Germany, Berlin

Malzfabrik
 Bessemerstraße 2-14
12103 Berlin
Germany
Date: 2-9 June, 2013

 
Management Frank Sippel, Susanne Husse, Azra Gül, Katrin Swientek, Sadaf Vasai

Special thanks to Artistic director and visual artist Zeljka Blaksic aka GITA BLAK


Artists Daniel Misiewicz, Agata Szuic, Jakub Sokolowski from Poland, Salvatore Insana, Adriano Mainolfi, Nicola Formicola from Italy, Martina Ballesta, Ismael Chicano Ballesteros and Francisco Jiménez Sánchez from Spain, Andras Csizmas, Agnes Kazai, Áron Komjáti from Hungary and Aleš Sabo, Tibor Kovac (Ringo) and Luka Coshter from Slovenia.


DescriptionSummer Festival, District Kunst-und Kulturförderung presented the third part of the trans-cultural learning project EuroDynamics. “Make you sweat” was a performance at various sites around District’s exhibition spaces on the historic Malzfabrik compound.

In collaboration with the international musicians, dancers, filmmakers and visual artists of the EuroDynamics project, I developed a choreography for an itinerary between ideas, art forms and places. Activating hidden parts of the former factory buildings, “Make you sweat” connects the discussion of sustainability concepts to the provocative  notion of “meaningless work” created by the conceptual artist Walter de Maria in 1960: “! Meaningless Work = well being!”. Within the historic setting of industrial labor, the performance was centered on the double reflection of work as (possibly meaningless) activity and work as (scripted, repetitive) art production. The Participating cultural producers interpreted task-oriented assignments transferred from Walter De Marias Influential “script” into the realm of contemporary environmental issues.

Taking its departure point from the knowledge and curiosity of each artistic contributor, the performance “Make you sweat” presented unconventional reflections on sustainability concepts through the arts.

Zeljka Blaksic