We will move in triangular formations and step on each other's feet.

The NGBK (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst) project
WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) presents
Act 5: Zyklische Gesellschaftsreise
with YES! Association / Föreningen JA!

July 23 2013, 19.00 – 21.00
Meeting place: Hermannstraße S-Bahn station in Berlin-Neukölln

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! hereby invites you to join us on a cyclical trip on the Berlin Ringbahn. We will travel collectively and engage in our desire to make sense of ”today” through looking, moving, conversing, and reading aloud.

Mary Ellen Solt’s point of reference for THE PEOPLEMOVER was the train that transported a fun-seeking crowd around Disneyland. This train was simply called The PeopleMover. For Solt The PeopleMover of Disneyland represented a world of fantasy, fake history, consumerism and political amnesia. Instead she wanted to locate The Peoplemover in the real world, in the USA of 1968, a nation transfixed by political degradation and in need of awaking. She envisioned The PeopleMover as a demonstration. We suggest to locate The PeopleMover in the public transport sphere of Berlin’s S-Bahn.

No preparation is needed. A score will be handed out when we meet.

Please sign up in advance before July 21st at info@wirspielen.net

Let us know if you need a S-Bahn ticket.
Language: English

Here you can read the score/travel instructions ZYKLISCHE GESELLSCHAFTSREISE.PDF

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is an art collective, an institution, an art worker, a group of people that works to promote a more heterogeneous and more equal art scene. They often employ fictitious situations as exercises of possible realities, using performance to investigate art’s transformative capacities.

WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) is a series of events concerned with the topic of “we”, an inescapable utterance in the formation of collectivities, two letters that involve alignment, affects, bodies, spatial boundaries and political realities.

The form of the play is inspired by “THE PEOPLEMOVER – A Demonstration Poem (1968)”, written by Mary Ellen Solt. THE PEOPLEMOVER is a collage of quotations from a variety of sources, reaching from historical records and political speeches to eyewitness accounts of demonstrations. The text brings up issues of political frustration, mistrust in institutions and the failure of democracy’s fundamental principles. WIR SPIELEN (WE PLAY) is inspired by the plurality of voices and their conflictive demands contained in the poem, as well as provoked by its patriotic belief in the US-American dream.

Which are the demands nowadays, who are the ones that will express them, who are the ones that will be heard the most and why? What are our possibilities for change and how are they shaped by our desires and personal interactions? Is collective work still a political standpoint? A marketing strategy? A failed project or a necessity for our survival?

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WIR SPIELEN Akt 5, Zyklische Gesellschaftsreise with YES! Association/Föreningen JA! Photo: Merja Hannikainen

WIR SPIELEN Akt 5, Zyklische Gesellschaftsreise with YES! Association/Föreningen JA! Photo: Merja Hannikainen

WIR SPIELEN Akt 5, Zyklische Gesellschaftsreise with YES! Association/Föreningen JA! Photo: Merja Hannikainen

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  • YES! Association / Föreningen JA! var ett konstkollektiv, ett konstverk, en förening, en konstarbetare, en institution, en grupp människor som arbetade för att störta de styrande heteronormativa, patriarkala, rasistiska och kapitalistiska maktstrukturerna genom att genomföra en strukturell omfördelning av tillgången till finansiella resurser, plats och tid inom (konst)fältet.
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