Performances – Interventionen im öffentlichen Raum – Workshops – Labor



"When the digital age has overwhelmed
the analogic I am the survival.
when the war replaces the peace I am the survival.
When there is no more ethic I am the survival.
when nothing is worth the effort to be lived I am the survival.
when only remains the survival then I live"
- Fausto Grossi

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SURVIVAL, following CUT, HUNGER and ESCAPE, is the theme of the International Performance Art Festival, which is taking place from August 29 to September 6, 2014. For the fourth time, the festival, a co-production of Open Space Berlin and the BLO-Ateliers, provides a platform for over 60 Berlin and international artists. Curated by Michael Steger, the multicultural festival in Berlin shows what constitutes performance art: spontaneous creativity, confrontation, experiments, in short: artists in real time.

The Highlights to be seen for the first time in our festival program in 2014 include the group performances by The Digital Dramaturgy Lab of the University of Toronto with their durational performance "Stare. Print. Blue. Voyeuring the Apparatus."
Ingrid Kristensen and Ensemble from Denmark have announced their performance "Esperanza."

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The Festival Program presents a bold cross-section of current positions of performance artists and their huge diversity. Radical performers, political actions, and poetic, mystical, and symbolic performances provide richly contrasting insights into the nomadic nature of contemporary performance practice. To the Program>

Interventions in Public Spaces
The urban landscape of Berlin itself becomes the showplace for surprising artistic interventions. International performance artists appear at Tempelhof Feld, in front of Brandenburger Tor, in front of the SOMA Gallery and at locations still to be decided in interaction with an unprepared public.

Workshop from August 29 to 31
"Performance Strategies in Contemporary Art " by Andrés Galeano. The workshop strives to look at the basic elements of performance art from a new angle and experiments with performativity in a broader sense and how it is realized in diverse art practices.

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Performance Lab on September 1 and 2 at the BLO-Ateliers
Thematic and interdisciplinary research with an open end for participating artists and other interested individuals. The results will be presented during the intervention on Tempelhofer Feld on September 3 and at the finale at the BLO-Ateliers on September 5 and 6.

How to SURVIVE - as an artist, as a human being, as a cultural institution, when on the run, after natural catastrophes, in war, while confronted with the flood of data and information, in the transparent world . . .? One of the biggest questions that we face today. At this historic moment, when there are growing fears about our continuing existence, a mistrust of political structures and social networks, and concerns about our environment, there are nonetheless, or perhaps specifically as a result, also more and more confirmations of the power of people's innovative creativity. New ideas are formulated, realized through personal initiative, and alternative forms of survival are developed. The theme this year once again serves as a blueprint and source of inspiration for the artist presenting their works during the festival.
The two main festival locations - BLO-Ateliers and Tempelhofer Feld - were deliberately selected since their survival as alternative, self-organized spaces in spite of gentrification continues to be at risk. In 2014, SURVIVAL is a theme that directly impacts the BLO-Ateliers. This year, the studio community in Lichtenberg is caught up in complicated negotiations with the Deutsche Bahn AG regarding extending the lease. At the same time, 2014 also marks the 10-year anniversary of BLO-Ateliers on the site, which is already in itself reason enough to celebrate its survival. Since being defined by the referendum on May 25 as an enduring, open urban space, the former Tempelhof Airport airfield offers an ideal stage for performative action.


SURVIVAL is a collaboration of Open Space Berlin and the BLO-Ateliers, two groups that can look back at many years of experience with performance festivals, join forces to strike out on new paths and gain new experiences.

Open Space Berlin is an internationally networked platform of artists from the fields of performance art, theater, and visual art. Outside of the mainstream, Open Space Berlin organizes and stages festivals, performances, interventions in public spaces, workshops, and labs.

The BLO-Ateliers are one of the most multifaceted and largest studio communities in the eastern part of Berlin. In its now 10 years of existence on the grounds of a former railway depot, the artists have created a lively location for art and culture in Lichtenberg. The canteen event location and the attractive outdoor areas are the showplace for performance art festivals, numerous exhibitions, music, and theater events. In addition to the artistic production and a guest studio for international artists, the cultivation of handwork is a focus of the activities ( ).

The team responsible for the conception, organization and realization of the SURVIVAL - International Performance Festival comprises:

Michael Steger - As Curator, the actor and performer Michael Steger is responsible for the selection of artists and the line-up of the performance festival. He has curated the Open Space events since 1998 and is the founder of the Open Space Performunion performance group.

Philip Brehse - International correspondence and translation. The actor, director, and performance artist began his career in New York City and has lived in "post-Wall" Berlin since 1997. A decidedly interdisciplinary artist, he is the co-founder of Open Space Berlin and an active member of the Performunion.

The A/V media designer Luz Scherwinski is responsible for coordinating press and promotion. He is also in charge of creating the photo documentation of the festival. He has been an active member of the Open Space Performunion artist collective since 2006.

Amy J. Klement - Translations. The visual and performance artist from the United States has been a member of Open Space and the Performunion since their inception and is part of the planning team for the festival. She has also translated over 50 art catalogues for major institutions in German-speaking countries.

The director, actor, and performance artist Emily Kuhnke is responsible for public relations and press contacts. As an active member of Open Space and der Performunion, her tasks during the festival this year also include organizing the line-up. She is the founder of 3LK Productions and realizes international projects in the fields of film and performance that are presented at festivals.

The Danish sculptor, curator, and performer Poul R. Weile is the tutor and contact person for the realization of the performance lab. He is founder and curator of the "Days of Art and Love - Festival," which has taken place on a national and international level since 2003. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 2008.

The video artist and performer Nabi Nara from South Korea has lived in Berlin for six years and is part of the planning team for the SURVIVAL festival for the first time this year. With her newly opened art gallery SOMA Gallery ( ) , she is also one of the cooperation partners.