena Kita, Evamaria Schaller, Thomas Zipp
Neuer Kunstverein: Institut Avaroid
Stadtraum | Urban space: Pia Bendfeld, Jonas Demuth, Paula Regine Erb, Kathrin Selina Frech, Luise Hess, Anton Humpe, Sharon Jamila Hutchinson, Nadine Jachmann, Maren Küpper, Victoria Link, Martin Müller, Katharina Olt, Kerstin Oppermann, Anna Maria Pahlke, Naomi Royer, Carla Wyrsch
Ben Kaufmann (*1972 Aalen) and René Stessl (*1974 Klöch, Austria) set up the rector’s office of their academy in the Kunsthalle, where the class in cooking and performance art demonstrates a culinary intervention. Furthermore, Akademiewill host a morning session on Sunday 25th August at 11 am, which will include a panel discussion on the topic of “Career Planning: Academy – and beyond?” The discussion between artists, curators, and professors will be moderated by Annegret von Hoppe (freelance journalist) and accompanied by the sounds of Bohemian brass music from the 1963 Allendorf/Lahn e. V. music society.
Surrounded by byzantine-style icons that are sexualised and feminist in appearance, Magdalena Kita (*1983 Dębica, Poland) designs the visitor´s fingernails while an intimate conversation develops between the artist and her guest.
Evamaria Schaller (*1980 Graz, Austria) transforms the Kunsthalle into a Combat Zone using a boxing ring to explore the relationship between physical proximity and distance.
Thomas Zipp (*1966 Heppenheim) uses remote control to make a standardized training dummy used in first aid courses dance. He combines the high-tech and scientific know-how of the physician Peter Safar with mysterious stories of soulless creatures that are artificially brought to life.
The shows by artist collective Baby of Control resemble happenings, they mix various music styles such as trance, rhythm and blues, folk, hip hop, pop and punk with performative actions, self-composed songs and fetishistic costumes and props into a Gesamtkunstwerk. They will perform a concert on Saturday 24th August at 7 pm.


Samstag, 24.08.2019, 12 Uhr

Official greeting
Dietlind Grabe-Bolz
Mayor of the City of Gießen

Eva Claudia Scholtz, Executive director Hessische Kulturstiftung

Dr. Nadia Ismail
Director Kunsthalle Gießen

Ines Wuttke, Institut für Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Melchior B. Tacet
First Chairman, Neuer Kunstverein Gießen e. V.

The artists are present

Kunsthalle, Neuer Kunstverein curated by Dr. Nadia Ismail

Collaboration: Valentine Goldmann (Advisory Board Neuer Kunstverein Gießen e. V.)

Assistance / Education: Marta Dannoritzer

Scenic Project: Direction: Dr. Eva Holling

Artistic support: Ines Wuttke

Performance locations

Kunsthalle Gießen
Berliner Platz 1
D-35390 Germany

Neuer Kunstverein Gießen e. V.
Ecke Licher Str. / Nahrungsberg
D-35394 Germany

Urban space between Kunsthalle and Kunstverein

Sat. 1 pm – 6.30 pm
Sun. 1 pm – 6 pm

Eintritt frei zu allen Veranstaltungen

Free admission to all events

Accompanying Programme

Baby of Control
Sat. 24.08., 7 pm
Hermann-Levi-Saal im Rathaus
Morning Session

„Karriereplanung: Akademie – und danach?“ with Hendrik Bündge, Annegret von Hoppe, Marion Scharmann, Caroline Rauscher, René Stessl und Brass band Musikverein 1963 Allendorf/Lahn e. V. (German language)
Sun. 25.08., 11 am
Berliner Platz / Kunsthalle
Round Table Discussion
with the participating artists

Sun. 25.08., 6 pm
Pausenraum in the town hall
Guided walks to the
performances in the urban space

Sa. | Sat. 24.08. + So. | Sun. 25.08.,
14 Uhr + 15 Uhr + 16 Uhr | 2 pm + 3 pm + 4 pm
In cooperation with:
Neuer Kunstverein Gießen e.V.

Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft der Justus-Liebig-Universität (ATW)
supported by:
Hessische Kulturstiftung

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Gießener Hochschulgesellschaft