PERFORMANCE 4 EVENINGS

Curated by Søren Berner (DK)

With Ruth Beale (UK), Christian Falsnaes (DK), Kristoffer Akselbo (DK) and Johan Paul Raether (DE)

Every place has a history.
Ignore it, is but one approach.
Deal with it, yet another.
Performance 4 Evenings is an open format that creates new works.
They might ignore the past, deal with the future, or be politically loaded, but they will be new and neither obey the rules imposed on them nor be restricted by any means of censorship.
 
4 this short series autumn programme Adrian Notz, Director of Cabaret Voltaire, has invited artist Søren Berner to curate and select 4 artists. Søren Berner has invited each artist to deal with the format of a performance evening, hence Performance 4 Evenings, and hereby incorporate the curator and when possible both of the rooms available at Cabaret Voltaire.
The format is open, the rules are few.
Itʼs all about creating something new.
 
Dogme 17
The curator must be integrated
Everybody invited is encouraged to use both rooms during Performance 4 Evenings.
Performance 4 Evenings is an opportunity to expand our minds and collective responsibility.
Performance 4 Evenings is more than just a public event.
Excellence: Expect the best from yourself, remove obstacles, inspire and support others, embrace diversity, celebrate success.

Biographies

Søren Berner (*1977 in Kopenhagen/DK, based in Zurich/CH)

Søren Berner works on the interface of performance, visual art and artistic intervention. His participatory approach allows for a crossing of boundaries between institutions, exhibition spaces and public spaces where the visitors becomes his complicities. The conditions under which his performances and co-operations are brought to life  together with the possible knowledge production generated as a result, seems to be constantly and critically evaluated and questioned - this in return often results in new works. Søren's works has been shown a. o. at the Istanbul Biennale; MAK - Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna; Kunsthaus Zürich; Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen; Helmhaus Zürich; Gerschwin, New York; Burningman, Nevada. 

Ruth Beale (based in London/UK)

gained an MFA from Goldsmiths in London in 2010. Solo exhibitions include «Commons, drones, gifs» at Up Projects, London (2017); «The Library of Future Societies as part of Fig. 2» at ICA, London (2015); «Bookbed» at Peckham Platform, London (2014); «Bikes, Caves, Raves» at Trade, Nottingham (2014), and «Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox» at Grand Union, Birmingham (2013). She has performed and exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery; ICA Turner Contemporary; Basel Kunsthalle; MoMA PS1; South London Gallery and Modern Art Oxford. Her collaboration with Amy Feneck, «The Alternative School of Economics», uses the practice of self-education to study economics, creating a framework for investigating political, social and cultural issues. Ruth is also co-founder of Performance as Publishing with Nicole Bachmann, an active research project into text and writing for performance.

Christian Falsnaes (*1980 in Copenhagen/DK, based in Berlin/DE)

studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His works have recently been shown a. o. at the Danish National Gallery, Copenhagen; Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires; Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; ZKM, Karlsruhe. In 2015 he was nominated for the «Preis der Nationalgalerie» in Berlin.

Kristoffer Akselbo (*1974 in Copenhagen/DK, based in Copenhagen/DK)

made his MFA from 2000 to 2006 at The Royal Academy of Art Denmark. In 2005 he studied at the studio of Ilia Kabakov, from 2014 to 2017 he lived in the USA and was Artist in Residence at Århus Academy (C3Net).
Exhibitions and projects (selection): «VANGOAL», Tranen, Copenhagen (2017); Lydmærker, Struer Tracks, Urban Sound Art Festival, Struer (2017); «Chorus» with Rune Søchting, IAC, Malmø (2017); «G», Code ArtFair – Forum, TOVES, Copenhagen (2016); «Ensconced», Nikolaj Kunsthal feat. X and Beyond, Copenhagen (2016); «Ruinflatable», Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro (2016); «Haandholdt», DIAS Digital Kunsthal, Vallensbæk (2015); «Trådløse Fodnoter fra en Anden Kunstverden», Captive Portal, Copenhagen (2015); «Fightclub», TOVES, Copenhagen (2015); SUPERMOON Comic App, Haandholdt, iTunes App Store (2014); «STUCK ON MY EYES», IMO, Copenhagen (2014); JACOB Jessen KOPI, TOVES, Copenhagen (2014).