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re.act.feminism # 2 – a performing archive

re.act.feminism # 2 – a performing archive

As one of the artists involved, Tanja Ostojić has made us aware of the following events and publication.


re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive

June 22nd – August 18th 2013

During the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985) Letícia Parente hangs herself on her shoulders in her wardrobe, gives herself four injections against ’cultural colonialism’, ’racism’, ’political mystification’ and ’artistic mystification’ and sews the words “Made in Brazil“ (‚Marca Registrada’, 1975) onto her foot sole with needle and thread.

Melati Suryorarmo was causing amusement as well as consternation as she tried to dance on chunks of butter falling seriously again and again in ‚Exergie-butter-dance’, 2000.

Esther Ferrer will be holding a lecture on the theory and practice of performance art, but: apart from the term ’Performance Art’ no word is being articulated aloud. Behind her lectern she is gesturing, taking up former performances of herself, taking place along the way and being explained without words. Her serious presentation is developing an absurdity, driving the audience to laughter and is calling for reflection on time and space of performance art. (‚El arte de la performance: teoria y practica’, 2001)

These are only a few examples of what is to be seen at the exhibition re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. The project is staging feminist, gender critical and queer performance art. Contemporary pieces with historic references are being added to works from the sixties and seventies up to the early eighties. The films and photographies of 180 artists and collectives are complimented by texts, interviews and manifests.

The results will be merged now in Berlin, a bilingual catalogue (English-German) will be documenting the whole project. The research tool of provides access to abstracts, pictures, texts, comments and tags.