January 23, 2014

Salon Klimbim

Feeding vegetarian tigers – entertaining utopian sensibilities

Program of events

Salon Klimbim presents a range of performances on utopian ice. No intellectual dress code applies, no Frontex patrols the borders of contemporariness, and no gatekeepers will be watching over this utopia. Instead, there will be politics and party, dance and folly, screenings and seduction, intervention and agitation, in short: movements and entertainments.

Participating performers:
Ayreen Anastas / Rene Gabri, Elke Auer / Esther Straganz, Zanny Begg, Mariam Ghani, Miguel A. López: Guiseppe Campuzano, Die Schefin, Alexander Nikolic, Bert Theis, Schon-Schön-Girls, Tanz durch den Tag, Vitali Lesan, John Barker, Sexy Deutsch, BAM of the Jungle Brothers, Christoph Schäfer, Susiklub, Franz Kapfer, Krõõt Juurak, Proll Positions, Melodien für Millionen, Maja Osojnik, Hermann Seiwald / gabarage, GOLEM, Pedro G. Romero / Archivo F.X.: Marco de Ana, Niño de Elche, Martín Acosta / Chiara Cirillo, Zsófi Pirók, Laia Fabre, Stephan Voglsinger, Brigitte Langer et.al.

Curated by Fahim Amir in correspondence with Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler

Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom, curated by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler, features Salon Klimbim as its first public appearance. In the upcoming months Utopian Pulse will present a series of banners mounted on the Secession leading to a sequence of exhibitions in September 2014. These will truly be flares in the darkroom which reject the self-interested mantra of capitalism’s useful idiots, that the very notion of utopia leads straight to the Gulag. Utopia, rather, is the assertion of the unrealized in and against the real.

Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) AR 183-G21

Program:
SEE-FOR-YOURSELF (2010)
INSTALLATION, ongoing In his work SEE-FOR-YOURSELF (2010), Franz Kapfer connects the V2, the German “miracle weapon”, symbolizing the Nazi policy of aggression, conquest, and terror, to a kind of emblem of petty bourgeois garden design – the thuja cypress, or arborvitae. And thus associates it with a stage set of an impregnable “Alpine fortress”.

A TALK ILLUSTRATED BY HAND
COMMENT, ongoing
Christoph Schäfer’s contribution pursues the question of the right to a city – newly urgent in light of the Gezi protests in Istanbul – by graphical and theoretical means: Which options does the spatialization of conflicts open up for emancipatory movements? And why does this shift have consequences for the social movements in “core Europe” as well?

GOLEM
BAR PERFORMANCES, 6:30–10pm
Classic American bar culture paired with the forgotten knowledge of some ancestors will be the topic of a seemingly endless sequence of performances by GOLEM, dressed in an extravagant wardrobe and hung with precious jewels from Jonathan Johnson’s last collection “Life after Death”. Champagne for the pain!

MELODIEN FÜR MILLIONEN
DJ, 30 min
The DJ duo “Melodien für Millionen” has a fetish for German-language cover versions and a penchant for Italian and French mass-market pop. Their utterly charming sets soothe nostalgic yearnings: if you remember, you were there!

THE RED TAPES (1977-79)
MOVIE, 10 min
Mariam Ghani presents excerpts from her ongoing research – “What we left unfinished” – into the incomplete projects of the Afghan radical left, as expressed in films produced and abandoned by the Afghan communist state. She blends fictional and documentary sources to show both the violent birth and the utopian early days or at least intentions of the Afghan communist project. Features singing, dancing, sheep, and gunplay.

TAKE THE SQUARE (2012)
MOVIE, 8 min
Selections from a film by Oliver Ressler based on discussions conducted with activists from 15M in Madrid, the Syntagma Square movement in Athens, and Occupy Wall Street in New York. Re-enacting the format of the working group, activists discuss issues of organization, horizontal decision-making processes, the importance and function of occupying public spaces, and how social change can occur.

ADJUSTING THE BLEACH FOR AN UTOPIAN RICH  (2014)
SHORT CONCERT, 10 min
Maja Osojnik solo on electronic devices, cassette recorders, and a Paetzold bass recorder using “accidental sounds” from different private recordings that were made for specific purposes but came out unintentionally distorted, overdriven, phase shifted, unusable due to digital mistakes. These unforeseen rejected sounds now make the perfect reality.

RECONSTRUCTING A MEMORIAL PLAQUE
INAUGURATION, SPEECH, 8 min
The original plaque for Gavrilo Princip, secretly installed in Sarajevo in 1930 and later stolen and lost by the Nazis, stated that at this historic site “freedom was proclaimed.” Alexander Nikolic will unveil the memorial plaque solemnly with a speech: not a sad act of state but a festive inauguration.

DAWGMATICS
DJ/MC SET, 9 min
BAM, a member of the New York-based hip hop formation “The Jungle Brothers,” played an important part in the pacifist Afro-centric hip hop movement of the 1980s (The Native Tongues). Peace signs replaced outstretched middle fingers, invocations of Mother Earth instead of tons of bling. With their more accessible positions, which stood out against the gestures of militant political resistance and the inversion of capitalism practiced by their peers on the West Coast, the Native Tongues brought new audiences to hip hop, and formal innovations like the integration of jazz into hip hop had considerable influence on the subsequent evolution of black popular music.

UTOPIA BACKWARDS (2014)
LECTURE, 10 min
A re-imagining of a magic lantern performance exploring utopia in the antipodes. Zanny Begg’s series of animated slides will focus on utopia as it has been historically understood in Australia.

UTOPIA HAS JUST LEFT THE BUILDING
VIDEO, 6 min
PERFORMANCE, 5 min
In Milan she had just left but desire brought her back and we occupied a space for her, the Isola Art Centre. The cops and developers hated her, evicted her, but she is back, in Isola Pepe Verde by the Garibaldi station. Presented by Bert Theis, artivist & subcurator, Isola Art Center.

ENTRADAS: HUGO BALL; VICENTE ESCUDERO; EMMY HENNINGS; LA CRIOLLA; LA GALERIE DES MONSTERS. ¡Rompen guitarras!, ¡gargantas rotas!, ¡bailes quebrados!
DANCE, 20 min
Arqueología de algunas piezas históricas del campo del flamencos entre 1915 y 1935, pertenecientes al Archivo F.X. Una propuesta de Pedro G. Romero con Marco de Ana, Niño de Elche, Martin Acosta&Chiara Cirillo, Laia Fabre, Zsófi Pirók, Cristina Sandino, Stefan Voglsinger y Brigitte Langer.

A STAND-UP ROUTINE FOR ANIMALS
PERFORMANCE, 8 min
Krõõt Juurak will demonstrate her research project about animal humor and present its results with Alex Bailey. As animals are good to think with, they may be also good to laugh with: animal jokes for animals.

SONG IN THE DARK (2014)
SONG AND DANCE ROUTINE, 7 min
A sequence by Ines Doujak and John Barker, with help from Matthew Hyland. Two giants from the Rabelaisian world appear at Salon Klimbim to back a masterless voice with a song of grievous, unforgiving joy. Maja Osojnik uses them as instruments to compose the music. Vitali Lesan is the mask builder and also performs.

LUSTY LIGERS AND SPASTIC FIBERS (OR ON KNISMESIS AND GARGALESIS)
SEQUENCE OF MICRO RAVES, 4 min, and ongoing
Elke Auer & Esther Straganz produce a choreography of utopian feelings where touch results in involuntary spasms, goose bumps, laughter, tears, and tickling. A ridiculous chaos of joy and irritation will of course include also voodoo lilies and titillation, bastards, tickle-swarms, wet objects, and vibrant affects.

SPEECH, 5 min
Christoph Schäfer will possibly give a spontaneous talk.

SYNCHRONIC IRONING PERFORMANCE, 5 min
A secret meeting of the World Tuntathlon Association agreed: absolute handbag and high heel obligation, unlimited alcohol abuse, and wigs for everyone. Apart from that, everyone is invited to this alternative sports event. The winners of the 2011 and 2012 competitions, The Fabulous Schon-Schön-Girls, grant us the privilege of watching their unmatched presentation in synchronic ironing.

MELODIEN FÜR MILLIONEN
DJ, 30 min
The DJ duo “Melodien für Millionen” has a fetish for German-language cover versions and a penchant for Italian and French mass-market pop. Their utterly charming sets soothe nostalgic yearnings: if you remember, you were there!

PERFORMANCE, 13 min
MOVIE, 1 min
Miguel A. López will present a screening of the video LA PINCHAJARAWIS by Giuseppe Campuzano, followed by Die Schefin reenacting his/her TRANSVESTITE MANIFESTO.

TANZ DURCH DEN TAG
DJ, 60 min
The event collective specializes in the reanimation of dead times – like Sundays – and spaces – like formerly public sites – and offers resistance to the pressure of turbo-commercial dance venues. Add the focus on issues of social policy, and the collective has a legitimate claim to the heritage of the counter- cultural spaces of the past.

SEXY DEUTSCH
DJ, 60 min
Sexy Deutsch liked her shows dirty, wet, and bass-heavy. At Salon Klimbim, the DJ collective will announce its dissolution and resurrection under a different name. Their main reason for the new moniker, ZEN, is their hope for greater commercial success: “We’d love to offer you something, anything really, to help, but we’ve got nothing in ZEN.”

SUSIKLUB
DJ, 60 min
Susiklub has come a long way in the seven years since its founding: what started without bouncers but with lots of warm beer and deliberately eschewed luxuries like bathrooms, enough room, and ventilation could not but find its way to Salon Klimbim. The motto for their performance quotes William Blake’s “Marriage of Heaven and Hell”: Expect Poison from Standing Water.

AYREEN ANASTAS AND RENE GABRI
TALK, 10 min
Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri will give a performative lecture about the utopian dimensions immanent in a horizon of the common(s).