[in progress]

Spaziergang durch die Sammlung Spix und Martius

in context of im Grünen; zentral, offen, alt together with Leonie Chima Emeka


06.08.2021: Reading in the Handkerchief Tree and Teppichgespräch with ethnologist Wolfgang Kapfhammer and Leonie Chima Emeka

04.09.2021: Walks through the Alter Botanischer Garten with the Kunstpavilion Team Lena Bröcker, Anna Lena von Helldorff, Katharina Weishäupl and interested people; city map on infrastructure and setting with Munich pavement slabs; reading of the contribution to the Botanische Staatssammlung with Katharina Weishäupl

Locations of the walk [texts in progress]: Allitera Verlag, Alter Botanischer Garten, Botanischer Garten, Botanische Staatssammlung, Gedenktafel für Martius, Luitpold Café, Martiusstraße, Mineralogische Staatssammlung, Museum Fünf Kontinente, Palmenhaus; Schloß Nymphenburg, Residenz, Staatsbibliothek München, Stadtmuseum, Südlicher Friedhof, Zoologische Staatssammlung

Photos: Anna Lena von Helldorff and Stefan Freund

The collection of the naturalists Spix and Martius, which they brought with them from Brazil in the 19th century, is today distributed among various institutions in Munich. Carl Philipp Friedrich von Martius was the director of the Botanical Garden, which was back then located on what is now the site of the Alter Botanischer Garten. Together with the zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix, the botanist led an expedition to Brazil (1817-1820) at the behest of King Maximilian I Joseph. I invited the art historian Leonie Chima Emeka, with her focus on provenance research, to follow together the traces of this research trip in Munich's public space. In the course of their trip to Brazil, the two naturalists imported a considerable collection of animals, plants, cultural objects and minerals.The walk is leading along several museums and streets, cafés and various parks. Focusing on the whereabouts of the collection, the walk invites visitors to take a special look at Munich's history and ask questions about colonialism, ownership and foreignness, exoticisation and palm trees to find out how a journey to Brazil has shaped the city to this day and how this heritage is dealt with.

Widerstand – Aneignung, Übersetzung und Transfer. Ein Realitätstheater.

Performance 80' / Discussion / 2020

KV Leipzig / as part of the exhibition Please divide in groups of two or three

with Diana Felber, Nora Wehofsits, Louis Hay, Anna Lena von Helldorff, Anna Jehle, Juliane Schickedanz, Frauke Zabel

outfit: KV–Vereinskollektion by Katrin Mayer

photos: Caspar Sänger

Guided by an interest in possibilities of political participation and arts as a form of resistance, the situation-specific reenactment project “Widerstand – Aneignung, Übersetzung und Transfer. Ein Realitätstheater” is part of a continuing research about the theatre- and performance history of Brazil. The work reformulates a conversation between five activist and cultural producers from São Paulo, Cláudio Bueno, Bárbara Esmenia, Peter Pál Pelbart, Sylvia Prado and Márcia Silva about the negotiation of problems such as right-wing populism and postcolonialism and equally critically discusses processes of cultural appropriation.

Widerstand – Aneignung, Übersetzung und Transfer. Ein Realitätstheater.

Performance 80' / Discussion / 2019

Neues Rathaus München

with Anne Kulbatzki, Jules* Elting, Mehmet Sözer, Isabelle Cohn, Vivi Balby and Diana Marie Müller

photos: Constanza Meléndez

The Joker System
Video 20’ / Installation / 2018
Text source: Augusto Boal, “A sistema coringa”, 1967
Voice: Diogo da Cruz

The video The Joker System is based on the 1967 by Augusto Boal made slide film A sistema coringa (The Joker System). In this slide film, which consists of 50 slides, Boal describes the development of the Joker system, which marks a big step towards the Theater of the Oppressed. Each slide is accompanied by a short paragraph of text explaining the context of each picture.
The projection of the slides one after another on a wall was filmed. So the slide film has become a movie, accompanied by a reading of the slightly altered original text of Boal.

Towards Healing

Performance 25' / 2018
Sound: Juliana R.
Performer: Luis Argauer, Charlotte Coosemans, Leonie Emeka, Mira Mann, Lukas Rath
Photos: Beowulf Tomek

The Performance Towards Healing consists of movements and interactions between four Performers. The spatial and sculptural form of the space refers to the architecture of the Teatro de Arena in São Paulo. By using this technique of Statue Theater the performers are restaging various documentary images of different theater plays at the Teatro de Arena from 1964 to 1971. The reenactment develops a new narration which consists of the combination of historical images from different theater plays. The movement and touches are addressing contexts from care to violent, manipulative shaping of another person. Different group constellations are created in the course of the performance without any verbal communication.