Armen Avanessian & Enemies #90
The Doing Group: Rain Is Liquid Sunshine IV
I used to build sandcastles. Small, simple forts, and big, elaborate strongholds. I raised towers, carved staircases, marked out gates and windows. Sometimes I would create entire towns or cities around them. Small and crooked lanes would confuse the eye in a chaotic network of routes. At other times big straight promenades would run towards the castle, with geometric city blocks in perfect precision.
Usually, the rain washed them away and I would return to find my creations damaged. Edges had washed off, staircases had turned into slides. Houses and towers collapsed into small piles of tired sand.
Rain is Liquid Sunshine began as a performative experiment in urban cycles: architecture, weather and capitalism. In a demolition site, The Doing Group explored the question:
‘What futures can we imagine when ideas of progress have drained away?’
Throughout the company’s five years of international collaboration this question has informed Rain Is Liquid Sunshine’s development, and re-development as a piece which is re-made and performed for new contexts, challenging the conception of the ‘finished’ work or the assumption of a linear working mode.
Now in various states of lockdown in Glasgow, The Gambia, Los Angeles and Berlin, The Doing Group continue to explore ways of making which are collaborative but disrupt the notion of a ‘shared timeline’.
On invitation from the Volksbuehne and Armen Avanessian, following a recent digital residency on ‘Not Doing’, The Doing Group will ask again ‘What futures can we imagine’ from where we are now. We invite audiences to join us in the familiar environment of an online document, as we experiment live over the course of 24 hours with our collective practice, cycles of power and decentralised engagement.
Rain Is Liquid Sunshine IV
24h-Performance von/by: The Doing Group
Mit/With Christiana Bissett, Irina Glinski, Hannah Kendaru, Peter Lorenz, Stanley Smith & Josh Widera
Kuratiert von/Curated by: Armen Avanessian - AA&E
Künstlerischer Produktionsleiter/Artistic Producer: Michael Ladner
AA&E wird ermöglicht mit der Unterstützung von Nemetschek Stiftung
AA&E is made possible with the support of the Nemetschek Foundation
After over 60 events, Armen Avanessian & Enemies, the successful talk-think-theatre series for new political theory and theory formats, is now entering its fourth season. In what time and from which place do we actually think and talk from when we're in the theatre, or streaming from it? Together with new enemies, the talk-think-theatre will pursue these questions. And also ask what a theatre of the future could look like, not only post-corona, or a second wave if it comes up, but also in light of the fact that we've already witnessed a third, fourth and fifth economic, social and geopolitical wave. In order to develop theoretical and artistic answers to these questions, this series experiments with different formats, from performances and installations to chat shows and games.
Produced in collaboration with the Nemetschek Foundation.
With: Armen Avanessian
- 1 hour 30 minutes