Akademie der Künste, Berlin

performance art of the 1960s and 70s today

Exhibition—Video archive—
Live Performances—Conference
A project by cross links e.V.
Curated by Bettina Knaup and Beatrice E. Stammer

Exhibition: 13 December 2008 – 8 February 2009
Opening: 12 December 2008, 7 pm 
Performances and Conference:
22. – 25. January 2009

Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin


The international performance project re.act.feminism provides an exemplary overview of gender-critical performance art of the 1960s and 1970s and its current ‘return’ in form of appropriations, re-enactments and archival or documentary projects. 

The exhibition documents performative works from 24 artists spanning across two generations. The selected works extend the perspective beyond the canon of the known and familiar in order to demonstrate the diversity and complexity of (feminist) performative strategies. This includes performance movements in Eastern and South Eastern Europe as well as the former GDR (since the beginning of the 1980s), which often developed parallel to and independent of “Western art”. 

The video archive offers visitors the possibility to choose from a wealth of more than 70 performance documents, video performances and interviews with artists and to view these “on demand”. This unique collection allows an intensive examination of feminist inspired performance art in both the East and West. 

performance programme by artists of different generations, performance interviews, discussions and theoretical reflections not only pursues the question of how performance can be archived, documented and re-enacted, but also introduces current strategies of gender-critical and interventionist performance. 

Oreet Ashery (IL/UK), Maja Bajević (BIH/D), Colette (USA), Orshi Drozdik (H), VALIE EXPORT (A), Esther Ferrer (E), Kate Gilmore (USA), Lorraine O’Grady (USA), Sanja Iveković (HR), Verena Kyselka (GDR/D),Nicola L (F), Suzanne Lacy & Leslie Labowitz (USA), Babette Mangolte (USA), Yoko Ono (J/USA), Orlan (F),Tanja Ostojić (SRB/D), Ewa Partum (PL/D), Ulrike Rosenbach (D), Boryana Rossa (BG), Stefanie Seibold(A/D), Cornelia Sollfrank (D), Gabriele Stötzer (GDR/D) and Martha Wilson (USA).

Video archive:
Helena Almeida (PT), Oreet Ashery (IL/UK), Renate Bertlmann (A), Nancy Buchanan (USA), Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (ROK/USA), Laura Cottingham (USA), Disband (USA), Yingmei Duan (CN/D), VALIE EXPORT(A), Factory of Found Clothes (RUS), Esther Ferrer (E), Simone Forti (I/USA), (e.) Twin Gabriel (DDR/D),Kate Gilmore (USA), Nan Hoover (USA/NL), Sanja Iveković (HR), Elżbieta Jabłońska (PL), Françoise Janicot (F), Joan Jonas (USA), Tina Keane (UK), Verica Kovacevska (MK/UK), Elena Kovylina (RUS),Katarzyna Kozyra (PL/D), Christina Kubisch (D), Natalia LL (PL), Manon (CH), Ana Mendieta (C/USA),Marta Minujín (ARG), Fina Miralles (E), Linda Montano (USA), Charlotte Moorman (USA), Margherita Morgantin (I), Alketa Xhafa Mripa (Kosovo), Ewa Partum (PL/D), Jillian Peña (USA), Performance Saga(Andrea Saemann (CH) & Katrin Grögel (D)), Howardena Pindell (USA), Adrian Piper (USA), Ulrike Rosenbach (D), Martha Rosler (USA), Boryana Rossa (BG), Christine Schlegel (DDR/D), Cornelia Schleime (DDR/D), Carolee Schneemann (USA), Ene-Liis Semper (EST), Bonnie Ora Sherk (USA),Cornelia Sollfrank (D), Spiderwoman Theater (USA), Gabriele Stötzer (DDR/D), Mierle Laderman Ukeles(USA), The Waitresses (USA), Faith Wilding (PY/USA), Hannah Wilke (USA), Martha Wilson (USA), Nil Yalter (ET/F).

Live Performances:
Antonia Baehr (D), Colette (USA), Lilibeth Cuenca (DK), Sanja Iveković und Sonja Pregrad (HR), Tanja Ostojić (SRB/D), Boryana Rossa (BG) and Oleg Mavromatti (RUS), Andrea Saemann (CH), Carolee Schneemann (USA), Cornelia Sollfrank (D) and Faith Wilding (USA) and a Mail Art Action by Ewa Partum(PL/D).

In partnership with Akademie der Künste, Berlin; supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Schering Stiftung and Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. Thanks for further support and co-operation: Cine Plus, Institut Français, Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Collegium Hungaricum. 

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Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin

Project re.act.feminism
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Opening Hours: 
Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am to 8 pm