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Performance by Discoteca Flaming Star

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 8 pm to 8 am

at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art

Image : Sticky Stage in and with Arena, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2016. Photo de Claudia Gienger

Founded in 1988 by Cristina Gómez Barrio (born in 1973 in Alhambra, Spain) and Wolfgang Mayer (born in 1967 in Wertach, Germany), Discoteca Flaming Star is an interdisciplinary and collaborative art group who use songs and other forms of oral expression, understanding them as a personal response to historical events and social and political facts. Recent performances by Discoteca Flaming Star include: CA2M Hate Verses in Mostoles, Madrid and Sticky Stage 4 at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in 2015; The Rehearsal at the The Kitchen, New York, in 2014; and Intoleranz / Normalität, What, How and for Whom at Gazer Kunstverein in Zagreb in 2013. Since 2011, Barrio and Mayer teach in the department of Fine Arts / Intermedia Arts of the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in Germany.

Image: Sticky Stage in and with Arena , Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2016. Photo by Claudia Gienger. Courtesy of the artist.

Since the works of the Berlin-based duo Discoteca Flaming Star often take the guise of improvisational practices resembling band rehearsals, the pair perceives the exhibition space as a rehearsal room where trial and error, interruptions and fresh starts, repetitions, and open endings constitute the production process. In Sticky Stage — installed and performed in different forms at the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2013) and The Kitchen, NY (2014) — the common distinction between production processes and accomplished work collapses. Instead, the audience becomes part of a long-term experiment that includes participatory moments, doing-nothing, and the possibility to stay overnight.



This performance is part of Putting Rehearsals to the Test exhibition.

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