Space Performunion (Berlin)
Field of Freedom is Shrinking and Freedom Needs a Field"
Open Space Performunion was founded by Michael Steger in 2005
in response to an invitation to tour as a performance group at
the Diverse Universe Festival, organized by NON GRATA in Estonia.
A steadfast ensemble had already been creating diverse performance
events together in different constellations within the circles
of Open Space, which was founded in 1998 with the aim of collectively
transforming any time and space; the public space, the museum,
commercial space, and theatre space into real time live art happening.
The process of becoming a performance art collective was a simple
and organic response to that which was already existent in the
Open Space artistic community, for the interest and feeling of
necessity for expressing ourselves through the medium of Performance
Art had united us.
The members of this nomadically changing group, (Philip Brehse,
Lars Crosby, Amy J. Klement, Alfredo Sciuto, Luz Scherwinski,
Andreas Stadler, Michael Steger, as well as short termed collaborators,
Berlin based and also International Performance artists such as
Kim Baek-ki, Franziska Bosse, Im Malys, Jessica Slote and Nicholas
Vargelis, to name a few), are rather extreme in their differences,
backgrounds and approaches to performance, and that is possibly
the essence of what is unique about us, and that which keeps our
works fresh and unexpected. The Performunion has performed at
numerous locations in Berlin, (Theatres, Galleries, shopping malls,
clubs, U and S-Bahn, parks, nomans land, beaches and in street
intersections), and toured abroad extensively at International
Festivals in Estonia, Finland, Denmark, France, Italy, South Korea,
Toronto, Canada and N.Y.C.