Last admission at 23.00
JunE 14 | 22.00
Late-Night-Talk WITH Jen Rosenblit + Liz Rosenfeld
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Referencing the work of Peter Hujar, an artist who dedicated his practice to documenting the early days of cruising culture on the West Side Piers of 1970s New York City, Liz Rosenfeld and an*dre neely have captured footage of historical cruising areas of their respective natal and current homes, to create personal images of cruising and intimate encounters.
Inspired by the defiance of communal gatherings, public sex and specifically the politics of taking up space, an*dre and Liz consider their own differently-gendered, differently-aged, differently-transitioning bodies and relationships. Working with the architecture and detritus of each space, they speculate on how to carry and tell each other’s stories, bound by notions of chosen family, and resonating with desires of how to care for and be cared by one another.
In the immersive live work RUINS (PART I), fragmented landscapes are built and unbuilt; transforming the Festsaal of Sophiensæle into a space of encounter and desire. Over the duration of three hours, the audience is invited to move through, cruise and lounge together.
Core to the work is sound artist Nicol Parkinson’s re-reading of the eponymous Velvet Underground third studio-album, inspired by Lou Reed’s relationship with trans actress Candy Darling.
RUINS is a durational performance over 3 hours. The audience is gradually admitted to the Festsaal within the booked time slot. You can stay in the room as long as you like and leave and come back any time.
LIZ ROSENFELD (USA/ DE, they/them) work has shown in various international museums and venues including The Berlinische Galerie, The Berlinale, Sophiensæle, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, The Tate Modern, The Hammer Museum, The Leslie Lohman Museum, The Barbican Centre, and The German Historical Museum. Liz received an MFA in Performance from SAIC, 2005, followed by an MA from NYU in Performance Studies.
AN*DRE NEELY (PT) is an artist working with performance, writing and digital practice. They have worked at venues including KW Institute/Berlin Biennale, Ballhaus OST, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, The Gorki Theatre, Fierce Festival, Tramway, Warehouse9, ArkDes, and Teatro da Politécnica. an* is a recipient of the Tanzpraxis Stipend of the Berlin Senat in 2022/23, and hold a BA (2017) in Performance Art, from RCSSD, University of London.
Liz and an*dre have been working together since 2017, maintaining a close artistic and dialogical exchange. In 2020, their personal essay Unacknowledged Desire(s): Fractures. Impressions. Holes., was published by the HAU Hebbel am Ufer. RUINS is their first live work.
CONCEPT, TEXT, VIDEO, PERFORMANCE an*dre neely, Liz Rosenfeld ORIGINAL SOUND Nicol Parkinson
A production an*dre neely and Liz Rosenfeld in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE within the frame of Leisure & Pleasure, supported by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung.